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!  

The Ghost of Christmas Past


I was thinking this morning, “If the Ghost of Christmas Past appeared to me what would he show me in my life to bring back a belief in the good of people and Christmas?” Bonus points if you can name this movie! A couple of Christmas memories really stand out. I remember being about 8-9…

Christmas Memories and Chocolate Meatball Cookies


This is a cookie from my childhood. It is still a family favorite. Of all the cookies and sweets I make this and the Apple Kuchen are the two things that always signify Christmas in our house. They are the cookie that my children ask for and family wants us to bring to family gatherings….

Super Chocolate M&M Christmas Cookies


We had our first snow day yesterday. I LOVE snow days. I like having my kids both home with me and because everything is cancelled we have this “free” day to play. Now, both kids still have things to do like emptying the dishwasher and shoveling but somehow the whole day just seems more fun…