Winter Solstice Blessings, Love … and Pfeffernusse

From my hearth to your heart Winter solstice is a time of love. Speak it, think it, be it, do it. Let it shine! Stay filled with Light in this time of darkness. And while you’re at it, it’s a lovely time to bake some cookies. Pfeffernusse Besides being one of my favorite cookies to pronounce,…

Lemon Verbena Shortbread

Doesn’t the smell of lemon verbena make you just swoon with delight?! This summer our plant in the garden grew by leaps and bounds, and I would literally stick my face in it, rub my fingers in the leaves and breathe in the scent in deep, luxurious breaths. When I traveled to Ecuador in the…

Two Lovely Shortbread Cookies: Glazed Lavender + Toasted Hazelnut Clementine

One holiday tradition I always look forward to is baking. Yesterday it was my recipe for the absolutely delectable, intriguing – and beguiling! – glazed lavender shortbread, first notably served at a winter solstice party (2007, the year the tradition began) to raves and immediate requests for the recipe. The shortbread is buttery and offers the mellow, unexpected…

A Sunny October Day – and GF Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Loving the light this October day, especially with a freshly made chocolate dipped biscotti in hand, sitting under this tree in my backyard. Discovering, baking and revising gluten free recipes, then basking in the afterglow of finished goods such as this fresh biscotti is a beautiful thing (or —best of all — homemade cream puffs,…

Autumn – Almond Butter Cookies – And Criss Crossed Lines

This world is filled with lines that cross. Everywhere. In a myriad of ways. Lines of communication, lineage of families. Branches of trees making up a forest. Tic Tac Toe. Lines, highways, rivers and streets. Words on a page. Prayers criss cross and tumble over each other on the wind – for our lives, to connect to each…