Category: Hints

December in Review (and our Book of the Month Hint for January!)

Posted January 1, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 2 Comments

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Man oh man, the end of the year came up FAST. Christmas was wonderfully hectic this year. I made apple pie spice candied walnuts, coffee muffins, almond white hot chocolate, Reese’s Pieces chocolate chip cookies, honeycomb candy, almond toffee, wine-marinated frozen grapes, and SO MANY batches of peppermint humbugs! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So if I’ve seemed absent on social media or took forever to respond to blog comments, I blame the fact that Christmas was holding me captive in my kitchen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In the midst of the craziness, I still managed to crank out a menu I’ve been wanting to make for a looong time: food for The Nutcracker! I always have fun with festive, seasonal menus, and Nutcracker was no exception. Let’s take a look at what we made!

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Time for our November Month in Review and New Book of the Month Hint!

Posted November 30, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 2 Comments

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Can you believe Advent is already here? I haven’t even used up all my Thanksgiving leftovers yet! Still, despite the chaos of the holiday and weekend baby shower travels, I managed to find an hour or so on Sunday night to do most of my Christmas decorating. I set the lights low, turned on some instrumental Christmas hymns, and set to work. Believe it or not, it was super cathartic. I feel SO READY for Christmas now, which is great, considering my January baby is probably gonna make this the last Christmas I decorate for in a loooong time! ๐Ÿ™‚

But you probably wanted to hear about the blog, didn’t you? We wrapped up our very last Moby Dick recipe on Thanksgiving day. It featured delightful lemon cookies with white icing and gold sprinkles, inspired by Captain Ahab’s gold coin. I gotta admit, I’m pretty proud of them. They’re my own recipe, and developing baking recipes is HARD (at least for me). It feels really good to have a cookie recipe to call my own! ^.^

Let’s take a look back at the rest of our posts for the month, shall we?

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Fall Has Arrived: September in Review

Posted October 5, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 2 Comments

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So it has beenย  raining for almost a week straight. I kid you not. This was SO not what I ordered when I asked for fall to come soon! The fall flowers I planted have all but drowned, and taking blog photos has been tricky with the perpetually darkened skies.

It’s times like this that I need some cozy food in my life, and this month’s menu DEFINITELY delivered. Let’s take a look back before I share our next Book of the Month hint:

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So Long Summer: August in Review and a New Book of the Month!

Posted August 31, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 5 Comments

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So far the weather has teased us with a few deliciously crisp days, but mostly it’s been muggy and rainy. Words cannot express how ready I am to be done with this ungodly heat! Plus, autumn is my favorite time of year (changing leaves! Oktoberfest! Pumpkin stuff! Halloween!), so I’m impatient for it to get started. Luckily, I’ve already started work on my September menu, which is making it easier to wait. But first let’s take a look back at what we did in August!

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June in Review!

Posted July 1, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 5 Comments

 

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July is here, and with it, summer is in full force! I’m loving how long the sun stays up now, but I could do without the 90ยฐ heat, humidity, and mosquitoes (Oh, Illinois, why must you treat weather like an intensity contest?). On the upside, I got to spend all of June making a menu I’ve been looking forward to for AGES! ๐Ÿ™‚A

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Time for Our March Menu of the Month Hint and a Look Back on Our X-Files Menu!

Posted February 29, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Hints / 8 Comments

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As a rabid X-Files fan girl, I cannot express in words how excited I was to make an X-Files menu this month. There is absolutely no joy like being able to marathon the first six seasons while still feeling like a responsible adult because it’s “research.”

Though to be honest, I was a little nervous about timing my menu to coincide with the new season. If the new episodes were terrible, there was a good chance I’d spend most of February sobbing into a pillow instead of cooking. And I’ll admit, the first episode didn’t help my nerves much (for those who haven’t seen it, it was…weird). Luckily, Season 10 got steadily better with each episode, and I was soon gleefully reminiscing over the good old days while I re-connected with all my favorite characters.

Now I’m SO GLAD I lined up my menu with the new season. It felt extra festive to watch new episodes while eating Mulder’s iconic sunflower seeds, Scully’s pizza from Bad Blood, and delicious alien sugar cookies.

But now it’s time to shelve our UFO hunting gear and move on to a new menu. If you’re not quite ready to tell X-Files goodbye, you can check out my X-Files marathon kit, my The Truth is Out There custom tea from Adagio, or Nifty Nerd’s X-Files workout routine. Then you can take a guess at our new Book of the Month! Here’s the photo hint:

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The new menu premieres this Thursday!
Any guesses at what our next Book of the Month will be? ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Whole Month of King Arthur…and a New Menu of the Month!

Posted January 31, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Blogging, Hints / 2 Comments

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January is just about over, folks. What a month it has been! I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award, took part in my first Top Ten Tuesday linkup, and continued taking part in the Beautiful Books/Beautiful People post series. Plus, I started two new types of posts here on AWR: reading kits and tea premieres! My plan is to post a new reading kit and custom tea blend for every Book of the Month from here on out.

But my favorite part about this month was how our King Arthur menu gave me an excuse to obsess over King Arthur for an ENTIRE MONTH. I marathoned the first three seasons of Merlin, read articles analyzing Arthurian myth (including an awesome one about the sophisticated humor in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and posted my favorite modern King Arthur retellings. As you can imagine, I’ve been one happy Alison! ๐Ÿ™‚

In a way, that just makes it all the harder to move on to our next menu. My one comfort is that the new menu I have in mind involves something I love just as much as King Arthur! Ready for your photo hint? Here it is!

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Our new menu is going to be a Pop Culture Corner contribution: our very first TV Series of the Month! Though I don’t plan on doing many TV menus (I don’t want to depart TOO far from classic books), I just HAD to make a menu for this particular show. And once you see what it is, I think you’ll agree that it definitely falls into the “classic” category. ๐Ÿ™‚

ANY GUESSES AT WHAT OUR NEXT MENU OF THE MONTH WILL BE?

 

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