Archive for December, 2011


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 9 – Flora’s Fudge

This fudge has been around our family for as long as I can remember. Mom found it in a magazine and made for Beth when she was a little girl - it has been made numerous times...


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 8 – Aunt Jackie’s Apricot Rolls

My family is of Croatian/Slovak descent. I grew up with nut, poppy and apricot rolls at every special occasion, like weddings and all holidays -- I remember Mom’s dining room table carefully prepared with padding and...


A Very Merry Chrismukkah

Intended as a light-hearted celebration of the winter holiday season -- many have embraced the idea of sharing the more secular traditions of the holiday season by blending them into Chrismukkah.


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 7 – Grandma Rose’s Sugar Press Cookies

These simple sugar press Christmas cookies are a long standing tradition in our homes. Memories of Christmas gone past with our Grandma Rose fill the house when these cookies make their debut each year.


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 6 – Macaroon Kiss Cookies

These are, perhaps, my favorite Christmas cookie. Beyond the chocolate center, what makes them so great is that the macaroon part of the cookie is light and fluffy -- they are almost creamy thanks to the addition...


Samantha’s Bark: Peppermint Bark

Holiday Peppermint Bark - Live Pretty's version of this holiday classic.


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 5 – Rita’s Ricotta Cookies

When we moved to Florida in 1983, I met Rita. She had also just moved to central Florida with her family from Philadelphia. Now, years later, each holiday Rita and I bake for our...


Holiday Shortcut: Wine Cubes

Why didn't I think of this before? The next time your white wine is getting a little bit warm, freshen it up with a cold wine ice cube from your freezer! Simply open a bottle...


Giving The Gift of Fitness: The Bar Method Review

A few weeks back my sisters and I were invited by The Bar Method here in the Orlando-area suburb of Winter Park to come in and try one of their Saturday morning classes. Perfect, I thought...


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4 – Lemon Cheese Pressed Cookies

On our 4th Day of Christmas Cookies we introduce The Lemon Cheese Pressed Cookie. These simple beauties are like little bits of lemon heaven. Each bite melts in your mouth. A crowd pleaser for young and...