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 thisĀ  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 […]

Double Chocolate Magic Bars

This month I’m sharing 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! I love Magic Bars. When I was pregnant with FishChick2, I ate half a pan all by myself — in one sitting. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too well that afternoon when I went in for my OB check-up. And Dr. Arroyo was none too […]

How to Make 12 Different Christmas Cookies Without Going Insane (An Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I love the tradition of Christmas Cookies. There are so many memories attached to cookies. Whether it was baking them with your gramma or mom or decorating them with your siblings, my guess is that most of us have some sweet recollection of cookies, especially at the holidays. And I bet you can’t stop at […]

A Tangled Birthday Cake Idea

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair…. When I was a young girl, I had long, blondish hair that my mom would brush daily. And my mom would call me Rapunzel. I wasn’t really a princess, but in my eyes — and hers — I was. (Thanks, Mom.) It’s no different with my own girls. […]