Lemon-Banana Bundt

Lemon-Banana Bundt

It’s Monday, and this week is off to a raging start.  Or, rather… the opposite of that.  It’s past noon and I still haven’t gotten one dang recipe up for you yet.  (Oh, here it is!)

I suppose this is what happens when you spend all day Sunday baking like a crazy person – three brand-new recipes and photos in one afternoon can leave you a little exhausted!  Plus, I’ve been running around teaching Zumba classes and going to local foodie events, which you know, I just can’t miss!

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Rhubarb-Hibiscus Doughnuts

Rhubarb-Hibiscus Doughnuts

I have a little present for you.  It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s a little pink, and it looks like… a doughnut!

Technically, that’s because it is a doughnut.  I mean, your taste buds will certainly agree with that statement, but your body won’t have the sugar freak-out and your stomach won’t get all growly 5 minutes later like they normally would with a doughnut. 

The reason?  For one, there is more fiber in these doughnuts.  Made with whole wheat flour and fruit, they’ll keep you satisfied longer.

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Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

I remember the first time I ever tried eggnog.  

It was non-alcoholic, of course - I couldn't have been older than 10 at the time - but because I wasn't prepared for anything but what it appeared to be, which was a milkshake, I still had to hold it at arm's length to stare at it and ask, "Grandma, what's in this?"

The whipped egg and the nutmeg, practically the defining features of the holiday drink, were out of range for my ten-year-old palate.  And now, though I've long since added many tastes and textures to my "acceptable foods" list, milkshakes and similarly heavy drinks have not survived those palate-expanding changes.

As a result, I've never added eggnog to my holiday menu.  Still, seeing the plethora of recipes for eggnog and the overflowing milk coolers of eggnog at the supermarket, I can't help but feel I'm missing out somehow during the holiday season.  I mean, heck, I appreciate nutmeg!  

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