25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

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25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

You guys, as someone who tries to eat gluten-free this one was torture to round-up, TORTURE! All those layers of soft, flaky puff pastry surrounding everything from Nutella to brie to pepperoni, and all I can do was dream. But with the holidays coming, I knew I had to take one for the team and gather the BEST, most DELICIOUS puff pastry ideas because you deserve them. Puff pastry is one of the easiest ways to create swoon-worthy appetizers and desserts that will have your guests raving about … [Read more...]

25 BEST Bake Sale Treats and Recipes

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25 Best Bake Sale Treats and Recipes

With all the fairs, holidays, church and school events going on right now we're smack dab in the middle of bake sale season. You know at some point you'll have to face the bake sale table so might as well be prepared. Here's a host of ideas that range from 'I only have 10 minutes to whip up some insanely clever treats' to 'I worked on these for 3 hours and wanna ROCK the bake sale this year!' Choose the one that works best for you, and happy Bake-Saleing! How to Have a Fabulous Bake Sale from … [Read more...]

From Our Home to Yours

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Christmas Ideas and Wrap-Up

Wishing you a {slightly belated} Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year! {cards from Pear Tree Greetings} Everything is belated this week. I just put our Christmas cards in the mail today.  Such is life, right? Prior to Christmas, the temps reached mid-60s so we made our annual trek into the city.  The massive screen at the Comcast Center dazzled.  Note that's just half the screen in this photo. {@MakingLemonade on Instagram} After checking out the outdoor market, we settled in … [Read more...]

Delicious Christmas Menu Recipes + Ideas

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Delicious Christmas Menu Recipes + Ideas

Christmas is almost here, do you have your meal plan yet?  I'm so thankful to be hosting friends on Christmas Eve.  Since we have 5 kids coming for dinner and several menu restrictions (including a non-red-meat eater, an only-red-meat-eater, and me, the mostly-gluten-and-dairy-free gal) I'll admit I was perplexed as to what to serve.  Thanks to a recent helpful conversation on Facebook about Christmas meal ideas, we decided on something different this year: appetizers for dinner!  Or if you … [Read more...]

BEST Christmas Punch Recipe: Santa’s Little Helper!

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BEST Christmas Punch Recipe: Santa's Little Helper

I call this perfect holiday punch recipe 'Santa's Little Helper' for two reasons: one, because it's the name of the scrappy little dog in The Simpsons and I always thought he was cute.  The other is because Mama needs some Santa's Little Helper to get through this massive pile of gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, and halls to deck.  Personally, I use champagne as the bubbly in the punch but if you're hoping NOT to have {double} visions of sugarplums dancing in your head you can substitute Sierra … [Read more...]