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Home Ec 101: Planning a Big Dinner

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Many of today’s women don’t know the ins and outs of home making. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your own mother worked outside the home, chances are you may not have grown up with much teaching in the way of housekeeping and meal preparation. These are not obsolute skills, no matter […]

Christmas Planning: Make a Gift

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This morning I started thinking about Christmas. And when I start thinking about Christmas, my mind automatically goes to gift-making. I’ve always enjoyed making gifts and for several years, I made ALL of our gifts to give to family and close friends. (Yes, some would call me a glutton for punishment.) But, I have always […]

TGIF: Decorating Cookies

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One of the FishKids very, very, very, very favorite things to do at Christmas time is to decorate cookies. This is an inherited trait, I believe, because my siblings and I all loved the same thing. Part of it is due to my oh-so-clever-kindergarten-teacher-mother’s method. This idea is a keeper. So pay attention: Make up […]

Winner! Susan Branch Christmas From the Heart of the Home

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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

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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

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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 […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

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 […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies - These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow.

These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow. Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday […]