Easy Homemade Valentine: Wrapped Chocolate Bars

camoflage chocolate bar

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I well remember the days of cheap white envelopes, tear-apart cardstock valentines and dusty conversation hearts. Painstakingly I would copy my class list onto the envelopes, hoping I wasn’t forgetting anyone and hoping that I wouldn’t be forgotten. I think those cheap white envelopes are still in circulation, but I’ve […]

Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Christmas: What About Next Year?


So, it’s all boxed up, right? Ready to be stored away until next year. The red boxes on the right gave way this year to the six red boxes on the left. Each kid has his own box, labeled with his name. This should make decorating SOOOOOOO much easier next year. I can’t take credit […]

URS: New Year’s Meals and Munchies

It wouldn’t be a celebration without some good eats. And you know how we like those around here. New Year’s Eve just invites you to have some yummy munchies! We’re especially excited to ring in the new year with the Paine family who arrived yesterday for a visit. So happy to include them in our […]

New Year’s Traditions: Sweet Days at the Beach


For everything there is a season. Like when do the seals camp out on the beach? When do the whales migrate? When are oranges and avocados and lemons in season? Um, I think that would be winter. And, winter holds special memories in family life, too. For us, now back in California, winter means that most of […]

New Year’s Traditions: Watch the Rose Parade


Photo Source: Bethany Baird Being the Southern California Girl that I am, watching the Rose Parade was always a “must-do” on New Year’s Day when I was a kid. My friends went to the parade in person, often camping out overnight to get a good seat. But, we watched the action on the TV. My […]

Food Traditions and Holiday Memories


Isn’t it funny how important food, and specifically holiday recipes, can be to our memories of special events? On Sunday, we headed to my parents’ for a small family reunion. Lil’ smokies and See’s candy were present! Good thing as they are so much a part of our family’s traditions. Another key figure at our […]

New Year’s Traditions: Bake a New Year’s Cake


As you know, we’re big on birthday cakes around here. So it only follows that we would make the New Year a “birthday” cake as well. We’ve been doing this for quite some time. I can’t even remember when it started. And we usually get a photo of all the kids around the cake that […]