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…

Christmasy Fairy Bites


Do you need a super simple cookie that tastes great and can be made in under 30 minutes? These tiny little cookies are perfect! They are tiny and offer a nice sweet bite. In February my daughter’s Girl Scout troop made Fairy Bites for one of their events. We loved these little cookie bites. So,…

Christmas Peppermint Puppy Chow


For those of you who have read my Christmas – Getting Real post on Saturday (click for link to post) the tree is up! We bought a new tree and I love it. It is 9 feet tall and fits the space so much better than the old tree. No, we did not find the…

Eggnog Pancakes


It is eggnog season. Eggnog is one of those things many either really love or really hate. As a drink, I do not like it at all. But, as a flavoring I like it. It is the nutmeg/cinnamon flavors I like. My kids love it and make the recipe from The Betty Crocker Kid’s Cookbook (click…

The Days Leading Up to Christmas


When my children were little we used to do the Advent calendars with them that had tiny pieces of chocolate hidden behind little doors that were numbered with the days leading up to Christmas so you could open one door each night. We found them one day while at a German deli and thought they…

Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies


These cookies are a favorite in our house.  I use the recipe for Quaker’s Best Oatmeal Cookies from  Quaker Oats.com just like my mother used to make them off the back of the oatmeal box.  I almost never bake but when I do I want a recipe I know that will turn out each and…