December is my favorite month when it comes to food. I love to bake…mostly because I LOVE to eat sweets. Everyone needs a vice…right?!?! Growing up I was not a fan of gingersnaps. Likely because they truly were snaps. Or would cause you to snap a tooth! My gingersnaps are soft and chewy, not hard and brittle. Enough said! They are great in the fall wrapped up with raffia for gifts, and great with a cup of tea, anytime really. And you can also sandwich two with vanilla ice cream, which makes them the most “year round” cookie around.
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I’ve noted before that to run, I would need to be chased. What about you? But that hasn’t kept us from participating in a few 5Ks along the way. One of which is the Feaster Five in Andover (where we live) on Thanksgiving morning. The added incentive for this 5k, which of course I just walk, is that everyone gets a pie at the finish line. When you sign up early (that isn’t me) you get a shirt that says, “I Run for Pie.” That would be a fitting t-shirt for me even though it’s not true! Not unless the
As you may or may not know, my mom and I published her collection of recipes in the early 2000s in a series divided by season and it included menu plans, gardening tips and entertaining ideas. She owned the Addie’s Place Bed & Breakfast when I was in high school and then went on to have her own catering company (Catering on 5th) and was a custom baker. In other words, folks would have her do their baking for her and in some cases pass it off as their own (like an entire Thanksgiving dinner in the client’s own pans).
My husband’s new toy (for me to play with) is a Breville juicer. Yadda yadda yadda…he can’t eat most veggies in their original form, so to get his nutrients we’ve taken to juicing. Everything we juice smells like freshly cut grass in my opinion, but he seems to love it! The downfall of the juicer is that it creates a lot of “pulp” that seems a shame to throw away. So the other day I used the carrot, apple, and kale pulp from his juice to make muffins, but it’s typically made with shredded carrots. You could substitute zucchini and/or
While my husband will tell you that every day is Valentine’s Day, I would beg to differ! That aside, I do enjoy having fun with the kids for Valentine’s and this year with 60″ of snow and still counting, it’s the only thing keeping us sane! So here are some of my favorite Valentine’s ideas, crafts and goodies. Enjoy! These were Zain’s Valentine’s from first grade with bouncy balls…Valentine, You Make My Heart Bounce! It’s safe to say, they were a huge hit all round. I used clear cello bags from the craft store’s candy aisle. I trimmed the bag
This is by far the easiest coffee cake recipes you will ever run into. It can be whipped up in less time than it takes to preheat the oven and it only takes 20-25 minutes to bake. Can you say, instant gratification? My boys love it! I make mine gluten free by using a gluten free one-to-one baking flour blend and dairy free with almond milk and Earth’s Balance ‘butter’. Since it has 3 teaspoons of baking powder it leavens very well in spite of being gluten free. Enjoy!
My boys live on waffles and way way back when Zain was little I would buy frozen waffles from the grocery store because they were easy and seemingly nutritious–right?!?! But over time, as I would make waffles on the weekends, Zain would revolt against the grocery store waffles, which was a compliment, I guess, but seemed like way too much work to make waffles every day. So instead, I started making large batches on the weekend. Enough for them to eat them for a weekend morning and enough to freeze for the week. Once they are cooled, I put them
I’m lazy when it comes to carrots. For my own eating pleasure, I only use cleaned and peeled “baby” carrots, so when we get “real” carrots from the farm as part of our CSA I look on like I’m not sure what to do with them. My first inclination is to make my mom’s famous Carrot Cake but that really negates the concept of a low calorie food. So these muffins are the next best thing. They are like little carrot cakes without cream cheese frosting (not that you couldn’t add that!) and, at least seem, less sinful. Whenever I
During the fall (and spring, summer and winter) I can’t get enough cinnamon and one of my favorite cinnamon recipes is for Snickerdoodles! Plus it’s just fun to say! This is a quick recipe that was also easy to convert to gluten and dairy free even. This photo is from this last spring when I made a double batch and packaged them up for the teachers at the boys’ school. In retrospect, I was a bit cruel, because I should have tripled the recipe –because many went without. But those that had them, loved them. They are still stopping me