The 12 Days of Christmas: Let’s Make Whoopie


Made with tender loving care by my grandmother every Christmas, the whoopie pie is a cherished holiday dessert. Fittingly called the "whoopie pie", these baked goods make you want to share the love. Although disputed, according to Wikipedia, these desserts are considered a "…New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition." Word is that Amish farmers […]

Hostess Gift Ideas


Sure, a bottle of wine will do the trick in a pinch, but sometimes a special occasion warrants a special ‘thank you’. Check out our top picks guaranteed to suit any style host.

The 12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Pajamas

Christmas Pajamas

Every year we would look forward to receiving the gift of holiday-themed pajamas on Christmas Eve. All members of the family received a pair and while not necessarily matching, they were most certainly cozy. And while pajamas are sometimes an after-thought for someone's wardrobe, these pajamas were always special. They were special for several reasons; they […]

The 12 Days of Christmas: A Holiday Craft

Candy Cane Mouse

   Coming up on my first Christmas with a little family of my own, I have spent considerable time reflecting on what has made the holidays special through the years. Looking to the future, there is self-inflicted pressure to decide what traditions my husband and I will carry on as our family grows. And also […]

Healthy Party Food

Sesame Eggplant

Holiday gatherings often highjack our best intentions to eat healthier. Resolve to eat better starting now – even if it’s still party season.