Appetizers · Cooking · Drinks

Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

This week, I'm sharing some of my favorite Christmas Party foods. Everyone needs a few good, go to items to bring when you're invited out at the holidays! We're starting off with a recipe I stole from a friend after she brought it to a party last Christmas. The beautiful red color of the cranberries… Continue reading Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

Baking · Candy · Desserts

Crockpot Christmas Crack

Have you ever dreamed of being one of those people who hands out homemade candy at Christmas, but secretly loathe those with that much time on their hands during the holidays? Well my friend, this recipe is for you. I've been making cookies, candies, treats and tasty things at Christmas time for two decades (sheesh… Continue reading Crockpot Christmas Crack

Kid Activities · Life

Stove Top Potpourri With FREE Printable Gift Tags

Do not eat this recipe. It is not food. Well, it is food...I mean obviously those are oranges and cranberries. But it's not food you should consume. This is the most amazing, make your house smell incredible, holiday cheer inducing, dance around the living room smelling the air -- stove top potpourri. Did you know… Continue reading Stove Top Potpourri With FREE Printable Gift Tags

Family · Kids

Gaining Perspective on Gifts – Operation Christmas Child

Before all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ramps up to full absurdity roar, we've taken a few moments as a family to put some perspective on gifts for our kids. This week, you can do the same, and bless a child in need at the same time. With the simple gift of… Continue reading Gaining Perspective on Gifts – Operation Christmas Child

Baking · Cake · Desserts

Cranberry Upside Down Coffeecake

Confession. I'm a giant bookworm. It's a condition that dates back to my early childhood. My parents have time-lapse video from Christmases long past where I don't move from the same armchair for over 10 hours. I'm a constant figure as the room buzzes with holiday activity around me. Motionless, except the occasional turning of… Continue reading Cranberry Upside Down Coffeecake

Baking · Cookies · Uncategorized

Meltaways

These delightful little cookies always seem to be on Christmas platters, but I'm here to tell you that they're great all year round. They are so easy to customize - you'll be amazed at all the delicious ways you can make them. With their buttery melty texture, they are always a hit. I've made these… Continue reading Meltaways

Baking · Bread · Breakfast

Eggnog Pound Cake

Happy Christmas Eve!! If you have time to read this today, I congratulate you for being totally prepared and on top of your game. You can join with me in pondering a most important holiday question. Who named eggnog? I mean, could you come up with a more unappealing sounding drink? Apparently so - according… Continue reading Eggnog Pound Cake

Baking · Candy

Almond Roca – English Toffee

Just a few days before Christmas and I finally got the break in the weather I've been daily checking for the entire month of December. Oh joy!! It's a Festivus miracle!! Weather is always my biggest obstacle when trying to make almond roca (English Toffee). I remember as a kid, my mom would check outside… Continue reading Almond Roca – English Toffee

Baking · Cookies · Family

Crushed Cookies

Note to self. A three-year-old plus a platter of cookies = temptation beyond measure. Every single cookie -- about 20 of them. Mangled. A little finger print right thru the top. Actually, it kind of looks like what my sister's boxes of chocolates look like after they've tested them to see which ones are cremes/caramels… Continue reading Crushed Cookies

Baking · Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

Here's another example of how Pinterest has changed my life. I never would have thought to chop up maraschino cherries to use in cookies. These decadent rose hued shortbread are so beautiful, they're almost too pretty to eat. My daughter flipped out when she saw that I was making PINK cookies! They are sure to… Continue reading White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread