Making Gifts

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Update: This giveaway may be closed, but these cookies are always winners! 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 time! One of the tricks to having a great stash is to bake a few […]

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Book It! Christmas from the Heart of the Home

Years ago I came across a cookbook that was as beautiful to look at as the recipes were delicious to eat. Its pages are now tattered and stained, as all good cookbooks should be. The author, Susan Branch quickly became one of my favorites. A self-taught artist, she captures on paper simple and quaint images, […]

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