Brown sugar & cinnamon shortbread {101 Days of Christmas}

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It would be hard for me to choose one absolute favorite cookie, but if I had to try, shortbread would definitely be at the top of the list. Which maybe isn't fair since there are so many different variations! I love plain vanilla shortbread, and just the thought of Shaina's lemon thyme shortbread makes my mouth…

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Hot cocoa stand for charity {101 Days of Christmas}

The other day we got a letter from our sponsored child in India, and it included a little pamphlet about the World Vision Gift Catalog. The girls immediately began to read about giving ducks and goats and chickens and cows to families around the world and, without any prompting from me, started hatching a plan. They…

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Borax crystal ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

This is such a fun craft / handmade gift / science project all rolled into one! With a little borax and water, you can cover pipe cleaner shape in sparkling crystals to make snowflakes for the windows or ornaments for the tree. The best part is that kids (and adults!) can spend their time getting creative with the…

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Chocolate-covered mini candy canes {101 Days of Christmas}

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I tried to make chocolate-dipped candy canes a couple of years ago, but my chocolate was too hot and the candy canes kept breaking. I got frustrated and gave up, but this year -- after realizing what had caused it! -- I wanted to try again. I went with mini candy canes this time because everything is cuter…

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The 101 {More} Days of Christmas ebook is here!

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The new 101 {More} Days of Christmas ebook is here...with 101 new recipes, projects, tutorials and printables! Drawing from the first three years of the 101 Days of Christmas series here on the blog, this ebook is formatted for easy navigation and easy printing. It features some of my favorite recipes, like Poor Man's Toffee, Eggnog…

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Peppermint swirl marshmallows {101 Days of Christmas}

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I feel kind of guilty about these marshmallows. Not because I ate too many (although that's a possibility as well!), but because I shared our oldest daughter's struggles with food dyes a few months ago, and I fully intended to avoid any artificial dyes for this year's series. Then we pulled our old dyes out…

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