Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

{Recipe} Vegetarian Kale and White Bean Soup

recipe-kale-white-bean-soup As I posted earlier, we've just joined a CSA program at Mariquita Farm near Watsonville, CA.

On Wednesday, my husband picked up our first box of fruits and vegetables. I was so excited to see what we got!

mariquita farm csa pick-up

And here it is. How beautiful do these fruits and veggies look!

  • Daikon
  • Cilantro
  • Mei Quin Choy (baby bok choy)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Spigariello  (a leafy green similar to kale)
  • Carrots
  • Apples

csa fruit vegetable basket

And I had to post the first soup we made with our ingredients. This soup is perfect for a cold winter day (like yesterday). The little bit of chili powder adds a nice kick, while the warm kale and beans are so soft and soothing.



  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans white beans (great northern or cannellini)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 4 cups chopped kale (we used the Spigariello from our CSA box)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • kosher salt

In a large pot, at least 6 quarts, heat the olive oil.

Dice the onion and garlic and add to the pot.  Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.

Stir in the kale and cook until it starts to wilt, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the beans (drained), chopped carrots and vegetable stock. Turn the heat up to medium high until the soup starts to simmer, then cover and turn down to medium low. Add chili powder and salt to taste. You can also add other veggies you have in your fridge. I added some of the bok choy from our CSA box.

Let it simmer for about 45 minutes. Makes about 6 servings.


We will be making this again and again. It's the kind of hearty, healthy soup that warms your bones.

FREE Holiday Party Printables from Giggles & Grace Designs

If winter makes you think of hot cocoa, then have I got the printable collection for you! This "Baby It's Cold Outside" set was designed by Belinda from Giggles & Grace Designs. This collection has everything you need to throw a toasty holiday party including a hot cocoa bar!

The collection includes: invitations, a hot cocoa bar sign, party circles, a "Baby It's Cold Outside" sign, drink flags, hot cocoa bar signs, blank food signs, hanging gift tags, and a "Warm Up" banner.


Take a look at the individual files here...

Thanks, Belinda for such a warm and fun collection!

To learn more about Belinda and Giggles & Grace Designs please visit her Etsy shop and Facebook page.

Also, to get you thinking about Christmas, check out these fantastic Christmas Parties on our site.


Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Homemade Gingersnap Recipe

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and yesterday felt time to start making some of our favorite cold weather treats. Here's my favorite gingersnap recipe.

We like our cookies chewy at our house, and these cookies will give you that great soft mouth feel with a little crunch, plus that little warmth of ginger. I promise you will be addicted.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated or sanding sugar

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger) and set aside.

Add the butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg to a separate bowl, and beat with a mixer until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients while mixing on low until fully combined.

Chill the dough for about 20-30 minutes while you preheat the over to 325 degrees.

Form the dough into about 3/4" balls, flatten them slightly in the palm of your hands. Roll them in the granulated sugar and place them on a baking sheet. Leave enough space for them to spread out a bit.

Cook for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

If you try them, please email me and let me know what you think. :)

DIY TUTORIAL: Easy Framed Pine Cones

My daughter loves pine cones and always collects them, so when I saw this tutorial for a beautiful way to display them in a frame, I had to post about it. The tutorial was created by Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous.

How beautiful would these framed pine cones look as part of your fall or winter decor.

easy-framed-pine-conesCheck out the entire tutorial here!

Thank you, Linda for this easy craft. I might be making one this week with my daughter.

TRENDS: Wintery Blue Holiday Parties

If you're thinking that you don't want to do a party in traditional Christmas colors this year, take some inspiration from these fresh wintery blue parties... Brrrrrrr.

Chris N's Let It Snow Ladies Night Gift Exchange -- I love the hanging silver snowflakes on the navy blue backdrop and the use of white and silver desserts.

Pamela S's Elegant Blues Holiday Party I love the use of the simple cake bunting and thosed iced mitten and present cookies are gorgeous.

Candace M's Winter Woodland Party -- Again I love the use of the hanging snowflakes, plus the silver dove, white reindeer, and white mountains as table accents give it a cool snowy feel.

Tiffany C's 2009 Girls Cocoa Party -- Again, hanging snowflakes, this time from the chandelier (great idea).  Plus all the desserts are in white or baby blue, and simple teal ornaments and white snowballs give the table some visual punch.

To add a little inexpensive polish to your party, we're giving away a free Christmas printables collection designed by The Inspired Occasion that would fit great with a wintery blue party. The printables  include Christmas party invitations, cupcake toppers/decorative circles, a large “Celebrate Christmas” bunting banner, food label tents/place cards, drink flags,  and my personal favorite… a cake bunting banner.

If you throw a wintery blue holiday party, I'd love to see it. Please add it to our site so I can show it off.

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