Our Family’s FAVORITE Semi-Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix!

semi-homemade hot chocolate

Ever since the weather started turning colder...we have been going through a LOT of hot chocolate at our house! We USED to be a Swiss Miss family until last December when I discovered this semi-homemade version of hot chocolate that we fell in love with! It's SO good once you try it, you will never want to go back to the ... Continue Reading

“Last Minute” Thanksgiving Tablecloth

thanksgiving tablecloth

They say that NECESSITY is the MOTHER OF INVENTION....well, I was in need of some SERIOUS invention intervention yesterday! I had a list a mile long of stuff to do before Thanksgiving and ONE of them was to find a tablecloth. Sounds simple enough huh? Au contraire! I went to four different stores in search of a ... Continue Reading

Grandma’s Fruit Salad – By Special Request

Grandmas fruit salad recipe

Wasn't even planning on posting this....but Facebook fans were insistent! ;-)   So here it is!  My Grandma's Fruit Salad recipe that I've had at every Thanksgiving that I can remember. Somehow I became the designated fruit salad-maker in the family about 10 years ago...which suits me just fine. I love it. :-) Enjoy! ... Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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The winner of the $200.00 Gift Card to Michaels Stores is.................. CTY I'm so excited for CTY! She is a loyal and regular contributor to the comments on this website and always has a positive attitude and happy spin on everything she posts!  Congratulations CTY! :-) I know I've said this before...but this time ... Continue Reading

My Thanksgiving Declaration: No More Canned Cranberries!

cranberry serving set

I was browsing on Etsy the other day and came across this lovely picture of a vintage cranberry serving set. How funny is that? They actually had a special silverplated serving set for the can-shaped cranberry jelly! A cranberry cylinder fits perfectly in the serving tray, and the serving utensil efficiently slices off ... Continue Reading

Amazing Witch Hazel…The Medicinal Marvel With The Funny Name!

witch hazel

At the risk of, yet again, oversharing...I just HAVE to share ONE MORE THING that relates to the medical procedure I had done last Friday. I'm well aware that this isn't necessarily the stuff of "polite conversations"...but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't share the "real life" stuff with all of you, as well as the ... Continue Reading

Thinking Outside The Ornament Box!

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  I love a challenge!  Don't you? Well, the good people at Michael's recently gave me the challenge to create a Holiday Dream Tree. The only requirement was that I had to use products from their store...but the rest was completely up to me!  How could I not accept a challenge like that??? So I got to thinking ... Continue Reading