Winner! Susan Branch Christmas From the Heart of the Home


Oh my goodness! Am I starving now that I’ve compiled our list of cookie recipes! Wow! You now have 24 different cookie recipes to try out before Christmas rolls around. What a great resource. Many of these recipes took me down Memory Lane. I remember making Christmas Wreaths and Snickerdoodles and Russian Tea Cakes when […]

Frugal Tip: Christmas Stockpiling – Don’t Go Overboard


This week we’ve talked a lot about planning ahead, buying ahead, and cooking ahead for the holidays. Just giving a few thoughts to Christmas now will help us be a little more organized (and joyful?) when the season really rolls around. But, there can be too much of a good thing. One of the things […]

Making Gifts

festive Christmas present --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I mentioned how last Christmas our budget was fairly limited. We made a very conscious decision not to spend more than we had. Since we were making an aggressive effort to pay down debt and NOT use credit cards AT ALL and keep a balanced budget, there was no room to go crazy on gifts […]

A Christmas Tradition: Hallmark Ornaments (And a Giveaway!)


If you’ve developed a Christmas tree ornament collection over the years, chances are there are at least a few in the lot with the Hallmark label. Hallmark is simply a Christmas tradition in the United States. I was just a wee babe (as opposed to a big babe) back in 1973 when Hallmark first introduced […]

Winner! Sheila Howe Designs


My kids and I are really liking this Bingo Cage. We usually only pull it out when someone is learning his numbers and needs extra practice. But, everyone’s getting a kick out of spinning it. I wonder how many small, chokable balls the FishChick will have extracted by the time I’m done with this post? […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

This is FishPapa’s all-time Fave come holiday time. The man who “doesn’t like sweets” claims he could eat the whole pan. I guess we do have a dessert to arm wrestle over. You can make this with strawberries and strawberry jello, but we prefer it with raspberries and cranberry or raspberry jello. What’s your favorite […]

Christmas Party Idea: Soup’s On!


December is a great time for festive get-togethers. Tree-trimmings, carolings, cookie exchanges, gift exchanges – the month can be a flurry of parties. One idea that I’m partial to is the “Soup’s On!” The basic gist of this shindig is to invite friends and family for a simple supper of soup, bread, and maybe Christmas […]

Winners! Nanna’s Stockings


Nanna’s stocking giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing! I am looking forward to rereading all the comments for more Christmas inspiration! This morning the Bingo Cage spit out numbers 3 and 9. So, “Matt and Betty Morris” and “The Joy of Having Boys” are the new owners of some very special handknit Christmas stockings. […]