Category Archives: Holiday

Gingerbread Pancakes

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This bite is going, going . . .

The kids and I just realized that we did not get around to making gingerbread cookies this year for Christmas.
We just had too much hustlin’ and bustlin’ going on.

So to appease my children’s lack of gingerbread for the holiday season so far,
I made them gingerbread pancakes for breakfast this morning.

I realized as I started to draft my post that I had previously posted this recipe,
well – – good recipes deserve to be revisited from time to time,
so here’s my re-post of these delicious pancakes 🙂

Don’t forget to click here for the recipe!

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. . . Gone! And going for another!

Homemade Cooked (non-alcoholic) Eggnog

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I really like eggnog, but I am also really picky about my eggnog. The problem lies in the Nutmeg – I’m not really a fan of the flavor. A little goes a long way with me.

This year I decided to make my own eggnog so that I could have control over the nutmeg.

There are several ways eggnog can be made and served, from use of raw eggs and whipping up the whites to fold into the mixture for a more frothy version, to the cooked thin custard types. Of course, my preference is the cooked custard type.

I made a batch today so that we can have it as a treat for our New Years Eve family meal.

Click here to find out how to make your own Eggnog

DIY Christmas Ornaments

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A couple of Christmas’ ago I posted some Christmas ornaments I made for my tree. It is an on going project still!

Anyway, I decided to add some pearls to some of the existing ornaments last year to make them better, (I think I unearthed a bag buried in my craft and sewing pile and found the pearl garland from years ago and decided to put them to good use.)

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That got me in the mood to add some more ornaments to my collection and found some DIY paper molded ornaments at Hobby Lobby. I just cut my fabric and the trim and glued them on with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Very simple! But in my usual fashion, I don’t think that I posted them, so I thought I should do so now.

I must admit, I have an ulterior motive in that I noticed that several people are pinning the ornaments on Pinterest and I wanted to make sure that my newest additions were included.

So here they are,  I really like these and they were fun to make. I think I will make more this year. I only made these four last year.

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100 Days to Christmas starts Today!

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I found this little gem of information and organization last year and posted it on my blog. Take it from someone who usually starts feeling overwhelmed at the beginning of October for the next few holidays around the corner, the orderly and organized bite sized tasks are easier to manage and less stressful.

I know it seems early, but 100 Days to Christmas isn’t just about Christmas, it’s a countdown that gets you prepared and through Halloween and Thanksgiving while preparing for Christmas as well. The strategy is to give you tasks everyday to prepare you and your home for the upcoming seasonal events and holidays in a timely manner, and avoid procrastinating certain things (that would be me) in hopes that you will feel less stressed which in turn helps you enjoy the holidays even more.

Last year we spent Christmas with my family in Texas, so I was able to somewhat omit quite a bit of the preparation. This year, we spend Christmas at home, so I will need to pull from this information even more.

For more information click here, you can get the ebook, or sign up for daily emails giving you the tasks you are to do that day. And don’t worry the first several days are fairly simple and you can easily catch up, or use the guidelines and go at your own pace.

Easter Recipes

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As promised, I am back to share the recipes I used for Easter;

bunny cookies, donut tombstones, dyed deviled eggs and cherry chocolate chip cheese cake.

click here to get to my Easter page

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Easter

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Easter projects I have been working on this past week:

And in my usual fashion, I’m either taking pictures at night because that’s when I finishing my projects,
after the fact so I miss out on the real photo op, or after it’s been eaten.
I will post recipes for things later, just wanted to get these pictures up.

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The kids donning their Easter Bunny noses

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This is an example of after the photo op: Easter Bunny noses on the snack table for our church party/egg hunt. I barely got this picture before they were gobbled up. I failed to get a picture of the spread it was quite springy looking.

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I forgot I took this picture with my phone, it’s a little better

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This is an example of taking pictures at night: My cute little bunnies, I think they are adorable

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My adorable bunnies among some yellow ducks sharing their plate (it looks as if my bunnies are being snobbish-oh well they got eaten)  🙂

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The tombs and stones I had the kids make for me, I think they did an outstanding job

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My attempt at making actual colored eggs, it was a fun change

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more of my colored deviled egg flowers

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This is an example of taking a picture after it’s been eaten: This is what’s left of my Cherry Chocolate Cheese cake. It was awesome and looked great with some sugared cherries I had line across the top, but they got eaten.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

I will post recipes soon . . .

Visions of Christmas

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2013 is here, for about a week now.

How do y’all like it so far? Too early to tell?

Well, I started the new year off with a nasty cold/crud – it’s been lasting for 4 days now.

Needless to say I’m late posting anything Christmas, but here it is anyway.

We went to Texas for a couple of weeks and got to spend time with all of the family except one nephew who is in Russia right now.

We flew back on New Year’s Day and then I pretty much got sick after a couple of days.

Let’s hope the rest of the year shows more promise 🙂

These are some new ornaments I made to add to the tree this year. A snapshot of my Sleigh rides sign and my tree.

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Some pictures of our time in Texas, at Aunt Terrye and Uncle Ed’s home (my sister’s massive tree and nutcracker collection) and our Polar Express ride (can you believe I didn’t get a picture of the train): We also squeezed in a little red neck Christmas (but not too much) since we shot off some airsoft guns rather than the real deal thanks to Aunt Tammy and Uncle Dan and the cousins. But I didn’t get pictures of that either. What did I think? I was on vacation or something?

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Deep Dish Apple Pie Re-post

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I made deep dish apple pie last Sunday. I had some apple pie filling I made about a year ago in the freezer, I didn’t think I could wait until Thanksgiving to use it. I felt I had pushed the limit on how long it was in the freezer already. So I decided I had better bake up a pie, and it tasted delicious!

So I thought I’d repost this recipe . . .

With this pie, I used a different pie crust recipe. I have always used a simple Crisco, flour and water based pie crust without complaints. But the website I adapted my pie from (Chickens in the Road) had a pie crust recipe with vinegar and egg.

So I used it. My mom and I were curious as to why use vinegar. So we did a bit of research to find that just a bit of acid (need not be vinegar, but cider vinegar is traditional for fruit pie pastry) helps relax the gluten formation that would otherwise toughen the pastry. And I have to say that I had no complaints.

So give it a try if you haven’t made crust like this before, and see what you think.

Click here for the recipe

100 Days to Christmas starts Tomorrow!!

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Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon with me to discover what we can do in the next 100 days
to make the upcoming holidays more enjoyable?

I hope so! I’m actually more excited about this than I thought I’d be.
As much as I love the holidays, the stress starts to build immediately as they approach.
It’s usually because I bite off more than I can chew – which in turn creates havoc for me to get it all done.
And, when I do, I generally forget something key and important that pretty much negates all my hard work.
And then I deflate like a balloon.

But not this year, right? We are going to be organized and live to tell about it!!

We will “own” the holidays this year and enjoy them!!

Are you with me?!!

Okay first things first, if you haven’t checked out the 100 Days to Christmas website or the ebook, go here

Secondly, if you you haven’t check out the Facebook page, go here

Lastly, Join the Facebook Party tomorrow to kick off the start of 100 Days to Christmas properly, go here for the details

I hope to see you there!
Oh, and wish me luck 🙂

I have a feeling I’ll be needing it, following an organized plan for 100 days may be quite a challenge for me!!

Countdown to Christmas! Really?

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Okay, It is not my intention to pull the retail store thing on you – you know, when you walk in on an August day and find every thing has been transformed into a fall wonderland. We still have a 2 weeks of summer left so enjoy them!

What I am trying to do is to bring to remind you that we have 4 major holidays vastly approaching
and not to fear because I have found some really cool resources that can make our holiday season a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.

I don’t know about you, but I always experience a certain amount of stress and dread that underlies the joy of the holidays. It’s starts at the beginning of October and doesn’t end until after Christmas. I have come to realize that this is mainly brought on due to my lack of “owning” the holidays with proper planning and preparation. Often times, if I do a descent job on the planning side, the prep work and actual action are left wanting.

In other words procrastination sets in, not because I’m lazy and don’t want to do the things I have planned (although I won’t lie – that does happen from time to time) but it’s usually because there’s just not enough time to get everything done. Hence, the planning and preparation steps are very vital to the overall objective.

Last year I stumbled upon a couple of great websites after Christmas of course, that address these issues. And in my quest to do better with organization, what better time than the holidays to put these ideas to work? So, I kept them bookmarked and made a note in my blogging notebook so that I could revisit and share it with others in plenty of time for this year’s holiday season.

So . . . hence the countdown to Christmas already blog.
I have to get the information out to you in plenty of time to ensure we are all well planned and organized this holiday season 🙂

Let’s start off with 100 Days of Christmas, an ebook written by Jennifer Tankersley, who is also the owner of List Plan It, a great organizing resource website with all kinds of organizational ideas and lists to download and print to keep our life in order. The ebook, which is based on the popular blog series 100 Days to Christmas, is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you step-by-step toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season.  It has 109 pages + 25 downloadable lists from ListPlanIt.com.  It covers planning for all of the fall holidays, gifts, cards, food, family, home, decorations, etc.

I am really excited about this and think it’s a brilliant idea. I only wish I had found it earlier! Don’t forget you have the option of following the blog at 100DaystoChristmas.com (free) and 100 Days to Christmas 2012 eBook ($5).  The eBook includes links to nearly 30 printable ListPlanIt worksheets and lists. You can also follow on Facebook.


The 13 weeks Series is a holiday challenge from Taylor at Home Storage Solutions 101, I joined her 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, back in January – in fact, I introduced it my January “Get Organized” Month post. The concept of organizing your home one challenge at a time, one week per challenge is an awesome way to get organized without becoming too overwhelmed.

Anyway, Taylor has developed her 13 Weeks Series mapping out a weekly challenges to prepare for this year’s holiday season, starting on October 5, a new post will go up every Friday thereafter, for 13 weeks. It will walk you through Halloween and doesn’t end until after Christmas is over, to help you pack and store your holiday items in a planned and organized method so you will be set for the following year.

You can check the site each Friday for the newest challenge for the week, or if you sign up for free, you will receive an email reminder to make it easier to follow along. You can also follow on Facebook.


I am excited to have this information available to me in plenty of time before things get hectic around here. 100 Days starts next week on Sept. 16th, and 13 Weeks starts Oct. 5th. Jump on both band wagons and make your holiday season the most enjoyable yet, I’ll be there 🙂