Novel Baking: Home Made Winter


I’m joining The Novel Bakers with

Home Made Winter.


HOME MADE blew readers away with its stunning package, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instruction, and Yvette van Boven’s own hand-drawn artwork throughout the book. Van Boven’s passion for great food and good humor could be felt on every page in the book.


Now, in the follow-up HOME MADE WINTER, van Boven’s heartfelt work is presented again, this time with recipes intended for the winter season. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her frequent sojourns in France, she has created a collection of recipes that will warm your heart.


Chapters include Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch; Pies and Sweet Things for Tea Time; Beverages; To Start; and Dessert. She focuses on simple recipes for classic dishes such as apple cider, BBQ pulled pork, ricotta cheesecake, and more. Step-by-step, she explains how to make butter, beef sausage, and baileys. She also features her favorite winter holiday recipes. Readers will be inspired to put on a cozy sweater and step into the kitchen.


Home Made Winter is all about comforting winter food, with inspiration from Ireland, France and Holland. While we’re not Irish, we indulge in a shot (or two :) of Irish Cream in our coffee during the winter months. I had never made Irish Cream Liqueur before, now that I have there is no going back to the bottled stuff on the liquor store shelves.


I’ll be making my own from now on,

ready in 5 minutes and oh so much better!

Look at the ingredients, no wonder this stuff is so good. . .


Homemade Irish Cream,

recipe adapted from Home Made Winter


1 1/4 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jamison)
3/4 cup heavy cream (I used 1 cup)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (my addition)
1 tablespoon instant coffee (I had instant espresso so I used 1/2 tablespoon)



1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend briefly until mixed.

2. Transfer mixture to a clean glass bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Shake well before using.

In the spirit of Homemade, I had plans to make a sweater bottle wrap to go with a bottle of Irish Cream as a gift.

I found this idea on Pinterest,

all I needed was a sweater to repurpose:

Source: GREY LIKES Weddings, directions here.


While sweater bottle wraps are still on my ‘to do’ project list, I found a ready made sweater bottle wrap on sale at Pottery Barn after Christmas, ideal to keep your bottle warm & cozy :) and for instant wrap to give along with a bottle of Homemade Irish Cream.



Indulge in Irish Cream over ice

or add a shot to your coffee. . .


Add some whipped cream

and a pirouline cookie. . .


“I believe that, just like a formally decorated table or a beautifully arranged plate, a cookbook should exude a certain spirit, or a mood, that you should be in when you start to get going in the kitchen.”

~Yvette van Boven


Snuggle up with a blanket, a good book,

or this delicious cookbook and some

Home Made Irish Cream this winter!


You can find a printable recipe, here.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

I’m joining The Novel Bakers for

Home Made Winter this week. . .

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for more Home Made Winter fun~

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  35 comments for “Novel Baking: Home Made Winter

  1. January 27, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Reblogged this on photographyofnia.

  2. poussière d'Argence
    January 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Merci pour ce beau partage. Pourrais je avoir les recettes en français, elles ont l’air succulentes mais je ne comprends pas l’anglais.
    Bonne idée pour garder les bouteilles au chaud.
    Passe une douce journée

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    January 27, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Oh yum! I could see sipping a nice homemade Baileys all bundled up sitting on the dock Mary-enjoy:@)

  4. January 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

    What an amazing post …. fantastic photos! Have to get hold of the book now.

  5. Cheryl
    January 27, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Welcome back Novel Bakers! What a great book to help brighten up this brutal winter. I am so looking forward to spending this week with you. And you, Mary, are off to a great start. This recipe for Irish Cream looks yum. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  6. January 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Lynn, never mind the dock, it’s too cold! Ha! Ha! You need to sip it sitting in front of the fireplace. Will be sure to try Homemade Irish Cream! Yum!!

  7. January 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Glad the Novel Bakers are back. Mary, I am sitting by the fire enjoying your post. Homemade Irish Cream looks delicious. Look forward to the rest of the week.

  8. Sybil phillips
    January 27, 2014 at 7:59 am

    If you get a chance to see and hear James Farmer speak, you will have a treat. He is tops in flower arranging, table scapes, and as is. Often said the whole nine yards. He is the author of several books and another one is due out in March. He spoke at the Southern Gardening Symposium at Callaway Gardens in Georgia this past weekend. As I listened and looked at his slides, I thought about you.

    • January 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Sybil! I have one of his books, love his garden style and arrangements! One of my favorite quotes of his is: “Fall is a Southerner’s reward for surviving summer” :)

  9. Bonbongirl
    January 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Homemade is ALWAYS better than store bought! Such an awesome post & I can’t wait to try the recipe and copy the sweater wrapped bottle idea! However, where did you buy the clamped/airtight bottle?

    • January 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

      World Market, but you could probably find similar ones at Pier 1 and HomeGoods :)

  10. vicky
    January 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I’m off to buy the ingredients for the Irish Cream now! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for introducing me to Home Made Winter – I’m going to order one if my Barnes and Noble doesn’t have a copy. Thanks again!

  11. January 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

    What a dreamy way to start this freezing cold week [again] :( A big batch of homemade Irish Cream, a blanket, and a cookbook full of hand drawn illustrations sounds like heaven to me! I love that the recipe doesn’t have to sit around and ferment or something for weeks! Just like your 5 minute candy cane vodka, it’s ready in no time, I’m all about instant gratification! Can’t wait to try this and hear more about this beautiful book~

  12. January 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Mmmm this sounds like my kind of book! I love reading cookbooks as novels, Mary, and this would fit the bill. My hubby and I made homemade Bailey’s as gifts for Christmas one year. I love your sweater cozy for the bottle. Cheers!! xo

  13. January 27, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’m having a Bailey’s flavored latte as I read. Never thought about making my own, but it seems simple enough.

  14. January 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Oh, YUM!! I love Irish Cream Whiskey but have never made my own! I do have all the ingredients in my kitchen now so maybe I’ll warm up our evening with a nice Irish coffee! I’m so glad to see the Novel Bakers back. Linda

  15. January 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    This sounds like something I WILL make, I love baileys so know that home made will be even better! Love the sweater cozy too. I am SICK so could use some of this right now:) XO

  16. franki
    January 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Those bottle sweater cozies are just THE CUTEST THING!! I’m a “Bailey’s” girl myself…that recipe is a temptation waiting to happen!! CHEERS! franki

  17. January 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

    girrrrl, you know i love this! can you believe how fast it is to home made happiness? your pics are fabulous, of course you would come dressed to a party in your cold snappy weather, out west we are running naked in the heat! heck i couldn’t even show a pic of it poured, it was to early to start guzzling since the night i made it i polished off a huge chunk… in fact i barely slept last night, husband just wrote me and said tonights you are drinking your irish cream so you can hit the land of dreams~

    i think these are very clever books, i am so glad we had a chance to kick the year off in ireland. i adore your furry pour shot, just puts a smile on my face, and again if you think of ALL the recipes in the book, of course we are twins to kick the day off with the same one… only you dress and drink better ;-)

  18. January 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Love it!!! I really “need” to whip up some home made Irish Cream.:-)

    I think I’ll look around. I am thinking I have a sweater or two stashed away somewhere around here…hmmmm.

  19. paula
    January 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Help send Irish Cream for my coffee!! looks so yummy on this cold day where we have 4ft snowdrifts in our driveway!!

  20. January 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve been making my own Kona Coffee liqueur for years but have never attempted Bailey’s…How deliciously easy!
    Thank you, Mary!

  21. January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    yum…I have to admit, Irish Cream and coffee is one of my weaknesses!

  22. January 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Everything about this post is warm and wonderful and inviting, Mary!!
    Please come on over to Project Inspire{d} and link up your delicious inspiration. Our party goes live on Monday nights at 8 ET at See you there!!!! :)


  23. January 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Mary, I made this, too–it was so good, wasn’t it? Your homemade Bailey’s whisked me away, into a calm, warm, happy place. Repurposing sweaters is the perfect way to present a winter gift–but you got the deal of the century with the PB bottle sweater. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. And the tartan blanket in the opening pictures is a kissing cousin to mine. I’m wrapped up in it now, waiting for a second cold whiplash. We’re running low on propane, about 38%, and the propane company said they’d get to us when they got to us, thanks to the shortage. Will is already looking into geothermal heating and solar panels. I hope you stay warm! I’m looking forward to the rest of the week! xxoo

  24. January 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    What a perfect book and thanks for the recipe!…Can’t wait to make a double for me and one for my friend who loves Irish Cream…and must check out my PB to see if there are any of those great “sweaters” left!!

  25. January 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Love the cream, thanks for the recipe and love the sweater cozies. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  26. January 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Wow. What a great idea and a great post. I will be making the Irish Cream soon. Maybe I’ll even try it with decaf, so I can drink till the wee hours and then still get my forty winks…

  27. January 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a great idea for old sweaters…

  28. January 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I love what you did with that sweater! So cute! I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (

  29. February 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Oh, yum!

    – The Tablescaper

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