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Banana Layer Cake with Banana Buttercream Frosting



This Banana Layer Cake with Banana Buttercream Frosting one of my favorite family recipes, handed down to me from my grandmother. Although it's a simple cake, it's definitely a showstopper for the holidays or any family gatherings!
This Banana Layer Cake with Banana Buttercream Frosting one of my favorite family recipes, handed down to me from my grandmother. Although it's a simple cake, it's definitely a showstopper for the holidays or any family gatherings!
Not only do I love baking during the holidays, but I especially love baking with my family. We always set aside a day that we bake cookies together (SO many cookies!), and I enjoy pulling out the tried and true recipes that have been handed down to me. I've got a cute old fashioned recipe box just filled with recipe cards for cookies, cakes, homemade candy, and so much more. This amazing Banana Layer Cake with Banana Buttercream Frosting just happens to be one of them!

Red Velvet Snowballs #ChristmasCookies

These festive holiday Red Velvet Snowball cookies melt in your mouth and are simply delicious!
These festive holiday Red Velvet Snowball cookies melt in your mouth and are simply delicious!
Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. Some of my dearest blogger friends and I will be filling the holiday season with all kinds of delicious cookies! Be sure to check out some of the recipes at the end of this post, or follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies. We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness and pin your favorite recipes. May your holidays be sweet!

Now that we've gotten the introductions out of the way, how excited are you that we are celebrating cookies for the next 12 days? I don't know about you, but I'm really freakin' excited! One of my most favorite things about the holidays is all the baking I get to do, and making Christmas cookies is right at the top of that list. I've been making Christmas cookies with my family for years, and I'm so excited that I get to share some of my favorite recipes with you now.

Sugar Cookie Latte Tiramisu

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Add a festive twist to traditional tiramisu with creamy mascarpone cheese, sugar cookies, and homemade sugar cookie whipped cream! It's a dessert that's sure to impress your guests and no one has to know how easy it is to make!
Add a festive twist to traditional tiramisu with creamy mascarpone cheese, sugar cookies, and homemade sugar cookie whipped cream!
Now that Thanksgiving is over it's time to start thinking about Christmas. It's so hard to believe that December is just a couple of days away! One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the sweet treats I get to make. From baking all types of cookies to making some of my favorite desserts for holiday parties, I always have fun in the kitchen with my family.

Of course I have my favorite traditional and family recipes, but I love coming up with new recipes as well. This Sugar Cookie Latte Tiramisu is the perfect dessert for your Christmas dinner or any holiday gathering you might be hosting. It's easy to put together and there's no baking involved! It's such a simple dessert, but it's also beautiful and elegant.

Cranberry-Apple Sauce #CranberryWeek

This beautiful, bright red Cranberry-Apple Sauce will soon become a staple on your holiday dinner table! 
Simple and easy to make, it's both tart and sweet, and full of flavor. 
This beautiful, bright red Cranberry-Apple Sauce will soon become a staple on your holiday dinner table! Simple and easy to make, it's both tart and sweet, and full of flavor.
Welcome to #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline's Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! All week my blogger friends and I will be sharing cranberry-inspired creations in celebration of National Cranberry Day. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out the delicious recipes that are being shared today! 

First up for me is this beautiful, bright red, flavorful Cranberry-Apple Sauce. Truth be told, growing up I did not like cranberries at all. I couldn't even eat cranberry jelly, whether it was from a can or homemade. I just did not like the taste. Fast forward several years and depending on how they're prepared, I kinda love them. This Cranberry-Apple Sauce has become one of my favorite recipes during the holidays. Fresh cranberries are cooked with sweet honeycrisp apples, a little sugar, water, and a cinnamon stick until the flavors meld into one. It's quite fanastic if I do say so myself.

Spiced Hot Apple Cider


This Spiced Hot Apple Cider hits the spot on a cold day and is perfect for both kids and adults alike. 
Plus it's easy to make and fills the house with the aromas of fall! Sponsored by Thermos® Brand
This Spiced Hot Apple Cider hits the spot on a cold day and is perfect for both kids and adults alike. Plus it's easy to make and fills the house with the aromas of fall!
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and after having several weeks of beautiful, somewhat warm weather, it's finally gotten cold here in Michigan. I guess it was time, I mean it is close to the end of November after all. I wasn't complaining though, I loved the mild temperatures. But now that it's cold, I'll about hot drinks to keep me warm and cozy. One of my favorite drinks is hot apple cider, and I decided to kick it up a notch with some spices and sweet orange zest. What could be better?

Seafood Bisque

Rich, creamy, hearty and delicious, this Seafood Bisque is elegant enough for celebrations but also casual enough 
for a family meal. It's easy to make and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!
Rich, creamy, hearty and delicious, this Seafood Bisque is elegant enough for celebrations but also casual enough for a family meal. It's easy to make and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!
It's finally really and truly starting to feel like fall here. The leaves have fallen off the trees and the temperature has started to drop. Mornings have been quite cool, a few of them there was even frost on the grass, but the afternoons still have been sunny and around 50 degrees. I can't complain too much! This type of weather has me clamoring for soup, especially after coming in from raking leaves and doing other outdoor work. There's no better way to take the chill off than enjoying a hot bowl of soup.

Coconut Pecan Cake with Coconut Rum Frosting #SundaySupper

Filled with coconut and pecans and topped with a decadent coconut rum frosting, this cake is unbelievably
 simple to make, but beautiful and delicious enough for your holiday table.
Filled with coconut and pecans and topped with a decadent coconut rum frosting, this cake is unbelievably simple to make, but beautiful and delicious enough for your holiday table.
We can all use more cake in our lives, don't you agree? I know I don't make it nearly enough. I feel like cake is more for celebrations than an everyday dessert, and it's definitely perfect for the holidays. So many of us are baking now and preparing for the holidays, and I think this cake should be on your list. It's soft and tender and topped with a decadent and delicious coconut rum frosting. It's simply amazing!