Snowball Cookies

12 Homemade Treats, Christmas Cookies, Holiday Baking

For our New Community dinner this month, I signed up to bring a soup and salad.  I landed on my newest creation, sweet potato coconut soup.  And then I also brought these snowball cookies.  They are a family recipe that we make every year at Christmas.  There are several variations around this cookie that is sometimes called a wedding cookie, but after trying many others, at Christmas, we still make this one.  Mama wouldn’t have it any other way. Snowball Cookies 3/4 cup powdered sugar (plus more for baked cookies) 4 cups flour 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room … Continue reading

we did it!

Over 500 cupcakes walked out of my parents’ door yesterday!  We even had anxious customers arrive early, carting them off by the dozens.  It was a wonderfully busy and crazy day.  And we were all ready for bed at about 7, including some cranky kiddos.  When I finally fell into bed last night I was filled to the brim with warm fuzzies over making our goal.  And over all the sweet souls who came for the sake of my little Chinos and their water buffalo.  Thank you so much everyone who came and to those who donated from afar!  You … Continue reading

whole wheat flour tortillas

Someone asked me this week how to stay within a grocery budget while still shopping for real food. Organic food. Local food. It’s a great question. One I have pondered before. One way is that i start with a pretty generous food budget in the first place. We budget about $800/month (yikes i know and we almost always go over!) on food and grocery type items, that includes eating out and toothpaste and toilet paper, but not easter basket candy or birthday presents.  Right now these differences sometimes mean that I have to divide my items into different piles at … Continue reading

channeling sandy

i borrowed this more with less cookbook from my friend sandy boultinghouse while she and her husband are gone for the year to serve in kenya, at an orphanage. oh yeah, they are great, seriously great. i’ve been reading it cover to cover over the past week for meal ideas. the foods are very simple, fitting in beautifully with our desire to eat whole foods. there are no less than 8 different granola recipes. and since i am a little tired of my own, i am going to try a couple of these out. also on the list for this … Continue reading

Goddess Dressing

How much do you love Annie’s Naturals goddess dressing?  It’s so yummy, right? I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law introduced me to it one year in Taos. My friend, Natalie and I have done everything possible to get this premium dressing for less money. We took turns driving to Whole Foods to buy it on sale. We ordered a case. Trader Joe’s makes a knock-off that I buy in bulk when I go to my sister’s house. Then we decided to try to make it. So here it is, our best guess at this dressing that both our families gobble up … Continue reading

Swedish Pancakes

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Here is our recipe for Swedish pancakes.  Taido makes this at least once every other week at our house. We got it from some precious friends from our Chicago days, and they are melt in your mouth good. Our kids eat these so fast they burn their tongues. There has been much debate in our family over the adjusting of this recipe. We have cut the butter a little bit and I believe we use half whole wheat flour. I think you could cut the butter a little more, but Taido feels I have adulterated this recipe enough as it … Continue reading

My Favorite Salad

Allow me to introduce you to My Favorite Salad. I cannot tell you how much I love this salad. I could eat it every day. It’s simple. it’s yummy. and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand. If I don’t have everything, it is super easy to vary.  Almost any cheese, fruit or nut will do in a pinch. Always Makes Me Happy Salad (about 4 servings) 1 10 ounce bag mixed greens or spinach 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup toasted, slivered or sliced almonds 2 large, crisp (I usually use fuji apples), diced 1/2 cup freshly … Continue reading

a week at our table, part two

A hallmark of the Western diet is food that is fast, cheap, and easy. Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food; they also spend less than a half hour a day preparing meals and little more than an hour enjoying them. for most people for most of history, gathering and preparing food has been an occupation at the very heart of daily life. Traditionally people have allocated a far greater proportion of their income to food–as they still do in several of the countries where people eat better than we do and as a consequence are … Continue reading

a week at our table, breakfast and lunch edition

a diet based on quantity rather than quality has ushered a new creature onto the world stage: the human being who manages to be both overfed and undernourished, two characteristics seldom found in the same body in the long natural history of our species. …doctors report seeing overweight children suffering from old-time deficiency diseases such as rickets, long thought to have been consigned to history’s dustheap in the developed world. But when children subsist on fast food rather than fresh fruits and vegetables and drink more soda than milk, the old deficiency diseases return–now even in the obese. in defense … Continue reading

Rise and Shine Waffles

waffles with strawberries, rise and shine waffles, yummy breakfast

A food system organized around quantity rather than quality has a destructive feedback loop built into it, such that the more low-quality food one eats, the more one wants to eat, in a futile–but highly profitable–quest for the absent nutrient. from In Defense of Food, p.124 Quality rather than quantity. It’s an idea that I think applies to all of life but most certainly in the area of food. I am working on a promised list of meals that will last you a week and feed your body well, but for now I am just going to tell you what … Continue reading