Real Talk: What's the Best Christmas Cookie?

by M.E. Gray

Real Talk: What's the Best Holiday Cookie?

I never believed in Santa Claus.

I was raised in a pragmatic and practical household. My parents were, and are, no-nonsense folk. Keen on traditions, but not fond excess frill. This was true during the holidays, too. From the very beginning, there was no Santa. He was just a story, a nice idea. Instead of the jolly man in the red suit, there was gratitude for one another, and drawn-out appreciation for gifts received (we were only allowed to open two gifts a day - one in the morning and one at night - for the duration of the twelve days of Christmas, or until the gifts ran out). I don't feel like I missed out having a childhood without Santa. If anything, I'm kind of glad I got to skip the heartbreak of realizing he was just a fantasy. You know where I did miss out, though? In the Christmas cookie department. Big time.          

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How to Throw the Sweetest Cookie Decorating Party

by M.E. Gray

Tips on hosting a memorable cookie decorating party!

I love the holidays, because there is a never-ending list of activities you can do to celebrate. You can watch movies, decorate a tree, go caroling (tangent question: does anyone actually carol anymore?), wrap gifts, and bake cookies. Most holiday activities are done in groups, too, so they always have the potential to turn into sweet memories with the people you care about. If you're planning on having a holiday party, why not make it a cookie decorating party? Here are some tips to help you create a holly, jolly, fun time for all.       

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Do This: Make Cookie Cutter Ice Cubes!

by M.E. Gray

Make These: Holiday cocktail ice cubes!

Sometimes I'll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, "Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??" The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. The results? Success! Holiday cocktail ice cubes - oh yeah!           

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Roundup: 15 Semi-Homemade Christmas Cookie/Treats

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 15 Semi-Homemade Christmas Cookie/Treats

Some of us don't have the time or the inclination to roll out cookie dough come Christmas time. If you fall in to that category I'm here to absolve you of any guilt you might be feeling. Stop it! Not all of us are Just Desserts contestant wannabes. SO, for this Christmas cookie/treat roundup, I found ideas that require MINIMAL work on our part as they start with store bought cookies, snacks and candies. 

Starting at the top is Miss Candi...

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Where To Find Shagbark Hickory Syrup Used by Chefs and Gourmets

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Where To Find Shagbark Hickory Syrup Used by Chefs and Gourmets

Shagbark Hickory Syrup is made only in one place in the entire world; Nashville, Indiana. The extract is distilled from the bark of the hickory tree and dates back to the Native Americans from this region.  It's all the rage among chefs and home gourmets. "Its smoky, nutty flavor is less sweet than maple, more complex, and hauntingly unique."  Doubting Gourmet magazine even went on a fact checking adventure back in 2001 and found out that Hickory Works is in fact the only producer of Shagbark syrup in the entire world.

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