Christmas Treats: Rolo Pretzels


My daughter received an Easter treat from a family friend of pretzels topped with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms. She loved them! Then she remembered that she had heard of them being made with Rolos too. Adding caramel she knew would give that sweet & salty taste an extra boost. These are so simple to make…

Week 9 Christmas Treats: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread


I will admit of not being a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte but I do love things with Pumpkin Pie flavors. Pumpkin bread is one of my favorites. Add a layer of sweet cream cheese filling and some mini chocolate chips and this is a delicious breakfast bread. This recipe makes two large loaves…

Christmas Treats Week 8: Blueberry Lemon Scones


Okay. If you are following along I missed week 7. I will go back and fill it in later but wanted to keep going with my project. Life sometimes gets in the way of things and I didn’t want it to completely derail my efforts. Verdict: These are so fresh tasting. At a time when…

Impossible Pumpkin Pie


My favorite part of pie is the crust. I love a flaky buttery crust. But, my favorite part of the pie is the least favorite part for the rest of my family.  We were looking for an easy dessert the other night and trying to make use of all our holiday leftovers. I had a…

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…