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Easy Food Gifts to Make (& FREE Printable Instructions)

Preparing gifts of food can be a thoughtful and economical way to treat your friends and neighbors at the holidays. Plates of cookies or tins full of toffee are such a treat! One trouble with baked goods, however, is that I fear sometimes those items will go to waste. If your friends are receiving plates […]

Booking It with Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

This year we’re Booking It on LifeasMOM. It’s an online book club designed to get you off the computer, phone, and boob tube and into a book. Reading is an adventure! You learned this long ago. But, in our older years, it is tempting to forget. On the 10th of each month, we’re discussing an assigned […]

Bake a Pie for National Pie Day

I rarely need an excuse to enjoy pie, but in case you do, I thought I would let you know about National Pie Day which just happens to be tomorrow. So, you know what that means? Today is a great day to bake one! In fact, make two. Eat one and then share the other […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Gramma John was born and raised in South Eastern Minnesota. She lived most of her life on a farm, was widowed twice, and raised eight kids — six of them boys. Besides being a very brave and somewhat ornery woman, she was a fantastic baker. Here we are in my mom’s 1970s kitchen making […]

Nanna’s Gingerbread Gone Wrong

In the recent Gingerbread versus Sugar Cookie battle, the Sugar Cookie won. The above cookies were both cut with the same donkey cookie cutter. You know, the donkey that Mary rode to Bethlehem on. Both recipes were from my mom, recipes that mom made all the time when I was a kid. Both recipes that […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles

Looking for a fun food gift? Might I suggest a recycled plastic pretzel jar full of Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles? These cookies are so good. They are egg free, nut free, and taste fabulous. The cookie recipe is simply my Farm Style Oatmeal Cookies with 2 cups of dried cranberries mixed in. They can easily be […]

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Biscotti

As you know, our freezer is bursting with Christmas cookies. Every few days I pull out a box and we munch to our hearts content. The kids and I had a great time baking a few weeks ago. My kids love baking Christmas cookies and in years past, I’ve put it off and felt guilty […]

Chocolate Minty Melts

We made a wonderful discovery this  month when we were baking our Christmas Cookies. Oh my! What a happy accident! Years ago I discovered this recipe for Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies. It was basically a chocolate crackle gone minty. I tweaked the original in altering the form of baking chocolate used. But, I’ve been […]