December 2011

How To: Create a Cheese Plate

When my husband and I were newly married, without kids, we had a holiday tradition of inviting other young couples over for a Christmas get together.  Everyone would bring something to eat, usually lots of cookies/candies/baked goods, and warm gooey dips.  We’d hang out and play games and stuff our faces.  One year, which I still remember clearly, my friend Wendy brought a cheese plate.  I thought it was super cool because a cheese plate just seemed, so, grown-up.  When …

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Posted in General News
Merry Christmas!

This is one of our favorite messages by Mark Mabry, an incredible photographer who has beautifully captured images depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.  We often see Biblical paintings, but seeing real people brings life to the history in a completely different, and personal way.  We truly hope that each one of you feels the love and warmth of Christmas this year.  As faithful Christians ourselves, the Savior is at the center of our church, our homes, and …

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Sweet & Tangy Brisket

I’m like Sara–for the last 3 years, I’ve always wanted to post some Hanukkah recipes once we get to this time of year, but I’ve felt kind of weird doing it because, well, I’m not Jewish and I don’t want to do anything offensive/stupid. I have pretty limited exposure to Jewish culture–one of my good friends in high school was Jewish and my father-in-law owns a kosher deli in Seattle (yes, the irony of a part-Native American Mormon owning a …

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Crispy Yukon Gold Latkes {Potato Pancakes}

I really wanted to name this post, “When Mormons Make Latkes” but I figured if we offend people when we put glitter on the lawn, talk about long lines at the grocery store, or use food coloring, then silly religious references are certain to get lost in translation for someone somewhere in the world.  But I still like it :)  So, every year around this time I have written on my blog calendar “something Hanukkah-ish”  and every year December comes …

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Easy Reindeer Cookies

I actually had a whole post of super easy Christmas themed snacks like these cute little Reindeer cookies I made for my kindergartener’s holiday party today, but I ran out of time this year and decided to save them for 2012!  But I just shared this picture on our Facebook page and several people asked if I could post it on the blog so they could pin it to Pinterest.  So here y’all go- pin away! You just need Nutter …

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Candy Bar Wrapper Holiday Printable

Some people assume that since Kate and I do this whole food blogging thing, our holiday kitchen gift-giving is amazing and extravagant. Oh, how not true that is.  Well, I can’t speak for Kate; she could very possibly be constructing miniature hand crafted gingerbread houses for all of her friends and neighbors, but I keep it simple.  We’re just like most of you; with really great intentions, and sometimes the fulfillment of those intentions,  but still often a last minute scramble …

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Cozy Toes Holiday Printable

The other day I was browsing Target, aka the one-hundred-dollar store, and remembered I needed socks as soon as I saw all of the cute knee-high socks.  (Kind of like I remember I need M&M’s when I walk through the candy aisle, or teal sparkly flats when I walk through the shoe aisle, or any other thing I totally don’t need but decide I need the moment I see it.  Especially at Target.)  But with boot season in full swing, who …

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Posted in Christmas, Sara
Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

You know how before your kids are in school, you think, “Oh, when my kids go to school, I’ll have all sorts of free time to do whatever I want to do!” That, my friends, is a parenting fallacy (this is Kate, by the way, even if the post says it was by Sara). Yes, when my kids were itty bitty, I got a lot less sleep (and also once had a meltdown because all I wanted was my own …

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Tin Can Treats: Christmas Edition!

photo by The TomKat Studio A lot of you have been requesting labels for our Tin Can Treats, and I’m so excited to share them today!  Mostly because they’re so stinking cute.  And that’s because I didn’t make them!  The fabulous Kim, from The TomKat Studio whipped these up for us.  Aren’t they fabulous?  If you’ve never been to Kim’s blog before, you must head over there and poke around.  But make sure you have some time because you will …

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Posted in Christmas, Cookies, Sara
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

So, strangely enough one of the cookies I make the most at home isn’t postedhere on the blog.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with the beloved “Homemade Oreos” most often made with cake mix cookies (and ohhh my gosh I didn’t even remember we had that link up.  Talk about lost old post!  It was written in June of 2008, when our blog was a whopping 3 months old and it’s totally old school, I love it)  and …

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