May 24, 2016

New Year’s Eve Traditions, Family Ideas for New Year’s Eve (& Day)

Dec30

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How to Clutter Your House in 12 Simple Steps

Dec28

My home is our haven – soothing, beautiful, comforting, but sometimes, cluttered. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my biggest home hurdle is dealing with aspects of clutter. Some days, I manage it well, other days, I step […]

Keeping the Advent Story Fresh: Through Mary’s Eyes

Dec23

“Oh Mom, I just love this magical time of year. It’s so cozy with lights and hot chocolate, Hallmark movies and our special family traditions . . .” My heart warmed as I agreed with our youngest daughter, so when […]

Last Minute, Creative Stocking Stuffer Ideas & Traditions

Dec21

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” The carols are playing, the fresh garland’s been hung and the Hallmark Channel is on autoplay because our youngest daughter and I can not get enough of these cheesy, feel good movies. […]

Feeding This Fun Family When All the Kids Come Home

Dec20

As our holiday gatherings are just days away, are you stressing over all the things left on the To-Do List?  Especially if you have overnight guests coming,  it’s easy to let the fear of “what will they eat, what if they don’t […]

Shortcut Cherry Pie Bars (or Apple)

Dec18

Sitting in my blog post drafts, is an amazing 100 % homemade recipe for Apple Pie Bars. I’ve been meaning to post it here for, oh, over a year and still will, but decided to go with this short cut […]

My Real Family Christmas Letter

Dec15

In the next few weeks, Christmas cards and letters from friends far and near will descend on our mailbox. Memories will resurface from a lifetime ago. Unfamiliar faces will appear in pictures, as marriages have dissolved and new covenants established. […]

10 Super Fun, Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Ideas

Dec11

As ovens gear up for hours of Christmas baking, it’s this time of year when I stock up on marshmallows. Yes, my name is Jen, and I am a Rice Krispie treat-a-holic. It started in college when I won fame […]

The Tale of Three Cinnamon Rolls (It’s not what you think)

Dec8

 I woke to the phone ringing. A recorded message announced the first school delay. Snow flakes graced not only the grass, but the roads as well. In North Carolina, that reality rocks everyone’s equilibrium, and as a Wisconsin transplant, I […]

American Heritage Chocolate Christmas Giveaway

Dec4

Did you know that M&Ms were invented for WWII soldiers as the chocolate that wouldn’t melt in their hands? Or that Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV had their own personal chocolate makers? And that Thomas Jefferson predicted that chocolate would […]