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Gingerbread Boys

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Baking and decorating gingerbread boys (aka gingerbread cookies) around Christmas time is a Gladd family tradition.  We do not worry about creating the most elaborate looking cookie, and instead usually focus on how much icing we can fit onto one cookie.   To us, it’s all about having fun together. Here we are as a family […]

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The other day, Judah and I wanted to visit Daddy at work (the church office).  In the year and four months that Ben has been an associate pastor, we’ve only done this maybe three times.   Now that we are getting ready to move for his new job as a professor at a seminary, I regret […]

Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream Frosting

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If you want to have a little glimpse of the thoughts that go through my head when writing one of these posts, I can tell you that there is usually an internal debate on what to title a recipe.  Honestly, I sat here for about 15 minutes deciding if I should instead name these Chocolate […]

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Peanut Butter Blossoms are such a classic cookie that most people make only during the holidays.  Can anyone tell me why?  I’ve been hunting for the reason that these aren’t enjoyed all year long!  There isn’t a seasonal ingredient in the recipe, so I’m baffled. One reason I do not make them all year long […]

Christmas Crunch Cookies

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I’m.so.tired.  This week has been a busy yet very fun week.  Saturday was Judah’s first birthday party (so fun!), Monday we had a Christmas party to attend, Tuesday we hosted the college girls for a Christmas baking night and last night we hosted the Ugly Sweater Christmas party where we ate the sweets we baked.  […]

College & Career Ladies’ Christmas Baking Extravaganza

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Last night was one of the most amusing nights I’ve had in my kitchen.  The reason?  I had the opportunity to share it with eight other fun gals (nine, if you include the precious 18 month old!) Ben and I lead the weekly college/career Bible study group at our church.  We’ll be hosting the Ugly […]

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

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These next couple of weeks I’m predicting you’ll see quite a few sweets posted here.  I’ll admit, it’s not only because I’m making them for holiday parties or gift baskets, but partially because when winter hits my sweet tooth enhances.  The other day I was thinking about how I haven’t been using a couple of […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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Tempt me with any chocolate and peanut butter dessert and I’ll most likely give in.  Who can resist such a winning combination?  If you are also on the chocolate peanut butter bandwagon, try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling!  Ooh-la-la! I made these for our friends’ son […]

Corn Casserole

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Corn Casserole is one of my favorite sides during the holidays or at potlucks during any time of the year.  It is the easiest recipe to throw together and can be prepared with various ingredients mixed in.  Me?  I like it in its simplest form, with mainly cheese, corn and corn bread.  Mmmm…mmmm…good! Some people […]

Soul Sweet ‘Taters

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This is my third and last installment of my sweet potato recipes this week. My family will need to take a vote on which one should be made for Thanksgiving next Thursday. I already asked Ben, and he surprisingly didn’t vote for his favorite “life-changing” marshmallow variation but asked for this one instead! The best […]

Candied Yams

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A few weeks ago I picked up this month’s issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine.  I should sign up for a subscription, but I usually just grab it from the news stand around the holidays.  This year there is a feature of Tyler Florence’s Thanksgiving recipes.  The one dish that caught my eye right […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Do you call it Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Pie?  It’s like poh-tay-toh or poh-tah-toh in my book.  Thanksgiving is officially NEXT week.  Can you believe it? NEXT week!?   I’ve never roasted a turkey, therefore I have no tips for you there.  So, I decided that this week I’m going to focus on three […]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Hot Chocolate is a favorite drink in our house during the winter, especially on snowy days like we’re having today.  We will drink all kinds of hot cocoa, from the cheap Nestle and Swiss Miss, to the gourmet Ghirardelli. We love it in all forms. I think I have found my favorite hot chocolate option […]

Baby Pound Cakes

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It’s always nice to have a good grocery store nearby in case you need to run out and get something quick.  For me, that store is called Dominick’s, which is a local Safeway store.  There is actually another competitor grocery store directly across the street from Dominick’s, but I typically always choose Dominick’s over that […]

Chocolate Biscotti

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I brought these treats to Emily’s Holiday Open House Sunday night.  They were delicious!  Joelen, from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, was also at the party and said they tasted like a rich brownie…except crunchy!  It was also a great opportunity for me to use my Roasted Cacao Nibs that TCHO sent to me for a tasting. […]

Jeweled White Chocolate Lollies

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This year’s Christmas basket included lollypops, which is a first for me!  I found these in the December/January 2009 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.  They added a little healthier flavor with the nuts and raisins.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get to eat one as every single lolly needed to be used for […]

Two Toned Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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This was my first attempt at making fudge (if you don’t count this), and I will admit it was very successful!  I loved this fudge and will make it again very soon.  In fact, I’m think of baking again next weekend to make goodies for work.  If I do, this fudge is definitely going to […]

Candy Cane Biscotti

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I’m in love with these biscotti.  If I make them for myself, I probably won’t take the time to dip them in the white chocolate and crushed candy canes, because I’ll want to eat them right away instead!  They’re great dipped in coffee or hot cocoa…or even on their own. Print Candy Cane Biscotti Yield: […]

Scottish Shortbread

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I wanted to include a variety of tastes in my Christmas boxes this year.  Since I decided to break tradition and not include Pizzelles, I thought these cookies could make up for that sugary cookie taste.  This is my first time making shortbread, or really even eating it (yeah sheltered, I know, right!)  So, I’m […]

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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My only regret with these cookies is that I didn’t make a double batch!  They were so easy and yummy!  These cookies added such a festive look to my Christmas boxes.  The recipe made exactly 28 perfect cookies for me as it stated in the magazine.  Oh, and by the way, this comes from Rachael […]