Chocolate-Almond Biscotti: FishPapa’s Favorite Cookie

My husband loves these Chocolate-Almond Biscotti. Perfect at Christmas! Perfect anytime you’ve got a cup of coffee handy.

Birthdays at Christmas Time

Every December 23rd without fail, my mom calls her younger brother, my Uncle Ed. She could wait until the 25th when she calls the rest of the family. But, she calls him then, too. You see, today, the 23rd, is his birthday. (Happy Birthday, Uncle Ed!) While I don’t have a sibling or child with […]

Christmas Morning: Breakfast in a Stocking

one of our more sedate moments (I’m on the left) Growing up, Christmas morning was a mad affair for our family. Excited children plus presents plus the ubiquitous box of See’s Candy produced a somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Sure, Dad eventually cooked up a pan of Lil’ Smokies and there was usually an orange in the […]

More Important than Your To-Do List

The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

Family Photos: History in the Making

Ever had to sit patiently while someone else showed you all their family photos? Not had that pleasure? Well, today’s your lucky day! Inspired by The Happy Housewife’s latest round-up of family photos, I thought I’d share with you a little of our history. It seems that over the years the FishParents have disappeared from […]

Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Make a Memory with Christmas Tree Scones

I’m kinda goofy in that (among other reasons) I love to make fanciful food for my kids. Fun cakes at their birthdays, star-shaped cake pops (sort of) at the 4th of July, turkey-shaped cinnamon rolls at Thanksgiving, and this week: Christmas Tree Scones. Pop over to Good (& Cheap) Eats and see what we’ve got […]

Frugal Christmas: Save Money by Staying Home

This month on Frugal Fridays, I’ve told you about Fun $10 Gifts, Budget Stocking Stuffers, and Savvy Shopping Ideas. In my last Frugal Friday of 2009, I present an earth-shattering way to save money: Stay Home Photo Source: jo-h Some may not understand what I mean. So, let me explain. If you stay home and […]