The Little Cooks Go Swimming

How To Swim

Its “full on” summer here in Nashville and for our family, that means much of our free time is spent at the pool. Our grandsons, The Little Cooks, have learned to be great little swimmers! Zealand and Soren demonstrate various swimming strokes along with other crazy fun in this video. They have a blast at the pool but have also learned some great safety tips to share with others.

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The Little Cooks Go Camping

How To Camp

Our Little Cooks have become quite the experts at camping. Setting up camp in our backyard, means I get to sleep inside in my own bed while their Tata sleeps outside with them in the tent. Its quickly becoming my favorite way to camp! The boys demonstrate how to make s’mores and they share their thoughts on the Big Foot legend their Tata shared with them.

The Little Cooks Play Monopoly

Welcome to 2016! I hope you had a great Christmas holiday spending time with family and friends while celebrating the birth of Jesus.

We had some wonderful family time creating special moments that will last a lifetime. Of course, the highlights are the time spent with my grandsons, The Little Cooks. Zealand and Soren love playing Monopoly with the adults which makes the game quite entertaining. Thankfully, we captured some of the moments to share with you.

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Merry Christmas From The Little Cooks!

Decorating The Christmas Tree

My grandsons, The Little Cooks are at it again and this time to wish you a Merry Christmas! Christmas tradition around our house includes Zealand and Soren decorating their own little Christmas tree. We originally bought the tree when they were toddlers to serve as a diversion from our regular tree. Every time they would visit us during the holidays, the boys would re-decorate their little tree over and over. Their small tree worked perfect as a diversion from our big tree with breakable ornaments. Its so hard to believe, they are now as tall as the tree they could barely reach just a few years back. We may have to graduate them to the big tree next year?

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Biscochitos – New Mexican Christmas Cookies

Easy To Make Christmas Cookies

When most people think of New Mexican food, they think of red and green chili, tamales and sopaipillas (often mis-spelled as sopapillas) One food many haven’t heard about is an amazing little traditional New Mexican Christmas cookie called the biscochito. The biscochito packs a punch of flavor that will tickle your taste buds just thinking of them. Growing up in New Mexico, we longed for these little Christmas treats almost as much as kids long for the yearly visit from Santa. ¬†Anise is the secret to making these cookies so scrumptious as it adds just a hint of black liquorish flavor. Even if you aren’t a black liquorish fan, you will love these cookies as the anise mixes so eloquently with the lightly sweetened shortbread style cookie. I promise these cookies will be a hit! I have been packaging biscochitos as Christmas gifts for years and those who have receive cherish them like gold.

As a special treat, I invited a couple of guests, The Little Cooks, to help me demonstrate the baking process in the video below.

Biscochito Recipe

Cream Together
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup Butter

Add To Cream Mixture
3 tsp Anise (crushed)
2 eggs
1/4 c brandy + 1 tbs
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix Dry Ingredients & Add To Cream Mixture
6 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes

Let Cool, Frost and Decorate! (w/ pecans, almonds, sprinkles)

 

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