Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookies

Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.

Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookie recipe. Perfect for Christmas time!

My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.

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5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello everyone! Here at Heartland America, we’ve been crazy busy making sure all your Christmas gifts arrive on your doorstep. I want to thank everyone for all the orders that have been coming in. There is still a little bit of time to get your orders placed in time for Christmas. So for all those who are still need some gifts, I’ve got some great ideas for you!

  1. The gift of warm hands will warm their heart.

Gloves make an awesome gift for everyone. You can never have too many gloves especially if you live in a bitterly cold winters of Minnesota. These great insulated gloves are available Men’s and Women’s black leather and Men’s and Women’s brown leather. So they are perfect for every style and anyone on your list.

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Add Color to Your Christmas Tree with a DIY Origami Ornament

Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! For the first time in a long time, I’m very nearly done with my Christmas shopping already. So I can relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends. Now I have time to plan fun Christmas activities for the holidays. One of the things that we have done in the past is make something crafty at the big family Christmas party. This year the party is happening after Christmas Day, but I still want to have some festive fun. This origami ornament is the perfect craft that the whole family can do. And it won’t cost me anything really, bonus!

Inspired by simplicity, frugality, and my love of coloring books, these ornaments are a fantastic way to bring people together at Christmas. Everyone in the family from grandma to young nieces and nephews can make these adorable little ornaments.

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Spread Holiday Cheer with a DIY Frosted Christmas Shadow Box

I’m so bummed! It’s December, and there is no snow here in Minnesota. I know! It’s quite a shock to us as well. Although it is nice that the roads have been lovely, and I haven’t had to shovel. But it does not feel like Christmas without snow covered landscapes and frosted window panes. With the possibility of not getting a white Christmas, it’s even more important to make the inside my home festive and bright. I filled my faux tree with ornaments, but the rest of my home needs a bit more Christmas cheer. Inspired by the frost that should be on my windows, I created a frosted Christmas shadow box.

It reminds me of making “baby feet” with my hands on the car window. Glitter and glue makes the frosted effect: so melting isn’t a problem. Adding a string of lights inside the shadow box, gives off a warm holiday glow. You can make it completely your own with any word or simple clip art. The background can be whatever you want too.

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Gift Ideas for Your Christmas List

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day with family and friends. While you enjoy delicious food, you might already be planning your Christmas shopping. I try to avoid the crazy crowds on Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving is not an option. That’s why I enjoy online shopping so much. No near crashes or parking lot mayhem. Heartland America is a great place to start your online shopping. While I was planning my list, I put together some gift ideas for your Christmas list.

First of all, I’m sure you have some kids of all age who have electronics on their wishlist.
Playtek Quadcopter Drone with WiFi and Camera, Dell Duo-Core 14″ Laptop Computer, iLive DVD Player/Boombox, Bell+Howell Cinema HD Digital Camcorder, Fisher 37″ Surround Sound Bar

Remote control drones are still a hot gadget, and they keep getting better and better. This quadcopter from Playtek comes with a control to plug a smartphone into. So you can experience the flight right from your iPhone® or Android®.

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Merry Christmas from Home with Heartland

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Home with Heartland

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I just love this wonderful time of year, don’t you? Giving gifts, being with family, and the general love and goodwill in the air this time of year are things to be thoroughly enjoyed and cherished. All of the tasty treats are something you don’t want to miss either. 🙂

This Christmas Eve, my family and I will be going over to an extended family party with lots of catching up, plenty of food, and games to play. There is usually a hearty game of broomball for those who want to brave the winter chill for some exhausting fun. But this year has been so unseasonably warm here in Minnesota that not even the puddles have a layer of ice on them. But there will be more than enough to do indoors and plenty of people to chat with.

After that my family and I will be heading to the airport to pick up my brother who is flying in for Christmas. I haven’t seen him in a long time….so I just can’t wait! I hope all of your family is able to get together, if not in person then through the wonderful world of technology. Three cheers for internet video chats!

Besides the fact that I miss my brother like crazy, another reason to be excited is that our Christmas family traditions would not be the same without him. While we can’t do all the traditions this year because he is only able to be here for an extra long weekend, we will indulge in all the traditions that we can. One of our Christmas traditions is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve while the rest of the presents would wait for Christmas morning. I remember many a restless Christmas Eve night and an ecstatic Christmas morning when I was a little girl. I remember creating a sea of wrapping paper and presents with cries of joy and thank-you’s. The rest of the day we would spend enjoying family, food, and our new gifts.

Now that I’m an adult, wrapping paper seas are not formed, Christmas still passes with such love and generosity that I’m always so thankful and amazed. While I still do occasionally let out cries of delight in such a high pitch that only dogs can hear it, the time with my family is what I really treasure. Christmas in our family has always been a time to be together, enjoying each other’s company, and remembering what family is all about.

Enjoying the Christmas season also includes savoring delicious food. In the spirit of giving, I want to pass a yummy recipe on to you. This recipe is going to be short and sweet since I don’t want to keep you away from the festivities any longer.

Vanilla Christmas Cream

What you need for this delicious warm drink is:

1 cup of milk

1 cup of half and half

2 Tablespoons of sugar

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients in a pot and heat on the stove at medium/low to medium heat until it is nice and hot. Be careful not to boil it because that will affect the taste. This makes two normal servings or one very big mug. If you wanted to make this for a large party you could multiply the recipe accordingly and keep it on low heat in a crock pot so your guests can sip on warm, delicious creaminess the whole day.

Soon I will be joining the rest of the world by heading home for Christmas. Before I go, from all of us here at Heartland America and Home with Heartland, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! And please remember that you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

Quick and Easy Gift: Wood Burned Spoon

Wood Burned Spoon - Quick & Easy DIY Gift

I can’t believe it is nearly Christmas! I still have a few things to whip up for family and friends before then and just maybe you do too. With the deadline fast approaching, you and I both need something quick and easy to make for our loved ones who love to cook. A wood burned spoon is perfect for a last minute DIY gift. All you need is a wood burning tool and a wooden spoon, and you can make it in under 15 minutes!

You can make a completely custom spoon as detailed or as simple as you want. No special skills required. (This project was actually the first time I’ve tried wood burning and I was really pleased with the result.)

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Gift Ideas for Every Guy on Your List

Christmas time is upon us! I don’t know about you but it is my favorite time of year. Everything seems brighter and warmer and that’s not just because of the snow outside forcing me to snuggle up inside.

Giving people gifts that they love is one of my favorite parts of the season. I have lots of ideas for all the ladies on my list, but ideas for the guy’s gifts are not coming to me as easily.

So I decided to start at Heartland America and make some inspiration boards on the types of guys I need to buy for. I hope these boards help you out as well!

First, no doubt there’s an avid golfer guy somewhere on your gift list:

 

Collapsible Chipping Basket, 50 pack of Titleist Pro Golf Balls, Golf Organizer Trunk Locker, Deluxe Ball Shag Bag, PowerBilt Deluxe Golf Cart in Black, and Indoor / Outdoor Swing Groover

With winter in full swing, golfers need to practice somewhere to keep their game sharp. The Collapsible Chipping Basket allows the golfer in your life to keep practicing their shots indoors and folds up for easy storage.

Even if they are a seasoned pro, there will still be some golf balls lost along the way. Help them stock up before hitting the course this spring with a 50 pack of Titleist Pro Golf Balls.

The Golf Organizer Trunk Locker will help keep things neatly organized and ready to hit the course at a moment’s notice.

Help your golf guy out by getting him the Deluxe Ball Shag Bag. Then he won’t have to continually bend down to retrieve his golf balls. You simply place the tube over the golf ball and press down firmly, the golf balls are then deposited into the attached bag.

He will love not having to carry his golf bag around when you get him the PowerBilt Deluxe Golf Cart. That way he can spend his energy on getting that hole in one and not on lugging his bag all over the course.

Right or left handed golfers will keep in excellent form over the cold winter months with the Indoor/Outdoor Swing Groover.

 

For guys who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, here are some ideas that they’ll love:

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