The Weekend Dish: 12/21/2013

Happy Saturday-before-Christmas!

If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t it just the Saturday after Thanksgiving? I am definitely not a fan of this condensed time schedule between Thanksgiving and Christmas… I need more time to watch Christmas movies and bake! Today we are celebrating our Christmas dinner with my grandparents and my dad’s side of the family. So, Christmas has officially kicked off for us! We’ll have a couple of days of downtime before enjoying Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our respective families. I need to get wrapping!

How are you spending the last weekend before the holiday?

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2013) – A roundup of some unique gift ideas for the food-lover on your Christmas list.

10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas

Decker Cake – A goodie from my great-grandmother’s archives; an easy cake with layers of ground walnuts, pineapple, and topped with prune butter.

Decker Cake

Yule Log [Bûche de Noël] with Espresso Mascarpone Filling and Ganache Icing – This is undeniably rich and utterly delicious; I wanted to eat the ganache with a spoon!

Yule Log [Bûche de Noël] with Espresso Mascarpone Filling and Ganache Icing

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Rum Icing – An eggnog-infused Bundt cake with a spiced rum swirl, and topped with a kickin’ rum icing.

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Rum Icing

Friday Things – Groomed puppies, snow, flower arranging, holiday baking, and more…

Friday Things

Most Viewed Post This Week: 157 Christmas Cookies & Holiday Recipes

Most Pinned Post This Week: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Most Facebook Shared Post This Week: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Most Emailed Post This Week: Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans

Most Tweeted Post This Week: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:

Bacon Maple Shortbread (Closet Cooking)
How amazing does this sound?! Such a great sweet/savory combination!

Butterscotch Pretzel Pie (Seeded at the Table)
I love pretzel crusts, and the saltiness would go perfectly with a butterscotch filling and whipped cream topping.

Extra Cheesy Classic Homemade Lasagna (Half Baked Harvest)
Without a doubt, the most amazing lasagna I have ever seen. Ever. I will be making this immediately after the holidays.

Gingerbread Cake with Molasses Buttercream (Blahnik Baker)
I love the addition of the molasses-spiked buttercream and caramel drizzle on top of this cake.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream (Iowa Girl Eats)
This ice cream looks like the stuff of dreams. A perfect way to enjoy ice cream with some traditional winter flavors!

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!