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Peppermint Bark

Happy December y’all! I know it’s already two weeks from Christmas so I’m a little late with that, but I can’t believe we are almost done with 2016! Time sure doesn’t slow down for us.  I had an epic time baking in November for Thanksgiving and I know it’s time to talk Christmas desserts.  I’m kicking off this baking or dessert making season with something I’ve not made before, peppermint bark. I can’t believe as much as I love making…

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Pecan Brittle

Can y’all believe I’ve never made peanut brittle before? I love playing with hot sugar making marshmallows and pralines but I’ve never made brittle. I have good news for you, I’ve finally made brittle but I had to switch it up so I did a pecan brittle version. Trust me when I say this is not hard to make at all! I used Georgia grown Schermer Pecans in this recipe. Did you know that Georgia is the larger grower of…

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White Chocolate Truffles

If you are looking for a simple candy recipe to make for Christmas, look no further than these white chocolate truffles! You only need minimal ingredients and you will be on your way to making these delicious and festive candies.         White Chocolate Truffles makes 12 recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa   Ingredients  7 ounces of white chocolate; chopped 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Peppermint sprinkles, toffee bits or shredded…

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Vanilla Bean Christmas Marshmallows

I’m a baker at heart, but making candy comes in a close second. I starting making marshmallows about 6 years ago when looking for different homemade dessert gift ideas. When I saw the price the company was selling the marshmallows for, I thought to myself, “Surely I can make these myself.” Once I found a recipe, it was on! I’ve made marshmallows every year since then. I always try to make them at Christmas since that’s when I first started…

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2011 Dessert Bucket List Update!

Attention: this update has been about four weeks in the making. I’m not sure why I didn’t post it at the end 2011, but it’s still January so I think I”m good. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my Dessert Bucket List, it’s a list of desserts I planned to make in 2011. Take a peek at my 2011 list and the results of my dessert making adventures.   1- Bake a banana cheesecake: Didn’t make 2- Make…

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Dessert Buffet Featured Co~Couture Confections

 Today’s Dessert Buffet Edition features the lovely ladies of Couture Confections, Shandra Ward and Helen Dailey.  These ladies are taking the dessert buffet industry by storm, so much so that I’m going to have a two part series on their work! Thanks for sharing with Jem of the South Shandra and Helen and blessings to you for continued success!   1) How long have you been designing dessert buffets? How did you get started? We’ve been designing stylish candy &…

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Featured Dessert Buffet Co~ Glamour Avenue Parties!

I’m thrilled to share the first in several interviews with some phenomenal Dessert Buffet Business Owners. Today’s post includes the beautiful work of Courtney Price, owner of Glamour Avenue Parties an award winning boutique event design company in Houston, Texas.  Courtney shares with Jem how she started her businesses and much more. Thanks Courtney for taking time to share with Jem of the South!   1) How long have you been designing dessert buffets? How did you get started?  I have…

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Pralines

I’m rounding out my salute to New Orleans sweets with one of my favorite recipes–Pralines.  I am not a native of Louisiana, but I love the rich food culture from that region.  I have been making pralines for my friends and family at Christmas for the last four years. So without further ado, here are the tools and ingredients you will need to make your very own pralines. Enjoy! Pralines Recipe Ingredients: 3  cups Light Brown Sugar 1/8 tsp. of…

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Chay J's Creole Pretzels

Okay, by now you should get the hint that I am going with a New Orleans theme for the next few posts. I would be remise if I didn’t give a quick shout out to Channon Powell owner of Chay J’s New Orleans Candies. I had the pleasure of sampling her creole pretzels at an event and instantly fell in love! The interesting part about these pretzels is that they are sweet and not spicy as one would think  a creole…

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