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 […]

Chocolate Minty Melts

Chocolate Mint Kiss

We made a wonderful discovery this  month when we were baking our Christmas Cookies. Oh my! What a happy accident! Years ago I discovered this recipe for Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies. It was basically a chocolate crackle gone minty. I tweaked the original in altering the form of baking chocolate used. But, I’ve been […]

Do YOU Make a List?

Gift candles

Recently, in a book that I can’t find now in order to quote it, I read the recommendation that we as moms should make sure that we make our gift wishes known. It said we need to make it clear to our husbands and children how they “can love us best” by giving us the […]

7 Ways to Make Christmas Easier and More Fun with Toddlers & Babies

Toddler Christmas FEAT

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And it can be — even with toddlers — if you consider these important points. The holidays can be a wonderful time to reunite with friends and family, celebrate another year’s passing, and to rejoice in what God has done. It can also be a crazy time […]

Double Chocolate Magic Bars

Double Chocolate Magic Bars

Know what’s better than those Magic Bars with the coconut and chocolate? Making Double Chocolate Magic Bars with chocolate cookie crumbs! I love Magic Bars. When I was pregnant with FishChick2, I ate half a pan all by myself — in one sitting. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too well that afternoon when I […]

Disneyland Holidaze

Disney Small World

Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world. I realized that on our recent day at “the happiest place on Earth.” Even though I’ve only been four times in the last 17 years, I have wonderful memories of Disneyland. We had such a great time as a family when we went in May, […]

December Freezer Cooking Plans

Well, now that I’ve checked the freezer and baked up a ton of cookies, I am ready to top off the freezer with the makings of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the month of December. I’m really looking forward to creating some margin in the month. As you know I’ve got a cookbook to write […]

Gifts for $10 or Less


Our Christmas gift buying has always been on a budget of some kind. With six kids and a large extended family, we could easily got hog wild if we didn’t pay attention to what we were buying. And often, we’ve set a $10 limit for friends and family. You’d be amazed at what you can […]