Sweet Saturday: Italian Christmas Cookies

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Sweet Saturday: Italian Christmas Cookies

As hard as it is to believe, the Christmas season is coming. Every year the weekend after Thanksgiving, my husband, Chris, and I decorate our home for Christmas! The next few weeks will be spent preparing for Christmas; fitting since it is Advent. We start reading our girls stories about the meaning of Christmas. We work on our Christmas cards. We visit Santa Claus and get our shopping done. One of my favorite activities during the holidays is baking Christmas cookies. I usually bake much more than we can ever eat; sending the extra cookies with Chris to work. I’ve yet to hear is co-workers complain. 

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Sweet Saturday: Easy, Flaky Pie Crust

While I have shared many recipes on this blog and cook even more often at home, I have a cooking confession to make. Making my own pie crust scares me to death. If you’ve seen my recipes for Caramel Apple Pie or Strawberry Tart, you might have noticed that I used premade pie crust. I’ve used premade crust for the last 20+ years because I’m afraid to make crust. I was around 18 years old the last time I attempted to make a pie crust. I failed. It was awful. Every attempt to roll out the crust resulted in a mess.

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Sweet Saturday: Apple Dumplings

Ahhh…Fall! Finally, after a last-ditch effort from summer to make us all miserable in the heat and humidity, fall has arrived. The temperatures have dropped, bringing cool brisk mornings and pleasant afternoons. How I love autumn!  I love autumn the most of all the seasons for many reasons: leaves changing colors, great holidays, my birthday, and the cooler, more comfortable temps. Another reason to love this fabulous season is all the wonderful fall produce being harvested. Pumpkins are everywhere! Heck, even Oreo’s has a pumpkin spice flavor. But, I have a secret. I don’t look forward that much to the

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Sweet Saturday: Zucchini Bread

Mid-summer. A time of miserable heat and humidity, well, typically, and vegetables ripe enough to pick from the garden. While our temperatures have been mild, our garden has grown plenty of tomatoes and zucchini ready to pick. The challenge has been how to use all this extra produce. Earlier this week, I made a fresh tomato sauce and turned a zucchini into pasta and on another night I made my cheesy zucchini rice. Despite that, I still have lots of zucchini (and tomatoes) left! I plan on baking several loaves of zucchini bread over the next few days with the remaining

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Sweet Saturday: Blackberry Bread

One of my all-time favorite foods is the blackberry! The flavor is sweet and wonderful. The plump, dark purple berries hold an allure other berries lack, save the strawberry.  The thought of blackberries brings me back to summers visiting my grandparents’ farm and helping to pick the berries. The best part of picking them was sampling about a third of what I actually collected. Then, my Grandma Davis would make her blackberry cobbler. A sweet treat indeed!  I love these berries enough that I planted a blackberry bush in my yard about 3 or 4 years ago. This past summer

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Sweet Saturday: Grandma’s Spice Cake

Growing up, my mom would bake spice cake for us on occasion. We all loved and adored eating that cake. It was her mom’s recipe. While my grandma was not known for her cooking, she was hailed and celebrated for her baking. My Grandma Davis‘s spice cake deserved every ounce of praise it ever received. Moist, sweet, and delightful! It was always a wonderful treat I looked forward to eating. One year, when I was a teenager, my mom suggested we make spice cake for my dad’s birthday. Apparently, spice cake was his favorite. I was thrilled! I went to

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Sweet Saturday: Christmas Sugar Cookies

Sweet Saturday: Christmas Sugar Cookies

One of my fondest memories as a child at Christmas was cutting out and decorating cookies. I looked forward to it each Christmas, almost as much as eating them. Now, I’m sure my mother’s memories of that time were more of frustration because I would get bored and leave before finishing.  Despite the likelihood that making cookies with children might not be all sunshine and roses, I have been eagerly anticipating baking cookies with my toddlers. While Toddler #2 is a bit young yet, I thought that Toddler #1 might have fun. So, with a lot of hope, this morning

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Sunday Summary 12/8/2013

Sunday Summary 12/8/2013

After a week of traveling and spending time with family, it was good to be home this week. My week was fairly quiet for a change, thank goodness. On Monday, my husband returned to work, for only 3 days. Then, on Thursday, DH and I spent our morning and afternoon cleaning and picking up around the house. I wanted everything clean before we pulled out the Christmas decorations. With that done, we were able to put up our tree and other decorations on our fireplace mantel during nap time.  Part of me is a little sad this year. Our decorations

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Sweet Saturday: Orange Cookies

My husband and I love cookies. They are a regular purchase for us at the grocery store. Recently, it occurred to me that we would probably save money if we made our own cookies. Now, we are making a concerted effort to bake cookies, each taking turns. Last week, DH baked chocolate chip cookies for him and Ginny. (I don’t eat chocolate chip cookies because I don’t really like chocolate.) This week was my turn. I decided to try a new recipe that I had long ago pinned on my Sweet Tastes board on Pinterest. The cookies were called Outrageously

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Christmas Cookies

Do you ever get the feeling that someone else has taken over in your body?  I had that recently. Every Christmas until I met Chris, with one exception, I have not baked a thing for Christmas. Not really. It wasn’t that I didn’t love cookies or candy, but I just didn’t see the need in baking lots of cookies when I would be the only one eating them. After Chris and I got married, I did end up making Oatmeal Raisin cookies at Christmas time. Why? I’m not quite sure since again I would be the only one eating the

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