Holiday Baking


I’m spending today looking through my Christmas and Winter boards on Pinterest and planing my holiday baking.


I still haven’t perfected rolled out sugar cookies. Plus I love to bake but decorating the cookies is not my strong suit.  I saw some beautiful Linzer Cookies the other day and hope to make some of those too. I have a friend who makes holiday candy that looks safe for us to eat so that will make it on the list this year.  And don’t forget the Hot Chocolate! I plan on trying some fancy versions this holiday season.

I will be making Chewy Chocolate Meringue Cookies while I ponder what else to make this holiday season. Happy baking everyone.

Cinnamon rolls - 2018 goals

2018 Goals – Breakfast

One of my 2018 goals is to make more special breakfasts for my family.  Another is to perfect a cinnamon roll recipe.  Today I accomplished both.

I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast on our day off of school.  It still isn’t a finalized recipe, but they tasted good.

I also went for a 5 mile walk/run because “run a 10K” is also on my 2018 goal list.

What goals are you working toward today?

Quinoa Black Bean Soup (aka My No-Nightshade Chili)

We had a really cold January and we had been traveling, so it was nice to come home and make a nice pot of soup and some corn bread.  When traveling with food allergies sometimes you end up eating the same thing over and over.

I like to make this soup when I make Chili for the nightshade eaters.  I’m not sure if it’s the color of the soup or the fact that there is beans in it that remind me of Chili.  It could be the fact that it tastes better with corn bread. If you have not had chili with corn bread it is the best!

This soup reheats well and I love to add tons of cilantro, avocado and lime on top.  Enjoy!

Quinoa Black Bean Soup aka Nightshade-free Chili

  • Servings: 6 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quinoa Black Bean Soup
Cygnet Organizing LLC
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 5 cups broth
  • 2 bay leaves (I like to use fresh bay leaves)


  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges


  1. Add oil to soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and stir till soft.
  3. Add garlic and cook for just a minute.
  4. Add pumpkin and spices to the pot and stir until heated.
  5. Add broth and quinoa and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling add beans and bay leaves.  Bring back up to a boil and simmer till the quinoa is cooked through.
  7. Serve with avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.