Mrs. Claus Bakery Kit

Let the Christmas countdown begin!  Today is December 1st and I am looking forward to all things Christmas.  When I think about special Christmas memories and traditions I have, baking cookies is right up there at the top of my list of favorites.  Every year my mom would spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, letting us lick the spoon and packaging up and delivering treats to neighbors and friends.  This year I want to give the gift of memories and quality time together, … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Neighborhood Gifts

When we first bought our first house as a married couple I was so excited about moving in and meeting neighbors, finding new friends and building a community.  I guess I had grand illusions of living on the same street As Leave it to Beaver, I thought people would be dropping by with plates of cookies and we would be hanging out on the front porch sipping tea.  But, it didn't work quite like that and I was a little disappointed.  Which is why I decided to make an effort to be the "welcoming … [Read more...]

Homemade Vanilla Extract – Christmas Gift Idea

I'm excited to announce that I have teamed up with 29 incredibly talented and creative bloggers to share some fun neighbor gift ideas. Make sure to check out all the ideas below and visit everyone's blogs for more details. This holiday make Homemade Vanilla Extract, it's an easy and affordable Christmas gift idea for everyone on your list.  I made homemade vanilla with some friends for the first time last year and handed it out as gifts to our teachers, neighbors and my husbands co-workers. … [Read more...]

Magic Cookie Bars

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...]