Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas & A Last Minute Paper Bow

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I was busy minding my business walking the hall with a clipboard in one hand.

On a legal pad of paper was a long list of things I needed to take care of before checking them off that morning.

As I floated down the corridor to my next stop I happened to look up and noticed a petite woman in a doorway. She seemed stuck in her wheelchair as she tried to pull herself forward but the chair wouldn’t budge. I stopped to ask if I could help and she said yes that she needed to just get over the threshold. Continue reading

10 Best Tips for Baking Cookie Cutouts

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I think I could have been in that commercial.

Remember the one where the mom’s in the kitchen and she dusts her face with flour to fool her family into thinking she has baked for hours, then she hands them a plate of Rice Krispy treats?

Only my family would be on to me because they know Rice Krispy treats aren’t made with flour.

Now I am one busy momma, probably just like you, who likes traditions, especially for the holidays, and sugar cookies are my kid’s favorite.  They get really excited when they see cookie cutters on the kitchen counter. And I must admit, I enjoy making and eating sugar cookies, too! Continue reading

Tinsel & Glitter

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Timing is everything they say.

Like a snowy white Christmas.

Some years we get one,,, and some we don’t.

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The holidays.

Do you make big plans to skate through them like me?

This year I had ideas for spectacular crafts and I plotted a unique shopping trip and tore out festive recipes from magazines with the very best intentions.

Then before I knew it time got away, life got even busier, and I have come to accept that it makes more sense to simply slow down and glide.

Enjoy the season.

Stress less.

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Brown Sugar & Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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I’m not waiting another whole year.

Maybe I won’t gorge myself next Thanksgiving if I treat myself between now and then to a delicious fancy dish like glazed sweet potatoes. I mean sweet potatoes and yams are available at the grocery store all year long.

And so are marshmallows and orange zest.

I know, right?

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Well, initially I squiggled my nose at the thought of zest on my yams… but now I prefer them this way.

Just ask my brother-in-law who gushed over them this past holiday. He told me about the time he bought a Continue reading

Petite Silver Bell Wreath

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Dean Martin was my grandma’s boyfriend.

That’s what she said every time he came on the television when I was a kid.

Of course she was teasing me, but to her Dino was the cat’s meow. She thought he was handsome and funny and she loved all of his movies.

I don’t think it hurt that he had a velvety singing voice either.

But, what I remember fondly about Dean Martin is his Christmas album.

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