Placing a World Vision Gift Catalog order {101 Days of Christmas}

The girls raised an even $120 from their hot cocoa stand (thanks to many generous donations!), and I have to say that this whole experience has been really amazing. It was really important to me that the girls—who came up with this idea on their own—be part of this process. They helped brainstorm toppings, spread…

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Mexican wedding cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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These little cookies go by many names—Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, walnut snowballs, etc. The Mexican version, also called polvoróns, are made with finely chopped pecans, and the result is a soft, crumbly cookie. My grandmother always made walnut snowballs when I was little, but the girls and I decided to try this version to take as…

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Tips & tricks for perfect candy cane cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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These candy cane cookies are a staple of our Christmas celebration (although, if I'm honest, I end up eating most of them myself!). Every time I share a picture of them on social media, though, people ask questions or share their stories of failed cookies. Since this is the one "impressive" thing I can do in…

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Natural red food coloring from beets {101 Days of Christmas}

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I've been feeling guilty about using red dye in our peppermint swirl marshmallows ever since I did it, and I knew I needed a new plan before I made our annual batch of candy cane cookies (watch for an update with tips and tricks for these favorite cookies tomorrow!). I've purchased natural food dye before,…

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Three ways to serve your local community {101 Days of Christmas}

While our family has taken the opportunity to raise money to purchase farm animals for families around the world through World Vision—both through the girls' hot cocoa stand (which raised $120!) and the fundraiser here at Life Your Way—I think it's important to look for ways to serve our local communities as well. Here are a…

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