Grateful

Moments from our week held close to my heart with gratitude.

Many plastic food feasts, put on by Kesa. She always makes me such a huge meal!

Serafina likes to share with me.

Serafina’s sudden love for books!

Although, I am not exactly a fan of snow, we are entertaining winter thoughts now that we have 6 inches of it!

Instead of longing for the days of summer and all things green, we are looking forward to Christmas and all that the holiday season brings. Baking cookies, putting up the Christmas tree and celebrating with family. Staying inside on frigid nights and keeping warm under blankets, cuddled up with a few good books. Now that we are done the Little House On The Prairie Books, we are on the search for more classic novels to read. I am thinking Tom Sawyer or Anne of Green Gables.

There is too much snow to push a stroller through now, so Serafina stays home with daddy, while Autumn and I trudge through the snow and Kesa enjoys riding on the sled with my dear grandchildren. They still come everywhere with us.

And everywhere they go, the girls make sure they are dressed for the occasion. They made hats for them out of their socks so that their ears do not get cold. Such sweet and caring mothers they are.

Watching this little cutie toddle around the house, always on an adventure. She can make quite a mess on her own. And here I thought that it was the other two that were making all the messes!

Friends that I have made through my blog and waking up to encouraging e-mails or comments on my blog. You make me smile! 🙂

Success in my cookbook endeavors, taking things one step at a time and remembering that everything worth having takes time and does not come easy.

A delicious no-bake treat!

No-Bake Gingerbread Bites

I used to love going to the bakery with my mom when I was a little girl. My favorite treat to pick out was a soft gingerbread cookie. These soft and sweet no-bake gingerbread bites have all the flavor of gingerbread cookies, are made using only healthful ingredients and they take under 10 minutes to make! A perfect treat for the holiday season.

Makes 16

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 12 medjool dates. pitted (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons organic blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Place the oats, walnuts, cinnamon and ginger together in a food processor and blend on high a few minutes, until finely ground.
  2. Add the pitted medjool dates and blend again about one minute more, until the dates are finely chopped and incorporated.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add the molasses and maple syrup and stir to combine. The mixture should hold together when you pinch it between your fingers. If the mixture is too dry add a few drops of water and mix again.
  5. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  6. Eat! Store any remaining balls in a container in the fridge for 3-5 days.