Baking Christmas cookies is always a tradition that I celebrate with my Mom every holiday season. Now that I live 2 hours away from her, it’s the thing I look most forward to! We spend the weekend listening to our favorite Christmas music and whipping up all of our family favorite cookie recipes passed all the way down from my great-great-grandma (as you can see by the faded writing and very messy recipe cards.) We bake really early so we can mail out a tin to my siblings and then freeze the rest (minus some for late night snacks) and pull them out around Christmas. The holidays are crazy enough so it feels good to get the holiday baking out of the way early!
Melting moments is in the top three of my favorites we make each year. They’re such a simple recipe – 6 ingredients total and a unique texture and taste that really stands out on that festive cookie tray.
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When it comes to quintessential holiday scents, chocolate and gingerbread might top the list. It’s no wonder, what with the warm, earthy quality of both, each lending a coziness to the time of year spent indoors—where kitchens swell with the fragrance of seasonal baked goods and hearts lighten a bit. Think of these cookies as a sophisticated take on the holiday classic without the cookie cutter. Little hands can even help roll the dough into balls and coat them in Turbinado sugar. Pair these ginger cookies with a cup of tea and nestle down to share a story together.
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The most wonderful time of the year just got even sweeter – Pinhole Press is hosting our first ever Holiday Cookie Bake Off! It’s a contest that combines three of our favorite things – Pinterest, cookies, and you! Excited? You’ll be bursting at the seams with holiday cheer when you see these prizes.
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Sweater weather is synonymous with carb-loading weather, and both are definitely something to be thankful for.
But snuggling up on the couch to enjoy your favorite calorie-laden comfort foods doesn’t have to mean busting out of your jeans like a can of biscuits. Read More “Crowd-Pleasing Cauliflower Recipes You HAVE to Try”
Snack Attack! Never have those words had more meaning to me than since having two young kids. Little kids have an amazing ability to go from being completely disinterested in food to ravenous in what feels like seconds. We have been on the go a ton, and for smooth sailing when the moment strikes, I try to be prepared and keep a snack at the ready.
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Have a birthday party coming up for your child? Then you know, deciding what to do for the cake is always stressful – Do you make it? Do you hire someone? Does it need to fit with a theme or be over-the-top for a milestone birthday? I’ve got two solutions for you – a fun DIY cake bar and an alternative to buy. Read More “Buy or DIY: Rainbow Birthday Cake for Kids”
Alright Mom, it’s your moment. Your little ones are all tucked in, the dishes are done (or not), and you plop yourself on the couch taking a deep breath. Every mom needs a little “me time” and this is just that.
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Since moving to Europe this summer, we spend almost all of our free time traveling. We spent a few weeks in Italy over the summer and fell in love with the people and culture. One thing in particular, is Italian breakfast. It is a simple affair – meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurts, breads and simple pastries. Most of it is store-bought and from a local bakery. One thing that is always on the table and is always homemade is a yogurt cake.
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As a mom of two young kids and a Registered Dietitian, I am always looking for healthy recipes that don’t take all afternoon to make, and that the kids will actually eat.
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