A Giveaway from Bob’s Red Mill

Whole wheat pastry flour is a great way to add punch to your baked goods. Enter to win a free bag from Bob’s Red Mill. One of my favorite products to use in baking is whole wheat pastry flour. Not only is it healthier for you than all-purpose flour since it contains the whole grain, […]

Make a Big To Do Out of Christmas

buche de noel There are some things that have become traditions for our family. Things that the kids know happen each year in December. We bake a Buche de Noel. We go light looking. We open one present on Christmas Eve. These are sweet things that have developed over the years. They now serve as […]

Easy Food Gifts to Make (& FREE Printable Instructions)

Preparing gifts of food can be a thoughtful and economical way to treat your friends and neighbors at the holidays. Plates of cookies or tins full of toffee are such a treat! One trouble with baked goods, however, is that I fear sometimes those items will go to waste. If your friends are receiving plates […]

A Christmas Countdown Family Activity

Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Thanksgiving Fun (& a FREE Printable)

Thanksgiving is probably the second most favorite holiday in our family. Christmas is first, of course. But, after that Turkey Day tops the list. Mainly for the food. My children are hobbits. Which means they love to eat. Which means that Turkey Day with all their favorite foods tops the list. It’s also the day […]

Time Management for the Holiday Season (& FREE holiday printables)

photo source The moms I know have pretty full days. Gone are the lazy days of summer when we can go wherever the wind blows us, sleep in, or change plans midstream for an impromptu trip to the pool. Homework, sports practices, games, music recitals, and carpools have replaced a more flexible schedule. However could […]

Thinking about a Simpler Season

photo source The holidays hold some of my favorite childhood memories: long neighborhood walks in the rain after a big turkey dinner sandwiches: turkey on rye bread, just a bit of mayo card games with my Gramma or other visiting relative Toffee Dream See’s candy at breakfast late nights on New Years None of these […]

Thankfulness is Something to Practice

When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.” Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.) Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt […]