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 the … continue reading . . .

STAR Cocktail Recipe

Star Cocktail Photo in classic vintage glassware with apple a la mode.

Feel like a star with this classic cocktail recipe. STAR Cocktail Recipe (The Cocktail Book.  A Sideboard Manual for Gentlemen. 1926.) This was published during the U.S. Prohibition, by John Hamilton Ltd. in London. (Note: the photo of the book … 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 . . .

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 . . .

Royal Icing

Royal Icing on Gingerbread Christmas Cookies.

Tips For Frosting Cookies With Royal Icing These cookies are iced with what is called Royal Icing.  It is very simple to make and use, with a few tips and handy tricks… 1 lb. (4 Cups) of sifted powdered sugar … continue reading . . .

Home For The Holidays

Kids making Cookie Cutter Christmas Cookies in Santa Hats.

EncinoMom’s Guides For Enjoying The Holidays!     Gift Guides Travel Recipes Videos Giveaways Events The NEW 2015 calendar is under construction! We appreciate your patience as we curate the best events for sharing holiday cheer. Decorating         … continue reading . . .

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies cooling on racks.

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe I never really liked gingerbread cookies because they were always hard and had a bitterness to them. When a friend brought these in to our office in San Francisco, it was love at first bite. These cookies … 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 . . .

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 . . .

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The California Lifestyle is as much a state of mind as it is a way of living. Don’t get us wrong. California is awesome. We just think you can live the California lifestyle anywhere. Take a breath. Wear your mask. … 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 . . .

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