Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 1!!

Hey Everyone! Ooooo I hope you are all as excited as I am for the next 13 days of Christmas goodies! We spent over 9 hours on Saturday baking EVERYTHING you will see over the next 13 days (and more!) and although we had a couple of ah-hem…”mishaps”, we managed to create some really beautiful and very very tasty treats for you to share with your loved ones this Christmas season!

Some of the goodies you see will be classic treats, ones that I am sure most of us have tried at least once, and some will be new (or different) for you to add to your family baking days. Please note, some of the recipes have been in my family for over 30 years so I have no way of crediting the “original” source, but where I can, I will!

So, what’s on the baking table for today you ask? One of my all time favourite, and very festive, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with a twist! Each bite is full of cakey chocolate and a hint of sweet peppermint! Please, enjoy, and remember to let me know if you try to recipe and what you thought! We will talk tomorrow!

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Christmas Lantern

One month left until Christmas! I decided this past weekend that I was going to start to decorate (which is actually early for me!) as we have a Christmas party coming up and I really didn’t know when else I would have the time to get the house together!

While going through my decorations I came across some of the mesh tule that is so frequently used in wreaths at this time of year, as well as outdoor decor and knew right away I wanted to use it. Mine was a nice purple, left over from a couple of years ago when I did a Grinch themed tree and needed to make a fun tree skirt! (You can find it in any colour you can imagine).

I decided to do a simple lantern with the mesh and some lights (all things I had already), click the link below for the tutorial to make one for your own home!! Christmas Lantern Tutorial.

Afterall, everyone needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy

Hey ya’ll!!

There are 43 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? There is no snow on the ground, in fact we are above 5 degrees where I am today, and the stores are now FULL of gift ideas for everyone on your list! I wanted to share with you all that in just a couple of weeks I will be doing my annual Christmas Baking Frenzy with my mom, sister and “second mom” (a great family friend!) and in light of that will be doing my first ever THIRTEEN DAYS OF COOKIES, BARS AND SQUARES to hopefully help get you in the Christmas mood! The picture above is one of our favourite ones, a chocolate crinkle cookie adorned with seasonal chocolate kisses (it will be one of the 13 days!).

Starting November 30 check back everyday for 13 days (a Bakers dozen) to find a new recipe for a delicious treat that we make year after year! They are great for cookie exchanges, teachers gifts, or even just putting yummy trays out for your Christmas guests. Along with each post I will give you a couple of gift ideas for a special someone on your list, and hope that you will share some of your favourite ideas with me as well!

Looking forward to starting this new daily post and inspiring you to change up your Christmas baking!

❤ Every one needs a little more creativity in their lives!

Feeling a Little “Chili”?

I don’t know about you guys, but I CAN’T believe that it is November already! That means it is only going to get colder, and with the sun setting earlier we are going to start feeling those winter blahs soon enough. Christmas decor and gift ideas will soon be filling all the store shelves, and snow will be making our drives a little bit longer and a lot more stressful.

Lucky for you I recently decided to be a little more adventurous with a classic recipe  and created the most delicious Chicken Tortilla Chili! It is sure to be a new family favourite for the cold nights ahead, and you can even make it in the crockpot so it’s ready when you get home.

There are a few shortcuts you can take if you are running low on time (or patience) and with just a few simple ingredients it won’t break the bank. It makes a heaping pot of chili, more than enough to feed a family of 4 at least two times…see the recipe for my spin on what to do with the leftovers for a fun family meal the next day!