Taking Thyme

fresh food & fresh air

2016 Christmas Cookie Round Up

Christmas is tomorrow. Tomorrow! Lights are strung, meals are planned, decorations are out, and Christmas cookies are baked! I grew up in a family full of Christmas Tradition. It started each year with a trip into the mountains to bring home a tree. We’d trek through the snow to find the perfect tree – one that had more character then branches so that the artfully placed tinsel could steal the.. Read More






Molasses Krinkles

Molasses Krinkles, more commonly known as Gingersnaps. I’m actually not sure what the difference is between the two types of cookies. Maybe they are the same? Either way, they are everything you’d expect from a gingersnap and are the perfect Christmas cookie! I had intentions of making grain-free gingersnaps instead of Molasses Krinkles, but when I came across this recipe in my archives, I knew I had to make them.. Read More






Special K Bars

Special K Bars are a Christmas staple that started with my Grandma. They sweet, crunchy, and ooey gooey delicious. Plus, so easy to make that you have no excuse not to try them! I skipped with white karo and used a homemade simple syrup. I also substituted in Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips to minimize the amount of dairy in them. Taking Thyme Special K BarsA crunchy chocolate and butterscotch.. Read More






Goodie Goodie Nut Bars

These Goodie Goodie Nut Bars will change your life. They are everything that is delicious and good in the world. They have been a part of Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. My grandma used to make them with peanut butter and salted peanuts, but of course I had to change that. She also called them Nut Goodie Bars, but in my mind they.. Read More






Rainbow Kale Slaw with Smoked Ribs

My goal to make two posts a week did not happen. Obviously. But let’s give it another whirl! I wish that I could blame it on something grand happening and that is why I didn’t get anything posted. You know, if hypothetically we had discovered a frozen pipe outback and had to spend the day in single-digit weather trying to thaw the pipe. Then, if somehow, our efforts to thaw.. Read More






I’m Back!

Hey all! Guess who’s back?! Back again. Amanda’s back. Tell a friend. Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back… No? No takers on some classic Eminem to start your day? I can’t say that I really blame you. I know I have been gone for a little while — almost 4 months, but who is really counting! So much life has happened in those 4 months. It has.. Read More






Easy Homemade Applesauce

Apple-apple-applesauce! Fall is here! Okay well that may not be completely true, but I am ready! And apparently the tree outside my kitchen window is ready too! That makes two of us, and I’m going to take that as a win! All of the kids in the neighborhood started back to school this week. I have been out of school for years now and I have no kids. My schedule.. Read More






Everything But The… Nachos

Football season is fast approaching and is there anything better to watch the game with than a hot plate of nachos straight from the oven? It just might be one of the best things there is. And these Everything But The…Nachos are just that! They have a little bit of everything combined to make a whole lot of melted awesome! I wasn’t originally planning on posting my Everything But The…Nachos,.. Read More






Pesto Rolled Chicken

Today I sat down with the intent of telling all of you about making pesto rolled chicken like I promised in my last post (Fig and Kale Salad With a Balsamic Reduction). But somehow, three hours later, I still had not typed a single word! I did do research on how to adopt a cow! Yes, you read that right. I want to adopt a cow. I love cows! They.. Read More






Fig and Kale Salad With a Balsamic Reduction

It’s fig season! Fig season! Fig. Season. I hope that you are equally as excited about this news as I am! Figs are one of my favorite fruits. I anxiously await this time each summer and then eat as many as possible before I am forced back to the selection of dried figs in the bulk bins.