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Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallows

I cannot imagine a more appropriate occasion to make these Sweet Love Strawberry Marshmallow confections than Valentine’s Day! I am not ashamed to confess that I’m wholly and unabashedly in love with Valentine’s Day, and not necessarily the couple’s kind, though that is all kinds of lovely as well.  I simply adore the idea of celebrating love.  Love of all that bring such joy and beauty to our lives…family, friends, children and significant others, is what we celebrate on this day. 

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

Gingerbread House, From Dough to Decorating

I believe in the power of love and the joy of giving, and it is a creed that I strive to instill in my little ones. For the last five years around the holidays, my kids and I have forged a tradition that we hold dear. We build a gingerbread house each weekend in December and choose various charities to donate them to. The rule in our house is that they can have treats to enjoy while building the house, but once it’s done, it’s donated to a worthy cause. The particular one in this recipe was made with the utmost love and donated to a local domestic violence shelter which houses the most brave women and children you will ever meet.

A beautiful holiday season to all, and may peace, love and the aroma of delectable goodies baking fill your homes all the year through.

Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are one of my children’s favorites. They are light as air with a satisfying crunch and delicate flavor. They are also perfect for kids with food allergies, like my sweet boy, as they are gluten free, nut free and dairy free.  I’ve made these meringue bones and ghosts for the last few years at Halloween and they are a favorite among family and friends, which is why I wanted to share them with you all.

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Would you like fries with that? A Brownie Burger Bake.

Every summer right around this time, the kids and I huddle in a secretive corner of the house and deliberate on what would be THE best father’s day gift ever! Not another tie. Definitely not another grilling contraption. While the latter suggestion was quickly dismissed, it did lead to a discussion about how much daddy loves to grill. That was how these little Brownie Burger Sliders, decadent brownies sandwiched in between two vanilla wafer buns, served with a side of sugar cookie fries were born. 

Sugar Cookie Fries

Sugar Cookie Fries

I wanted to create a basic cookie dough recipe that had the perfect balance of sweetness, could stand up to either being rolled thick or thin, and would maintain its shape when cut out into various forms.  These cookies are not overly sweet as most cut out cookies are usually glazed, frosted or sugared.