How to Have a Restful, Memorable, & Meaningful Holiday Season

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Photo Source Fall, Back to School, Halloween, Daylight Saving Time, these milestones have passed. 2010 is quickly drawing to a close. “The Holidays” are upon us. A man once said, “Boy, the holidays are rough. Every year I just try to get from the day before Thanksgiving to the day after New Year’s.” The potential […]

Honoring Our Veterans

Thank you to all those who have fought to protect freedom.

Cranberry Orange Muffins & Other Dishes That Travel Well (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Cranberry Muffins

Usually when one is heading to a potluck, one hopes that her meal arrives there in good shape. Admittedly, some dishes travel better than others. And sometimes how you package the food makes a world of difference. When I was a child, we made a Black Forest Cake to take to a holiday event at […]

A Simple Candle Gift

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Looking for a simple, inexpensive gift that still says you care? How ’bout this? I found a bunch of candles on clearance at Target and thought they would be really cute on small dishes, wrapped up with cellophane and a bow. Salad plates are really inexpensive. I bought this blue one at IKEA for a […]

Is a Healthy Holiday Feast Possible?

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November is a favorite month around here. Not only do we celebrate the last two birthdays of the year, but the feast to beat all feasts occurs at the end of the month. My little gluttons gourmands adore Thanksgiving when we bring out all our favorite once-a-year treats. And although, Nanna’s Toffee Dream is certainly […]

Give Desserts a Little Dazzle

Pumpkin Custard

Dessert season is upon us! Yes, I know dessert never goes out of style. But, let’s just say that fancy desserts beckon to me during the fall and winter. While I love a scoop of ice cream, there’s something so much more dazzling about an individual streusel-topped pumpkin custard with a dollop of maple cream. […]

Gearing Up for the Holidays in a Frugal Way

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Even though Christmas is still several weeks away, I know that it will be here in the twinkling of an eye. And since I want to enjoy the season as much as possible and NOT get caught up in the craziness that often accompanies Christmas, I’m doing a few things to gear up. 1. Start […]

Planning for Your Lego Maniacs


As you may know by now, with four boys, our home is Lego central. I did my best to keep those sharp, pokey, kill-your-feet-in-the-middle-of-the-night-when-you’re-walking-down-the-hall bricks at bay for quite some time. But, about five years ago I succumbed, and my boys couldn’t be happier. Legos are a very sweet part of the fabric of our […]