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Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown your butter in a skillet to take these toffee chocolate chips cookies to the next level! We are going to DISNEY WORLD!  This trip was a year and a half in the making and it’s finally here!  My side of the family is traveling down from Michigan to meet up with us.  We are renting […]

Family-Friendly Austin: Where to Stay and Where to Play with Young Kids [Austin, TX]

Family-Friendly Austin, TX: Omni Hotel Downtown Austin, TX

Family-friendly ideas of where to stay and where to play during your visit to Austin, TX with young kids. We recently made our second trip to Austin, TX with the kids.  Our first visit was two years ago for a conference I attended.  The whole family came and we had a great time venturing our way to different restaurants […]

Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel Topping

Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel Topping

Banana-nut bread with an easy walnut streusel topping sprinkled over top. Happy new year!  Did you enjoy the holidays?  I enjoyed taking some much needed time off!  We traveled to North Carolina for Christmas and once we returned, Ben threw out his back and was in bed for a few days (yikes!).  Poor guy was […]

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

German Chocolate Pecan Pie - easiest gourmet pie!

Mix up your holiday pie offerings with this German Chocolate Pecan Pie – a perfect union of German Chocolate Cake and Pecan Pie! Thanksgiving is not the only time we eat pie.  What kind of pies are you serving this Christmas?  I bet many of you will have the traditional pumpkin or pecan pies.  Maybe a buttermilk […]

Kid-Friendly Eggnog (No Alcohol, No Raw Eggs)

Kid-Friendly Eggnog (No Alcohol, No Raw Eggs)

This creamy eggnog recipe cooks the eggs and doesn’t include alcohol, so your kids can safely enjoy it with you! Do you like eggnog?  I have to be completely honest – this is the first time I’ve ever tried eggnog.  Ben loves it, but I could never find it in me to drink something with […]

Salt Dough Santa Handprints

Salt Dough Santa Handprints - Just flour, salt and water! Bake or air dry then paint. Easy as 1-2-3 and a perfect homemade gift for the grandparents!

These salt dough handprints painted as Santa Claus are the ideal Christmas craft for your kids!  Wrap them up and give them to Grandma and Grandpa as an EASY homemade Christmas gift! Are you still looking for ideas for a homemade Christmas gift from your kids to their grandparents?  You’re in luck!  This is as […]

Soft Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing

Soft Sugar Cookie Cut Outs for Christmas - holds perfect shape and an easy icing recipe included!

These perfectly shaped and decorated sugar cookies are my favorite cut-outs for the Christmas season and any other festive occasion!  Use the simple icing recipe to easily frost the cookies with a delicate smooth finish. We have finally reached the day where I get to share my favorite sugar cookie cut-out recipe with you!  I love […]

Gingerdoodles (Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookies)

Gingerdoodles (Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookies)

A mesh of my favorite snickerdoodle cookies recipe with the flavors of gingerbread boys to create a new classic holiday gem – introducing Gingerdoodles! Are you still searching for the perfect holiday cookie exchange recipe?  Look no further, friends!  I’ve already made these cookies three times this season and, yes, I plan to bake them […]

Jingle Bell Bites (Holiday Bites)

Jingle Bell Bites (Holiday Shortbread Bites)

These Jingle Bell holiday bites are miniature shortbread cookies with green and red nonpareils speckled throughout for fun festive cheer! You saw these during Halloween, and now I’m introducing them again for Christmas.  Jingle Bell Bites!  It took me up until just five seconds ago to finally decide on what I would name these this time around.  I […]

Saturday Seeds: Live Video Chat with Santa Claus!

Live Video Chat with Santa via HelloSanta.com

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Today I’m going to tell you about a VERY cool thing we did the day after Thanksgiving.  We talked to Santa on a LIVE video chat!  You guys, it was so cool!  It’s possible I was the most pumped about this experience, but I know that my kids and Ben loved it, […]