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Christmas Cookie Roundup 2013

December should also be called the cookie month. Cookie baking is a tradition that many families have, including ours. We both started baking at a young age, and we both plan on keeping baking cookies every December. Today we are sharing with you the first part of our Christmas Cookie Roundup. This past year, The Foodies’ Kitchen has grown so much! We are thankful for each of our readers, each like, each tweet, each comment you leave on the blog and for each time a recipe gets forwarded to a friend. Because of that, we are going to showcase all of our Christmas Cookies recipes here, in both Spanish and English, as we have been translating all of our previous recipes.

We are sharing quite a few: Almond Cookies, Butterscotch & Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Butterscotch Cookies, Chocolate & Granola Squares, Chocolate and Vanilla Striped Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, Chocolate Reindeer Cookies, Cinnamon French Toast Cookies, Classic Shortbread Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Honey Spritz Cookies, Tangerine, Thyme & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies. And, our favorite royal icing recipe.

We hope you enjoy all of these cookies and share them with your family and friends!

Kitty & Helga

Christmas Cookie Roundup (Part 1)

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Warm Drinks Roundup for the Chilly Season

The end of year usually means shorter and chillier days that make us want to stay in bed a bit longer, longing for warm drinks. In Guatemala, we love to prepare Spiced Fruit Punch in this time of year. It’s a light and sweet drink that will warm you in no time. But what about the classic hot chocolate? Or even a grownup version with rum and Frangelico? We also have hot chocolate’s sister, called hot vanilla… a drink that will surprise you as much as it did us! And last but not least, the good ol’ Irish Coffee. You can’t go wrong there!

Kitty & Helga

Warm Drinks Roundup for the Chilly Season
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Easter Recipes

March is practically gone, and it seems like time keeps rushing by faster and faster.  This year we didn’t even have time to whip up any new recipes for Easter!  But we have gathered our best Easter posts from past years for you here so you can find inspiration for this Sunday’s festivities. Part of the reason for the lack of new posts is because we’re busy behind the scenes working on something new and special for our blog.  You’ll see the surprise soon…

There! the secret is out now, so we have just created more pressure for ourselves to get things rolling! But going back to the time topic, the other day I was reading an article about why time seems to go by faster and faster as we get older. Remember how the school year seemed to last forever? How summer vacations seemed longer, and how vividly we remember Christmas from our childhood?  Now, Christmas or other holidays seem to rush by without leaving a big impression. According to this article, the reason that best explains why we perceive time is going faster, is because our early years were filled with new experiences and first time events,  so we tend to make more lasting and more detailed memories of these events. When we repeat the same event, year after year, it is less likely to leave such a unique or lasting impression.

In short, the message on the article I read was that to, at least psychologically, slow down the pace of life we should  take advantage of new and unique experiences as much as possible.  When we do the same things, we don’t make distinct memories and time seems to fly by.  I’m sure there are many theories behind this question, but for now, the message that we should focus on positive past memories, live more in the present and try to have a positive outlook for the future and use our time wisely seems like sound advice.

Happy Easter!

Helga & Kitty

Easter

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Honey Spritz Cookies

I really wasn’t planning on baking spritz cookies this year. I’ve made them several times already, and they aren’t exactly the most flavorful cookie around.  A big plus for spritz cookies is that you get a ton of them from one recipe, which is handy if you’ve got plenty of cookie eaters around, and they are pretty which makes them a good choice for gift baskets.

I got Food Network’s December issue last month, and found this recipe. Honey Spritz Cookies sounded good to me,  they were definitely going to taste better than the regular kind, I thought.  I was right.  The added honey makes them bake to a deeper caramel color than you would get from the regular kind, and you do taste and smell the honey in there.  These would probably taste even better if you drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate on top… if you have the time.  I opted for a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

Helga

Honey Spritz Cookies

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