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Christmas Morning: Breakfast in a Stocking

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. one of our more sedate moments (I’m on the left) Growing […]

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Last Minute Gift that Gives All Year Long

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One of my most favorite gifts that my mother-in-law ever gave me was several years’ subscription to Fine Cooking. I have kept — and used — all the back issues over the years. They have proven to be an invaluable resource to me in the kitchen. A good magazine can do that —  help in […]

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More Important than Your To-Do List

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The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

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Family Photos: History in the Making

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Ever had to sit patiently while someone else showed you all their family photos? Not had that pleasure? Well, today’s your lucky day! Inspired by The Happy Housewife’s latest round-up of family photos, I thought I’d share with you a little of our history. It seems that over the years the FishParents have disappeared from […]

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Meal Planning: Special Christmas Vacation Edition

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Christmas Tree Scones Friday was the last day of school for the next two weeks and my whole family is sighing with relief. It is so nice to have one fewer plate to spin, even for a little while. I love our little school, but we’re all ready for a rest. Except for moving week, […]

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Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

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Catch Up On This Week’s Giveaways

Giveaways galore this week. Have you entered? Frito-Lay Party Pack Family Feasts for $75/Week a super cute apron from D-Lux 57 $50 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks free product from Hillshire Farms and Sara Lee Bakery Contests will close at 8 pm, PST Sunday night. Winners to be chosen at random. Please make sure you […]

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Giveaway: Hillshire Farms and Sara Lee Bakery – NOW CLOSED

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CONGRATS TO MommyDevan, Cocoa Lover, Nancy, and Sarah! I have no recollection of eating “pigs in blankets” when I was a child. But, Lil’ Smokies were a regular part of our Christmas morning, nonetheless. My dad is a huge fan! Huge! And every Christmas morning without fail, he fries up a panful of lil’ smokies […]

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