Category Archives: Holidays

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

This is a great holiday cookie recipe from Taste of Home! My friend hosted a Christmas ornament and painting party recently. She’s so creative and generous….lots of crafts, prizes, a hot chocolate bar and yummy treats filled the room!

I was searching for something special to take to the party when I ran across these ginger cookies.

Easy to make ✔️ Delicious ✔️ Soft ✔️



A few months ago, my daughter and I decided to turn our empty garden space into a pumpkin patch with a sunflower border.  We dug the rows, planted the seeds, crossed our fingers and waited.  Fast forward 3 months and we were proud of our great harvest!  I already miss the pretty view out my bedroom window.

Due to the dry summer, we really needed to water the pumpkins more but we learned our lesson.  I’m sure we could have gotten 20-30 more on the vines with regular watering.

We planted large pumpkins for carving and small ones for baking.  We had enough to share with friends and neighbors, decorate our home and driveway, do science experiments and crafts and use in recipes.

Enjoy a few of our favorite fall recipes and activities in this post.

~ Painting pumpkins!

~ Carving pumpkins!

~Science experiments!  (baking soda, vinegar and food coloring)

Save those seeds to make a healthy delicious snack!  Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, magnesium and many other nutrients.  It’s a quick and easy process to enjoy all those seeds.

Preheat oven to 300.  Scrape the pulp and seeds out of the pumpkin.  Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse well and shake dry.  Spread the seeds single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.  Then toss the seeds with olive oil and seasonings.  Return to oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.

Sweet recipe: toss with cinnamon and sugar

BBQ: toss with brown sugar, chipotle chili powder and ground cumin.

Or just toss with salt and pepper!

To use the fresh pie pumpkins for cooking and baking, follow this link from the Pioneer Woman.

I recently tried recipes for double layer pumpkin pie and baked pumpkin French toast with our fresh pumpkins!  Both are kid friendly and so delicious!

One final thought….beware in your pumpkin patch!  You may find a really odd one once in awhile…. but I think it’s a keeper!

Happy Fall Ya’ll

Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs

Here’s a new twist to an old favorite!  I recently tried this side recipe for a holiday cookout and it was full of flavor and easy to make.  

This was the first time I ever made deviled eggs, never been a fan.  But, since I started working with a nutritionist in 2011, my tastes are changing.  I love to try new recipes and I’m actually enjoying foods that I’ve never been willing to try before!

New Years Eve!

We decided to stay home and have a little family house party to ring in the new year!

We planned to make special food and play party games until the clock struck midnight.  We decorated the house and the girls even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years tree!

We had a lot of fun with crazy photo props….

Here are a few of the fun recipes we enjoyed that night.

Who doesn’t love these meatballs??!!  The sauce is just awesome!

These crackers were simple and delicious!  I served them with a meat and cheese tray.

These little Santa hats were made from brownies, strawberries and cream cheese icing.

We picked up a box of Auntie Anne’s pretzel mix and made salted pretzels, cinnamon and sugar sticks and a few pretzel dogs.  They were fun to make and the girls done a great job!

I hope you have a blessed 2017 with good health, love and happiness!

Caramel pecan rolls

I was searching for a special Christmas morning breakfast recipe and this was just perfect!

It’s a special treat that is made the evening before and then just pop it in the oven the next morning.  I served the warm rolls with peaches and mandarin oranges.  This was ideal since Christmas was on Sunday this year….Sunday mornings are usually rushed anyways and then to add the holiday to it, a quick breakfast was needed to make sure we could get to the service on time.  

I didn’t use shortening in the recipe, I just sprayed the pan with bakers spray.  I will definately make this one again someday!

Christmas desserts

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share several holiday recipes that we tried this year!  The first three are yummy desserts and snacks.  They are not new ideas but they are great recipes worth saving.
These little red velvet cake balls are rolled in white chocolate and then drizzled with dark chocolate! Just make sure to allow plenty of time to chill before dipping or they will fall apart.  These are easy to make and perfect to make ahead and keep in fridge.
I hesitated to make these because I knew the ingredients would be a little expensive.  Fortunately, it makes SO much that I kept them in the fridge and served them at 2 parties.  I had 5 rotating cookie sheets full while making this recipe!   It was easy, quick and fun to make these in the crock pot.  It seemed so strange and I couldn’t wait to try it!  You just layer the ingredients, do not stir and let it slow cook/melt together for a short time.  Store in fridge when done and then set out a couple hours before serving.  This TOH recipe could easily be divided in half and it will still make so much.
These peanut butter balls are just amazing!  It is definitely a new holiday favorite!  Double the recipe though because it really doesn’t make 24 unless they are very tiny.  

I’m filing these recipes under Holidays so it will be easy to find in the future.