Real Talk: What’s the Best Christmas Cookie?

Real Talk: What's the Best Holiday Cookie?

I never believed in Santa Claus.

I was raised in a pragmatic and practical household. My parents were, and are, no-nonsense folk. Keen on traditions, but not fond excess frill. This was true during the holidays, too. From the very beginning, there was no Santa. He was just a story, a nice idea. Instead of the jolly man in the red suit, there was gratitude for one another, and drawn-out appreciation for gifts received (we were only allowed to open two gifts a day – one in the morning and one at night – for the duration of the twelve days of Christmas, or until the gifts ran out). Continue Reading

Roundup: 25 Easy Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas!

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Valentine’s Day is next week, which means it’s time to get busy with the treat making! We’re here to help with 25 simple, homemade treat ideas that will make perfect “thinking of you” gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, play-date parents, kids, or anyone on your V-Day list!      

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2. Chocolate-Covered Valentine Pretzels

3. Ice Cream Sandwich Hearts

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4. Cross-stitch Cookies

5. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

6. Edible Arrow Valentines

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7. Woodsy Woodsman Cookies

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Roundup: 12 Easter Treats to Bake

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If you thought Christmas was the highlight of the baking year, just look at these Easter treats! Colorful and full of life, I can’t think of a better way to usher in the season. 

Pops…is there anything cuter? Certainly not if we’re talking about Bakerella’s sweet creations. Start with her basic pop recipe and then go here to find out how to make chickshere to make bunnies and eggs and…

Easter Cake Pops

here for sheep! Continue Reading

Roundup: 15 Semi-Homemade Christmas Cookie/Treats

Some of us don’t have the time or the inclination to roll out cookie dough come Christmas time. If you fall in to that category I’m here to absolve you of any guilt you might be feeling. Stop it! Not all of us are Just Desserts contestant wannabes. SO, for this Christmas cookie/treat roundup, I found ideas that require MINIMAL work on our part as they start with store bought cookies, snacks and candies. 

Starting at the top is Miss Candi Quik’s delightful vanilla-dipped peppermint popsContinue Reading

Roundup: Sweet DIY Summer Treats

No one wants to fire up the oven burners when it’s in the triple digits. I want to eat raw things, I want to eat cold things, and I want to eat sweet things. (Not necessarily in that order!) But I also like being able to serve my house guests food that I’ve made with my own two hands, instead of out of a box. See those Klondike bars? Yup, you can make them.

Drumsticks have to be one of the cleanest forms of ice cream. Continue Reading

Roundup: Crafty Valentine Goodness Across the Blogosphere

Hearts! Hearts everywhere! With so many fabulous tutorials out there, it’s hard to choose only one. Of course, with these clever & easy how-tos, you can do them all with time to spare. Pictured above is felt heart garland from How About Orange.

    

This gathered heart pillow couldn’t be sweeter.

No work here; just print and go!

Keep Calm Cupid

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without wrappers for your sweets. And, yes, they’re free printables. Continue Reading

Round-Up: 8 Oh-So-Sweet Turkey Recipes

Homemade sweets that look like turkeys but taste like heaven…now that’s some fowl I’d like to devour! Any of these exceedingly clever recipes would be a fun addition to the Thanksgiving table.

We start with Gimme Some, who tells us how to make Rice Crispy turkeys  using such things as candy corn, cashews and Whoppers! (Via.)   

Who wouldn’t like to munch on an OREO Turkey Cookie?

Not quite as ambitious, but just as yummy! Continue Reading

Make Your Own Colored Sugar.

Price check: 12.3 ounces of colored sugar = $10.00. 16oz of pure, white granulated sugar = $1.00.

Oh, but it’s not colored, you say? Well, not yet.

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Instructable-r StarshipMinivan offers an unbearably easy tutorial for creating your own colored sugar. And most likely, you already have everything you need in your pantry.

Supplies:

Sugar
Food coloring
Fork
Bowl
Plate

Just mix the food coloring into the sugar with a fork. Spread it out, allow to try, and break up the clumps. Continue Reading