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Loaded with Ginger Snaps

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.

Oreo Bon Bons

Need a go to item for the holidays that take under an hour and no baking?  That’s what I thought. Every year I host a cookie swap (click on the link to read all of my secrets) in December and these are the most sought after item that I serve.  I rarely put them into the swap because everyone wants to eat them on the spot!  They are far more assembly than baking, so they are great ones for in a pinch.  The hardest part is the dipping, which is more confidence than skill.  Plus, once you put on the contrasting drizzle,

Monster (Truck) Cookies

This is a recipe that I got from the Des Moines Register when I was in middle school.  At the time, my brother and I were on our own for the summer, and this recipe was from an article on “How to keep busy in the summer.”  One of the suggestions was to watch TV without the sound and try to lip read.  Yeah–it sounded just as ridiculous 30 years ago!  In any case, these are one of my favorites since it combines oatmeal and peanut butter–one of my favorite combinations and then throw chocolate chips and M&Ms into the

Surviving a Road Trip

Here is the next installment of episodes from our webisode series.  This month is all about surviving a road trip–or thriving as it were!  Here is the teaser to get you started! So the first step to “surviving” a road trip is to ensure that everyone is entertained.  The key is spreading out the entertainment over the life of the trip–don’t show all your cards from the beginning, so that they don’t get bored too quickly. The license plate game is a must!  Here is a downloadable version and here is the Melissa and Doug game that I mention in

Valentine’s Round Up

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


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

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipes is based on the Crisco recipe, found here. I’ve been making these cookies, in some variation, since I was in high school.  As with the majority of my recipes, it serves as a base recipe that can be customized, depending on what you have, and more importantly, what you are in the mood for!  The recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped pecans.  You can substitute any number of items for those two ingredients—white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, brickle chips, craisins, raisins, and any kind of nut that

The Art of Drizzle

I seem like I am forever in a pinch—welcome to my world, where I need to do a gift, take along a treat to a play date, or take something to a potluck and I look in my cabinets and say “YIKES!”  I love to bake, as you know, but sometimes chocolate chip cookies isn’t going to cut it even though they are the easiest go to item in a pinch.  So this is when the drizzle comes into play.  Take anything you bake and make it look fancy with drizzle.  It was the night before Valentines Day, when all