Sleigh Ride To Santa, Shrek, Khloé Kardashian & Lizzy K.

Khloé Kardashian meeting Lisette of Lizzie’s Tween Beet

Santa, Shrek, Kholé Kardashian, Lizzy K., EncinoMom and the Tallest Tree in the World! We’re taking a sleigh ride into this Holiday Season with Shrek, Santa and everyone’s favorite Kardashian; Khloé! Plus Lisa Keating at the lighting of the TALLEST … continue reading . . .

Date Bar Recipe

Date Bar

Date Bar Recipe This Date Bar Recipe was a childhood favorite, although the whole mix came in a box back then. I’ve attempted to recreate the recipe from scratch using Shield’s Date Crystals after visiting their gardens and shop recently … continue reading . . .

Lemon Decor For Christmas

Lemon Pinecone Wreath

Filling the house with Lemon Decor For Christmas Getting the house ready for the holidays always puts me in the spirit of the season. This year we have a short sprint from Thanksgiving to Christmas and with two new kittens … continue reading . . .

Dueling Santa Trackers! Norad Or Google? You Decide

Shot of NORAD's Santa Tracker.

Help! Which Santa Tracker should we follow? The Santa Tracker has become another holiday tradition around our house. This year NORAD has a new rival; Google. Since Google is the modern Lewis & Clark of the entire planet, it makes … continue reading . . .

Ice Age Ice Palace Interactive Holiday Exhibit

KeKe Palmer talks with EncinoMom's Lisa Keating

Ice Age Ice Palace Interactive Holiday Exhibit Featuring Ice Age: Continental Drift We could show you scenes from the biggest family holiday release, Ice Age: Continental Drift, but do yourself a favor and go to the Beverly Center and watch … continue reading . . .

Christmas Toffee Recipe With Pecans

Toffee Recipe for Christmas from Christopher Taylor EncinoMom.com the California Lifestyle magazine.

Christmas Toffee Recipe With Pecans  By Christopher Taylor This toffee recipe comes from our wonderful neighbor in Minnesota, Mrs. Ruth, who makes this toffee each year for Christmas. It’s a favorite! One of her sister’s nieces makes it as gifts for … continue reading . . .

Christmas Cookie Icing Recipe and Decorating Tips

Christmas Cookie Decorations 4 - California Lifestyle Tips from EncinoMom.com the California Lifestyle magazine.

Christmas Cookie Icing Recipe and Decorating Tips by Christopher Taylor   PLAN AHEAD Give yourself plenty of time for decorating cookies! This is not something that can be done quickly. I find decorating to be extremely relaxing, and meditative. It’s … continue reading . . .

Christmas Cookies

Kids making Cookie Cutter Christmas Cookies in Santa Hats.

Christmas Cookies – Basic Recipe By Christopher Taylor This is a very simple recipe that our family has used for over 40 years to make cut-out Christmas cookies that you can then decorate! I’m sure there are many variations of … continue reading . . .

International Printing Museum Celebrates Charles Dickens At Christmas

Photo of antique document replicas at the International Printing Museum

Great fun at “Fezziwig’s Warehouse” as recreated inside of the International Printing Museum. Join EncinoMom’s Lisa Keating for a video visit to the largest working collection of antique printing presses in the world, in this episode of California Living. The … continue reading . . .

Fast Fudge, Quick Easy Recipe

Still video frame from How To Make Fast Fudge on California Living.

Fast Fudge, Quick Easy Recipe, Make Today – Gift Tonight! You can make this in about 5 minutes. After 2 hours in the fridge, your fudge will be firm enough to cut, wrap and present as a gift! Talk about … continue reading . . .

Crock Pots For The Holidays

This is the super small crock I used to make home made caramel sauce for Halloween. From Lisa Keating at EncinoMom.com

I recently saw this at Costco and thought it would be perfect for snowy days at the cabin and holiday parties, too. When the temperatures dip, warm, filling meals just seem to feel right. At Halloween, I like to serve … continue reading . . .

Snow Fix

Photo of pine trees in the snow

If you find yourself having a hard time getting into the spirit of the season, try a trip to the snow! For us Angelenos snow can be reached in about an hour (depending on exactly where you start). When it … continue reading . . .

Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

Photo of Cranberry Smoothie in red champagne flute with fresh mint garnish by EncinoMom.

Made with fresh cranberries, Greek yogurt, Agave syrup, ice, pure vanilla, a pinch of cloves, a dash of cinnamon and a spring of mint, this Cranberry Smoothie tastes just right the morning after a big holiday meal. … continue reading . . .

How To Build A Gingerbread House From A Box With EncinoMom’s Lisa Keating

Still image from Gingerbread House video.

How To Build A Gingerbread House Start your own holiday family tradition with this easy to build gingerbread house kit from Germany. These abundantly available kits include everything except an egg white and a few drops of white vinegar. Of … continue reading . . .