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Happy New Year!

Back to reality…2016 has been here for a couple of weeks now, the snow is piling up outside and my hands are itching to get back in the kitchen and make some goodies to post for ya’ll to enjoy!

This year I decided not to make any “silly” resolutions like, I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February…or, I’m going to workout two times a day and fit into my honeymoon bikini (from 5 years ago!) and instead am choosing more grounded resolutions that I know I can achieve! Things like, I will take the time to do 5 minutes of deep breathing today, or I will stop and appreciate the nature around me at least once a day! Another huge one for me this year is to take the time I need to relax and de-stress to help lower my everyday anxiety…something that is going to be so much easier thanks to my family for getting me a large selection of adult colouring books for Christmas! I was so excited with each one I opened as I could just feel my stress melting away before even picking up a marker (I’ll post up some pictures once I get a few more done!). This is not to bash anyone who is doing the weight-loss resolutions, in fact, more power to you! I have just realized over the years that this is not one I stick to, and come December 31st I am depressed at the lack of achievements.

With that being said…I have a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake that I want to share with you! I made this the other week for our Ukrainian Christmas get together with my dad, and it was a yummy hit!

So Happy 2016 to you! May this be a year filled with love, happiness and creativity for all of my readers and followers <3

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 5!!

How about that fudge from yesterday? Every time I think about it I want to sneak down to my freezer where all these goodies are being stored and sneak a couple of pieces out of the tin…but if I did that there wouldn’t be any left for my cookie trays!! I just wanted to share with ya’ll a photo from our full day bake-fest so you could see how many delicious treats were made that day (and perhaps get a look at some of the treats coming up)!

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I am so happy to read your comments everyday about the posts, and love hearing from you when you have made one of the goodies, it makes the posts worth it knowing that someone is getting a new treat to add to their list!

So, for today, ya’ll will be enjoying a yummy Brownie Biscotti! Don’t fret my friends, this is NOTHING like your usual biscotti and is very simple to make! It has a nice gooey center (like a brownie) but the shape of a biscotti. With the addition of some chopped pecans (or nuts you prefer) and a drizzle of white chocolate, this is going to be one of the BIGGEST hits on your Christmas trays! I have made this one for about 10 years now (wow!) and every year I get more and more compliments, and have even had an entire fresh batch eaten from right under my watchful eye while family from the West Coast was visiting (that just SHOWS how yummy these are).

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the gardener on your list! That can be anyone really! If they aren’t a gardener yet I am sure that a couple of my ideas will make them want to be!

Enjoy <3

Chocolate crinkle cookies with red and white striped kisses on parchment paper

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!