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On the 3rd Day of Christmas: Carmelitas

Yes, I’ve posted these before.  Yes, they are still some of the best cookies I’ve ever had.  If you give someone these for Christmas, they will forever be indebted to you. Carmelitas 32 caramel squares, unwrapped1/2 cup heavy cream3/4 cup butter, melted3/4 cup brown sugar, packed1 cup flour1 cup rolled oats1 teaspoon baking soda6 ounces […]

The Tale of the Carmelitas

We live in a big-but-not-huge town. We have a P.F. Chang’s and a Pottery Barn and two malls and two full-price movie theaters. But we don’t have a Williams-Sonoma. Instead, we have a few delightful, locally-owned kitchen stores. One of them holds a monthly baking contest, and these Carmelitas were supposed to be my ticket […]

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Have you started making your holiday cookies yet? We’ve made lots of fun holiday cookies already this season, and are planning to make a few more batches to deliver to our neighbors this week. Making Christmas cookies has been one of my favorite parts of the holiday season for as long as I can remember. And […]

Carne Asada Marinade with Chipotle & Lime

When my family gets together in the summer, we always eat exceptionally well. We take turns cooking breakfast, dinner, and dessert, and we make sure to cover all of the family favorites like Carmelitas, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Breakfast Casserole, Sonoran Hot Dogs, and my husband’s famous Tri-Tip. And we always, always, always have my brother-in-law […]

Christmas Cookie Round-Up

Is there anything better than a good Christmas cookie plate? I think not. I heard a quote recently about something not at all cookie-related, but I’m going to apply it to Christmas cookies: The good ones are great, and the bad ones are still pretty good! Below are some of my favorite holiday cookies, old […]

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Just in case you’re still hammering out the details of your Thanksgiving menu, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving-appropriate dishes. Yes, the list is a little heavy on the pies, but isn’t that how Thanksgiving should be? Sides Roasted Garlicky Green Beans Hazelnut Carrots Apple-Pecan Cornbread Dressing Momo’s RollsEasy Goat Cheese and Pear Salad […]

Holiday Treats to Share

Giving gifts to friends and neighbors is such a fun part of the Holiday season. Growing up, we always delivered plates of cookies, and I still plan on doing that this year when we spend Christmas with my parents.  Since becoming a mom and having children of my own, I’ve tried to branch out from […]