Christmas Ornament Tradition

One of the many wonderful things about this time of year is all the different traditions carried out.  My parents started an ornament tradition when I was born and I am so thankful they did.  The tradition is simple–they simply got an ornament for me each year.  Once I was old enough, I got to […]

Chocolate Revel Bars

It’s December 1st–a good time to kick of the holiday baking season.  This year, my goal is to have a lot of different things made ahead.  So, whenever that spur of the moment get together happens, I have something fun, festive and yummy to serve or bring with! Today, I decided on Chocolate Revel Bars. […]

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Muffin tin meals,  muffin tin pies…now a muffin tin advent calendar!  So many great uses for such a simple piece of bakeware!  Since tomorrow is December 1st (where did November go?!), we will really kick off all the Christmas festivities by starting to use the muffin tin calendar I made. We’ve never done any kind […]

Mini Pumpkin Pies!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

I’m so excited about my newest muffin tin discovery…. …mini pies! I was in charge of making the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving this year.  This berry pie was the first pie I had ever made–and that was only about 6 months ago.  Needless to say then, I don’t have a lot of pie making experience. […]

Easy Hanukkah Crafts

Hanukkah begins this week and while we are not Jewish, our friends’ kids who I watch during the week are.  So, today, we made a few little crafts in honor of Hanukkah.I printed off some of these coloring pages (found here):Also, I decided we should do some painting activities. Something very simple is just cutting some […]

Christmas Cards 2010

I’m so excited for our Christmas cards this year! They are finally finished, ordered and shipping this week! I can’t wait to get my hands on them!  And, thanks to Shutterfly, they were free!!! Funnily enough, after my top five picks from the original Shutterfly Christmas Card post, I we ended up with something completely different.  And, […]

Thanksgiving Printables

We’ve had fun this week making turkey-shaped foods and doing turkey-themed activities.  And now, “turkey day” is finally upon us.  Tomorrow we will gather with family/friends, eating good food and remembering that there is so much for which we are thankful. No matter what your Thanksgiving plans are–whether the festivities are great big or very small, […]

Turkey Fruit Snacks!

Turkey Fruit Snacks

Betcha didn’t think there were such a thing as turkey fruit snacks (yah, I didn’t either)…but, we did indeed have them for snack.  See?! Since the turkey sandwich was such a big hit with Big Brother, I wanted to do something similar today for snack while I watched the kiddos (I watch a friend’s kids […]

Make a Felt Board and Fun Felt Turkey!

Yay!  I’m so excited that we’re all feeling better and have had some time to get in a few of the terrific Thanksgiving activities I wanted to do. I decided on this felt project first because I had made Big Brother a “build a jack-o-lantern” felt activity for Halloween and thought we could really use […]

Thanksgiving Themed Muffin Tin Meal

We kicked off Thanksgiving week with a little themed muffin tin meal tonight.   As usual, Big Brother loved it! It was a rather blustery day around here and I was making chicken soup and sandwiches for dinner.  So, I thought this would make Big Brother have a little more fun with with it. Here’s […]

Terrific Turkeys!

How is Thanksgiving only a week away?   I’m sad to report that other than our two fall leaves activities we’ve done nothing Thanksgiving related around here yet.  A rather unpleasant stomach bug has been sweeping through our house over the past week and has rendered us rather “activity-less”.  No surprise though, there are some great ideas […]

Fabulous Fall Leaves…

We kicked off November with a fall leaves activity & fun leaf theme lunch… And although I had big plans for other things, somehow, Thanksgiving is already next week and then the Christmas decorating begins.  So, some of these fun leaf activities will clearly have to wait until next year, but they are so fabulous that […]

Berry Pie

Mmm….pie!!!   I thought this time of year was appropriate to revisit the post about my first-ever pie making endeavor (which made it’s debut on our family blog last spring)… When you think pie this time of year, it seems like pumpkin, apple, and cherry are what come to mind.  But, I sooooo love berry pie.  And […]

Great Photo Deal: 365 FREE prints when you spend $10!!

Snapfish kicked off it’s Merry Deal Reveal with this deal today–when you spend $10 or more, you can get 365 4×6 prints for free. And, if you’re like me and haven’t actually printed pictures in ages, you can actually buy $10 in prints and then get the 365.  So, you can actually order 477 prints for a […]

Pumpkin Chili & Cornbread

With lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s, we finally are having some fall weather and it felt right to finally make some of my must-try pumpkin recipes.  I thought pumpkin chili was the perfect way to celebrate our cooler temps! I’m not sure what it is–maybe the “scientist” in me who likes […]

Leaf Theme Lunch

To go along with our fall leaf theme this past week, I made Big Brother a leaf/tree themed muffin tin lunch!  Included (starting top left going clockwise) were leaf shape pickles, a leaf shaped sandwich, salad leaves, little broken tree branches (as Big Brother called them), leaf shaped pears, and ants (raisins) on fallen tree […]

Visions of Christmas Cards…

…dancing in my head!   All my friends and family know that I love pictures–they are found throughout our house, I scrapbook with them, make gifts with them, and since the birth of Big Brother, make our Christmas cards with them.  One of my favorite sites for all these digital photo needs is Shutterfly. For […]

Fall Leaves

I LOVE fall!  The temperature change, the college football, the anticipation of favorite holidays, and (when I attended college in the midwest)…the leaves and pretty colors!   That’s Big Brother (at 7 months) on a fall visit back to our college campus (that’s where my husband and I met.  Yes, we’re college sweethearts).  I love […]

Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

After a pumpkin carving blunder left this pumpkin as a helmet instead of the sports team logo we were going for, I decided to bake it.    I’ve never cooked a pumpkin before, but wanted to give it a try instead of letting that great big pumpkin go to waste.  Wow!!  One large pumpkin = […]

Apple freezer cooking

Apple Freezer Cooking

Any good apple deals in your area?  In ours recently, Safeway had Gala & Granny Smith apples on sale for $.50/lb. The picture shows evidence that I got just a few (and by just a few, I mean that’s over 40 pounds)! My mom and I each bought over 20 pounds. You may be asking […]

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Menu Plan Monday-11/1

It’s hard to believe that it’s November already!  I’m not entirely sure where the month of October went!!  With all the weekend festivities, I hadn’t even given this week a thought (until now).  While I would so love to be doing various warm fall dishes–like chili and soups, it is decidedly NOT very fall-like this week, […]