Easy Gingerbread Cookie Recipe and Choosing Simplicity

I have always loved to bake and my 16 year old daughter seems to have developed my passion for it, as well.  She came to me last week and asked if we could make gingerbread cookies together.  I am thrilled that she wants to spend time with me, however, I admit that making gingerbread cookies has always intimidated me.  All that rolling out of dough and decorating of dozens of little men.  But, I told her to find an easy gingerbread cookie recipe on Pinterest and we would give it a try.  I'm glad I did.  Not only … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

Looking for an easy Christmas craft?  This cinnamon stick Santa and Elf craft is so simple to make.  This would be a wonderful addition to the Christmas tree or a frugal Christmas craft to sell at your local craft fair.Years ago, I bought a ton of cinnamon sticks when I made a cinnamon stick centerpiece for fall. Ever since, I have been trying to come up with creative ways to use up the rest of them! As I was browsing through Pinterest I discovered tons of DIY Christmas ornaments and crafts that use Popsicle sticks. Many of these … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookie Recipe

My favorite part of the holidays is the baking! These easy chocolate crinkles remind me of my childhood and are a delicious treat every Christmas. When I graduated from college I went back home to Connecticut for one week to gather my things and move down to Texas. I packed all the stuff I thought was important like my clothes and my books. Everything was shipped down to Houston and  I was excited to be starting a new life.Christmas Cookie Traditions When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single … [Read more...]

Try this Eco Friendly Christmas Craft: Bottle Cap Snowmen!

I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year and these bottle cap snowmen are the perfect addition! There are handprint Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations. Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all but the Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood. Now that my kids are teens, they aren't really into making crafty Christmas ornaments anymore but I decided to get out my glue gun this … [Read more...]

What to Put in Military Care Packages

Do you have a service member in your family that needs some love this holiday season? Are you wondering what to put in military care packages? When I was little, my father was in the Naval Reserves. I have fond memories of him in his shiny black shoes and spiffy white hat. I was too young to understand much about war or what military men and women were dedicating themselves to. As an adult, I have a better understanding of the sacrifices of these brave men and woman. They dedicate so much of their lives to protecting and serving our nation and … [Read more...]

Are fake ones just as good as the real thing?

Christmas is almost here and everyone is rushing around looking for Christmas trees to put in their homes. Some people choose real trees while others look for the best artificial Christmas trees they can find. Are those people making the better choice? Is it better for the environment to choose a real tree or should we all be looking for realistic artificial Christmas trees?In a few weeks there will be millions of dried up evergreen trees heading to the dump. They have fulfilled their one and only requirement of decorating our homes for … [Read more...]

My Holiday Wishes Just for You

December is a hectic time of year, whether you choose to celebrate Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice or whatever else your chosen holiday happens to be. There are gifts to buy, cookies to bake, parties to attend and obligations to deal with. More so than any other time of year, we get caught up in our never ending to do list. There are things we wish for during this time of year but never vocalize because there is too much else going on. But wishes will never come true unless we work hard to MAKE them happen. I don't believe in … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BICĀ® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

Homemade Candy Recipe: Gingerbread Truffles

This post about homemade candy was inspired by a product I received to review at no charge. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure.Every year for the past 17 years I have made homemade candy during the holidays. This little adventure started out with just a few homemade candy recipes but has grown over the years to a point where it is slightly out of control. I am up to 17 … [Read more...]

Making Reindeer Antlers with Dove Chocolates

My favorite part of the holidays is definitely the baking. Okay, I love the eating, too, but first there has to be baking! My kids have become very handy in the kitchen and during the chaos of the holidays, baking with your children is a great way to slow down and reconnect. We make a ton of candy during Christmas to share with family, friends, neighbors and teachers. Even the bus driver gets a special gift to help show him how much I appreciate his patience! This weekend my children and I embarked on a new challenge:  We created Reindeer … [Read more...]