Stars Shine Brightly

Yes, I did start this project a few days into the new year, but I’m ending it today. It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve been thrilled (and exhausted) to share new and old photos with all of you every day for all of 2014. It was certainly a challenge at times – and yes…


Target always has the cutest Christmas ornaments. On Christmas Eve, after I got off of work, I went over there to look for last minute presents, to no avail. However, I did score these cuties.

Austrian Jam Cookies

Another one of my specialties, a cookie that my brother LOVES and won’t verbally admit to loving. I usually make these in a big log form or as thumb sized minis, but this year I thought it would be cuter and more festive as Christmas shapes.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Cakes

My favorite story about this particular recipe is that my mom and my dad’s mom slaved over making hundreds of these the night before my mom and dad got married.

Mini Kremschnit

This is one of my favorite Christmas desserts that I insist my mom make every year. This year she shopped too late for the filo dough, so she only found these mini cup things. After about 24 hours, these 8 or so are all that’s left of this particular dessert. I’m pretty sure I ate…