New Year’s Goals (& A Free Planning Sheet)

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I  love this week of the year. Not only do the kids and I have a week off school and my husband has a week off work, but I usually get a chance to catch my breath and think about the year we’re finishing and the year that’s beginning. I feel like my system gets […]

Easy & Delicious Brunch Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Lemon Walnut Coffeecake

Christmas and New Year’s are great occasions to host a brunch. Brunch menus typically do a great job of combining savory and sweet, filling and light, elegant and hearty. And there are many brunch ideas that can be made ahead so that you’re not scrambling the morning of. If I were going to have you […]

10 Things to Do After Turkey Time

Thanksgiving at Gramma's

The Thanksgiving meal takes hours of planning and preparation time, yet is seemingly consumed within 20 minutes. How can that be?! What do you do after the feast is over? Here are some suggestions for every man, woman, or child. 10 Things to Do After Turkey Time 1. Linger over the table and talk about […]

Keeping the Kids Table Happy

Healthy Appetizers

Photo source I well remember those days of being relegated to the kids table at holiday events. I did not go quietly. (Sorry, Mom.) I was simply too hurried to grow up. And I balked at being considered small. It wasn’t until I was no longer “a kid” that I appreciated those moments of being […]

Planning a Holiday Meal on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

Pumpkin Custard

Holiday meals can be expensive. I’ve often wondered why we are tempted to spend more on one meal than we might in a whole week. I’ve heard of some families who have spent as much on a holiday dinner as I spend in a month! May we not get too out of hand this year. […]

Offering Holiday Support to Unemployed Loved Ones

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Photo Source – The following is a guest post from Robbie – Two years ago was the worst Christmas of my life. There are few things more humbling than the realization that your kids likely wouldn’t have much, if anything, under the tree from you. Or that the traditions of holidays past went the way […]

Healthy Holiday – Making Homemade Gravy

Turkey Dinner

Quick! What’s missing from this picture? That’s right. Good gravy! It’s the gravy! In my book, gravy is a necessary element of a holiday dinner. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also covers a multitude of culinary sins. Dry turkey and tasteless stuffing are disguised when doused liberally with good, homemade gravy. Yet, […]

Make a Beverage Basket for the Holidays

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Photo Source Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Holiday Season just begs that you share a cup of good cheer with your fellow man — and whoever happens to come to call. Friends and relatives are out and about. Spontaneity is also in season. Often, unless you know that company is coming, you might […]