Christmas Cookies Week 6: Grand Chocolate Bundt Cake


I can just picture little Grand Chocolate Bundt Cakes as the center of cookie trays. This cake is so easy, super chocolate, and so yummy! I made one large cake for us but it works perfectly in small bundt pans. With just a sprinkling of confectioners sugar over the top it is perfectly simple! Verdict:…

December Wish List


I am not in the Christmas spirit this year. I usually have all my Christmas presents bought and wrapped and the house fully decorated by November 15th. This year. I have two naked trees. There is one on the first floor in the living room and one on the second floor in our bedroom/family room….

Christmas Cookies Week 5: Holiday Meltaways


We are always looking for new cookies and these sounded so simple when I heard about them how could I not try them! I love shortbread cookies and the recipe seemed similar so I thought how could I not love them. Verdict: These were even better than I thought they would be. Lighter than air…

Holiday Spiced Beef (12 days in the Making)


I make German food and German inspired food quite often. The joke in our house is that my daughter began eating sauerkraut from a jar with a fork by the time she was four. She cannot believe there was ever a time she did not love sauerkraut. But, we don’t talk about cooking much Irish…

More Experiences Rather than Things


Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of the ways we changed our Christmas this year was that we decided to give experiences rather than things. Each child got at least one set of tickets to an event that they would like in the area. Last night we went to see “The Wizard of Oz” touring company…

My Wish for You…


Dear All, It has been a hectic few days and I haven’t posted but I wanted to make sure that I took the time to wish you all Happy Holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, just finished Hanukkah, Kwanza, St. Lucia Day,  Three Kings Day, Epiphany, or any other day may your days be filled with…

Memories at Christmastime


I received a very special gift this week. It doesn’t look like much but brought me to tears. My aunt sent each of our family members a small Christmas tree ornament filled with small pine cones and branch clippings from the pine tree planted at my grandparent’s grave. I was 10 when my grandmother died…

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!


Have all your baking done? We bake right up until Christmas Eve when we finish with making Grandma’s Apple Kuchens. If you wish tell me about your favorite holiday cookies or a link to a favorite on your blog! Can’t wait to see all the cookies I need to try! These Chocolate Meatball Cookies (click…

Christmas Spritz Cookies


I love, love, love Christmas time! We start baking right around Thanksgiving and make cookies right up until Christmas Eve when we make our families Apple Kuchen. I made these with my mother when I was little. Our cookie press was a bit different from the one I have now but they still have the…

Traveling for the Holidays


We were  home for Christmas but had a short trip planned to visit family. We left on Christmas day thinking we would get a jump-start on the driving and arrive early on Monday to visit with my parents, brother and sister-in-law. We had an easy 5-6 hour drive planned for Monday morning. We got a…

All is Calm


The silence before the day begins is one of my favorite parts of the day. It is full of possibilities and hope. Everything is fresh and new again. May your heart be filled with the hope and possibilities of a new day! All is calm, All is bright!

Happy Holidays!


To all my friends, family and followers: Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of the other festivals and holidays this season I wish you –  Joy and Peace this Holiday Season!