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An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

Make Jesus Cookies with a Nativity Bake Set

Baking and decorating Jesus Cookies is one of my kids’ most favorite things to do every year. This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. Jesus Cookies are a […]

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

These Chocolate Chocolate Chip Biscotti are easy to prepare yet seem so elegant. Bake a batch for now and freeze a batch for later. As you know, our freezer is bursting with Christmas cookies. Every few days I pull out a box and we munch to our heart’s content. The kids and I had a great […]

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 […]

Double Chocolate Magic Bars

Know what’s better than those Magic Bars with the coconut and chocolate? Making Double Chocolate Magic Bars with chocolate cookie crumbs! 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 […]

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 […]