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#OrganicHolidayHappiness Challenge-Happiness is sprinkles

#OrganicHolidayHappiness Challenge

Happiness is . . . rainbow sprinkles and extreme gingerbread cookie decorating.

How could this not make you want to smile?

How could this not make you want to smile?

Yesterday I was in full on Betty Crocker Mode. The morning started with some crafting. We made marshmallow snowmen which resulted in an unfortunate glue gun accident where I completely burned my finger. Who knew crafting could be so dangerous? Lesson learned-Never stick your finger right in the hot glue after it’s been applied! After that I decided to throw together a last minute pizza making/cookie decorating gathering for the kids and some friends. Enter from stage left the trusty JOY of COOKING (which if you do not own the cookbook it is a cooks Bible so you need to add it to your Christmas wish list!)

Joy to the World . . .

Joy to the World . . .

The Joy of Cooking has helped me wade through many a kitchen challenge and is my favorite book to use when learning how to make (and understand) how to make something new. This cookbook will help you learn how to successfully make such staples as whole wheat bread and roast chicken. But for tonight the first thing on the menu would be pizza.  Making pizza dough is relatively simple. The trickiest part is in the preparation of the yeast, simply that you need to make sure that the temperature of the water is not too hot. For making any kind of dough I loooooove using my KitchenAid Mixer.  I used to think making bread and pizza dough was so hard but now I am obsessed with making my own bread and pizza dough too! Now that I have the basics down I am excited to expand my dough recipe repertoire.

Do you have any bread or pizza dough recipes that you’d like to share?

After making enough pizza dough for all of the kids to be able to make there own pie I decided that it would be fun to make Gingerbread cookies with the kids too. Lately I have become a Pinterest addict and Pinterest is my go to place to look for recipes first because you eat with your eyes first right? I found my Gingerbread Cookie Recipe on Pinterest and enjoyed making the dough with my daughter. She was so eager to make and eat the cookies after tasting the dough. It smelled so delicious . . . the blend of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

What is your secret gingerbread cookie recipe?



Making the pizza and the cookies was the icing on the cake for my Betty Crocker Day. I loved watching the faces of the kids ages 2-5 rolling out the pizza dough (and even attempting to toss it).  Each child had their own style for topping the pizza which included my son (age 2) trying to make his pizza dough into a dough shirt (HILARIOUS!).  The pizzas turned out well (although the shapes were somewhat interesting varying from circle to kidney bean). While we waited for the pizza to cook (after an interlude of controlled chaos play) we set the kids to work making their gingerbread cookies. This is where the decorating got a bit EXTREME. The kids were thrilled to be adding more sugary goodness onto their cookies and appeared almost possessed when gobbling up finger-fuls of sugary sprinkle heaven.  And then . . . A SPRINKLE EXPLOSION. The overzealous pre-schoolers lost control of the decorating supplies and sprinkles flew everywhere burying the poor gingerbread girls and boys in a rainbow avalanche. Needless to say all I could do was laugh especially when attempting to place the sugar laden cookies onto the cookie sheet to baking sheet.

Overall I’d say this was a perfect night of fun for the kids and adults too! and seriously upped the #OrganicHolidayHappiness quotient in our house!



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Holiday Cookies Recipes from The Crafty Hostess 2012 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipe Book sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.




4 responses

4 responses

  1. Aww! Such a fun, festive day! I love making pizza dough and bread, too. I haven’t been making bread as much lately, but I should start again. I have one recipe for seeded whole grain bread on my site.
    And we’re making gingerbread cookies next weekend, so fun!

    1. Hey Laura,

      I will definitely have to check out your seeded whole grain bread recipe. Now that I know how to make bread I want to keep branching out! Hope the Gingerbread men/women are a hit!

  2. Thanks so much for the very kind words about JOY! We love to hear about people who love the book and how they use it. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions about the book. Happy cooking!

    1. Hi Meg!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. I love the Joy of Cooking. It was the first cookbook that my mom gave me when I was learning how to cook and it is definitely a staple in my kitchen! Love your website. Happy cooking!

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