Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Holiday Cookies: Ultimate Guide to Baking and Decorating

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

This holiday season, you don’t have to do all of your cookie baking and decorating in one day! With some planning (and freezer space) you can get a head start on your holiday cookies. Check out this ultimate cookie making timeline!


Spritzing Up Your Holiday Baking Routine

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

We all have tried and true recipes in our repertoire. You know what I mean – those staples you’ve made more than once, and turn out perfect every time. For me, spritz cookies are one of those recipes. Every Christmas, I press out a batch to add to cookie trays or to give as small gifts. (more…)

6 Tips for Sweet Treat Holiday Gifting

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It’s that time of year – that time when I am up to my nose in holiday baking. Although I bake all year round, there is just something different about gifting something sweet, baked with love. (more…)

Quilling With Fondant and Gum Paste

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The art of quilling has been around for quite some time; it was used a great deal in renaissance art. Quilling is very popular in jewelry where very thin sheets of precious metals like gold and silver are cut into narrow strips, which are then coiled and shaped into different designs. Quilling is also very popular in paper and is often used in schools as a children’s craft. In this tutorial, I’ll show you the art of quilling using fondant. (more…)

How Do I Do That? Learn How to Hand Paint a Christmas Cake Using Icing Colors

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Okay, I’ll admit it. For me, the holidays are traditionally all about the cookies. So many of my holiday memories are centered around the kitchen – baking our family Minty ‘Wiches with my mom, grandma, aunts, and cousins, or teaching my sister how easy it is to use a bag and tip or even Wilton’s Cookie Icing to decorate rolled out sugar cookies. But, this year, I decided it was time to give cake the attention it still deserves in December, and to use one of my new favorite decorating techniques – hand painting! (more…)

3 Ways to Use Colored Cookie Dough for Christmas Cookies

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Cookie baking is going full-steam ahead and I wanted to share my three favorite Christmas cookies techniques using colored cookie dough. The first technique, piped colored cookie dough, lets me decorate my cookies before I bake them! In the video, I explain how to thin your dough so you can easily pipe the colored cookie dough accents directly on your cut-out cookies. Second, you’ll learn how to make two-toned pinwheel cookies – parchment paper makes layering and rolling easy. Third, it’s easy to make candy cane cookies using plain and colored cookie dough by rolling dough logs together and forming them into a candy-cane shape. For all of them, I love how I can make the colored dough vibrant using Wilton Icing Colors. (more…)

Make Memories This Christmas: Build a Gingerbread House

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As the aunt of four boys and the “they call me aunt” of my best friends’ kids, I like to make time during the holiday season to spend an afternoon with these amazing kids doing something fun. First, it’s a great way to make special, cherished memories for them and for me! Second, it gives their parents a chance to run errands kid-free. And third, I like sharing what I know while we do something fun for both of us! My hands-down favorite activity to do with the kids this season: the gingerbread house project! (more…)

How to Create a Royal Icing Poinsettia

Monday, December 16th, 2013

thumbnail- royal icing poinsetteThe classic elegance of poinsettia makes them a Christmas season staple. Did you know you could create beautiful edible royal icing poinsettias that are perfect accents for your holiday baking? All you need is two decorating tips, a lily nail, some foil, and red and gold royal icing and you can make beautiful poinsettias. Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to make poinsettias.

Christmas Treat Decorating … Made Easy!

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Christmas time is no doubt my favorite time of the year, but this year feels even more special because it is my first Christmas in my new home with my husband! With decorating under-way, I had just enough Christmas spirit (and courage) to offer to host the holiday this year. I am excited to have my very large family in my new home, but suddenly became weary as a first-time hostess…How am I going to pull this off?! (more…)

Dads: Stuff You Need to Know to Create an Epic Gingerbread Experience with Your Kids

Friday, December 13th, 2013

I am a guy, so it won’t come as a surprise that I like to build stuff. I am not alone. It’s part of our male DNA. It’s something that is passed on from generation to generation. We like to tinker, put stuff together, figure out how it works, play with cool tools, and conquer challenges. Something else I like to do – spend time with my kids. But I will be honest – I am not as patient or as selfless with my time as my wife. I want to find something they like doing but I like to do as well – yeah, I guess that makes me just a really old kid. So, I am always on the look-out for something fun to do with my children.