It would not be Christmas without the famous cookie tower in our family. Throughout the month of December I make and freeze several types of cookies. This is a true labor of love as I am NOT a baker! The anticipation builds as the month progresses. Come Christmas Eve, we host a Réveillon dinner party and the cookie tower is the star of the menu. Constructed by stacking 5 glass cake stands or pedestal dishes in gradated sizes, it becomes a towering display of Christmas sweets. The great thing about the tower is that it can be replenished as the cookies vanish. Continue reading
Love works in mysterious ways. At Christmas 30 years ago, I was going through a painful divorce, far from my family, in a new city I had moved to for the crumbling marriage and would be alone. Just before Christmas, a surprise package arrived. Inside I found a Christmas stocking that had been filled with thoughtful little gifts so mine would not remain empty, and a box of homemade cookies. Continue reading
These cookies are one of my favorites yet I have never encountered them anywhere. I like to make them during the holidays when fresh cranberries are available but they are good anytime.. The red chunks of fruit and the white and dark chocolate drizzle make them attractive on a cookie platter. Their texture is moist with the nice crunch of the toasted almonds. Continue reading
Coconut lovers rejoice! This foolproof 5 ingredient, one bowl, coconut macaroon is fast, easy and simply delicious. Before you can sing through Jingle Bells, you’ll have a tasty batch of these ready! With a nice chewey texture, this cookie is pretty much all coconut with a bit of egg white as a binder. Continue reading
Welcome to our home for the holidays! The front porch is dressed in a natural winter wonderland theme this year. It is a serene and simple décor greeting visitors with the fresh scent of evergreens, the inviting warmth of candlelight and several vignettes of winter activities to delight the eye. Traditional greens and reds are accented with whites, metallics and natural elements. Please join me on a tour.
Transforming supermarket flowers from ordinary to wow, is easy. It gives your budget a huge bang for its buck. You don’t have to have a green thumb or a talent for flower arranging. Just a good imagination to look around your house for interesting containers will do. Everything I used in these examples I had on hand. The small silver ornaments were bought at the Dollar Store. None of these projects took more than a few minutes.
1- Rosemary Tree
These fragrant trees are readily available and make a terrific hostess gift. I like one in the kitchen where I snip fresh rosemary for cooking throughout the holiday season. Plop the plastic pot in a nice planter, tie a festive ribbon around the rim with a small ornament, and you’ve got a gorgeous and festive planter. I chose a birch bark planter with a plaid ribbon in keeping with the tree concept.
Using a garden marker for your gift tag is a nice touch fitting of the gift!
There’s a new steak in town! And boy, is it good. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten excited about cauliflower before but this recipe really did it for me. It caught my attention when it was featured in Giant Supermarkets’ fall cooking magazine. The original recipe was for grillling the steaks but I roasted mine because of weather limitations. The cauliflower is sliced thick and across its whole width to create hearty “steaks”. Continue reading