Category: Winter

12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Sweets

Whenever I fantasize about becoming the next Top Chef, (“Heather has no classical training or real kitchen experience aside from four semesters in the university dining hall, but by watching a lifetime’s worth of cooking shows she’s managed to become one of the most foremost experts on cooking for her niece,) I’m grounded by the

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Picnic

Every year since I was four the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st, (well not every year – there was that 14-year stretch when there weren’t any kids around.)  But for the past three Christmases, the Christmas Elf has come to visit on December 1st.  During my childhood he would usually leave

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Sugar Cookies

I could never understand why my mom DREADED making sugar cookies.  We were just decorating them, right?  I never realized how long it took just to get the cookies to the table.  And because my mom was a former cake decorator, we couldn’t just spread frosting on the cookies and call it good.  Nooooo, we

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12 Days of Christmas: Cookies

One of my favorite holiday activities is making cookies.  Not just sugar cookies (which I’ll be devoting an entire post to later this week,) but cookies that evoke my favorite flavors of the season – citrus, berry and molasses. One of the earliest memories I have of being in the kitchen, (besides pouring a bowl

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12 Days of Christmas: Decorating the Tree

This past Sunday I had the entire house to myself.  The weather was a little chilly, (for Southern CA at least) and I felt like cooking.  Knowing that we had a busy week of holiday-oriented activities on the calendar, I decided to make all of the dinners for the week which was relatively easy (I

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Annual Christmas Parade

This is actually the first year I’ve experienced my town’s Christmas Parade and let me tell you – it’s everything you would expect from a small town parade.  The whole town lined Main Street (yes, it really is called Main Street) and I think there were at least 12 fire trucks, 10 marching bands, every

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