Simple Planning That Works Even for an Un-Organized Christmas

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Let’s face it, not every Christmas is easy and organized. Circumstances change, activities vary from year to year and we have our own personal seasons of coping (or not). The good news is that even during less-organized years you can still benefit from some simple planning. Here are some ideas for ways to prepare a […]

These Small Hours: Living Intentionally During the Holidays

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  Warning:  busy times are ahead.  ‘Tis the season for extra baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating and entertaining.  Starting with the Thanksgiving holiday and ending with New Year’s, the addition of extra activities on top of our regularly scheduled lives can be a mite stressful.   I’m definitely in favor of doing the extras.  Holidays mark […]

Handy Holiday Recipe List

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Confession: My recipe cabinet is only semi-organized. The cookbooks stand in a row and there’s a notebook with old cooking magazines inside, but not one of the recipes is computerized or tagged. Random recipes written on loose cards or notes and torn-out magazine pages are stored in a big zip-loc bag. That’s the extent of […]

The Thanksgiving We Almost Died

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The baby was six months old and he wasn’t quite crawling yet. He happily joined in the general noise and play of his two sisters and a brother, ages twenty-two months, three and four. Four little children, aged four and under. We were living in a small white frame house while my husband went to […]

Fall Treat: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fall Treat: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Easy DIY savory crunchy pumpkin seeds!

Today’s article is brought to you by one of my daughters!  When Sarah and her family visited recently, they made a batch of these yummy seeds, so I asked her to share the recipe with you.  ~ With love, Charlotte Fall Treat:  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Sarah Vera Nothing says fall like pumpkin, right? To […]

Summer Fun and Summer Meals

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy….or not.  Many families have a distinct summer schedule that differs from the school year, with a myriad of new activities.  Even if there are no children at home, life takes on a different feel when warm weather rolls around.  Summer affects just about everything, from laundry and meals to […]

Resurrection Rolls for Easter

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A few years ago we started a new tradition at Easter time:  making Resurrection Rolls.  We usually make them with the younger girls after dyeing boiled eggs.  Last year things got so busy we didn’t make them until several days after Easter.  See?  No perfection required when it comes to family traditions.   Resurrection Rolls […]