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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Doubly Blessed

On Christmas Eve, the world welcomed Marlowe Sloan and Tatton Martin, my babies. Well, my brother and sister’s-in-law twins, but my overwhelming excitement about my new title of aunt is overriding all logical thought. For example, most babies take a few months to develop into most people’s definition of cute. I, on the other hand, am completely smitten with the adorableness of these two. Please excuse me while I go admire their perfect little toes…

Currently Obsessing

Hello Christmas season… and Christmas cookies!  Arguably, one of the best parts of Christmas (in my book) are the cookies that go along with it.  My mom did the best job of keeping Christmas cookies in a seemingly endless supply that ran out conveniently when Christmas was over.  The recipes were only pulled out once a year which made them even better at Christmas time.  Below are some of my faves… Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies:  You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate and maybe to some this is a year long cookie.  But for us, this was a special Christmas cookie.  The cracked cookie carefully cradling the chocolate kiss.  Yum! Spritz Cookies:  I was so surprised to find this recipe because it doesn’t seem to me to be the most common Christmas cookie.  This is basically a butter and sugar cookie.  But honestly, what’s better.  The only tricky part about this cookie?  You need a cookie press (I don’t have one either, my mom still spoils us with these) although the investment is probably worth it. Oreo Truffles: The easiest recipe of the batch and so so delicious.  The…

All is Calm

  Short of a couple of leftover sniffles, the Holiday Sickness of 2015 seems to be in our past (fingers crossed).  After being hopeful that we would be able to attend 4 Christmas parties in 4 days, my poor body came down with the fever and aches round 2 after party number 1. Better luck next year, Christmas parties. Between fevers and aches, Cale and I managed to piece together our Christmas tree and even hung our stockings by the… T.V. stand… with care. The outside lights didn’t happen (nor have they ever in the past) but there’s always this weekend.  Or maybe next year. The majority of our holiday plans and thoughts were centered around Thanksgiving, and it’s been hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is 2 weeks away!  While my favorite Christmas tradition was always the Christmas Eve service at church followed by gifts and snacks at home, my sweet husband loves to drive around town and go to the nearest mall to soak in some of the Christmas spirit. We’re hoping to make it happen this weekend- with maybe a…

Apple Puff Pancake

Years ago… literally years ago… I visited Jenny at college in Minnesota to help her make the grand trek across the midwest back to Denver.  At the time, my grandma still lived in Minnesota so I was able to spend a couple of days with her before Jenny and I started the drive. While we were there, she made us the most amazing puffy pancakes.  I got the recipe the same day thinking it would be the perfect brunch food or something fun to pull out for brinner (breakfast for dinner). I finally got around to making it today.. for myself.. for none of the above.  I had one of those amazing mornings where I had the time to wander around the house and town and get errands run at a leisurely pace.  When I looked at the time it was mid afternoon and I was starving. The Husband was out and about so I made the pancake for myself.  And ate it.  All. It serves 4. It’s an entire pie tin full. I really love apple puff pancakes. The tartness of the apples balances the slight sweetness of the pancake and raisins.  Dusted with just…