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December 21st

Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years past, I’d be feeling anxious by now. I haven’t baked but one kind of cookie.I haven’t driven around looking at Christmas lights with the fam.I haven’t even addressed a single Christmas card. […]

A Sugar-Free Christmas?

OK, I’m not advocating a completely sugar-free Christmas, but how about a Reduced-Sugar Christmas? This time of year can be filled with excess, and eating sweets is at the top of that list of things we excel at. While enjoyable, your sugar intake can lead to loss of appetite, mood swings, tooth decay – and […]

Gramma Ruthie’s Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Topping and Rich Lemon Sauce

This cake-like dessert is one that my mother-in-law often made for us at the holiday time. It is simple and delicious. You will want to eat it all. It’s on my menu for next week. Gingerbread1 cup sugar1/4 t. salt1 t. ginger1/2 t. cinnamon1/2 t. cloves1 c. oil1 c. molasses2 t. baking soda1 c. boiling […]

Where We Love, I Mean, Live

BooMama is hosting her annual Christmas Tour of Homes So, I thought what better time to show off our new digs? I had grandiose visions of getting our new-to-us furniture perfectly arranged, pictures hung on the walls, floors sparkling. But, FishPapa had to work this weekend and so I flew solo. My house could tell […]

TGIF: A Multitude of Christmas Memory Makers

Remember when we talked about all things Christmas in July? Well, in case you missed them or forgot all about them, here are a few links so that you can peruse a multitude of family fun activities. I hope you will enjoy the comments and ideas generated as much as I did. Here is the […]

Don’t Forget – Giveaway Ends Tonight

Go here to enter your name in the drawing for one of Nanna’s handknit stockings.

Ice Cubes and Christmas Trees – They Work For Me!

I distinctly remember the day in a college course when the instructor brought up the topic of holiday traditions. I don’t remember why we were discussing it. But, I do recall that day being one of the first times I realized that not everyone fed their Christmas tree ice cubes. Yeah, we do. Growing up […]

Great Boy Gifts

As the mother of four boys, I like to think of myself as a pseudo-expert on all things “boyish.” If we had stopped at four children, testosterone would be all I knew. And since my girlies are still so small, our lives are still very masculine around here. As a result, I know all about […]