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Gingersnap Cookie Recipe – Christmas Cookies

Gingersnap CookiesGingersnap Cookies - Traditional Christmas cookies made with molasses and rolled in sugar - a holiday tradition!

Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookie recipes.  They keep well and have a distinct molasses and ginger taste, perfect for the Holiday season. This recipe is a family recipe that was handed down from my Great Aunt Tina. I don’t remember ever meeting my Great Aunt Tina, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy her cookie recipe!

Gingersnap Cookies for Christmas

Candy Christmas Trees

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I love to use candy in our Christmas decorating.  It is pretty cheap to buy, and lots of fun to craft with, especially for kids.  And of course it is always nice to sample a little bit as we craft.  These DIY Candy Christmas Trees are cute and easy to make!

candy christmas trees - an easy DIY Christmas decoration

Thumbprint Christmas Cards

I love these cute Thumbprint Christmas cards! They are so easy to make and a great way to get kids involved in making and sending cards & presents. Make these cute & easy Thumbprint Christmas Cards - DIY Holiday cards your kids can make - includes directions for thumbprint Santa, thumbprint Christmas lights and thumbprint reindeer. #DIYcrafts #thumbprintcards #christmascards #holidaycards

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The holiday season is approaching fast! My teenage daughter Eleanor made these thumbprint Christmas cards for a Christmas craft.

I love these cute Thumbprint Christmas cards! They are so easy to make and a great way to get kids involved in making and sending cards & presents. Make these cute & easy Thumbprint Christmas Cards - DIY Holiday cards your kids can make - includes directions for thumbprint Santa, thumbprint Christmas lights and thumbprint reindeer. #DIYcrafts #thumbprintcards #christmascards #holidaycards

 

They are adorable, and only took her about half an hour to make from start to finish.  Here is how she did it.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is one of those celebrations that just seems to call for a special centerpiece. After all the meal is the main focus of the holiday, so it makes sense to have an attractive and festive centerpiece for the dining room table. Here is a quick and easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece I made for our table this year.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece - a simple basket filled with pine cones and lined with acorns is finished off with a sunflower floral spray.

I took some simple natural materials from my backyard and combined them with a sunflower floral spray for a simple fall themed centerpiece.

Decorated Christmas Letters – Christmas in July

One of the projects my kids and I did during on Christmas in July celebration was to decorate Paper Mache letters. We decided to decorate the letters to spell out “NOEL”, mainly because it is short and sweet. We used 8 inch high letters and decorated them in a diagonal striped pattern with mostly muted Christmas colors.

Decorated Christmas Letters - NOEL - Christmas in July

They came out looking great, and we are thinking about doing “JOY” and “PEACE” next so we have letters for the whole fireplace mantle this Christmas.

Candy Cane Dessert Minis

These Candy Cane Dessert Minis are an easy holiday dessert – perfect for Christmas. There are only 3 simple ingredients – Jell-o, Cool Whip and Candy Canes

Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze

Spice up your holiday ham with an easy Mango Jalepeño Ham Glaze made with a few simple ingredients

Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner! I can’t believe how quickly the holiday season is coming up, and I am busy planning for holiday entertaining. When it comes to the holiday meals nothing is better than ham. It is easy to make, delicious, and serves a crowd at a reasonable price. This year I made this tasty Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze for the holidays.

glaze next to ham

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A ham glaze adds flavor, texture and color to a ham, is the perfect finishing touch for a nice presentation. The glaze makes the ham shiny and glossy, and it takes only a few minutes to achieve a nice effect. I wanted to use some different, less traditional holiday flavors for my ham glaze this year, and I decided on mangoes and jalapenos for a spicy and sweet glaze.

Double Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cream Christmas Cookies

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Christmas cookies can be special without being complicated! These Double Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cream Cookies are a perfect example, because they use a cookie mix and a few simple ingredients and combine them for a delicious treat.

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When it comes to holiday baking I like to make new recipes every year. But at the same time I don’t always want recipes which require a laundry list of ingredients and take hours in the kitchen to prepare. Especially when I am cooking with my kids – simple is better.

Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders

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Make faux Stained Glass Candle Holders for the holidays with this easy tissue paper craft. These cute candle holders are easy gifts to make for the holidays! #diycrafts #tissuepapercrafts #candleholders #christmas #holidays

These Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders aren’t really stained glass, instead they are made by covering the candle holders in colored tissue paper. But they look like stained glass, especially with a candle flickering inside them!

Make faux Stained Glass Candle Holders for the holidays with this easy tissue paper craft. These cute candle holders are easy gifts to make for the holidays! #diycrafts #tissuepapercrafts #candleholders #christmas #holidays

These Faux Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders are the perfect Christmas present project! I bought the supplies for this 2 1/2 years ago, and then never found time to do the the project. I don’t know why we waited so long for this project, because it was very easy to do and not time consuming at all. We had fun experimenting with different colors of tissue paper, and making designs in a variety of colors.

Maple Roasted Carrots

I am always looking for new ways to serve old favorites, like carrots. While browsing Pinterest for sides for Thanksgiving I came across this recipe for Maple Glazed Carrots, and decided it would work well. So I changed it up a little and made these Maple Roasted Carrots.

Maple Roasted Carrots - a simple side dish made by roasting carrots and garlic and tossing them in maple syrup. Perfect side for Thanksgiving.

I modified the recipe up by using olive oil instead of butter, and adding garlic too. I love garlic, so I tend to add it to most vegetable dishes! I also used multi-colored carrots to make the dish look pretty, which makes it perfect the the Thanksgiving table.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears

This recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears - An easy Holiday side dish

I used to think I didn’t like sweet potatoes, because the only way I’d ever eaten them was the typical Thanksgiving side dish where they are covered with brown sugar and marshamallows.  That dish is way too sweet for me, but it turns out that I love sweet potatoes when are served so that their natural flavor shines through.  Now I eat roasted, bake or sauteed sweet potatoes all the time, and enjoy them quite a bit.

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies - Traditional Christmas Cookies with buttery crust, brown sugar and pecans

Pecan Tassies are one of my favorite cookies, for Christmas or anytime of the year.  They are like eating mini pecan pies, with a rich buttery crust, brown sugar and crunchy pecans. They are easy to make too, and much less intimidating to make than a pie.  Instead of rolling out the dough in a big pie pan you simple press little balls of dough into a mini-muffin tin, and fill them with pecans and topping.