Candy Cane Pancakes

Recipe for Living shows us how to make Candy Cane Pancakes!

Serving Size / Yield



  • 2 C krusteaz pancake mix
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 mini candy cane, crushed
  • 1/2 C milk (adjust based on desired thickness)


1) Preheat griddle to 400°F

2) Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

3) Whisk until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes

4) Let cook until done on one side, then flip.

5) Cook until done on other side

6) Serve plain or with your favorite syrup




Martha Stewart shares her perfect recipe for Eggnog!


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, (optional)
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • Grated nutmeg, (optional)


  1. In medium saucepan, whisk milk and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks. Whisking constantly, pour hot mixture into yolks in a slow and steady stream.
  2. Return mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, 20 to 25 minutes; do not let simmer. Quickly strain into a bowl. Stir in bourbon, if desired, and cream. Cool completely; cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with nutmeg, if desired.

Winter Wines

We help you choose the best wines for the chilly winter months!

Red and heavy white wines served at room temperature are sure to keep you toasty during the long winter months. Winter wines have a more rich taste and tend to be more complex than wines we would enjoy during the summer months. Below are some great choices for any winter get together!



Cabernet Sauvignon

Petite Sirah

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Cream

Try this holiday drink recipe by Brooke McLay.
Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

4 cups milk

2 cups vanilla bean ice cream

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water (add 1/2 cup more for a thinner cup of hot chocolate)

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 teaspoons pure vanilla (use Mexican vanilla, if you have it)

Grate the chocolate with a fine-edged grater. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, ice cream and sugar on low, just as the mixture begins to steam (but don’t let it boil!) then whisk in the grated chocolate. Whisk in the cinnamon, vanilla and water. Heat mixture just until steaming. Serve with spicy Dulce de Leche whipped cream.

Spicy Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, crushed

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in the brown sugar until cream becomes light and fluffy (if you don’t have access to fresh, very soft brown sugar, just use regular white sugar to keep the cream from becoming grainy). Mix in the cinnamon and cayenne. Pipe on top of hot cocoa. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and crushed chocolate to garnish.

The Jolly Green Machine Cocktail

Give this holiday cocktail by Napa Valley Grille a taste! It contains sparkling lemonade, gin and kale!

The Jolly Green Machine 2 oz. kale juice (blend baby kale with a little water in a blender)

3 oz. lemonade

1 oz Farmer’s Organic Gin

½ oz. St. Germaine

2 oz club soda

Pour into a martini glass and stir.

Holiday Centerpieces

Here are some playful and elegant holiday  center pieces and table top ideas for the celebratory weeks to come!

centerpiece green

Create a winter wonderland in the center of your table. Place a minature shrub or tree in the center of your table. Cover the pot with a piece of brown paper and a ribbon. Lay faux snow around the pot of the plant and sprinkle some onto the leaves of the plant. (Buy the snow that has a bit of sparkle already built in to catch your guests’ eyes!) Lastly, place a glass dome over your mini winter wonderland.

centerpiece red

Have some old garland or ornaments away in storage? Fill a festive bowl filled with various ornaments and garland in one color make an elegant centerpiece for any holiday. This centerpiece not limited to Christmas. You could fill your bowl with blue, gold, white, or silver ornaments for a wintery chic look.

Winter Quiver Cocktail shares their recipe for the holiday cocktail, Winter Quiver!

1 oz SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka

1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

4 frozen Bing cherries or 1/2 pomegranate (seeded)

Splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne


Gently muddle the Bing cherries or pomegranate with SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka in a mixing pint. Add ice, Maraschino Liqueur, and lemon juice and shake. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon zest.