You might remember Christmas in a Bowl. Layers of homemade brownies, white chocolate peppermint mousse, and dark chocolate pudding. It’s decadent, rich, and a must-have this time of year. But I’ve decided to extend the Christmas in a Bowl family. At 12:25 early yesterday afternoon, Christmas in a Cookie was born. The labor was quick. Much faster than Christmas in a Bowl. She’s tiny but packs a festive punch. Read more

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I’ve recently started decorating the house with cranberries. I have bags full in the fridge after working on a fun project for A Subtle Revelry. Have you seen her holiday magazine yet? I think it’s my favorite so far. Full of inspiration and bright white images—it’s a wonderland. I photographed and styled the cranberry feature—these sparkling tart yet sweet little gems included. I have bowls of them all over the apartment. Edible decorations. They have to be better than my normal mint m & m’s this time of year. Right? Head over to A Subtle Revelry to find more cranberry and holiday ideas. One more thing, do you know what to do with persimmons? I have 3 in my fridge. Help. Read more

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Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Can you believe that Christmas is only a month away? Let’s kick off the holiday card sending season with a fun Cyber Monday giveaway from Minteda $50 giftcard! Have you checked out their site lately? Drop dead beautiful designs. You can see a couple of my favorites above.

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Leave a comment telling me your favorite Minted holiday card design or your funniest holiday card picture taking experience. Last year ours turned out like thisGiveaway ends tonight, Monday, November 26 at 12 am EST. Hurry! Read more

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We made it to Maryland late last night after a 40 mile detour and 15 minutes of stopage time. Our GPS froze and a light went out on the back of our car. A nice cop let us know. Did I mention Starbucks closed 5 minutes before closing time. It was a long night. But at 2 am we pulled up to my grandmas house. She greeted us with curlers fresh out of her hair and a sandwich and cookies. I can only hope to be half the woman she is at 80. Read more

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The last couple weeks I’ve been running around like a crazy lady. With my hair frazzled and head spinning. The deadlines are piling up and the holidays are quickly, too quickly, approaching. I’m currently sitting at my computer, writing a post, eating breakfast, and putting on make-up. Frazzled. Too frazzled. Read more

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For extra flavor, brine your turkey this year. I use this recipe. Instead of searching stores high and low for a brining bag, use an oven roasting bag leftover from last Thanksgiving in your pantry. Allow the turkey to soak in the brine overnight to 24 hours ahead of time. Discard the brine and cook as you normally would.

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My mom’s in town for the week. We’ve been eating well. Very well. Drinking plenty of glasses of wine and sharing stories we’ve probably told a million times. They’re stories that make our family unique. Stories about my brother chasing my sister down the beach declaring, “sweet revenge,” with a plastic sword in his hand. Stories of sitting in ant piles and falling off my scooter. My dad picked every last pebble out of my knee. Stories of listening to my Big Bird tape player sing “I wanna go home” over and over again. Stories that no one else quite understands except my family. They’re ours. Read more

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I found my new favorite pie. And it doesn’t have apples in it. It’s sweet with an unassuming flavor. And a perfect interior texture that will leave you asking for more. It’s similar to the famous apple pie, yet different enough to make you wonder what just hit your taste buds. Without further adieu, it’s my honor to introduce you to The Pear Pie. Read more

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