My Holiday Dream Kitchen and Eggnog Pound Cake recipe

Over the holiday season most of us will be spending a lot more time in our kitchens, I like to add little hints of the holidays to help me get in the baking spirit. A tradition I started when the kids were little was the 12 days of baking, each year I include some favorites and some new recipes I’ve been wanting to try. We always make extras to share with our friends and neighbors. This is the first Christmas in our new home and kitchen is still being renovated, so baking is a bit challenging especially not having all the appliances or even a kitchen sink installed, but I’ve made my list for Santa and included the new Samsung 4-Door Flex™ Refrigerator with the Black Stainless Steel finish, would look just perfect with my dream marble countertops and newly painted green kitchen cabinets.

12 Days of Baking, Day 1: 

Eggnog Pound Cake 

3 cups flour
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 greek yogurt
1/2 eggnog cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and sugar Bundt pan, tube pan or two loaf pans.
In a mixer bowl beat butter at medium speed then add in half the flour (1 1/2 cups), baking powder, baking soda until well blend. Then add in sugar, vanilla, sour cream and eggnog. Gradually add on egg in at a time alternating it will the remaining flour and remaining ingredients, just until mixed. Pour into pan and bake for 60-90 minutes. 
Insert toothpick to check, cake will be ready when toothpick should come out clean. 
After you finish dreaming about a new kitchen for the holidays and if you’re like me, eating a plate of cookies while thumbing through magazines for ideas, enter to win a hhgregg e-giftcard!
Perfect way to spread holiday cheer is with a Giveaway!!
I’m offering a $25 hhgregg e-giftcard giveaway. Simply visit the Samsung Black Stainless Steel page at hhgreg then leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, which Black Stainless Steel appliance would you put on your holiday wish list?!
After the winner is chosen, you must be able to provide (name and email address) if chosen, so that hhgregg can send you the $25 prize!

Sleek and sophisticated, this new darker finish from Samsung resists the appearance of fingerprints for a stylish look that complements any style of kitchen.  Even better – this black stainless finish is magnetic, so you can still display pictures & reminders in the heart of your kitchen.
This Samsung Dishwasher provides revolutionary washing performance with WaterWall™ technology, which provides a powerful wall of clean for hard-to-reach places to ensure a more even, thorough washing performance than conventional rotary-spraying systems.
Owning the Flex Duo™ Range is like having two ovens in one.  The Smart Divider™ allows you to split the spacious 5.8 cubic foot oven and cook at two different temperatures simultaneously. Plus, the unique middle-hinged door can open just the top section or the full door, for total flexibility and energy efficiency.
Now available in Black Stainless, the innovative 4-Door FlexTM Refrigerator boasts an innovative bottom right door that can change from freezer to fridge at the touch of a button, so now you can store more Fresh Food than ever before.
Happy Holiday Baking!!!

Many thanks to hhgregg for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to update my kitchen look! 

DIY: Fun Festive Holiday Dinner Plates

It’s holiday crunch time, prep, prepare and decorate the house.
We have very plain plates, white, black, yellow and clear glass, none of which are remotely festive. Our holiday table needed to be more merry and bright, it was looking a bit dull and boring. I one of those who have no china passed down from Grandma, no holiday traditions used for generations and no holiday art made by the kids at made at school, so we decided to brighten up our table using scissor, some glue, our clear glass dinner plates and holiday gift wrap paper from Hallmark Gold Crown.

Each of the kids pick out their Hallmark wrapping paper and chose an animal to adorn their holiday plate.
After a few hours of cutting, a lot of glue, one or two wrapping paper sword fights and barton twirling competition, all in good fun and we now have some awesome plates to use for our next holiday meal!
 I think my momma bird plate turned out pretty good. All the colors match our decor perfectly and layer nicely with our exciting dinner plates, the kids are so excite to use theirs!

Watch our video link for the full DIY Holiday Dinner Plate instruction. It’s pretty easy, just a some cutting and pasting, even the kiddos can join in on the fun! Hallmark has so many wonderful gifts for the holidays, we couldn’t help but picked up a couple gift items for friends.

Step by step DIY video accompanied with some great Reggae music and cute kids.

Many thanks to Hallmark Gold Crown for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try my more creative side using gift wrap.