The Twelve Days of Cookies

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit...or should I say Santa, Santa, Santa? Happy December! Are you ready to start your holiday baking yet, or would you rather spend time decorating the tree, curled up with a good Hallmark movie, or drinking glass after glass of rum-laced egg nog? If you're ready to brave the kitchen and whip up batch after batch of Christmas cookies, then have I got some recipes for you. Twelve to be exact. There's sure to be one that tempts Santa into leaving you that present that until now you've only been dreaming of....more

Christmas Lights and Aspirations to be Clark Griswold

The weekend after Thanksgiving is always our time to put up the outdoor Christmas lights.  I know some of you take advantage of the nicer weather and do it before Thanksgiving, however I do implore you not to turn them on until all of the turkey leftovers have been put away, and the last plate is washed and dried.  One holiday at a time please.  The week before Thanksgiving I act as the Christmas light police.  I yell at people (with my car windows rolled up, of course) to turn off their lights until after Thanksgiving dinner. ...more

Red Velvet Marshmallow Crinkles

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies SeriesOn the second day of Christmas, I'd like to give you something amazing. A cookie concocted out of cocoa and sugar, fluffy and soft and stuffed with white chocolate and the oozy goodness of marshmallow. These festive crinkles are colored red to assume the cheer of the season, their surfaces cracked with powdered sugar dusting as if they've just been sprinkled with lightly falling snow....more

Holiday Cinnamon Bun Wreath

Isn’t this the cutest idea for your Christmas brunch, a cinnamon bun wreath?! Not only is it beautiful to look at but also it’s down right delicious!! And the best part, if you know how to make basic cinnamon buns then you won’t have any troubles turning them into this beautiful wreath! It’s so simple!...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2016) - Day 25: Okay! Now it's official....

 If  you've been keeping up with my blog posts of late, then you know that I'm a huge fan of Hallmark during this time of year. Their "Countdown to Christmas" has been going on since Halloween. And I have been all in! The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have been on my "favorite channels" list ever since the countdown started. Of the 37 recordings on my DVR, 35 are Christmas movies. Yes, I rewatch them over and over. (It's part of what has gotten me through the weeks since the election.)...more

Coffee and Cream Shortbreads

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Series...more

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Fitness Lover

It's that time of year!! With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I'd start throwing up some gift ideas that should cover everyone on your list! First up...the fitness lover in your life....more