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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pin # 13: Don’t Have a Bow?


I always run out of bows when wrapping Christmas gifts!

Also, let’s face it, bows can be quite expensive!

I found this great pin showing how to make your own bows out of the wrapping paper you’re using!

They were easy to make and looked great even when I accidently tore off a few strips while curling the ribbon.

This year I used the paper used to wrap the gift but next year I might try mixing and matching! That was my husband’s idea so I must give him the credit!

That’s only fair!




Pin #12: Crafting for Christmas


My daughter and I love to craft!


Planning our annual craft day is almost as fun as making our carefully chosen projects! Getting our ideas from Pinterest makes the planning much easier plus our projects tend to turn out much better.

This year, we made the following projects.

Button ornaments:  Shown at the top.

Cookie cutter ornaments (shown above on the left side of the table):  We cut out 2 pieces of the cardstock to make the paper design show on both sides!

Santa earrings: This link takes you to an Etsy store so there are no craft directions.  We just tried to make ours look the same!  These were a bit time consuming so we only made one pair!


 Snowman ornaments. The baby socks were too small so we made our own crochet hats!


Now that my daughter’s married, my son-in-law joins in and adds to the fun by cooking delicious meals for us while we craft.  This year he brined and roasted a chicken, made a delicious gravy from the drippings, and added green beans and rice! I wish I had a photo but we were much too busy eating!

What an amazing fun filled day!


Pin #11: Thankful for Traditions


Do you have family members who do not love traditional Thanksgiving food?

I do!

Years ago, our family solved this dilemma by creating our own tradition asking each family member to choose their main dish, side dish, and dessert! Over the years we’ve had some very interesting Thanksgiving menus!

We continue this tradition, even though our children are older and not quite as picky, because it provides hours of family bonding as we prepare food on Thanksgiving Day!

The cooking and baking is almost as fun as the eating!


Pinterest pins used this year!


Old fashioned bread and celery dressing
( we used fresh herbs from our garden)


Crispy potato roast


The great pumpkin pie recipe

Dutch Apple pie


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