Book It! Christmas from the Heart of the Home


Years ago I came across a cookbook that was as beautiful to look at as the recipes were delicious to eat. Its pages are now tattered and stained, as all good cookbooks should be. The author, Susan Branch quickly became one of my favorites. A self-taught artist, she captures on paper simple and quaint images, […]

25 Days of Anticipation and Family Fun

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The days of December leading up to Christmas are traditionally filled with much anticipation. The season of Advent represents the long years that the Israelites awaited the coming Savior. There are many different ways to observe the advent time. To my surprise the comments on this post have been a flurry of Advent ideas. I […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Jesse Tree Ornaments


Ok, so previously we’ve established that FishMama’s definition of “tool” is something that makes your job as MOM easier or better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about cleaning tools, kitchen gadgets, baby things. This week, since it’s All Things Christmas, I wanted to talk about something that makes our Christmas better: our Jesus […]

Preschool Play: Christmas Stories


Long, long ago, in a time when I only had one child, I visited a friend’s home at Christmastime and was amazed at her collection of children’s Christmas picture books. Though I had always been a voracious reader and loved buying books for our son, I had never thought of creating a holiday collection. What […]

Nanna’s Toffee Dream Pie

Toffee Dream Pie

This recipe is a family heirloom; my mom has been making Toffee Dream since 1967.  My mom found this recipe in one of my Gramma John’s cookbooks in 1967. It has been a family favorite for over 40 years now. Someone in our family is for sure making it on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The story […]

Christmas: Getting Organized

Christmas baubles --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

We’ve discussed why we celebrate Christmas as well as how to get our minds set on simplifying the season. What we think determines what we do. Now, let’s look at how to organize it all, so that we can actually do it. I’ve told you before about the wonders of Organized Home. CEO, its founder, […]

Christmas: What, Why, and How?


Christmas is the celebration of God becoming man. You know, Jesus? God the Son, came to be with his people in a new way, in the flesh, in order to reconcile them to Himself. Despite whatever revisionist history you’ve been subjected to in the past, whatever warm fuzzies you’ve heard about faith, hope, and love, […]

Christmas in July 2008

Ornament Hanging from Decorated Christmas Tree

Don’t forget! Starting Sunday night we’ll be talking up a Christmas storm to get you thinking about the holidays. How can we plan ahead so that we can enjoy the season without feeling frantic? Let’s get organized now so that we can breathe just a little more easily come Thanksgiving Day. Coming your way: Christmas: […]