Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 8!!

Wow, we are over the halfway mark ya’ll! I really hope you are enjoying these daily posts and continuing to find inspiration for your Christmas baking!

Today’s cookie is so much fun! You can get as creative as you want with them, and the kiddos will LOVE helping out! It’s an all time classic, the Sugar Cookie!!! Oh boy, just wait until you click through the little gallery on the cookie page and see what we did with this years batch. These sugar cookies are perfect, not too sweet and they have no “dense flour” taste at all! The icing is also delicious, and uses meringue powder in place of egg whites for those who are a little nervous about raw eggs in their cookies like me!

So grab your sprinkles and your little candy adornments, and get ready to have some FUN!

*ps* Credit for the cookies you see above goes to my hubby!!! He’s a pretty darn good decorator!

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 7!!

Hey ya’ll!! Sorry for the delay in today’s post, it has been one hectic weekend! On a positive note, we got our tree today Woohoo! I can’t wait to get him all decorated this week and ready for our annual Christmas party next weekend!

What did you think of the Thimble Cookies from yesterday?! A nice flaky cookie, with a delicious center…mmm! So what’s the cookie today? Well, it actually isn’t a cookie at all…but a delicious Bark instead! You are going to love this one. It is one of the things my older sister made this year during our frenzy, and boy did it ever turn out good. It’s technical name is Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirled Bark, and trust me, it will make your baking list every year! With the addition of pistachios and chopped cranberries, it is very holiday looking and dresses up any tray.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as the others <3

Jam Filled Thimble Cookies

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 6!!

Okay, so I have done a couple days in a row with chocolate as the main star…so today I am going to switch it back to a classic Christmas cookie in our house! In fact, as far back as I can remember my mom would make these every year with different jams for every pallet.

So what is it I’m talking about?! The Classic Thimble Cookie of course! This really is a lovely cookie to make, and can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is a nice and light dough that gets rolled in crushed walnuts and topped with a jam dollop of your choice. Mmm, could it get any better?! This cookie is so darn easy to make but looks like you spent hours getting them “just right”, their addition to your Christmas Cookie line up will be welcomed with open arms by even the most judgmental family members.

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the service people in your life (i.e. mailperson, hairdresser, banker, caretaker, favourite retail cashier). They are the ones you never really get the chance to thank on a regular basis and these small gestures will leave them smiling long into the new year!

Enjoy <3

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 recipeĀ  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!

Shorter Days and Colder Nights

Hey everyone! Sorry this edition of “Foodie Friday” is a couple of days late! Last week was slightly crazy for us…in fact, the craziness is still continuing! As I type this there are three men in my kitchen installing new granite counter tops. Anyway, for this weeks dish I wanted to bring you something that was as quick as it is delicious!!

I was thinking, with these super cold days we have been having (we had SNOW yesterday!) I wanted to share with you something that was stick to your ribs, fill your tummy good, and loaded with vegetables! So friends, this week you will be shown how to make my very tasty Chicken Pot Pie.

I hope you enjoy it, and as always please feel free to leave a comment with your favourite dish or substitution so I can share with everyone else!