Chinese Almond Cookies To Prepare For Chinese New Year

I’ve actually wanted to make peanut cookies, because I personally savour the fragrance of peanuts more than that of almond. But! Surprise! Surprise! The lack of ground peanuts here, plus a reluctance on my part to grind the nuts myself with a pestle and mortar, has allowed us to enjoy 2 other types of lip-smacking cookies which we would otherwise not have thought of making. How I love life’s little surprises and the blessings in disguise....more

What type of cook are you?

So, the new year is one week old - how many resolutions have you broken? Did your Dry-uary non-drinking pledge hit a stumbling block at the weekend? Did you lose track of how many calories you were counting once they hit double digits? Did you have an unfortunate episode with Lycra that's put you off ever associating with it in public again? ...more

No Fuss Banana Bread

It was a bitterly cold morning in Northern Iowa, which seems to be the way 2014 is going to start out.  TJ and I had spent much of the morning playing, and I had been able to get some laundry and cleaning done, while stll fitting in a short 25 minute workout.  The temperatures on this particular day seemed warm compared to what we had and would be seeing…a mild 10 degrees or so....more

Root Vegetable and Cardamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I considered naming this post ‘Leftover Cake’ but I feel that such a title would disguise the fact that this cake is an exceptional, not merely acceptable, way to use up your food. First and foremost, it’s a great cake; I’d happily go out of my way to purchase the ingredients to make it. All the better if you find yourself with the appropriate leftovers....more

gooey peppermint bars

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone is having a splendid holiday filled with love, laughter, relaxation, and spending time with friends and family. Since it’s Christmas, it only makes sense that I post something chocolate-and-peppermint-related, right?...more

5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Use Royal Icing

If you’re anything like me over the holidays, you’re up to your ears buying gifts, attending parties, and just trying to make it through the month. December always feels like a race to the finish line. Who are these people who have time to bake? I’ve never been a huge baker, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of the season. But with so little time, my treats need to be easy. Bonus points if I can keep my kids engaged. ...more
Hey Stacy, I wrote the post, I'll have to add that idea for next year, it's a good one!more

Menu Mondays: Gingerbread Cookies

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you this is a hard recipe to make, but during Christmas, I'm appreciative of not having to work hard on everything. My mom introduced me to William Sonoma Gingerbread Cookie Mix. It's amazing y'all and tastes just like from scratch cookies....more

Southern Tea Cakes

I shared these delicious Southern Tea Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This was my first year participating and I had a blast! ...more

10 Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

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