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December 12, 2019

Cranberry & Raspberry Christmas Pie

I stumbled upon a version of this pie on Pinterest and put it in the file of my dreams.  How charming is this little scene on top with reindeer leaping over trees below, twinkling stars above and snowflakes all around?    

I recreated using mini cutters from my store available in the baking supplies (but now sold out for the season - sorry!).  

The filling was a mix of tart fresh cranberries and raspberries.  It was so bright and delicious - perfect for a post dinner dessert on Christmas.  I used this recipe from Taste of Home + store bought pie crust.

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December 11, 2019

Speculaas Cookies | Spice Holiday Cookies

Last year Tessa ( shared these cookies when she made them for her holiday gifts.  I immediately put it on my list for this year.  They are beautiful and old fashioned - my favorite combination.   Per Tessa's recommendation, I started with Martha Stewart's recipe, but doubled the spices.  They were so yummy - I loved the way they turned out, so perfect with a coffee in the afternoon.

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 Classic Speculaas Cookies

3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons of cardamom
1/4 teaspoon of cloves
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of water (plus more)
Powdered Sugar

Cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients and spices.  Add water and mix until combined.  Shape into 3 sections and wrap in plastic.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (you can find here).

Preheat oven to 325.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface (or you can use powdered sugar) until 3/8" thick.  Dust molds with powdered sugar.  Press mold down on dough and cut around using a sharp knife.  Gently coax dough out of mold with fingertips and place onto the baking sheet.

Place 1 sheet of cookies in the oven, then reduce oven temp to 250 immediately.  Bake one sheet at a time until edges begin to turn light gold, 40-45 minutes.  Let cool.

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December 06, 2019

Candy Cane Cookies | A Classic

I love an old fashioned looking cookie.  We made these using my basic (but most delicious) sugar cookie dough (recipe here) by tinting half of the dough red.  Emma and I made "snakes" out of dough, then twisted them up.  The beauty of these is that there is no decorating - once they are baked, they are finished.

It was a great hands-on activity while we watched a Christmas movie.  I especially love how they look mixed with a batch of gingerbread cookies on a platter... next on the list : )

As always, I baked them on a Large Baking Sheet with Natural Parchment Paper, available here.

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This season, we're including a Holiday Baking Booklet in each of our orders.  The booklet contains all of my staple recipes that we turn to each year - Sugar Cookies, Ginger Spice Cookies, Christmas Star Bread and and "Homemade" (from frozen dough!) Cinnamon Rolls.  This is our little holiday gift to you, our customers.  Happy Holiday Baking!

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December 05, 2019

Holiday Home Tour | Living Room & Bedrooms

We decorated for Christmas over the weekend, just after Thanksgiving.  I will continue to add and fluff and stuff more touches in as the season goes on, but this is how the season starts for us.  We got our tree (Fraser fir) on Friday morning from a local tree lot.  I was hoping for maybe a silver tip fir, or something more wild and rustic, but Emma loved this picture perfect tree.  After our wild cedar tree we chopped down in the woods last year, I think she'd had enough of Mom's crazy Christmas tree ideas.  I'm going to add some more lights (can't get enough!) today and maybe some sort of garland or tinsel.

I'll share more details of the rest of the house as the season progresses - I have something fun cooked up for our hearth room and kitchen that we're going to work on after school.  I try to do something a little different each year to keep it from becoming repetitive.  I will be constantly adding more natural elements - sprigs of greens on the mantle and over paintings, bowls of clove studded oranges, pots of paper whites.  It will come together little by little like it should, and I'll share as I go along.  I am loving all of the color and how cozy our home is feeling this month : )

This is way more color than I usually do in our home, but gosh does it feel festive!  In the photo the block prints fade away a little, but in real life they compliment the red so nicely.

I've started a new sale today - 30% off my entire collection of Pillows, code : PILLOWS-30.  Shop here >

The "throw" over the chair is actually the Warm Red Wrap, $24.  It balances to room perfectly with the new Red Linen Pillows on the Sofa.

These are not real packages, but ones I wrapped for photos earlier last month : )  I do all of our holiday shopping mid-December.  I usually set out about a week before and shop locally and hunt and gather.  We aren't big Christmas list people (except Emma!), so I just try to find something lovely from my favorites shops for everyone on my list and call it good.

Red Flower Pillows on the Sofa and in the Chairs

New Red Linen Pillows

The Holiday Wrapping Papers are on sale, too.  Here I have every single one from my collection mixed and matched.

I'll share the photos of our kitchen later this month after it has been all decked out... usually after baking and gingerbread houses are made.

I added some seasonal coziness to our bedrooms, as well.  I put a Rectangle Tree Pillow on our bed and brought up the small planted tree in a basket from earlier this season I used from photos.  These two touches really make our room feel a little special for this time of year.

Rectangle Tree Pillow

I've been burning this Noble Fir Candle, $18, in our room, too, it makes it smell like an alpine lodge in the mountains : )

I put some paper white bulbs in a basket in our light-filled bathroom.  Seems to like this spot.

After oogling after this quilt I spotted at an antique store, I finally bought it this weekend.  It makes the guest room feel so cheery.

I've let go of all of the "must-do" decorations and have focused more on ones that really add some magic to our home.  It has made decorating this year fun and fresh.  I would love to hear about the touches that you add to your home that bring you joy.

Happy Holiday Season : )

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November 19, 2019

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