My Christmas Cookie Recipes

15 plus Christmas Cookie Recipes for you to make this holiday season! Christmas baking is the best kind of baking…especially cookies.  Everyone loves Christmas cookies!  Over the years I have made quite a few different kinds of Christmas cookies here on my blog, so I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place for you to find!  So if you are looking for a Christmas cookie to make, look no further…there are some great recipes here. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make this blog possible!  xo These Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies make a regular appearance in our home over the holiday season!  They’re really easy to make, and perfectly festive. How fun are these Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies?!  These cookie stamps make them so fun for Christmas!  I got this stamp at Crate & Barrel, but I don’t think they make them anymore, but I found a similar one here at Williams-Sonoma. I think these Christmas Thumbprint Cookies might actually be my favourite […]

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

Get your craft stuff together and let’s make some handmade Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments for your Christmas tree! Today I’ve joined in with a talented group of bloggers and we’re busting out the Christmas decorations…specifically handmade ornaments!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing!  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful ornaments at the bottom of this post. I’ve been really excited to start welcoming Christmas into our home this year.  It seems like every year, the decorating starts a little earlier.  But it’s hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when it’s winter where you live…we’ve already had winter storm warnings and been shovelling driveways for days.  And I love it. Bring on winter.  And Christmas! Our tree isn’t up quite yet, but it will be on the weekend.  And this year I’m embracing a full on Canadian Christmas, so brace yourself for everything plaid, buffalo check, and all things that we associate with a Canadian winter.   So in keeping with my Canadian theme, I decided to make some really simple, really Canadian ornaments for our tree.  And I actually made everything with the craft supplies I had already…the only things I […]

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2017 Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide

Make the foodie in your life happy this holiday season with ideas from this Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide! I always have so much fun putting together gift guides!  Especially when I find a product that I love and want to share with you.  And since so much of my focus over here is on the kitchen, I thought it would be fun to share a Kitchen Gift Guide, so you can find some great things for the foodie in your family!  I’ve got something for everyone…everything from my favourite dish cloths, to my dream mixer to things I can’t live without!  I hope you leave inspired to get your holiday shopping done! 2017 Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo Nawrap Dish Cloths I discovered these Nawrap Dish Cloths this summer at a little shop here in Calgary called Piece on Peace and now I’m hooked (you can also buy them on Amazon).  They’re the best.  They wipe up so […]

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Keep the trampoline fun going all winter long!

Disclosure:  I am working with Springfree Trampoline as a brand ambassador, and I am excited to share my experiences with you!  As part of this partnership, I have been compensated, but as always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own.  We reaaaaally LOVE our new trampoline!  I even jump on it…shhhh don’t tell anyone.  😉  Ever since we got our new Springfree trampoline, our kids have been outside more than ever.  And now just because winter is here, this doesn’t mean that the outdoor trampoline fun has to stop!  In fact, my kids use the trampoline just as much in winter as they do in summer. Winter is a great time for trampoline fun…and the best kind of fun.  Don’t think you have to put away your trampoline once the white stuff arrives…Springfree trampolines are built for year round fun, so you don’t have to pack them away.  They have fibreglass rods, instead of springs, so no rusty springs to contend with all winter.  Now you have the perfect reason embrace winter and send the kids outside to jump away! There’s something so fun about jumping on a trampoline covered in snow…and even more fun when it’s snowing. As soon as […]

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Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is a delicious and easy side dish for any time of year! It’s Cheese of the Month time again!  I’m really enjoying sharing delicious Canadian cheeses and creating new dishes each month, and I hope you are too!  Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature a wide variety of delicious, award winning Canadian cheeses, and have created desserts, lunches, side dishes, snacks and appetizers with all different types of cheese. So much yum. This month I wanted to create a comforting and cheesy side dish recipe that you can serve at holiday dinners, or any time of year too!  And because I think cauliflower and cheese were made to go together, I created this Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake with Sylvan Star Cheese’s Grizzly Gouda, an extra-aged Canadian Gouda. I thought that the sharp bite of the Grizzly Gouda would taste amazing in a cream based sauce so I stirred in a generous cup of the grated cheese.  It’s a perfect compliment to the subtle flavour of the cauliflower. Then put it in the oven and let the magic happen…the end result is a creamy, delicious side dish that […]

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Kid Friendly Snack and Cheese Plate

Put together a Kid Friendly Snack and Cheese Plate that all ages will enjoy! Load it up with apple chips, fruit, veggies, cheese and delicious finger foods.  I’ve partnered up with Martin’s Apple Chips to bring you this delicious way to serve up this healthy and tasty snack! With the holiday season upon us, it’s never too early to start planning for holiday parties!  We do a lot of entertaining throughout the holiday season, and most of the time kids are part of our gatherings.  And of course they should be!  More often than not though, the snacks and food choices are geared towards adults, and kids don’t have a lot of choices that they love…especially when it comes to the snack and cheese platter. We usually fill ours with stinky cheeses and meats that the kids don’t really like, so what ends up happening is that the kids dive into the dessert table!  This year though, I am planning to create a snack and cheese plate that appeals to everyone, including, and especially for, the kids. To create the perfect snack platter, start with a board large enough to hold a wide selection of finger foods.  I like to […]

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German Chocolate Bundt Cake

Make this German Chocolate Bundt Cake! With a gooey coconut, pecan and caramel frosting that complements this subtle chocolate flavoured cake. Thank you for stopping by today, I’m really excited to have you here!  I’ve partnered up with Nordic Ware to share a delicious Bundt cake recipe baked in one of their amazing Bundt pans. I have been a BIG fan of Nordic Ware since I had a kitchen of my own.  They’re the pans I choose over any other when I’m in the market for something new.  I actually can’t resist their Bundt pans, and have amassed quite a collection over the years…but seriously, there are so many beautiful pans…you can see some of the Bundt cakes I’ve made with them here. I also really love the Nordic Ware baking sheets for cookies and Sheetpan Suppers. So when I was asked to participate in a holiday program with Nordic Ware, I couldn’t say no. Nordic Ware is a Minnesota made, family owned company, that was founded in 1946 by the husband and wife team, Dotty and Dave.  Nordic Ware has been a major part of the heritage and history of Minnesota since that time, and this holiday season they have […]

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