Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?
Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry
It’s funny how a chance thought morphs into something memorable. That happened to my BFF as she wondered about the word clodhopper. She looked up the word online, which lead her down the rabbit hole of definitions, images, and tangents. Once she learned that Canadians make a special treat called clodhoppers, she was off and running to the grocery store. Read the rest of this entry
I am extremely fortunate to have a group of eight of us who have known each other at least since high school. (Carol and I just celebrated our 60th year of friendship; we’ve known each other since kindergarten!) We call ourselves the HaHa’s because we laugh so much when we’re together. This weekend, we had our annual holiday cookie exchange. The event has evolved over the years — we now bring frozen dough so we can each bake what we want when we want. In addition to our dough exchange and lots of laughter, we might have stuffed ourselves with good food and wine. I’m not confessing to anything! Read the rest of this entry
We visited the grandkids a week or so ago, and Princess M and I made the world’s easiest cookies. You may remember the two-ingredient muffins I blogged about last year. (See https://wordpress.com/post/crapsmanship.com/297.) Just pumpkin puree and spice cake mix. We riffed on that idea, again using one can of pumpkin puree and one spice cake mix. Read the rest of this entry
Praline — that’s prah-leen, y’all, not pray-leen. Pralines are a delicious Louisiana treat, and these cookies with their amazing praline topping are an homage to New Orleans. The original recipe is from my friend Bernie, but I’ve made a few changes and suggestions as I’ve played with the directions. I must warn you — you’ve got to love sweets to enjoy these cookies! Read the rest of this entry