Darlene’s Fruitcake

Darlene was a good friend of Grandma Donna. Of my grandma’s few fruit cake recipes, I chose to try this one first because it required the fewest ingredients and had the shortest baking time. I like that’s it’s lighter and less fussy than traditional fruit cake, something I would enjoy for breakfast with a cup…

Fruited Holiday Nog Bread

I thought it might be fun to try a recipe with holiday nog as an ingredient because I always loved eggnog growing up. Although my family currently consumes eggs, we’re very picky about the source of the eggs and real eggnog would source its eggs from concentrated factory farms, which doesn’t fit with our ethos….

Butter Tarts

These butter tarts, along with whipped shortbread, are my family’s two most beloved Christmas recipes. There are two major factions of butter tart lovers out there – the type who love raisins and/or nuts in their butter tarts and those who hate them. We’re clearly in the raisins and nuts camp. My mom also sometimes…

Sugar Cookies

These are another Christmas staple in our family – I’ve thrown many cookie decorating parties among friends and am now happy to continue the tradition with my kids. This batch is a special edition from my dino-loving 3-year-olds. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth balance 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 3/4 –…