Recipe: Mom's Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Every December for as far back as my memory stretches, Mom's house has been filled with the tempting aroma of Christmas baking. From her warm, cosy kitchen she faithfully and generously produced a bounty of sweet, delectable treats to be served at holiday parties, distributed to carolers at the front door, or wrapped and ribboned and given as gifts. (And yes, we managed to sneak some as well!) Fudge! Peanut brittle! Squares! A thousand types of cookies! Fruitcake! (OK, that one I've NEVER liked, no matter WHO makes it - but still, it's festive and pretty!) ...more

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls: Resistance Is Futile

My daughter was a bit under the weather this week.  After several days of general misery and eating very little, she finally began to rally, and to wish aloud for cinnamon rolls.  "No problem," I said.  "I'll whip some up in a jiffy!"   The good news is that within a couple of hours we had fresh, soft cinnamon rolls piping hot from the oven...ahhhhh.  The bad news is that they were really, really, really good--more like fabulous. ...more
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Tastes Like Donuts

I ran out of milk this morning.  We had soy milk and heavy whipping cream.  When I mixed it together, it tasted pretty close to regular milk.  Second son said it tasted like donuts.  First son agreed.  Yay! Victory for mom's frugal (and sneaky) ways.  Second picky eating trick: Melt together brown sugar/cream cheese/butter  and make a dip for raw carrots.  Second son ate a whole bunch of vegetables.  Score again for healthy mom!Goal today is play and have fun.  No guilt.  ...more

Holiday Baking: Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I have lots of favorite things, like Disney World and vampire romance novels, but Christmas might just top all of them. One of the joys of Christmas for me is making cookies. It is just so much fun cranking up the holiday music while dancing around the kitchen whipping up some yummy cookies. And, of course, half the fun is stuffing said cookies in my mouth while dancing around! (At least I am exercising!) ...more
Looks great:) But is it really gluten-free? I'm not sure..more

Thanksgiving Favorites: Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Few flavors epitomize the Fall season quite like pumpkin.  It's E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E right now: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Rolls, Pumpkin Bread. This pie is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread, topped with whipped cream.  Ditch that canned pumpkin, roll up your sleeves, and let's start baking! ...more

4 Easy Holiday Treats to Bake for Your Company's Holiday Party

The big company party is coming up! Unfortunately, you're the worst cook in the world. Rather than swinging by the store and picking something up and pretending you made it, try actually making something this year. Holiday treats can be fairly easy to create, and if you somehow manage to screw them up, they're still usually delicious. Here are a few easy holiday treats that you can bake for your company's next holiday party.Cinnamon Pull-Aparts...more
Mmm pretzel turtles.more

The Best Apple Pie. Ever.

My mom makes the best apple pies in the world, hands down.  When I was a little girl, I would sneak a few of the raw apples coated in cinnamon sugar to snack on.  To this day, the smell of her apple pie baking in the oven is one of my favorite things in the world.  I used to be the one standing next to my Mama in the kitchen helping to roll out the pie crust, but I’ve been replaced my precious five year old.  Grace loves to bake and Nana loves her help.  Keep reading for the recipe!  ...more
Mmm apple pie.more

Money Saving Tip for Holiday Baking

Guilt Free Protein Cookies

We all know the saying, “a minute on the lips…a lifetime on the hips.” Unfortunately this is a true statement. What you consume dictates how you will look and feel. There are so many food options that we face every day that are laden with fat and calories. If you want to be toned and feel great, there are sacrifices you have to make. Forgo the cheeseburger, fries, cupcakes and cookies. Instead opt for healthier options. Grilled lean meat or tofu, low sodium deli turkey on wheat bread, baked chips and healthier desserts that aren’t packed with sugar are great options....more
Those cookies look so yummy! I am going to  try that recipe out after the holidays.more

A Thanksgiving Dinner Roll Worthy of the Indulgence

I don't know about you, but I love bread. Sometimes I daydream about those long-ago days when I didn't count calories or believe strongly about adhering to a vegetable-dominated diet. The days of innocence, where I could consume a loaf of bread without a thought. Like I said, loooooong-ago. I was ten.Needless to say, I am really looking forward to eating bread on Thanksgiving. So that dough better be good. A dry, mediocre roll is not going to cut it....more