Thursday, December 13, 2012

Foodie Friday -- December 14

Welcome to the December 14th Foodie Friday.
Are your days racing away? Or do you have the holidays under control?
Sometimes I think Rudolph and the other reindeer have attached the whole month of December to the back of Santa's sleigh, and that's why time seems to be flying.
Today I stood in front of the bakery case at Publix and pondered the speed of Christmas. Then I happened to notice that a chocolate cake had been reduced half-price (the cherry-on-top had gotten smashed; hence the discount).
I bought the cake, garnished the top with pink roses, and suddenly time seemed to slow down.

Chocolate has a way of calming the holiday frenzies, doesn't it?
So, how is your menu shaping up?
Are you cooking a traditional meal
or something new and different?

If you haven't planned your menu, you'll find plenty of inspiration here at Foodie Friday.
This week's Spotlight was difficult--everything looked delicious. Grab a cup of eggnog and a slice of the rosy chocolate cake, and let's take a little foodie trip. Let's start with appetizers and tablescapes, then move to the main course, side dishes,
bread, and dessert.
Veranda Interiors made divine flatbread sandwiches:
Enjoy a "Frosty the Snowman " theme at Designs by Pinky:
I love these gorgeous napkins at In and Out of the House.
They're art! If you want to know how to make them,
visit national bestselling author Shirley Hailstock's blog. If you have a question, leave her a comment.
Who can resist Make The Best of Everything's
low-cal (under 200 calories)
"Laughing Cow Cheese Con Questo" dip? 
Blissful Baker offers a tutorial on "Roasted Red Pepper" bread:
Pork chops in a Crockpot at Shirley's World will be a hearty, time-saving recipe during the holiday rush and all year long.
"Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie" at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen looks like my kind of comfort food.
Cass at "That Old House" has made a divine pizza--and you won't believe the secret ingredient:


Yummy-Healthy-Easy made "Minestrone" in the Crockpot:
Miz Helen's Country Cottage is baking a "Muffaletta Casserole" that looks delicious.
"Green Bean Bundles" are the perfect holiday side dish. Get the recipe at Our Treasured Home:
Peanut Butter Spritz Cookies are baking at Mountain Breaths:

We love the "Chocolate Chip Shortbread Squares" at Nancy Creative:
Would you like a snowman in your latte?
Susannah's Kitchen made an eye candy video of lucious libations:
'Tis the season for "Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake Balls,"
and you can find out how to make them at a food blog with a fantastic name: My Biscuits Are Burning:
Are you looking for edible gifts this season?
Try "Pistachio-Cherry Chocolate-Bark"
at Lady Behind the Curtain:
Melissa created adorable 
"Gingerbread Cookie Gift Tags" at Alchemy
Sweet Southern Blue has a recipe that combines a 50s style hot fudge sundae with a cupcake. Talk about a sugar fix!
The guys can't wait to try  
"Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes."
Wonderful recipes await you this week. In fact, you may find a recipe that will become a family tradition,
one of those great "keeper" dishes.
Are you ready for the blog hop party to start?
Let's go!
During the holidays, I'll be
showcasing a sampler of Foodie Friday recipes every week.
Would you like this "sampler" feature to continue in 2013, with selections from the previous FF in the posts?
Just leave a comment and vote yes or no.
If you'd like to enter your recipe/photo,
just leave a comment. Photos will be selected by Rattlebridge's Foodie Guys. One guy likes tutorials and neat pics;
the other one likes everything.
Thanks so much for reading and visiting. I can't wait to see what you've cooked up this week. Have a great time visiting the blogs that have contributed recipes.

If you'd like to add your recipe to the Foodie Friday linky party, locate the blue Inlinkz frog (below). Add your permalink and select an image. It may take a few seconds for the entry to process. A red X on your photo allows you to delete your entry if you make an error. The Foodie Friday badge is located on the right-hand sidebar if you wish to add it to your FF post.
If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, a tutorial is available.


  1. Your post reminded me that you don't have to stress yourself into a frenzie, SIMPLIFY! I love that you bought a cake, and what you did with those roses is brilliant. It did instantly calm me down and put me in a dreamy mood when I saw it! Thanks for hosting, and merry days to you,

  2. My days are racing away - I have never been so behind at the holidays! My oldest kids are almost done with college finals, so I will be enlisting them soon. They love starting winter break with a honey-do list. :)

  3. Hi Michael Lee,
    I just love the features, a fabulous collection and I am so honored to be one of them, thank you so much! I really enjoy them so my vote is yes for 2013. My calendar at this point looks like a completed cross word puzzle, and I love every second of it. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thank you for putting the spotlight on my spritz. We love them too. I'm off to learn how to create that snowman in my latte. Your cake is lovely with the roses!

    I have one gift left to buy because I am stumped, and a handmade gift to make for my husband. Things are under control though.

    We are having a buffet style meal on Christmas day at mom's house so everyone brings two food items. I'm bringing my famous (ha ha) Chicken Riggies and Shrimp Cocktail.

    Thanks for hosting, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Chocolate has a way,any way with me,any way I can get it.

    Thanks for hosting and I really love the features,hope you will continue to feature in 2013.
    It is so much fun,I enjoy reading and looking at as many as I can,or I should say as long as this ole computer doesn't become unresponsive(why does it do that??),any way love Foodie Friday's @ Rattlebridge Farm and even more now that you are doing features.

    Jo @ LoblollyLane

  6. Thank you so much for featuring my gingerbread gift tags! What a nice surprise to come here and see that!

    I love the roses on the store bought cake. Food just tastes better when it's presented nicely.

    Today I've linked up some Hot buttered rum.

    Happy Holiday season to you!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  7. Hi Michael Lee, what wonderful features you've showcased and I'm so thrilled to me one of them! I love your beautifully enhanced store-bought gorgeous.
    I also love your house's so fun to watch the progress. Thanks for hosting and have a happy week.

  8. ~ I vote yes ~ and more talk and pics about that gorgeous house ~ always enjoy your blog~

  9. AWESOME features.

    Thank you for hosting!

    I don't link often because I don't tend to post about food, but for a rare change I am this week!

    And YES, absolutely, if you are up for it, please - by all means- continue your Foodie Friday!

    I think it is great inspiration for everyone!

  10. Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week!

  11. I love trying new dishes and always use company as an excuse. We have 2 dinner parties this weekend, and I have my fingers crossed that all will turn out well. If not, takeout is close!

  12. Two of my favorite things are beautiful roses and chocolate cake. I love how you put them together.

    I vote yes for the features each week. I'm so excited to be one of the features this week with our Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake Balls!

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great week!

    Mamamia @ My Biscuits are Burning

  13. Love the features. It helps me remember to go back and reread all the posts. Your cake is beautiful and I've enjoyed looking at your renovations.

  14. We are hosting Christmas Eve, but no menu planned as yet. Lots of good choices here. Love the idea of the hot fudge sundae and the snowman in a latte. ;-)
    Hope you are feeling better and getting a little leisure time now and then............Sarah

  15. Thank you for featuring my con queso dip! I appreciate it!

  16. Oh so smart!!! Your "seconds" cake garnished with roses is just lovely. A little creativity works wonders during this super busy season.

    Thanks again for the linky love! My video connected with the snowman latte art is simply a collection of Christmas-themed latte images. I hope you enjoy it!

  17. Thank you for hosting Michael Lee
    I enjoy the features and vote YES so that you continue to feature in 2013. and I also would like to enter my photos/recipes
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  18. Thanks for hosting and its a big 'YES' vote from me

  19. I really do like the features, so a big 'yes' vote from me! There are some wonderful features this week. I love how you decorated your cake too! Thank you for hosting :)

  20. I really enjoy the features, so my answer is a big yes. I can't wait to click over to see more about those flatbreads.

    I can't believe the transformation of the Publix cake. Roses do make a big difference. Thanks for hosting.

    I brought an old favorite, Chicken Marbella, and turned it into an appetizer for a holiday buffet.

  21. Love that you are sharing some of the highlights
    of last week.

    I vote yes for you to continue.


  22. Your cake with the roses would have made me very happy as a child. We always fought over the piece with the rose. Thank you for the party.

  23. Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  24. I don't always get a chance to post but I really enjoy your blog, and enjoy Foodie Friday. I really enjoy the features as it gives me some great menu ideas. You're welcome to use our photos any time. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  25. Yes, please keep featuring recipes on your foodie friday posts :)

    Happy Holidays!

  26. Holy cannoli, I almost spit my chocolate covered pretzel out when I saw that I was featured!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!! I do not haver my menu planned, we are hosting Christmas EVE and going to our daughter and SIL's for Christmas. I am anxious, now to go see what otghers are cooking up and get some inspiration. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas. Thanks so much for hosting each week. XO, Pinky

  27. Thanks, as always, for hosting! I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats. The secret ingredient is coconut oil!

  28. Hi Michael Lee, thank for hosting, enjoy your weekend :)

  29. That cake would be so charming served at a bridal shower!