Monday Musings ~ December 7

Ready to muse? Here are a few thoughts for today. 1. How many of you know it’s Pearl Harbor Day? It’s important to remember these important dates in history, especially in light of everything going on in the world today. 2. Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. We had potato latkes and lit […]

It’s a Holiday Baking Extravaganza

I love baking during the holidays. I have so much fun coming up with a list of cookies and desserts to bake — new recipes and old favorites. In case you’re looking for a few treats to bake this week, I thought I’d compile my favorites and share them with you. Sugar Cookie Bars — […]

How to Trap a Leprechaun

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t typically do much to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (other than the obligatory wearing of green). But for Sophie’s homework project this month, she had to create a leprechaun trap for school. After getting some Pinterest inspiration, Sophie decided to fill a jar with “gold” and attach a ladder so […]

What Happened to My Holiday Cheer?

It’s December and the holiday season is in full force. This is a time of year I typically love — decking my halls for Hanukkah and Christmas, sending greeting cards, and preparing my holiday baking list. But this year, the holiday spirit seems to be lost on me. When I say I’m not in the spirit, it’s not […]

Dreidels and Menorahs – Getting Crafty for Hanukkah

Have you noticed it’s November? Where did the year go?! This may sound strange, but I’m already planning Hanukkah activities. That’s right, Hanukkah is early this year. We light the first candle at sundown on Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving! I’m not terribly thrilled the Festival of Lights is in November, but it is […]

A Sweet Passover Topped with Chocolate Toffee Matzah

Sundown Monday brought the Jewish holiday of Passover, which re-tells the story of Exodus, the Jews enslavement in Egypt and their journey to freedom. This year’s festivities began with Sophie’s annual preschool performance of the re-telling of the story. Sophie and her class played the important role of the items on the seder plate with Sophie being […]

Baking, Blog-o-versary and a Mocktail to Celebrate!

The last few weeks have been full of sending holiday cards, baking, and trying to finish up work before I take (somewhat of) a vacation next week. As I do every year, I like to bake a variety of cookies for the holidays. This year, I went with some tried-and-true recipes, as well as some […]

Forget the Turkey, Start Thanksgiving with Dessert

Only four days until Thanksgiving … and I have yet to decide on which dessert to make. Maybe you’re having this problem too. I want to share with you a few of my classic Thanksgiving dessert recipes and two new dishes I tested this year. The decided to try Cranberry Crumb Bars with Mulling Spices from […]

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn

Autumn is in full swing with our backyard pumpkins. And Sukkot, the Jewish Festival of the Harvest … Simchat Torah, the celebration of the Torah … Pumpkins … Sea World Spooktacular … Gourds … Funky pumpkins ….And one big funky pumpkin! ****** HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY: The nice people at Taste of Home sent me a copy […]