All Good Gifts (Frugal Friday)

Photo Source Frugal Friday has been the source of much money saving advice for quite some time. We talk money, debt, gifts, making ends meet. We talk about how to save and how to acquire. We talk about not falling behind and about getting ahead. And, yet, as Christmas approaches, just a few hours away, […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]

A New Look at Jesus’ Birth

The other day, my friend Joy shared this video. (She always finds good stuff, by the way. She’s brilliant.) And I wanted to share this with you. If you know how facebook works, it will make more sense. But, I found it an interesting look at Mary and Joseph and the Birth of Jesus. Definitely […]

The Ultimate To Do List Completed

My Christmases have varied over the years. I am stunned that this is my 17th Christmas as a married woman. FishPapa and I have seen a lot over those seasons: sickness, health, richer, poorer. One thing has stayed constant — who God is. The following post was written two years ago when we were reeling […]

What Scars Tell You

Photo Source About twenty years ago I flew over the handlebars of my bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up my knee, busted my chin open, and broke my jaw. About two months ago, I flew over the handlebars of someone else’s bike and face planted on the pavement. I banged up […]

Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles

Looking for a fun food gift? Might I suggest a recycled plastic pretzel jar full of Oatmeal Cranberry Jumbles? These cookies are so good. They are egg free, nut free, and taste fabulous. The cookie recipe is simply my Farm Style Oatmeal Cookies with 2 cups of dried cranberries mixed in. They can easily be […]

Christmas Stories (& A Giveaway from Candlewick Press)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: rilyzmom@, KristyBartlett@, annwwins@ Books are beautiful at our house. Everyone, thankfully, loves to read. We have differing tastes, but we are all bookworms over here. Keeps us out of trouble. And pulling out the Christmas books that have been in the garage for eleven months is […]

Do YOU Make a List?

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 […]