Over The Hills of Snow: Honey Snowball Cookies and Orange Linzer Christmas Trees

“Christmas…that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance…a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” […]

On the Second Day of Advent For My True Love Baked by Me: Swabian Gingerbread…No Partridge, No Peartree

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hillis Baking traditional gingerbread is many families’ Christmas tradition, including mine. Books worth of texts exist about the origins of gingerbread. Historians say, an early form of gingerbread can be traced to the […]

A Child-friendly “Deposit” to Ease the Wait for the Christmas Cake: Snow-Covered Winter Berry Cupcakes

Children have true trouble with understanding the concept of time. For little ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, the days of December are measured as a countdown to the magic of Christmas morning. There are many ways to let the excitement build up, like reading a special holiday stories every night. Funny, sweet, beautiful, […]

Advent: Calming, Preparation, Sharing and Celebration – Cheese Spotted Spelt Focaccia

“Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38, Bible Sundays have always been family days in my childhood home, even more so around the time of Advent. The Latin word Advent means, “arrival, coming”, referring to the four weeks before Christmas that are the time of preparation and hope, waiting for the celebration of […]

Memory of my Grandmother’s Austrian Cookie Swap

There will be a lot of people who will dislike me for my coming statement, however, a girl’s got to do what a girl has got to do….It is 11 weeks until Christmas!!!! Baking with children today brought many sweet, aromatic and unforgettable memories to the surface of my mind…. “Memories warm you up from […]