We are now entering what I like to call hell week. The last week of school before Christmas. Every child I know is currently insane. Every parent I know is pushed to their limit. Teachers can’t wait for school to get out. I’m wondering how much stuff can arrive from Amazon in the next few…

Orange Cranberry Scones
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Creme Brûlée.  It actually amazes me that after nearly 11 years of blogging we don’t have a recipe for creme brûlée posted??  It’s one of my favorite fancy desserts to make because despite the high-brow reputation, creme brûlée is deceptively simple to make.  One of my favorite tricks for holiday baking is to make candy…

Chocolate Peppermint Creme Brûlée
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Ah, the small-batch cookie. You’re craving a warm, chewy-soft cookie but not enough to spend an hour making a big batch and then rotating pans through the oven and getting full and sick from eating cookie dough about half-way through.  So many of you have fallen in love with these Small Batch Cookies, which are…

Small Batch Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
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So I guess this is not super-last-minute, especially for people like me who are nowhere near done with their Christmas shopping. But close to last-minute. I’ve rounded up some of my very most favorite things this holiday season and I hope they’ll help you fill some holes in your Christmas lists! 1. Ingrid Michaelson Songs…

kate's christmas guide 2018
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So I had my oldest child relatively young (I realize that now–at the time, I felt like a senior citizen) when I was 24. For most of his life, I have felt like a pretty young mom, mostly in touch, kinda-cool-but-not-in-an-Amy-Poehler-in-Mean-Girls kind of way. Until recently. not a cool mom. just a regular mom. Now…

copycat starbucks snickerdoodle white hot chocolate
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I consider myself to be a pretty good artist.  My education and former profession is in the design field and I’m pretty good at craft stuff.  I also think I’m a decent cook, so I figured with those two things going for me, decorating fancy sugar cookies would be right up my alley.  Imagine my…

Tutorial: Cookie Decorating with Glace Icing
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Allow me to introduce you to Peppermint Bark Popcorn, your new favorite holiday treat.  Let me tell you why this is my go-to for holiday parties and neighbor gifts! Take a peek! Why you should make this peppermint bark popcorn You can make one huge batch and have TONS to share and pack up.  I…

Best Holiday Treats Peppermint Bark Popcorn
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Chocolate bark is one of our favorite holiday treats because it’s so easy to make and perfect for gifting (or snacking!) . We recently hosted a holiday contest with  AMERICAN HERITAGE ® Chocolate  to find the best toppings for gourmet chocolate bark and boy did you guys come through!  You submitted hundreds of fantastic ideas and we…

Gourmet Chocolate Bark
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We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As per tradition on this lovely Cyber Monday, we’ve got some great deals for you that won’t last long! O U R   B E S T   B I T E S   S H O P Today we are offering the largest site-wide discount we do all year…

Olive Oil Bottles
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So it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and your menus are probably pretty much set, so today I’m sharing a list of things you can still track down before the big day that will make your Thanksgiving even better! This time around, everything is from Amazon because if you have Amazon Prime (or a free Amazon Prime…

10 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Products to the Rescue!
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This Butternut Squash Soup Recipe first appeared on our site back in 2009, nearly 10 years ago! This recipe is very loved.  If you read through the comments, it has review after review showering praises.  It’s one of those recipes where the finished product far outshines the simple ingredient list.  Surprisingly it’s been years since…

Butternut Squash Soup
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Tis the season for holiday treating, snacking, and sharing, and we have something super fun for you today!  Chocolate bark is one of our favorite things to make.  It’s delicious to eat, impressive to share, and so easy to whip up.  We’ve partnered with AMERICAN HERITAGE CHOCOLATE® this holiday season for our First Annual Baking…

Making Chocolate
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