Winter

Apple and Green Chile Scandi Heart Empanadas to Celebrate Lucia Day and Guadalupe Day.

Apple and Green Chile Empanadas

"Apple and Green Chile Empanadas" to celebrate both the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12th) and Lucia Day (Dec. 13th)!

I am not from Mexico nor Catholic, and there is no Scandinavian blood in my recent ancestry, but I always celebrate December 12th and 13th - and quite often by blending the two cultural traditions that have so completely influenced my art, craft, heart and Winter Holiday celebrations.

A Castle for Christmas Elves and Goodbye to The Yule Lads

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No longer are my Tomte, Jólesvenier, Päkapikk, Tonttu and Nisse hiding among the branches on my Christmas Tree! I have found a perfect castle for them to spend the holiday - when they are not helping Santa that is!!!

December 10th! Angel Day!

Angels

December 10th is my very own special "winter holiday" - Angel Day.

My grandfather gave me my very first Advent Calendar when I was six years old. In those days, the calendars were more about discovering the pretty picture behind the doors than about finding a chocolate!

My favorite picture of the whole season was on December 10th - beautiful angels floating in a cloud filled blue sky!

Advent Calendars! Christmas Countdown Begins!!

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Happy first day of Advent Season!

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Holiday Cookie Baking 101: Use a Food Scale! I Am Showing You Why.

Why it is so important to use a food scale when baking cookies!

The one cookie baking tool that should not be missing from your kitchen - a scale to weigh your flour!! I got away without one for years - but once I started weighing my flour it made a big difference in my cookies and I am going to show you why! It is my hope that by so doing, I will convince you - especially new to baking cooks - to acquire - and use - a kitchen scale!

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