Now that Christmas is getting near it is time to think about making cookies! My children and I enjoy making lots and lots of holiday cookies this time of year. We try out new recipes, and share the cookies with friends and family. Even though there are so many interesting and creative Christmas cookie recipes around we always make the old family favorites too, like shortbread and chocolate chip. I recently received a set of Cookie Stamps from Stampinâ€™ Up to use to make our basic shortbread and sugar cookies look even more festive!
My husband and I bought our first video camera during my first pregnancy 19 years ago. We bought an 8mm camera, and took video frequently when our children were young. Then the camera broke and technology changed and everything went digital. As a result we have a huge box of 8mm video tapes that we never even look at. In fact my 15 year old daughter didn’t even realize we had video footage from when she was a baby, so I doubt we have watched one of those videos in at least 10 years!
This summer my daughter got to go the a special meeting at the United Nations in New York City for the International Year of Youth. Naturally she had to wear business dress, which included a pair of heels. She quickly realized that she did not want to walk all over New York City in heels after the event was over, so we had to stop and buy her a pair of sandals.
I like to cook food from all different cultures, because it is fun to try new things. I don’t get to travel much, but at least I can experience food from all over the world. This weekend I wanted to make a dish with pierogies. Pierogies are an eastern European dumpling that is stuffed with mashed potato filling, and I had a box sitting in my freezer just waiting to be used. So when I was asked to create a meal with Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sausage I thought it would be perfect to combine with the pierogies, because sausage and mashed potatoes are a great combination.
Mat Kearneyâ€™s third album, Young Love, came out recently and debuted at the #1 spot on the iTunes Album and Rock charts. If you are not familiar with Kearneyâ€™s music he is a singer/songwriter who plays eclectic music. The music is kind of a blend between pop, rock and folk. The songs he writes are personal, and yet easy to relate to. I appreciate the fact that the songs are well written and actually have intelligent lyrics, unlike many of the songs I hear on the radio.
One of the things that is more difficult when you are camping is cooking meals.Â When we go tent camping we have limited cooking supplies, a 20 year old camp stove, and a cooler instead of a refrigerator.Â Despite this fact my family always expects me to cook more when we are camping.Â They seem to think the lack of convenient snacks in the pantry means that I will be cooking three hot meals a day.