home for the holidays

(here’s the link to this post on the new website)

Hello all!

christmas poster

My favorite time of year is rapidly approaching: the one with crackling fires and hot cider and flannel pajamas.  I’m so excited just thinking about it!

 Last year, some amazing people did some wonderful things and wrote some guest posts to be featured throughout the month of December.  It was so much fun that I’d love to do it again!  I promised myself I’d organize this earlier but true to form, I’m just now getting around to it.  Shocking, I know.

Our little family circus is going to be traveling quite a bit between now and Christmas but we’ll (hopefully) all be home for Christmas Day.  That makes me happy and grateful and there is a giant pajama-wearing, cinnamon-roll eating party planned.  Between now and then, I plan on writing a few new things, recycling some old posts that haven’t been transferred over to the new site, and hopefully hearing from all of you!

You don’t have to be a blogger, baker, or even a writer to contribute.  I love just about anything – send me anything from a link to your favorite christmas carol to a recipe for your 5-star baked alaska to some of your favorite family traditions.  (Don’t be shy!)  And even if you wrote a post last year, I’m inviting you back again this year because I love you all that much 🙂

Last year we ended up with quite an assortment of posts and it was just perfect.  In case you’ve forgotten or need a little inspiration, here’s the link to 2013’s posts. We might not fill all of the 25 days until Christmas or we might end up with more than one a day (wouldn’t that be exciting?!)

All you need to do is send me an email with a date you’d like for your post and a rough idea of a topic and we’ll go from there.  My email is chuckandwelly@gmail.com or you can use the handy-dandy contact form in this blog.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Here’s to a happy holiday season!


he’d probably get beaten up by a koala


day twenty :: sugar cookies & a really dumb dog


Ranger, the lovable yet not-so-bright yellow dog, has recently decided that the designated bathroom area is too much effort and instead goes wherever he happens to be at the time: his bed, the door, your foot.  He does this, not because he has a medical problem, but just because he’s downright stupid.



He’s also taken to carrying around large pieces of firewood.  For no apparent reason other than actual sticks are too tiny and the logs that were stacked neatly looked, to Ranger, like they needed to be unstacked and carefully tested for maximum destruction capability.  For example, “this larger log causes more damage when I drag it along the door than my tennis ball does” or “this firewood makes a satisfying thump when I whack the side of the house with it” or “the humans seem to really like it when I take out their shins with this small tree”.


Husband: There is absolutely nothing that happens in that dog’s head.

Me: Poor thing.  Life must be rough with no brains.

Husband: You know, Ranger has to be one of the dumbest dogs ever.  No, scratch that.  He has to be one of the dumbest animals on the planet.  I think if he were in the wild he’d probably get beaten up by, I don’t know, a koala or something.  That koala would just hop right on his back and ride him around that that dumb dog wouldn’t know what to do.



That dumb dog has absolutely nothing to do with these sugar cookies except that while I cook, I can hear him thudding around outside.  Sugar cookies are a thing for Husband’s family so you’ll probably be hearing about them every year (yay, you!).  Here is this year’s crop:

sugar cookies

makes a ton of cookies
from allrecipes.com
1 1/2 C butter, room temperature
2 C pure cane white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
zest of 1 orange

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
3. Add in eggs and vanilla.
4. Sift in flower, baking powder, and salt.
5. Stir in orange zest and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
6. Roll out dough on to floured surface until about 1/3″ thick. Cut out with cookie cutters.
7. Bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes or until just barely about to turn brown. With sugar cookies, it’s all in the timing of removal from the oven.
8. Commence with the decoration!

husband’s favorite cookie frosting ever

2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 C powdered sugar, sifted
food coloring, as desired

1. Whip together cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
2. Stir in vanilla, orange, and almond extract.
3. Beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
4. Add food coloring as desired.


gallons, pounds, and bottles

day fourteen :: peppermint white chocolate cupcakes Living next to Ghirardelli is going to be the death of me.  Inexplicably, my house is constantly full of delicious, wonderful chocolate.  It’s dangerous.  And delicious.  Also, Christmas.  Christmas will also be the … Continue reading