There is no better way for me to finish off our cookie week than to share one of my favorite holiday traditions that two of my dearest friends and I started with our kiddos several years ago. But let me first tell you why this tradition is so special to me. As I've mentioned throughout this cookie week, some of my fondest memories of childhood are in the kitchen with my mom baking cookies and special treats at Christmastime. And, while I have been able to bring those moments into my own kitchen, there is something to be said about my kids sharing this experience with their friends in a safe environment when NOTHING is off limits for them. Cookie decorating under any other circumstances would
Sure, it's the most wonderful time of the year... but, oh my, is it the BUSIEST! My color-coded calendar looks like a rainbow gone rogue in December, and that's why I relish any opportunity to put a quick, easy and healthy dinner on my table. For a month when it feels more impossible than ever to make family meals happen, I want to share a recipe with you that will not only take you NO time to prepare, but will also please the pickiest of eaters in your house. And, it's even pretty and festive enough, with it's red and green accents, to take center stage as a side dish at your next holiday party! Step one in this dish... take a short cut and go get yourself a rotisserie chicken! Now, there
I am so honored and grateful to have another very special guest blogger post on the website today. My sweet friend Kate is not only one of the best bakers I know, but she's been such a bright spot and source of encouragement for my family during our food allergy journey. One of my family's favorite traditions of the season is an annual dinner that we have with a group of friends and neighbors, including Kate's family, and this year she went out of her way to make dessert fun and SAFE for my boys. She is the perfect person to write about how she has modified her passion for baking, not just for my children but other friends with food allergies, as well. Thank you, Kate, for your beautiful hea
Back in the days before I lived in the land of food allergies, I loved making peppermint bark at Christmastime. Is there anything that marries the season's most special flavors better than white chocolate mixed with peppermint and milk chocolate pieces? Well... I'm here to tell you that there sure is! I spent the weekend playing around in the kitchen, and I've come up with something that not only wowed my family, but is giving my old school peppermint bark a run for it's money. This chocolate pretzel bark is not only dairy, egg and nut free... but with gluten-free pretzels added to the mix, it's a true allergy-safe gem. And, here's the kicker: there are two variations to this decant treat!