Catching up with the Kelnhofers-124

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This week on Catching up with the Kelnhofers, I want to make sure you have all of the recipes you need to keep cooking all through winter break!

Baby with Santa Hat

First and foremost – I hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and happy holidays! I hope you have the most wonderful and lovely holidays (and that you get a little break!). From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here and being part of this community.

Kelnhofer Christmas card

For a laugh – please see Ben giving Santa the side eye lol!

Ben with Santa

AND! Baby Sam is 1 month old, how did that happen so fast?!!

Baby month photo

We’ve been having lots of fun in the kitchen, but even as someone who creates recipes and enjoys cooking, I sometimes draw a blank on what to make for mealtime. So I wanted to share some cozy recipes and ideas of what to make over winter break (below)

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Chocolate cinnamon cake and sour cream and chive fries
Chocolate cake with cinnamon whipped cream | Sour cream and chive fries

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What to make during winter break

Christmas is over but the kids are still off of school and you have to be even more creative with mealtime.  I’m here to help!

Breakfast recipes
Snowman pancakes | Banana cinnamon roll muffins | Coffee creamer


Soup recipes
Butternut squash soup | Lentil soup | Salad with candied nuts

Soups and salads:​

Main meals recipes
Baked parmesan chicken pasta | Sheet pan meal | Vegetable lasagna


Dessert recipes
Chocolate mousse | No-bake cheesecake | Chocolate coins


You’re probably tired of baking by this point, so here are 3 of my favorite non-baking recipes!

If you’re looking for more recipes, we have a great “search” function on the blog, and if you have a cup of coffee and are looking for cool lists – have you read all our Love Lists?

New Years Recipes
White chocolate peanut grapes | Mimosa bar | Rice Krispie treats | Baked Brie

And if you’re not sure what to make for New Years, here are some of my favorites:

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This is the sweetest comment on my post for how to make a fun Hot chocolate bar and hot chocolate mix.

Hot chocolate in a mug
Hot Chocolate Mix
  • “About five years ago, I made this as a Christmas gift in a canister for a dear friend of mine. He said it was the best hot chocolate mix he’s ever had and because of it, it has become an annual gift that he looks forward to and frankly expects every year. Two years ago, I lost the recipe and didn’t realize it was yours. He eventually showed me the recipe I included the first year I gave it to him and when I realized it was yours, now I have it every year. A double batch is ready and waiting for him. The year he didn’t get it, I can’t even begin to tell you how much pouted and sad he was. That said, I have now started making it in a sugar free version. I make it with an artificial sweetener, erythritol, without the dry milk and I add that to some hot almond milk for a delicious sugar-free hot chocolate treat. So there you have it, the perfect Christmas present for some.”

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Bridget, who is also on the SweetPhi team helped her Dad make holiday treats for the staff at his company.  This year, they included my Holiday Snack Mix and packed it into little baggies for the cookie tins.

Holiday snack mix

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This onion chopper – we were just talking at a team meeting about the onion chopper, definitely is a must for those who cry when chopping onions (me!)

Onion chopper
Onion chopper

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  • In terms of Christmas books, I’d recommend The Santa Suit over Dear Santa if you’re looking for a short Christmasy book. The Santa Suit story was just way better/cutter and more realistic with a touch of whimsy. 
Two Christmas Books
The Santa Suit | Dear Santa

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  • With the holidays in full swing and a newborn, I feel like this perfectly describes me:

Elf Meme

  • Wrap + baby Sam – sometimes baby Sam does not want to be put down, and he’s getting heavy (he’s 10 lbs already!) so I got this wrap and it’s honestly the best purchase ever!! Allows me to hold him and also walk around and do other things.
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Baby wrap
  • Santa drive by – Our town does this sweet thing where they do a ‘Santa drive by’ so we bundled the kids up and went…we were like an hour early and waited, and then they zoomed by, Frankie was scared and buried her head in the wagon and did not want to see lol. 

Santa Drive By

  • Kids gifts – the kids’ school makes the sweetest gifts, I save them every year – this year the twins’ gift to us was an ornament with a ribbon inside that’s the same height as them and a picture in a frame. I cried!!

Kid's Gifts

  • Twins’ school photos – speaking of school, how cute are these Christmas themed twins’ school photos?

Twins' School Pictures

Holiday Baking

  • Gnome prints – I just saw they added MORE GNOME PRINTS to the collection. They’re definitely a fave around here, as you can see – us in gnome prints throughout the past year – I even got a tiny one for Sam!!

Family in gnome prints

How will you be spending your holidays? Just leave a comment below and let me know!

P.s., our holiday baking this year included salted caramel chocolate chip cookies – which were the first cookies the kids grabbed, we added a few sprinkles to make them festive!

Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

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