Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

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Cookie Day #2 No holiday cookie plate would be complete without some type of chocolate cookie.  Don’t you agree? So how about a chocolate sandwich cookie?  The one thing I don’t like about sandwich cookies is that when you eat one cookie – you are really eating two cookies.  But you only get the enjoyment of eating one cookie.  Make sense!? So when I make sandwich cookies I make them small.  They are almost bite size – really two bites.   That way I can actually eat two of them [Continue Reading...]

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it is time to get serious about Christmas.  I got a big chunk of my shopping done on CyperMonday!  How about you? One of my favorite holiday activities is our Annual Cookie Baking Day.  I spend a lot of time coming up with just the right menu of cookies.  Being sure flavors are balanced – can’t have all chocolate cookies.  There is always a list of our favorites like Lemon Drops and Snowballs. Each year I always add a few new recipes to [Continue Reading...]

Gratitude and Giveaway

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Just wanted to remind you about the great giveaway I have going until tomorrow night, Nov. 29th at midnight.  Head on over to this post and enter to win a free 8 x 10 or a $10.00 gift card to Easy Canvas Prints.  Check out the print I had made too! I hope you all enjoyed a great Thanksgiving.  We spent the holiday with our four kids in Utah and Jim’s family.  We had a great time and loved being together. Cali, my theater major daughter, decided we all needed [Continue Reading...]

Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway

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Happy Black Friday!   Did you hit the stores already or are you heading out?  I think I may venture out later this afternoon to add a few touches to the outfits we are wearing for our family photo tomorrow. Believe it or not I actually like putting together outfits for family photos! One of the favorite photo shoots I have done was with my two girls.  Remember all those fun photos my friend Meg took of Me and My Girls!? When I was contacted by the company Easy Canvas [Continue Reading...]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

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If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers at your house on Friday, I thought I’d give you a list of some great “leftover recipes.” We’re feeding about 40 tomorrow so not sure how many leftovers we’ll have! If you have leftover mashed potatoes a pot of Baked Potato Soup will definitely take the chill off! Leftover turkey works great in soups too, just make it turkey and wild rice soup instead of chicken! How about a turkey and cheese enchilada – yum! Mexican food works great with turkey [Continue Reading...]

Thanksgiving 2011 Menu and Giveaway Winner

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 I am excited to announce the winner of our Macy’s cookware giveaway! Congratulations to #91 Wendy Webster       Love the color of the casserole dish.                            That would be awesome on my table for my first ever thanksgiving feast in the first home we  have ever bought! Email me your shipping info Wendy and we’ll get it right out to you!  Thanks to all who entered and especially to Macy’s for sponsoring the giveaway. I spent the weekend finalizing my Thanksgiving dinner [Continue Reading...]

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Step by Step to creating PERFECT Caramel Apples

My friend Diane was in town visiting for a few days this last week.  Diane is an amazing women in many ways. A single mom of 7, full time student, and an entrepreneur. She is also an amazing caramel apple maker.  I was so excited when she volunteered to show me her technique.  It was a fun way to create some Thanksgiving gifts for people too. I have made caramel apples before and have always made my caramel from scratch.  Delicious but a little labor intensive.  Diane showed me a [Continue Reading...]

Crescent Rolls

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I was beginning to think that this post was just not meant to be. Last Sunday I made up a batch of rolls.  They turned out perfect.  They tasted wonderful and they looked beautiful.  They raised  perfectly and were golden brown.  The photos were lovely. Then I got a little over zealous with my camera.  I not only deleted the photos, I totally erased my memory card before I downloaded the pictures.  I was so sad. But it was a great excuse to make another batch of rolls.  They tasted [Continue Reading...]

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes and Macy’s Giveaway

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Over the next few days I am going to be sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving menu items! We’ll be spending the holiday with the four kids and about 40 of Jim’s family in Utah.  We volunteered to host dinner.  Fortunately my lovely niece Emily (love that girl!)  is letting me use her house and kitchen!  I also have some amazing sister in laws and mother in law who have volunteered to help! Today’s recipe is one that was shared with me about 25 years ago by Jim’s Aunt Dawn.  [Continue Reading...]