A Christmas Tradition: Hallmark Ornaments (And a Giveaway!)

If you’ve developed a Christmas tree ornament collection over the years, chances are there are at least a few in the lot with the Hallmark label. Hallmark is simply a Christmas tradition in the United States. I was just a wee babe (as opposed to a big babe) back in 1973 when Hallmark first introduced […]

Winner! Sheila Howe Designs

My kids and I are really liking this Bingo Cage. We usually only pull it out when someone is learning his numbers and needs extra practice. But, everyone’s getting a kick out of spinning it. I wonder how many small, chokable balls the FishChick will have extracted by the time I’m done with this post? […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

This is FishPapa’s all-time Fave come holiday time. The man who “doesn’t like sweets” claims he could eat the whole pan. I guess we do have a dessert to arm wrestle over. You can make this with strawberries and strawberry jello, but we prefer it with raspberries and cranberry or raspberry jello. What’s your favorite […]

Christmas Party Idea: Soup’s On!

December is a great time for festive get-togethers. Tree-trimmings, carolings, cookie exchanges, gift exchanges – the month can be a flurry of parties. One idea that I’m partial to is the “Soup’s On!” The basic gist of this shindig is to invite friends and family for a simple supper of soup, bread, and maybe Christmas […]

Winners! Nanna’s Stockings

Nanna’s stocking giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! I am looking forward to rereading all the comments for more Christmas inspiration! This morning the Bingo Cage spit out numbers 3 and 9. So, “Matt and Betty Morris” and “The Joy of Having Boys” are the new owners of some very special handknit Christmas stockings. […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies - These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow.

These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow. Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday […]

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, […]

Links of Love: Christmas Style

There are all sorts of Christmas resources floating out there on the web. Here are a few that I found recently. * A whole treasure chest of Christmas ideas at Mom Advice. * Frugal Dad talks about planning ahead for the holidays. * The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Christmas Archives * Jenn@FrugalUpstate talks about (really) […]