Cookie Secrets

I’m sharing the secret behind a family favorite cookie recipe, and making traditions with the youngest members of the family. This is a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion story. 

Hallmark Bake Like an Elf

The holiday season, especially, seems to be prime time for sharing family recipes. Loved ones gather together, over food, and before the end of the day someone is saying “Those were so good! Can I have the recipe?”

My late Aunt Dee used to bring the best cookies to our holiday celebrations. They were round sugar cookies with a thin, white icing and decorated with green leaves and red hot holly berries. We all loved them, but my sister Kathy was the biggest fan. Every holiday she would ask my Aunt for the recipe and every holiday my Aunt would deny her request, saying “It’s a secret family recipe”….

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Fruity Pirate’s Booty Treat Recipe

I’m partnering with Pirate’s Booty today with a Fruity Pirate’s Booty treat recipe and I’m also sharing how you can win a trip to the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

Simple Fruity Pirate's Booty Treat Recipe from

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! How are you holding up? Are you ready for the onslaught of guests and food? We are heading up to my oldest brother’s house near Chicago for a few days and I can’t wait!

I love Thanksgiving…every year we seem to do something different with either my husbands family or our family…or even just friends who are home for the holiday. We never have real set plans each year but we do have a few things that the day is always full of. Fellowship with others (family family or friends family), awesome food, football AND the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! No matter where we are on Thanksgiving day, we all watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! …

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Simplify the Holidays and Win with #AlexiaHolidays

Alexia Foods Holiday Party Win Cash and Prizes

Friends… I’m going to admit, this time of year is hard for me. I am one of those people who tends to say yes and overcommit to way too much, and then I’m a grouchy bear when I should really be joyful and happy. I LOVE this time of year… love love love it. I…

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The Happiness Report #34

Happiness Report from

A post full of happy things I’ve thought about, discovered and done this past week! Come share your happy things with me! Happy Happiness Report Day, everyone! The photo you see above is of Leah this past spring at Ella’s first communion. I found it while I was looking for an old photo of a recipe…

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Give Thanks to Farmers

Give Thanks to Dairy Farmers

  As you feast around your table this holiday season, pause to Give Thanks to the hard working farmers who help to make the food you eat possible! Do you ever pause to think about the farmers behind the food you eat? I often think about the fact that no matter what time of day it is,…

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Healthy Dinner Recipe – Rosemary Chicken

Healthy Dinner Recipe - Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth

An adapted Weight Watchers recipe, this Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth makes for a comforting and healthy dinner. I missed a day of NaBloPoMo yesterday. I had every intention of posting, but the day just went on and on and my energy level kept getting lower and lower. I knew I had to wake…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe from

Our favorite Snickerdoodle Recipe gets a fall makeover with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice! Did you know that Snickerdoodle cookies are my favorite? I doubt you did because in the 8 years I’ve been blogging I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with you! I don’t necessarily have one favorite, “go…

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Biscoff Pancakes {Weekly Menu Plan}

Biscoff Pancakes from the Biscoff Spread Cookbook

Our weekly family friendly menu plan including a review of  The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook and a recipe for Biscoff Pancakes! This was my first official week on Weight Watchers and I’m so excited to share that I was down 5.6 pounds! I know not to expect that big of a loss every week,…

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