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

I set my alarm to wake up early on a Saturday morning. A true rarity. To do something I really didn’t want to do. Yet another true rarity. I like my comfort zone. But I was committed. I circled yes.

My church does this thing called “The Closet.” It’s a place where homeless people can come for their winter essentials to survive another Chicago winter. Literally survive. A warm coat. A hat. Gloves. A scarf. And snow boots. For three years I’ve been promising myself I would work a Saturday. And for three years I’ve slept in. Selfishly. I’ve found better things to do like bake and take pictures and work out. Read more

If there’s one thing I’m known for at work, it’s not for my inability to carry on an intelligent conversation before 9 am, or for my uncanny knack to memorize all the key strokes in Illustrator and InDesign, or for working chaotically on 5 projects simultaneously. No. I’m best known for Christmas in a Bowl. She makes her annual appearance at my work Christmas party. Her birth name is Triple Chocolate Peppermint Trifle. But after one bite, a coworker renamed her Christmas in a Bowl. Rightly so. With layers of white chocolate peppermint mousse topped with fudgy brownies and dark chocolate pudding she tastes like Christmas. She’s rich and dense, however, not the prettiest thing you ever did see. But don’t judge her book by the cover. You wont be able to put her down. And when you’re done, you’ll wish there was more. Read more