Holiday Traditions: Family, friends, and feasts

Over the years, we’ve adapted our holiday traditions to fit the holiday elements that we value most, namely: spending quality time with friends and family, eating and sharing delicious homemade food and drink, and making and giving practical gifts. We hope you’ll be inspired by the stories we tell...

Holiday Hats

A couple of years ago, I got fed up with our cheap polyester Santa hats and decided to make my own. In the video I share three fun hats I’ve elected to make for myself and family members: For Rick: 2 Hour Santa Hat by Wendi Dunlap. Mods: used...

Sleeping socks: a quick and easy hand-knit gift

Ever since I was a child we used to make at least some of our holiday gifts. One year it was aprons stamped with designs carved from potatoes. Drawings and simple beaded jewelry figured heavily over the years, as well as “coupons” – like “one free hug,” “mow the...

Cranberry & White Chocolate Bread

For years I’ve baked cookies for friends and neighbors for the winter holiday season. I enjoy it, but wanted to try something new this year, and decided to go with breads. This recipe is adapted from “Bread Machine Breads” for regular oven baking, and a little richer than the...

Black Forest Stollen

For some time now I’ve been searching for a Stollen recipe that is authentically German and not overly sweet like the versions I’ve found in American cookbooks. As luck would have it, one of my coworkers is the son of a German baker. With a little pleading I was...