Making Memorable Moments

As a Sara Lee MOMent Maker, this post is part of a series on making family moments. Sara Lee has provided me with compensation and coupons in return for this post. Participation in this program is voluntary; all opinions are my own. I think we should change her name to Gimli. That was what FishBoy8 […]

Nanna’s Gingerbread Gone Wrong

In the recent Gingerbread versus Sugar Cookie battle, the Sugar Cookie won. The above cookies were both cut with the same donkey cookie cutter. You know, the donkey that Mary rode to Bethlehem on. Both recipes were from my mom, recipes that mom made all the time when I was a kid. Both recipes that […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles

Looking for a fun food gift? Might I suggest a recycled plastic pretzel jar full of Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles? These cookies are so good. They are egg free, nut free, and taste fabulous. The cookie recipe is simply my Farm Style Oatmeal Cookies with 2 cups of dried cranberries mixed in. They can easily be […]

Make Jesus Cookies with a Nativity Bake Set

Jesus Cookies are a highlight of Christmas for my kids. My mom bought us a Nativity Bake Set about ten years ago, and it seriously has been one of the best parts of our holidays — every year. Not only do my kids get to decorate cookies, but they get to do it while reviewing […]

Easy Stocking Stuffers (Frugal Friday)

I’ll never forget the Christmas I was seventeen. My younger siblings were 14, 12, 10, and 3. I told my mom I would take care of buying the stocking stuffers. Then I promptly forgot. Until Christmas Eve when she asked me about it. If I remember correctly, I stood there with my mouth open for […]

Pretzel Berry (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Holiday Foods)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I only make it twice a year. But, my family starts doing cartwheels when I bring out the ingredients. My husband who doesn’t really like sweets could eat the whole pan. My brother, who hates dessert, even tried it and LOVED it at Thanksgiving. My children start to chant the words, “Pretzel Berry! Pretzel Berry!” […]

Family Culture & Holiday Traditions

Once upon a time, I learned that my family was different than my peers’. Not only did we absolutely love sauerkraut and spare ribs for dinner and pizza for breakfast, but we also had some quirky traditions when it came to Holiday Time. No one else in the room had ever heard of feeding ice […]

Christmas Stories (& A Giveaway from Candlewick Press)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: rilyzmom@, KristyBartlett@, annwwins@ Books are beautiful at our house. Everyone, thankfully, loves to read. We have differing tastes, but we are all bookworms over here. Keeps us out of trouble. And pulling out the Christmas books that have been in the garage for eleven months is […]