Make Jesus Cookies with a Nativity Bake Set

Jesus Cookies are a highlight of Christmas for my kids. My mom bought us a Nativity Bake Set about ten years ago, and it seriously has been one of the best parts of our holidays — every year. Not only do my kids get to decorate cookies, but they get to do it while reviewing […]

Pretzel Berry (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Holiday Foods)

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I only make it twice a year. But, my family starts doing cartwheels when I bring out the ingredients. My husband who doesn’t really like sweets could eat the whole pan. My brother, who hates dessert, even tried it and LOVED it at Thanksgiving. My children start to chant the words, “Pretzel Berry! Pretzel Berry!” […]

Super Simple Fudge

Growing up fudge was a Christmas tradition at our house. My mom usually made a very simple version using marshmallow creme. I’ve followed in her footsteps — until this year. I bought all the ingredients, fully prepared to make fudge to add to our Christmas cookie tray. Well, who woulda thunk that marshmallow creme had […]

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 […]

Apples and Maple Whipped Cream – An Easy and Healthier Dessert for Fall

One night last week when my kids asked for dessert, I came up empty handed. I really didn’t have a plan. But I knew we had lots of delicious farm-fresh apples, though. I could have made a caramel sauce, though I never have and suspected that it would bomb my first time out. But, I […]

Fun Fall Learning Activities for Children

Fall has always been a favorite season of mine. Pumpkin patches, apple picking and crunching leaves work together to create an atmosphere of fun and exploration for children. Over the years we’ve collected acorns, gone on hay rides, and gone apple tasting. I’ve even broken some rules and climbed apple trees that weren’t supposed to […]