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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Baked Avocado Eggs and Hollandaise Recipe

Photo of California style Avocado baked with egg and Hollandaise sauce by Lisa Keating of EncinoMom.

Try Baked Avocado Egg with Hollandaise Hearts For Valentine’s Day Here’s a simple recipe for an elegant breakfast or brunch inspired by a photo I saw recently on Pinterest. The original photo looked so amazing, I had to try it … continue reading . . .

Magical Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Photo of McCanns Oatmeal

This recipe for oatmeal transforms overnight from water and oats to a warm, filling, heart healthy breakfast your whole family will love. I embellish the recipe by substituting heavy cream for 1/4 cup of the water. The cream definitely reduces … continue reading . . .

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