The Best Christmas Cookies – Ever!

December 19, 2018

Baking Christmas Cookies is one of the holiday traditions I look forward to the most! ‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, sweet and spicy scented Gingerbread Men smiling back at us, buttery melt in your mouth shortbread cookies and holiday cookie decorating parties! Christmas cookies are a wonderful way to share your own Christmas traditions with friends and family throughout the holiday season. From cookie platters at your holiday parties to getting together…


44 Hilarious Fake Gift Boxes That Will Seriously Confuse Your Friends

December 17, 2018

Holiday season is almost here, so we are all out and about trying to find the best gift for our loved ones. But sometimes, even though we found just the things that they asked for, we realize that it is next to impossible to wrap them! Of course, we can always get a box from the customer service counter, but where’s the fun in that? After all, we want to…


6 DIY Holiday Gifts to Ignite Your Inner Artist

December 14, 2018

When I was a little girl, I never really understood my dad’s quirky gift requests. As I’d fish for some hints as to what he would want, he’d cooly reply, “just write me a card and maybe bake me a cake.” Not very helpful—as much as I loved eating raw cake batter. But I get it now. Dad wanted something from the heart. Enter, DIY gifts. A stranger walking down…


20+ Gift Ideas for Primary School Aged Girls

December 9, 2018

They are no longer little kids, but not yet grown up – so getting the right balance of gift is quite hard… So your girls are pretty much grown up – not little kids, but not quite teens. They are too old for toys and too young for brand-name makeup and expensive perfume. And buying gifts for them takes you a lot of time to think! But worry no more because,…


PepsiCo Adds to Holiday Atmosphere With Limited-Time Snacks and Drinks

December 8, 2018

In time for the holiday season, PepsiCo is offering a new collection of more “cheerful snacks and drinks to make your gatherings more festive,” the company announced, in a press release. New this year for a limited time is Mtn Dew Merry Mash-Up, Mtn Dew Ice Cherry, Pure Leaf Apple Cider Flavored Iced Tea and the Bubly holiday pack, all available online. They join a returning lineup that includes Cracker…


Easy Holiday Blondie Bars

December 5, 2018

Easy Holiday Blondie Bars I have a bunch of recipes here on the blog for blondies. They are all just a tad bit different but I love them all! One is a homemade, from scratch recipe. Another is a cake mix-based recipe like this one and has a deliciously easy maple butter sauce to top it with and an apple maple blondie! Scroll to the bottom of this post to…


Baked Scallops

December 4, 2018

These quick and easy baked sea scallops are topped with panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in a simple lemon-butter sauce. Baked Scallops Scallops are one of my favorite foods, some of my popular scallop recipes are Seared Scallops over Risotto, Blackened Scallops with Horseradish Sauce, and Scallop Tostadas to name a few. I also find them incredibly convenient; they cook in less than 20 minutes, and they go beautifully with vegetables…


The 20 Best Environmental Charities & Animal Charities for Holiday Donations

December 2, 2018

Every year at Christmastime, my mother chooses and champions a charitable cause. In lieu of fruitcakes, popcorn tins and kitschy socks, she sends out donations to what she considers the best non-profit organizations in our honor. It’s not that she isn’t festive, or doesn’t believe in celebrating Christmas traditions. But when it comes to gift-giving, she assumes the bulk of recipients have already handled their own food, drink and decor needs. So…


No-Bake Avalanche Cookies

December 2, 2018

No-Bake Avalanche Cookies Anyone want to guess how these cookies got their name? I have no idea. I mean, the ‘no-bake’ part of the name obviously makes sense but I’m still scratching my head on the avalanche part. I can only assume it has something to do with the white chocolate. Although, these don’t turn out white like a snow avalanche because of the peanut butter and cookie butter. Maybe…


Grain-free, Nut-free Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

November 24, 2018

Well, I finally did it—feast your eyes on these grain-free, nut-free vegan chocolate chunk beauties!! Whew. Nicole and I, along with a couple bonus mama testers (shout-out to Cynthia and Jen!), teamed up to test about 25 batches of cookies these past few weeks! High fives all around. I couldn’t do it without these amazing ladies. Over the years I’ve been asked so many times to develop grain-free vegan cookies…and…