Continuing with the January soup theme, I am sharing the recipe for my family's favorite soup. Classic split pea soup, although not inventive or sexy, is super filling, economical and delicious. Naturally gluten and dairy free but it is perfect with a big chunk of crusty bread or homemade biscuits.
January is the perfect time for soup. I love soup all year long but there is just something about cold temps and the focus on health that makes me turn to these warming nutrient packed bowls of deliciousness after the new year.
My favorite soup is also the easiest and most customizable. You can make creamy curried vegetable soup by simply throwing some veggies in a pot, bringing to a boil, adding spices and blending.
After all the baking of the holidays the last thing I wanted to do was bake more sweets, but sometimes necessity wins out. My kids are home all day for winter break and all they want to do is eat and argue. As much as they argue there is one thing that they all agree on, banana bread. I have been making this same recipe for years. The kids love how delicious it is and I love the simplicity and versatility.
I do not like fudge. Too one note, usually dry and over the top sweet, it's just not something I ever want to eat. I don't even like the word fudge. It makes my stomach turn and my face sour just thinking about it. If I was super creative I would come up with a different word for this delicious little peanut butter morsel, but alas, I can not. So, fudge it is. Silky peanut butter fudge with a smooth salted chocolate ganache topping.
These soft and chewy ginger cookies are my absolute favorite cookie and a go-to on my holiday cookie gift plate. Crisp outside, soft inside spiked with ginger, clove and cinnamon and molasses, they're delicious and super addicting.
This irish cream liquor is delicous and velvety over ice or add some to your coffee to festive it up a bit. I rarely crave coffee liquor, but something about the holidays makes it totally acceptable to be decadent and boozy, right?
The reason I started blogging years ago was for the sole purpose of preserving family recipes and organizing them into an easy accessible format. This recipe for buttery jam thumbprint cookies is one of the very recipes I knew I must save when I first created onearmedmama.com. My whole family loves it, it's super customizable and it was passed down through multiple generations.
My husband's step mom used to make these every Christmas, and before she passed away I asked her for the recipe. He loves these and so does my very picky daughter. If someone who hates pizza, apple pie and hamburgers approves you know it has to be good.
Last week I threw a karate themed birthday party for Fletcher's 7th birthday. Karate is his jam right now so it was no surprise when he chose it for his birthday theme. We rented his karate dojo for the event - with a group of twenty six and seven year olds who need a lot of space to get crazy this was the perfect choice!
There is a ten year difference between my oldest and my youngest child, so I have been living in the 'play dough stage' for quite a long time. Although Chayce has moved on to creating intricate oven dried creations Nash is now in full blown play dough mode. It is one of the only things that will keep him quietly seated for more than ten minutes plus he really enjoys helping to 'cook it' and play with it while I'm in the kitchen doing my own thing.
This fluffy frosting is my absolute favorite. Creamy, tangy and not too sweet. It tastes very similar to cream cheese frosting but doesn't require refrigeration and stays soft for days. My go to cupcake and cake frosting, it's been at every birthday and party I've thrown for the last 4 years and always gets a ton of compliments.