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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 […]

Ice Cubes and Christmas Trees – They Work For Me!

Let your toddler be the keeper of the tree this year. Feed your live Christmas trees with ice cubes! 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 […]

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 […]

Simplifying Christmas

I don’t know what’s come over me, but my heart’s just not into running around like a crazy woman this holiday season. I don’t know. Maybe it was this video. Or maybe this story. But, I just don’t want to rush around and shop this year. It’s not the Bing-Crosby-singing-Silver-Bells-while-shopping image that I used to […]

Christmas Planning: Make a Gift

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

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

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

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 […]