A Day of Remembrance

"I am one of the many craft, cooking, lifestyle and DIY bloggers who had posts to share with you today, but the events of Friday's shooting in Connecticut have left us heartbroken. Like you, we cried as news reports poured in and wondered out loud about how something so cruel could hurt the most innocent and tender. We not only grieved for the lives lost and wounded, but for that part of the magic and wonder of this holiday season that was taken from us all. We know that no words, no gifts, no acts of service will ever take away the pain, but we, as bloggers and parents collectively, want those affected by this to know how close to our hearts they are: We love you. We pray for you. We're so heartbroken for your loss. To honor the memory of lives cut short, we choose to step away from our blogs and computers today to celebrate the gift of life and those we love most: our children, families, good friends and community. We're holding our kids a little closer, reaching out to neighbors and giving thanks for the moments we have together. Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you'll join us in remembering, praying, and gathering close. We wish you and your families a safe and blessed holiday."

Gingerbread-Peppermint Pinwheels

peppermint gingerbread pinwheels

These gingerbread-peppermint pinwheels are by far the easiest of the three cookie recipes I’m sharing this week. They’re also the most suited to be eaten alongside a steamy mug of hot cocoa. The flavor is intense, but it totally works. As Shawn said, “OMG, they taste like Christmas!” Although they only have two ingredients, perfecting […]

Orange Sugar Cookies with Burnt Caramel

orange sugar cookie with burnt caramel

The chocolate peppermint ice cream cookie sandwiches that I posted on Monday probably won’t work for your holiday cookie exchanges, but these sugar cookies should more than make up for it. Flavored with a hint of orange zest and infused with caramel that’s slightly burnt – cooked just enough to give it a deep, rich […]

Roast Beef, Caramelized Onion + Gruyere Panini

beef, caramelized onion, gruyere panini-2

I’m only one post into Cookie Week but let’s take a quick break to talk about this sandwich, which was inspired by the flavors of French onion soup. Yup, that’s right: rare roast beef, soft, caramelized onions, and gooey gruyere cheese all tucked between two pieces of crisp bread. I could eat the panini every […]

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches

chocolate peppermint ice cream sandwiches

Yup, full on holiday baking mode had commenced. And I’m going to share it all with you this week. Ready for a flurry of posts? I have three great (and easy!) cookie recipes coming up for you today, Wednesday, and Friday. I’ll throw in a panini recipe on Tuesday for good measure. Whew! Last month, Pillsbury asked […]

Cherry and Eggnog Breakfast Buns + a Giveaway

cherry eggnog breakfast buns

Holiday baking time is here! I’ve been craving cinnamon buns like crazy lately, but given that its the season of cookies, cakes, and everything sweet, all of that sugar didn’t seem like the best idea. Instead, I made these cherry and eggnog breakfast buns. I used a combination of whole wheat pastry flour and bread […]