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The holidays are a time when most people slack off on their healthy habits and indulge in a few extra pieces of pie, a sweet breakfast and a mug of hot cocoa. It’s also a time when just as many people struggle to eat well while traveling, shopping and visiting family. Make your house guests happy after a morning of unwrapping gifts, and set up a few options for “naughty” or “nice” breakfast sandwiches. Family can choose whether they’d like to enjoy an extra treat to celebrate or keep it light and balanced. These featured breakfast sandwiches are our favorites, but you can find more breakfast sandwich maker recipes here. Whether you’re using a single Breakfast Sandwich Maker or saving time with a Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, your guests are promised a fun way to serve breakfast everyone will enjoy.

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NAUGHTY: Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NICE: Pesto with Sun-dried Tomato, Mozzarella and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Mozzarella Egg Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NAUGHTY: Pancakes and Sausage Sandwich

Sausage and Pancakes Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NICE: Southwestern Breakfast Muffin

Southwestern Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NAUGHTY: Warm Chocolate Croissant

Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Croissant Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

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Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Holiday baking is so much fun, and blogs and what’s better than receiving a gift of homemade goods? But sometimes, there’s not a lot of time to bake or join an intimidating cookie swap. That’s why we came up with 5 easy ways to dress up our favorite made-from-scratch chocolate brownies for the holidays. They’ll make everyone believe you’re really an elf or were trained by Mrs. Claus herself.

  1. Frozen Snowflake Brownies

Channel eternal winters, snowy kingdoms, ice princesses and hilarious snowmen with these frozen snowflake brownies. Make fudgy brownies and top them with DIY snowflake picks and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Frozen Brownies will be every kid's favorite dessert this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog at @hamiltonbeach

  1. Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

Crush candy canes in a food processor or food chopper, then sprinkle on fudgy brownies in the last few minutes of baking. When they are finished and still hot, add a few more sprinkles of peppermint to the tops. You don’t need to add a lot; just a little sprinkle goes a long way.

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. White Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Brownies

Nothing says the holidays like red, white and green. Cranberries, white chocolate and chopped pistachios are a festive addition to fudgy brownies. Just bake the brownies, then top them with melted white chocolate morsels. While the chocolate topping is still melted, sprinkle them with dried cranberries and pistachios. When the brownies cool, the chocolate topping will create a white chocolate bark perfect for the season.

Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. North Pole Brownies

Make brownies instead of cookies for Santa’s visit this year, and truly bring out your inner elf. First, make the North Pole signposts by topping straight peppermint sticks with a red hot candy (and icing to help it stick). Then, use return address labels to print North Pole signs and attach a tiny sprig of rosemary to resemble festive pine decorations. Dust fudgy brownies with confectioners’ sugar, cut them into squares and add a North Pole sign to each brownie.

North Pole Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. Santa Hat Brownies in a Sleigh

Use a mini muffin tin to cook fudgy brownies, then top them with simple vanilla frosting and strawberries to create these adorable Santa hat brownies everyone will love. (To create a sleigh, place a few in a small, rectangular dish and place in a couple candy canes.) These Pinterest-perfect brownies are great for Santa snacks, bake sales and holiday parties.

Santa Hat Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. Salted Caramel Brownies

The tried-and-true flavor of salted caramel mixed with chocolate really comes to life with these easy and delicious brownies. Just bake the fudgy brownies as normal, then drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. These are a huge crowd-pleaser.

Salted Caramel Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach



Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If your holiday shopping list looks anything like mine, you probably have a few food lovers or enthusiastic cooks to shop for. But what is a good gift for someone who loves to cook? We think themed gift baskets combining your favorite kitchen gear, accessories and snacks make excellent presents for everyone on your list.

Slow cookers are ever popular and can make a cook’s life much easier. Not only is it the perfect time of year for soups and pot roasts, slow cookers come in many different sizes, colors and patterns and have a variety of features. Does your mother-in-law’s kitchen have a gray backsplash or does your neighbor have blue walls? Find a slow cooker to match, and add various cookbooks, dish towels and spices to create a themed gift basket anyone will love.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Moms, aunts and girlfriends aren’t the only ones who might enjoy a food-themed gift basket. Coffee lovers of all kinds, including dads, husbands and brothers, will love a brand new coffee grinder to prepare their favorite beans for brewing. With easy cleanup and settings for any type of brewer, coffee grinders make excellent gifts for coffee lovers. Just add some flavored syrups, a travel mug or some beans for a gift that’s sure to please.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It’s the most important meal of the day, but so many people skip breakfast! Make mornings easier by gifting a Breakfast Sandwich Maker in a breakfast-themed basket. Include your favorite breakfast treats, some English muffins, a mini spatula and a perfectly sized storage container for quick and easy breakfasts your friend can prepare in five minutes. More than one person in their home? Consider gifting a Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker so they can make two breakfast sandwiches at once.

View our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for even more great gift ideas.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Single-serve coffee makers are one of the year’s best-selling kitchen items, as people love the convenience of sidestepping a whole pot. Let your loved ones know they are on Santa’s nice list by providing them with the flexibility of making a single-serve coffee with either fresh grounds or single-serve packs in the FlexBrew Coffee Maker. Add a pretty mug, some seasonal syrups, stirrers and a bow, and you’re all set.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Who’s the health nut in your family? In mine, it’s my brother. Without fail, his Christmas list includes protein bars, health shake mixes and whatever new contraption will help him succeed in his next triathlon. A great option for these fitness wunderkinds is a Personal Blender. These blenders feature a single-serve jar that doubles as a travel mug, making healthy choices easy for anyone with an active, on-the-go lifestyle.

Share these great gift ideas with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter – or add them to your own holiday wish list!

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Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach

Grandma makes them every Sunday with her famous meatloaf, Aunt Maria adds roasted garlic and my cousin whips them up to serve with fried chicken. You know and love this humble side dish: the mashed potato. Mashed potatoes are a comfort food staple and often have a special place next to the turkey and gravy on the Thanksgiving table. But in the name of spicing things up (just a little bit), why not add some color to this year’s classic?

Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach

Using other root vegetables in your mashed potatoes gives added depth and color, plus it’s a great way to introduce your family to a new vegetable or two. Since this recipe also has regular potatoes, it will still have that familiar texture. Use a hand mixer to make it easy to combine everything. Along with some sauteed onion, butter and milk, you have the makings of a new fall favorite. Try these mashed root veggies well into the season with roasted chicken or as a base for braised short ribs. You’ll be glad you stepped out of the mashed potato box.

Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of Hamilton Beach


Root Vegetable Mashed Potatoes
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 pound parsnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound turnips, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes
1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
In a large saucepot, add parsnips, turnips, carrot and enough water to cover. Cook over high heat 20 minutes. Add potatoes and continue cooking, about 15 minutes until vegetables are fork tender. Drain water and transfer cooked vegetables to a large mixing bowl.
While vegetables are cooking, in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Add onion mixture, milk, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the root vegetables. Beat with hand mixer until well blended with small pieces remaining.
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Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to show off your baking skills, and this pumpkin wreath bread is no exception. Golden dough in the shape of a wreath topped with coarse salt and pumpkin seeds makes a lovely centerpiece and delicious addition to the holiday meal.

No baking skills? No problem. The breadmaker does all the work. All you need to do is form the dough into a ring and use your kitchen shears to create the wreath shape.

Use a ruler if you want help guiding you where to cut. We placed ours about every 2 inches.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Kitchen shears make cutting the dough easy.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Baking the bread on parchment paper makes cleanup and removal easy.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Brush the wreath with egg white.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Place pumpkin seeds on top of the wreath. Spread them out nicely and press if they need help sticking well.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sprinkle with generous amounts of sea salt. If you sprinkle from high up, the salt will spread more evenly than if you hold you your hand close to the wreath.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Once it’s covered with your toppings, it’s ready for the oven. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can hang your wreath with a wide ribbon.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When it’s time to serve, place a small bowl of butter in the center.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You’ll have a lovely centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach Pumpkin Wreath Bread from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Pumpkin Wreath Bread
YIELDS: 1 serving

Ingredients
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115F)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
5 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Coarse sea salt
Instructions
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, milk, water, sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into bread pan of breadmaker.
Add flour to pan. Sprinkle yeast over flour.
Process in breadmaker on DOUGH cycle.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough from breadmaker and place on lined baking sheet.
Using thumbs to make a hole in center of dough, stretch dough to make a 9-inch diameter ring with a center hole of about 5-inches.
Let dough rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Hold kitchen shears at a 45-degree angle, cut from the top of ring to make 8 even cuts around the ring. Pull the sections away from the center to create the leaf shape.
In a small bowl, beat egg white and water until foamy.
Brush dough wreath with egg white mixture. (It's possible you may not use it all.) Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and sea salt.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Cool on parchment on wire rack.
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Breadmaker 101: The Basic Guide for Using a Bread Machine to Make Delicious Bread at Home - with a bonus recipe for White Wheat Bread! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Whatever your taste preferences or dietary needs, you can satisfy them with Hamilton Beach® Bread Machines. Developed with nutrition in mind, they feature settings such as gluten-free and whole-grain so you can bake wholesome breads using a variety of flours.