Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays to All!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All! 
I hope everyone has had a wonderful year. With the New Year just around the corner it's a great time to set new goals. Whether it is a new budget, paying off debts, refinancing your mortgage to save money, or buying a new home, I am here to help! 

I want to say thank you to all of my amazing clients. I have had a great year and enjoyed helping all of my clients with their refinances and home purchases. More to come in 2015!


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Holiday Treats
Below are some recipes for my new favorite holiday treats. They are quick, easy, delicious and GLUTEN FREE!







Amazing Holiday Bars - Make them your own!

Base
1.5 cups of gluten free graham cracker crumbs
½ cup butter – melted

Toppings
1 cup Chipits Dark Chocolate Chips (or white chocolate)
1 cup crushed pecans
1 can condensed milk
or
1 cup Chipits Dark Chocolate Chips (or white chocolate)
Sprinkle coconut
Sprinkle chopped dried cranberries
Sprinkle crushed cashews

Basically you can put on top whatever topping you would like.  


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter or spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking pan. 
  2. Base: melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the graham crumbs to the butter and stir. Press the crust into an even layer in the pan with the back of a spoon. Make sure to go up the sides of the pan slightly.
  3. Cover the base with the toppings of your choice or as suggested. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the filling. 
  4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool down for a few hours in the fridge before cutting. Wrap and freeze or serve!
Lemon Almond Coconut Macaroons



14 ounce package sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1  cup  sliced almonds
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  grated lemon zest
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 4  large egg whites
  • 1 bag of dark or white chocolate (or both)




  1. Heat oven to 325° F. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, almonds, sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Mix in the egg whites.
  2. Drop mounds of the mixture (2 tbsp) onto greased or lined baking sheets, spacing them 1½ inches apart.
  3. Bake until the edges begin to brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets.
  4. Melt chocolate and dip the tops of the macaroons. Transfer macaroons to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or wrap well in cellophane and freeze in tupperware.
Homemade Baileys for the Holidays!
One of our favourite things to make for the holiday season is homemade Baileys. It is far superior to the store-bought kind and you can make it a little stronger (if you so wish).

Ingredients:


1 cup light cream
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 cup whiskey (we use Canadian Club)
1 shot of espresso (some people use instant coffee but fresh is always better)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg (optional)

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and wazz it up. That's it!
Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate, and shake before using. It will keep for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!