Tear-Free Gingerbread Building

Even with a kit in hand, many of you can attest that building a gingerbread house can be a frustrating and tear evoking task, especially when the kids are eagerly waiting to adorn it with editable windows and sugar-covered roofs. Through the years (and trial and error) I came up with a tear-free solution to building our beautiful brown baked houses, and it all comes down to planning.

Advent “Wreath” in a Box

One of my favorite observances this time of year is the Advent wreath and the weekly candle lighting that leads up to Christmas. This year I decided to incorporate this idea into our home and created an Advent “wreath” in a box.

Pinecones and Pompons Kid Craft

To make this super easy Christmas kid craft all you need are some medium-sized pinecones, small colorful pompons and some basic craft or school glue.

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“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

-Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


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    In the Kitchen

    Start Your Day With a Sausage Cheese Croissant

    Saturday mornings are for family breakfast in our home. We like to sit down together and start our day with something yummy in our tummies. Of course, some weekend mornings there just isn’t a lot of time to make a huge meal (i.e. quilting morns with the church ladies), so something in a hurry fits the bill. This sausage cheese croissant recipe is one of my best go-to breakfast items and also one of my husband’s favorites. Mind you, these croissants are in no way low-cal and probably not too healthy, but if you add some fruit on the side you actually hit the four major food groups. . . yes, it’s a stretch,…

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    Super Quick Chocolate-Almond Pancakes

    If you read the Belgium Waffle with the Works post from yesterday and think it sounds really yummy but super unrealistic for a family on the go or weekday morning fare, then you’re going to love this quick (I mean super quick) delicious alternative. I’m not putting this one in recipe form, because I’m not really “making” anything today. I’m simply taking the similar nutrient-rich ingredients from yesterday’s waffle recipe and making super quick chocolate-almond pancakes. The secret ingredient here is your favorite boxed, bagged or even bottled pancake mix. Prepare the batter per instructions and right after you pour the batter into the skillet for cooking, plop a few chocolate…

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    Sprinkle a Few Almonds on Your Day

    Of all the mealtimes and all the varied dishes and delicacies in this world, those most associated with the earliest hours of the day are my favorite. I love breakfast. . . and sometimes not only during the a.m. hours. Occasionally we like to prepare a special dinnertime treat, by making waffles or pancakes, eggs and bacon for our evening meal. Somehow it seems so rebellious, but oh so good! When it comes to my pancakes and waffles, I’m not a purist, going for butter and syrup. Instead, I like to dress mine up with something special. By the time I’m done with a waffle, it’s kind of like a meal and dessert…

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