Holiday Deliciousness: Shortbread

Oh, the pretty shortbread! This is another family Christmas tradition. We’d snack on shortbread first thing in the morning while the bigger, more elaborate Christmas breakfast was still being prepared. Not that this should in any way count as breakfast. But it’s tasty, and if you have a gorgeous shortbread mold, it’s also beautiful as … [Read more…]

Holiday Deliciousness: The Cheeseball

We’re having relatives over for a birthday celebration, and J, who was confused about exactly what we’re celebrating, spent quite a bit of time making a lovely turkey garland for the occasion.  The prospect of getting together has put me into the holiday spirit early, so I thought that I’d share my first holiday recipe. … [Read more…]

Holiday Abundance

First, if you haven’t seen my list of 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District, you totally should take a look, because it’s an excellent resource, if I do say so myself. And also it is way more than 101 items. Really. You can count ’em. We are going to go get … [Read more…]

Ringing in the Holidays

Okay, I’m officially in the holiday spirit. It was like a flip that was switched today. At the grocery store, actually. I walked into produce and Christmas carols were playing and I almost rolled my eyes, but I was appeased by a sale on pomegranates. I love pomegranates. Then I was waiting at the deli … [Read more…]

Holiday Countdown!

So. . . are you ready? I’m doing pretty well, actually. I’ve done all of my shopping except for my last pre-holiday grocery shopping, which will be tomorrow. We’re mostly ready except that I have to sew a couple of Ewok cloaks. You heard me. No, I’m not kidding.  Remember that I said that J … [Read more…]

Kicking into Serious Holiday Mode

Since dinner, I’ve made two cheeseballs and a batch of Magic Cookie Bars, we all watched  The Muppet Christmas Carol, and as soon as this is done I’m going to pre-cut felt pieces for making felt ornaments at a big ol’ holiday craft-a-thon I’m helping with tomorrow. Part of the feverish preparations are because we’re … [Read more…]

Christmas Fun in the Capital District

‘Tis the season! Here’s a link to Christmas activities listed on Here’s a list of local Adopt-a-Family programs and other ideas for holiday giving. Cheaper By The Dozen: Free & Low-Cost Capital District Activities During the Holidays Here’s a round-up of posts I’ve done about holiday activities, crafts and food. Fun family activities: Where … [Read more…]