• Food

    Homemade Soft Pretzels

    We live outside Philly – so you know we love soft pretzels. Several years ago we found a recipe for homemade soft pretzels. This recipe is AWESOME! Full disclosure: to make these pretzels you do need to plan a little bit in advance because they require a little bit of rising time (about an hour). But overall the pretzels are fairly simple and they are amazing. It’s also a really fun cold or rainy day project for kids to help out with in the kitchen. This pretzel recipe we used by Alton Brown is amazing. I think that Alton’s secret is in boiling them in the baking soda water before…

  • Christmas Menu Ideas
    Food,  Holiday

    Christmas Eve Menu

    Christmas Eve traditions vary all over the world. In the Philippines, they celebrate with beautiful lanterns, in Austria Krampus frightens naughty children (we might need to look into this one), in Norway people hide their brooms from witches. Here in the U.S. many celebrate the evening by spending it with friends or family. The last few years we’ve started a tradition of spending Christmas Eve with a few friends, neighbors and family. We exchange a few gifts, break a little ice (as my uncle would say) and munch on some holiday goodies. I love how festive Christmas Eve is with the fire blazing and the wine flowing and the kids…

  • Cookie Recipes
    Food,  Holiday

    10 Family Favorite Christmas Cookies & Candy

    Affiliate Links – As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Typically the week before Christmas we like to gather our cookie supplies and make loads of cookies. Everyone in our family has a different favorite cookie (of course they do). We’ve got a fairly diverse group of cookie lovers – from sugar to chocolate to nuts. There are also a few that prefer fudge…we’ll get to that too. (I found the EASIEST and BEST fudge recipe a few years ago.) Kids – Since it’s the holiday season, we have to make Sugar Cookies. The kids love to help roll and decorate them with sugar and icing and sprinkles. Let’s…

  • Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Easy Ham & Cheese Sliders

    These ham & cheese sandwiches have been a staple at our family gatherings for close to 30 years. We make them for every baby shower, holiday and get together. Anyone that has ever tasted them asks for the recipe, they’re really that good. They’re fairly simple to make and a crowd pleaser. Add them to your next holiday party menu and you will not be disappointed. Ingredients 2 packages of dinner rolls (I use Hawaiian) 24 slices of deli ham 12 slices of swiss cheese and cut in half 2 sticks butter 2 tablespoons dijon mustard Poppy Seeds 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce 1tsp garlic powder 2…

  • Food,  Holiday

    Grandmas Cranberry Sauce

    Cranberry sauce is an essential item on most of our holiday tables. If your family is anything like ours, the type of cranberry sauce is a very personal choice. We’ve got some that will only eat that smooth, canned variety. I must admit, I do like that kind – it feels very nostalgic. But there’s something about homemade cranberry sauce that seems to go with everything. This recipe from my Grandma is so easy and does not disappoint. Ingredients Orange Zest (1 orange) Fresh Cranberries (1 bag) Crushed Pineapple (1 can) 1/2 cup Walnuts (optional) Water 1 cup Sugar Instructions Step 1 – drain and save juice from pineapple in…

  • Food,  Holiday

    Evie’s Cherry Crumb Pie

    Ingredients Cherry Pie Filling – 2 Cans Lemon (zest from 1 lemon) Pie crust 2 1/2 cups AP flour 1 cup cold unsalted butter 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar Pie crumb – combine with pastry blender 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter Instructions Step 1 – Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Step 2 – Make your pie crust by combining the pie crust ingredients with a pastry blender and chill 1 hour (you can a make this a day or two in advance) Step 3 – Remove pie crust from the refrigerator and roll to fit into a 9 inch…

  • Food,  Holiday

    Under $100 Thanksgiving Menu

    Thanksgiving is a highly underrated holiday. There are no costumes, trick or treating and parades like Halloween and there isn’t the pressure of a million gifts and obligations like Christmas. Thanksgiving is about getting together with those closest to you, making your yummiest food and eating it until your pants pop….and then eating leftovers the next day (or three hours later). I think we actually need more holidays like Thanksgiving if you ask me! Thanksgiving does require some planning and prep work, so if you know me at all…there’s a list involved. Here’s my menu and shopping list to save you some time this year. BONUS – the entire menu…