Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies_Giggles Galore

With the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas and the fact that I've spent the last few days simply being lazy I forgot to share this fun post for Hot Cocoa Cookies.  My friend and the amazing apron queen Aimee from Aimee Broussard & Co. asked if our elf Zippy wanted to participate in her Elves’ 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series, and of course he said yes!  Due to our move, an ice storm and mis-communication with the post office our famous elf apron never arrived, but that didn't stop … [Read more...]

Rudolph the Wooden Reindeer

Rudolph the Wooden Reindeer_Giggles Galore

This wooden reindeer holds a special place in our families Christmas holiday.  The original version of this wooden reindeer has been in our family for more than 35 years.  He was originally made by my Dad as a Christmas gift for my great-grandmother.  After she passed away my parents gave him to me as a gift for the first Christmas in our new home.  He is a cherished treasure.  Over the year's I've gotten lots of comments and questions about where he came from and I love telling his story.  I … [Read more...]

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread House Village

Decorating Gingerbread Houses is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  When we were kids my parents always made elaborate gingerbread houses.  I'm talking whole villages, mansions with working lights and candy furniture elaborate.  We always got to help decorate and put the candy on, but of course the best part was sneaking all that candy while helping!  It was one of those traditions I knew we would definitely carry on with our little family, although mine usually aren't anywhere as cool as … [Read more...]

Mistletoe Jello

Giggles Galore Mistletoe Jello Dessert

I love this time of year and all the opportunities to sprinkle in a little wonder and excitement for my kids!  We just moved so many of our normal Christmas traditions or holiday celebrations have been put on hold while we try to settle back into a routine, but I still want to create fun moments for my kids to enjoy.  These Mistletoe Jello treats are a fun way to add a festive touch to holiday parties, play dates or a special after dinner treat.  I originally shared these tasty treats as part of … [Read more...]

Red and White Christmas Ideas

Red and White Christmas Blog Hop

With only 9 days until Christmas you'll love the 10 Red and White Christmas Ideas being shared in today's festive Blog Hop.  Once again I've teamed up with some of my favorite creative friends to share sweet treats, holiday gifts and entertaining ideas that will help you wrap up the Christmas season with some easy classic red and white projects. If you are still looking for last minute Christmas treats, entertaining ideas or gifts you don't want to miss these great Red and  White Christmas … [Read more...]

Coke Bottle Santa

Coke Bottle Santa Giggles Galore

If you have been following Giggles Galore you probably know by now that lots of my inspiration for parties, projects and crafts come from childhood memories, and I owe a lot of my creativity to my incredibly talented mom.  This is one of those projects.  Years ago my mom, who is a school teacher, would spend her summer crafting and creating things that she could sale to make extra money for Christmas.  There were always lots of creative crafts, but the Coke Bottle Santa was one of my … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Fudge Christmas Gift

This time of year is all about giving. We love to bake goodies for our neighbors and friends and I especially love to put them in pretty packages. Chocolate Peppermint Candy is a decadent Christmas treat that everyone will love!  And it's easy too, so you won't spend all your time in the kitchen baking instead of enjoying time with family and friends.   Chocolate Peppermint Candy   Print Prep time 20 mins Total time 20 mins   Chocolate Peppermint Candy … [Read more...]

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies Giggles Galore

Brrr, the weather here has been frigid.  Here in Texas we don't do cold very often, but this past weekend we were hit with a crazy ice storm, referred to by the locals as Icemageddon!  Freezing rain and bitter cold temperatures make you want to snuggle up inside with a warm cup of hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies.  And no cookie is more fitting for this extreme snap of cold than these easy Snowball Cookies. One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the memories made baking in … [Read more...]

North Pole Breakfast 2013

North Pole Breakfast Elf Making Snowflakes

Our elf Zippy loves a good surprise and for the past three years he arrives in style with a special North Pole Breakfast.  This is a tradition our kids eagerly anticipate and look forward to each holiday season.  We recently moved and Zippy had a little trouble arriving in a timely manner (AKA this tired momma was feeling a little overwhelmed and couldn't get it together) with this special surprise breakfast.  The kids were worried he forgot about them so they wrote him a letter and we dropped … [Read more...]

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars www.gigglesgalore.net

Christmas baking is in full swing here at our house, it's one of my favorite things about the holidays.  I love making cookies and taking sweet gifts to neighbors and friends.  And of course we love to sneak a few treats too...I may have to make an extra trip or two to the gym for the 3 or 4 of these Magic Cookie Bars I've devoured the last few days. These cookies aren't anything new or fancy, this recipe has been around for ever...but they are my absolute favorite holiday cookie.  This is … [Read more...]