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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Bring on the Holidays!

It’s December and time for joyous holiday festivities! We love this time of year and it almost always includes cooking and baking up some tasty treats. With crazy work days, we are trying to find some baking short cuts to help ease the weekend time crunch. Here’s a recipe we tried that came out great and was quick and easy. It also lends itself to so many variations. We’ll list a few here..let us know if you try it too!


Pie Cookies
Ingredients: prepared refrigerated pie crust, sugar, cinnamon, butterscotch, chocolate chips or jam

Roll out the pie crust dough, use any festive cookie cutter you like, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or put chips on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When still warm and out of the oven you could also spread your favorite holiday jam, jelly or pie filling on top. They definitely need the sweetness or “pie” topping to go with the more savory crust. Or you could frost the cookies and decorate any way you like to put your own holiday touch on them!

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fun Weekend!

For the second year in a row we took a fantastic girls weekend away with our mom.  Our mission was getting a start on our Christmas shopping, eating of course and quality family time.

We don’t like to drive more than 3 hours, just enough for a get-away with an overnight stay.  We started early in the morning and stopped for lunch at a Cracker Barrel.  Home style food and nostalgic candy, perfect for stocking stuffers!  On to Yankee Candle Village in Massachusetts for hours of shopping which is always fun.  Their tree lighting was scheduled for the day we went which meant epic crowds and a line to pay that practically wrapped around the store.  Luckily it moved fast and everybody waiting was in a friendly “it’s Christmastime” frenzy!

We checked into an inn not too far away and had a lovely farm to table meal at their in-house restaurant.  The 3 of us shared small plates for dinner so we could try a variety of dishes.  After breakfast the next morning we headed home and the ride practically flew by because we were so engaged in deep conversation.  Such a great time for us to be together, refresh our spirits and enjoy the season!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful for all of the many blessings in our lives. It is our hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and a delicious meal! Our parents are making a scrumptious turkey with stuffing and we will bring more sides and dessert. Thank you for reading our blog and we wish you an abundance of peace!

Twin blessings, Holly & Heather

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fall Food

Ah yes, it’s that time of year in the northeastern U.S. of A. when we are all about fall comfort food. Our slow cookers have come out of their summer hibernation. We are using our root vegetables from our farm shares (still going strong!). And then there are some new goodies to try. That’s what Holly did with a market purchase after a summer vacation in South Carolina. Here’s the recipe for the picture above:

Hush Puppies!

Ingredients – 2 cups of hush puppy mix, 1 egg, 1 cup of milk.

Heat about two inches of oil in a deep skillet. Drop quarter sized dough mix into hot oil cooking about two to three minutes on each side till golden. Place on a paper towel lined plate to cool.

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