Simple White & Gold Christmas Sugar Cookies

Simple White & Gold Christmas Sugar Cookies

Every Christmas I love to make sugar cookies for my friends, family, and kids school classes! I calculated that I needed to make 160 this year, so I started making and freezing them right after thanksgiving to avoid the “last minute hustle” I always seem to very-stressfully get myself into, days before Christmas! Well, I got 30 made, and then was hit by a horrible sickness that set me back a couple of weeks! Long story short– that stressful hustle I wanted SO badly to avoid this year, got me again! And I now had a day and a half to get 130 sugar cookies made. I needed a design that was really simple if I was going to pull this off, so I decided to stick with a “White Christmas” theme, and make them a little extra beautiful and fancy with some gold embellishments. I am really glad I kept to this sweet and simple theme. I didn’t need to make several different colored icings, or sprinkles, or mess with fondant. Just one big batch of white icing and some sprinkles, and I was good to go!! I hope this inspires other busy momma’s out there, who are as last minute as I am!
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Quick & Simple Cara Cara Lamb Tagine

Quick & Simple Cara Cara Lamb Tagine

At the store the other day I found some English christmas crackers, and thought it would be REALLY fun to make a traditional English Christmas dinner for my little family! I actually managed to find a huge leg of lamb at the store, and decided to roast it, with some traditional English roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, mint sauce, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and petit Pois. I got some sparkling grape juice, and we all sat round to eat and celebrate English style! We pulled the crackers, and wore the hats inside, told the jokes, and played with the toys! My kids LOVED it!!! I haven’t been home for Christmas for nine years, since i’ve been married, and I miss some of those fun English traditions I was raised with!

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Best 10 minute Tom Kha

Best 10 minute Tom Kha

Tom Kha is my favorite soup in the whole world, so I have been determined to master the PERFECT recipe for it for ages!! At first, I tried making several recipes without the Tom Kha paste– and I just couldn’t seem to get the level of flavor I needed. So I went to the Asian Market and stocked up on Tom Kha Paste, and have been experimenting ever since– I didn’t just want to make the recipe on the back of the jar, by adding water, which you can do! Mostly because I wanted the recipe to taste as awesome as the ones you find in good thai restaurants. I have made SO much of this stuff recently that I thought my family and I would start to get sick of it, but somehow, the more I make it, the more I LOVE it, and…. I even managed to convert my two small kiddos! They are four and five, and the pickiest eaters on the planet, but they both picked up the bowl, and drank this soup down, and made me SO happy! I’m so glad I stocked my pantry with jars of this paste, because it has become a much-loved go-to meal for my family. It’s not only super delicious, but surprisingly filling and really healthy too! AND did I mention, I can make it in under 10 minutes?! I have some precooked frozen chicken that is already cut into bite-sized pieces to make this recipe SUPER easy and fast, as well as a carton of coconut milk always sitting in my fridge! Everyone needs fast, super simple, healthy, delicious recipes like this on hand! I hope you love it and make it as much as we do!

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Peg Doll Christmas Nativities

Peg Doll Christmas Nativities

I know I have a pretty sad excuse for a crafting section on my Blog– I rarely have time to craft these days– but there’s something about Christmas that always inspires me to make things, especially for others. I found this idea for a hand-painted nativity set on pinterest and loved it, and knew my family would too! I thought it was a great idea to send them something special, and hand-made…. until I started to paint SEVEN SETS! That’s 7 Mary’s, 7 Joseph’s, 7 Shepherd’s, 7 Angels, 21 wise men, 21 camels, 21 Sheep, and 7 “donkeys” that don’t really look like Donkeys! {I had to let my perfectionisms go if I was ever going to get this project completed!} My family better feel the love, because I worked on these through tiresome nights, a bad case of Laryngitis, and just general chaos of the busy Christmas season. You know how it is!
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Disneyland 2014!

Disneyland 2014!

My husband had to attend the PMA in Anaheim this October, so we deiced to take our two, sweet little kiddos to Disneyland!! I know it has taken me over a month to post this up– but luckily I wrote down our memories and experiences day by day as we were there, so I haven’t forgotten! Right now Braden and Gemma are the PERFECT age for disney– Gemma is 4, and is really into the princesses and disney characters, and Braden is 5, and is tall enough to go on almost every ride in the park! I thought I would write up a quick post for the memories, and also add some tips for those who are excited to take their young kiddos to disneyland too.
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