There is something about Christmas that brings out the magic of food. It may sound cheezy, but I truly believe this is because everything is baked with love. We bring out our old, tattered, recipe cards handed down through the generations and BAKE. It means so much to me to follow a recipe written in my grandmother's shaky handwriting. A favorite recipe from my childhood is a classic - Old Fashioned Potato Candy. It is sweet, delicious, and (my favorite) easy to make! I remember, as a child, looking at potato candy sitting on a platter in my grandmother's home. To be honest, I didn't want to Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Growing up, I was truly blessed having my grandma live only about a 100 yards from me. I practically lived at her house, especially during the summer time and during the holidays. Grandma's house is where I learned to can, cook, and bake a lot of the foods that our family enjoys today. My grandma was always so patient with me, letting me read the recipes and measure out the ingredients as we mixed up a dessert. It is because of her love and patience with me in the kitchen that I love to bake and cook today. I have so many wonderful memories of being in the kitchen with my grandma, especially Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I'm not exactly sure when this tradition started in my family, but I vaguely remember it one year while I was in middle school. My grandmother gave me a tin of Teddy Bear Trail mix with a ticket to a special outing hidden in the bottom. It's been a part of our holiday treats ever since. While the fun name and cute teddy bear cookies appeal to the kids at our Christmas parties, adults find it just as irresistible and hard to stop eating. With just three ingredients and no baking, it is simple enough for kids to make. Teddy Bear Trail Mix Ingredients: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Teddy Graham Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
There always seems to be so much involved in making a cake or pie truly decadent. When it comes to cookies, all you have to do is add a little bit of icing. That is all that I need and I am good to go. When I was in college, unbeknownst to my parents, I got myself a job. I was not sneaking, but their desire was for me to concentrate on school and not take on another commitment. Well, the job that I had was not just any job. It was at a local bakery, The Carnegie Cookie Bar and Ice Grill. Everything that we sold, except the ice cream, was handmade. We made all type of cookies: snicker Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
These are complicated cookies, taking hours to make properly once you get all of the steps done, but it’s hours you spend with your family and friends, laughing and enjoying yourselves. My mom remembers making these cookies with her grandmother every year, and I remember making them with my mom every year. The cookie cutter itself is passed down from my great-grandma. There are two of them. One is cracked and was lovingly glued back together; the other is in mostly good shape. After I got married and took over the cookie-making duties, I found a website making imitations of the Santa Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Our family's version of Magic Bars was dubbed "Miracle Bars" by our church family in Spain who proclaimed they had never tasted anything so delicious. They were quite disappointed to find out that our secret ingredient (caramels) isn't sold in Spain. I guess they eased their pain by carrying off an entire pan full of the cookie bars after our yearly Thanksgiving feast. Thankfully, we had made several pans full, anticipating the popularity of the ooey-gooey goodness! Ooey-Gooey Magic Bars 1 package graham crackers, crushed 1 stick butter, melted 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup milk Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
For years, I have been the official peanut butter fudge-maker in my family. Now, my Mom still makes peanut butter fudge, but I learned how to make it in junior high and have been making it every year since. And when I head home for the holidays, my sisters always ask me to make it for them. I love peanut butter fudge, and I especially love my Mom's recipe. I also have spent a lot of time figuring out how to make the fudge turn out. It can be tricky. For the first two years after I got married, my husband and I could never figure out why my peanut butter fudge did not turn out at home, but Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have always been my favorite cookie that my mother made during the Christmas holiday season. She always made sure to make at least one favorite for each of us three kids in addition to some other family tradition holiday treats. For years after moving out of the house and after having children of my own, my mom and I would make cookies together. Even now we try to make at least a couple of types of cookies together along with my three children. I am not very fond of cooking or baking. But I do put a well-balanced meal on the table every day and I do stop to spend Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I came across this recipe a few years ago and decided to try it out one Christmas as a gift to my husband's customers. After one bite, my family declared it the Official Cookie of Christmas! The red cranberries, the chunks of white chocolate, and the scent of orange in the air when they come out of the oven make for a wonderful holiday tradition. Since we always have a pile of clementines in the fruit basket this time of year, we use clementine zest instead of orange to make them even more festive. If you share these cookies, be prepared to hand out the recipe. Or keep it a secret family Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Povitica. The word makes me think of Christmas even though it wasn't a tradition that I myself grew up with. It was part of my husband's family tradition. It's pronounced Poh-TEET-sah and also is called Povitica ( Poh-vee-TEET-sah). I know that it's not quite the same without Brian's grandfather playing his accordion in the background and his grandmother's secret ingredient--the love that came from years of her experience. Together they made it a family tradition. And it was perfect. We can't relive those times or recreate them. They are times that have passed with the people who made them. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.