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peanut butter balls {updated}

peanut butter balls {updated}

A friend asked me a few weeks ago what kind of Christmas traditions we’re going to have with Evelyn, and to be honest, I hadn’t particularly thought about it much.  Not because we don’t plan on having traditions with her, but because the Christmas traditions of my childhood seem such second nature that we automatically … more

nut clusters

nut clusters

I first had these because Gerrit’s mom made them a couple of Christmases ago, and, seeing as they have a family of 3 boys, inappropriate jokes abounded and laughter ensued every time someone asked if they could get some out of the freezer.  Do you want a nut cluster out of the freezer?  And then … more

peanut butter balls

peanut butter balls

Every Christmas growing up my mother would let each person in the family pick one Christmas treat for her to bake.  My dad always asks for bourbon balls.  My brother, chocolate snowflake cookies.  My mom usually makes fruitcake bites for herself (not everyone’s favorite…and famously the only thing she has ever made that Gerrit has … more

graham cracker biscoff toffee

graham cracker biscoff toffee

I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  First I complain about fall coming, as if I want to hang on to this sauna of a summer, and now I’m making graham cracker toffee, which is practically jumping to Christmas. Actually, I’ll tell you what’s wrong with me.  The grocery store next to our apartment.  Where … more

chocolate truffles

chocolate truffles

Today we will begin a new series called Disasters in the Kitchen as Erin Tries to Prepare for a Party.  And we will begin with the least disastrous of items–the chocolate truffles, which were actually more messy than they were disastrous. This past weekend Gerrit and I, as well as my family, went to Louisiana … more