50+ traditions to inspire your holidays {101 Days of Christmas}

In our house, we always say it's not really Christmas until the candy cane cookies have been made! Our family is big on traditions. We believe that traditions -- things you do again and again and look forward to each year with anticipation -- build the strongest memories and carry the most meaning. Whether those…

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Homemade royal icing {101 Days of Christmas}

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Royal icing is an icing that dries hard and is perfect for decorating cookies or putting together gingerbread houses. Traditionally made with egg whites, it's easy to make your own royal icing using meringue powder to avoid the worry of raw eggs in your treats. Come back next week and I'll show you what we decorated with our royal icing! Ingredients:…

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Enamel painted glass vases {101 Days of Christmas}

I love these painted glass vases! Mine are made from kombucha bottles, which has two benefits: not only are these bottles a great shape and size, but it also gave me a good excuse to buy more kombucha since I just recycled my collection of bottles. (Darn!) While some DIY painted vases are painted on the outside, these are painted…

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Dulce de leche-filled alfajores {101 Days of Christmas}

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Similar to the French macaron, alfajores are a South American treat. While the specifics vary by region and country, the basic idea is a sandwich cookie with a sweet filling in the middle. This version incorporates a rich dulce de leche between two melt-in-your-mouth cornstarch cookies! These cookies are easy to make, using just a few ingredients…

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Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods {101 Days of Christmas}

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I've made some version of chocolate-covered pretzels or pretzel treats every year for at least a decade, but I've never made chocolate-dipped pretzel rods until this year. These are definitely going into the rotation! In some ways, these are a lot easier than small chocolate-covered pretzels just because they're so much bigger, which means less work. They're also really…

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Fill-in-the-blank thank you cards {101 Days of Christmas}

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: Christmas is an easy time for kids to focus on what they're getting. And it's no wonder. I can't count the number of times that Emma is asked what she'd like to have for Christmas. One way to encourage a heart of…

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Practical ways to encourage kids to give {101 Days of Christmas}

While giving and generosity are character traits we cultivate in our family all year long, we like to focus on giving even more during the holidays as a way to offset the "gimme" mindset that so easily creeps in. We do this through giving not just money but our time, by investing in our community, by…

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Chocolate pinwheels {101 Days of Christmas}

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What's not to love about these cookies? Not only are they cute (and I imagine that someone with more skillz than me could make them even cuter!), but they combine a classic sugar cookie dough with a chocolate sugar cookie into one perfect pinwheel! Although not especially Christmas-y, with no red and green dye or peppermint…

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