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Holiday Aromas

Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.

As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a  few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.

The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.

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Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.

What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.


Taste Test Tuesday: Coffee-Mate Holiday Flavors

Good day everyone, thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. The holiday season is here and many companies have brought out their holiday flavors. You know those flavors that you only get this time of year, like Peppermint and Eggnog. How many of you crave Egg Nog in April or even July? One of our readers Ms. Stacey from Plano, Texas asked us to review the holiday flavors of coffee creamers.

Coffee -Mate Creamers

This year there are five flavors of holiday creamer from Coffee – Mate. Each of these flavors brings out memories of favorite holiday foods.The flavors are: Eggnog Latte, Pecan Praline, Peppermint Mocha, and Pumpkin Spice, Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie.

All four flavors are available in liquid form. Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin Spice are available as a sugar-free option with Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin Spice available in a powder form as well.

Eggnog Latte – If you are a fan of eggnog this is for you. A smooth rich taste that gives you the taste of creamy eggnog added to your favorite morning latte.

Pecan Praline – We wait for this one every year. Some people have even requested that it be made available year round. Sweet nutty flavor of pecans dipped in sugar syrup added to your coffee is sure to get your day started.

Peppermint Mocha – Think candy canes and rich chocolate. That’s what you get when you combine these two great flavors.

Pumpkin Spice – A great way to kick off the holiday season. A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and anise makes up this wonderful flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie – This is exactly what it says. A hot sugar cookie fresh out the oven with just a hint of cinnamon on top.

We really enjoyed tasting these flavors and we thank Ms. Stacey for the recommendation. Remember you don’t have to use coffee creamer just for coffee. Add it to your baking goods. Works well with scones, tiramisu, cookies, muffins.

Thank you for joining us for Taste Test Tuesday. If you would like us to review a product for you, send us an email at southernrootskitchen [at] Gmail [dot] com.