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The season seems to be sparkling all around me! Maybe it’s all the fairy lights I have around the house, maybe it’s my more relaxed view to the Christmas season this year.
I love seeing the beauty in the simple, the majesty in the mundane, the grace that comes from really “seeing”.
A Peek Into My Week
For instance, I walk every morning, usually with my husband, but this week he was on a business trip and I missed holding hands while we walk (it’s kinda our thing – and I highly recommend it 🙂 ), which made me appreciate him a little bit more.
Seeing the twinkling lights while walking at dawn, enjoying old friends at a small party (Favorite Things party, so fun!), or watching my amaryllis bulbs grow overnight, baking something to give to a friend…the little things. I could go on with a million little things.
For the past few years I have joined about 30 other bloggers to raise money and awareness through the non-profit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. They raise money to support research to battle childhood cancers. My own niece passed away at 5 years old from a childhood cancer, so this is near and dear to my heart.
All of the details are in the actual post, but through the month of December, Oxo is matching dollar for dollar (up to $100,000) every dollar donated. No pressure, if your heart is tugged, it’s a worthy cause. If interested, here is the link for a tax deductible donation.
5-Ingredient Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
These 5-ingredient Raspberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies are amazing! Super easy to whip up, no eggs and are the jewels on every cookie tray!
One of my favorite breads of the season, I make it on repeat. Don't like nuts, leave them out, prefer cherries, use cherries! This rustic overnight bread is perfect for breakfast, to serve with dinner or as a gift. Regular and gluten-free options included!
Technically you don't bake these bright berries. but if you have never tried sugared cranberries, now is the time. They not only make gorgeous garnish for drinks and baked goods, but put a bowl of them on your next charcuterie board and watch them disappear!
“This recipe was exceptional! Pretty much followed it to the letter and it was rich and flavorful. I did strain the veggies and removed ago the whole spices but I returned the veggies back to the sauce and it really took it over the top. My family moaned through the entire meal 😜” ~ Donna
This is one of my favorite traditional Christmas carols and I love this rendition by Passion featuring Melodie Malone, O Come All Ye Faithful. I invite you to come and adore Him, Christ the King and find real peace this Christmas.
Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.