Get My Christmas Day Brunch Menu

No one likes to have to cook a big breakfast on Christmas morning. For the last few years I’ve been doing overnight french toast served with good quality (i.e. very expensive) applewood smoked bacon and a fruit salad flavored with ginger. Magic! ...more

I Like My Christmas at Home

All of you people who are spending Christmas at Disney, or on a cruise ship, or at a resort, or at a ski lodge, or on a beach, or anywhere far away from your home:  Have fun.  I do not envy you in the least.  I have never wanted to spend Christmas at Disney. Or on a cruise ship. Or at a resort. Or at a ski lodge. Or on a beach.  Ever.  Not as a child, not when my own children were little, and not now....more
Hah. In the hectic madness of our big family Christmas, I've often wondered if we should just ...more

7 Tips for the Christmas Cook

Before you work yourself into a frenzy trying to plan that perfect Michelin star Christmas dinner,  pour yourself a glass of whatever you fancy, take a minute to read this.  It'll bring your blood pressure down, promise!...more

Christmas Equals Childlike

Christmas Equals Childlike I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that.  ~Bob Newhart...more

Classmate Holiday Gift: Reindeer Noses + Free Printable

I love making gifts. I love giving gifts. I love seeing the smile on someone's face when they open it. I want my children to know this same feeling. In a world where  a "sense of entitlement" seems to be increasingly more common, I'm trying harder than ever to teach my children the opposite. I don't believe the world "owes" us something; I believe WE owe the world something. Our mark on humanity should be that we made the world a better place, we spread love and laughter, and we showed kindness and compassion to our fellow human beings. ...more

5 ways to save money at Christmas

We are less than a week away from Christmas.PANIC! Just kidding. ...more

No Vacancy in My Heart

We were waiting in Christmas traffic at the intersection to enter Target, with all the road-raging Scrooges that seem to be out this time of year. Horns were honking and cars were going absolutely nowhere, so I turned on the radio and took a sip of my Chestnut Praline latte. My mom sighed in solidarity.“Oh,” she said. “Look over there. Something’s happening.”Something was definitely happening at the Extended Stay motel. Police cars were parked in tandem slots, lights spinning....more

Quick Canapé Recipe for Parmesan Crisps

I normally have some parmesan cheese lurking somewhere in the fridge, so this is a bit of a go to canapé for me.  It's so easy to make and you will look like a domestic goddess when you whip this up for your guests.  The crispy, salty flavour is a great way to start any party....more

Beignets

A powdered-sugar laden bite of warm sweet fried dough....more