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sanity-saving graham cracker houses for Christmas

I like making gingerbread houses as much as the next person… but it’s just. So. Much. Work. Especially the assembly part. And sawing down imperfections. And the balancing act. It’s harder than making a house of cards. On a boat. In rough water. So I cheated. I made 2D graham cracker houses with the illusion […]



how to make easy gumdrop fudge

Have your toothbrush handy after making this, because I don’t want to be responsible for the cavities. This gumdrop fudge is delicious, smooth, soft, colorful, easy-to-make, and… sweet. Sinfully sweet. And I can’t stop eating it (possibly because of the addictive qualities of sugar). It takes minutes to whip up, a couple hours in the […]



BFF gingerbread people

  So I have this leftover gingerbread cookie dough from my gig over at Tablespoon. (If you visited me yesterday, you’ll note the silly gingerbread men.) Naturally, it was handed over to my seven year old daughter. She invented these BFF gingerbread people by smushing together the hands before baking. She wanted to be sure […]



Rudolph and the gang, as seen on marshmallows

Oh Rudy. I’ll forever love you. You are Christmas to me. That and Jesus being born. Also, Charlie Brown and what Linus said. But Rudolph has a special place in my two-sizes-too-big Christmas heart. He evokes for me that almost-indescribable Danish concept of “hygge.” We’ve already watched the 1964 classic, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, once. […]



the ultimate roundup: 40 treats to make for Christmas and winter

As you’re reading this, we are probably cutting down our Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving, we go out to Maryland to a cut-your-own farm and then stop for BBQ on the way home. It’s when Christmas officially starts. I mean, for the rest of my family. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks […]