Fun Advent Ideas for Families

The days of December mark the season of Advent, a time of anticipation of Christmas. This season in the church calendar mimics the anticipation of the Jews awaiting the arrival of the Messiah, over 2000 years ago. I love Advent as it gives me an opportunity to take a deep breath, to remember WHY we […]

Frugal Friday: Savvy Shopping on Black Friday

So, today’s the day. The biggest sales day for retailers across the country. The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday, is the day that merchants hope to find themselves “in the black.” They want your money. It’s Christmas, anyway. Why not? Go spend. It’ll help the economy, stupid. Well, before you do, I […]

Make a Muffin Kit – Download Available

The other day, I shared with you this muffin kit that I created. I’m a firm believer in giving fun, yet practical gifts. I know from experience that having custom-made mixes on hand is such an asset to any home cook. You get to have your cake and bake it with a lot less hassle, […]

Frugal Friday: Planning for Christmas on a Budget

Yes, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I know. I cringed, too, when I saw the Walmart staff frantically stocking Christmas items on October 31st. The rush is on. Retailers are all too eager to grab hold of your hard-earned cash. But, if you aren’t already planning for Christmas, you will pay too much because […]

Frugal Foodie Gift: If You Give a Mom a Muffin Kit

You’ve probably read the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin or its predecessor, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If so, you’ll love the poem, “If You Give a Mom a Muffin.” It tells the tale of how a mother can get (way too easily) sidetracked in her life as mom. It’s […]

Holiday Food Fest: A Celebration of Good Food & Friends

In the coming weeks, I’ll be joining a great group of bloggers in hosting a Bloggy Holiday Food Fest. We want to see your favorite dishes of the holiday season. I hope you will linkup or stop by and check out what all these wonderful cooks in the blogosphere (that means YOU!) are feasting on […]

Christmas Giveaway Winners

Pop over to my giveaway page to see a list of all the winners of this week’s giveaways. Thanks for playing, everyone!

Christmas in July: Do a Clothing Check

Now, you may not want to be thinking about bowties and holiday dress while the temperatures soar and the waves are beckoning. But, on December 24th when you pull out a stained dress shirt from the back of the closet and your son is sporting high waters, you’ll wish you had. Spending an hour on […]