Host A Christmas Cookie Swap

Need a fun idea for the Holidays? Why not host a cookie swap this year and exchange Christmas cookies (and recipes).

The holidays are full of time for family and friends. Just thinking about making new memories fills people with the Christmas spirit. This Christmas, gather a few of your best girlfriends and host a cookie swap party. What is a cookie swap? It can be done at any time of the year, but there are […]

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Buttermilk Baking Mix

Baking Mix Recipe with Buttermilk to use instead of something like Bisquick.

I love making my own homemade convenience foods and this buttermilk baking mix is my favorite around the holidays. It makes whipping up a fresh batch of biscuits easy as pie. The same biscuit dough makes a great topping for pot pies made from leftovers and this mix makes the most amazing waffles and pancakes. […]

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The History Of The Christmas Tree

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of bringing in a tree and decorating it started? Here's a brief history of the Christmas tree.

Did you put your tree up yet? We spend some time setting up ours over the weekend. My daughter has been very interested in traditions and where they come from this year. We did a little research on the history of Christmas trees and discovered some interesting facts. I thought I’d share what we found […]

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Homemade Brown Sugar

Here's a quick recipe for making homemade brown sugar. Just two ingredients and it comes together quickly. Great for baking.

I don’t use brown sugar very often. Mostly in baking around the holidays. And without fail that bag of brown sugar I bought months ago turns into a hard brick by the time I get around to baking again. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make your own brown sugar in the quantity you […]

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Poor Man’s Gravy

You don't need much to make this frugal white gravy from scratch.

This simple way to make a white gravy has been around for ages. You don’t need much to whip up a batch and it’s a nice topping for all sorts of savory dishes. In a pinch, it makes a filling breakfast served over toast or biscuits. For more simple recipes for homemade mixes and convenience […]

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Turkey Dressing Pie

Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious turkey and dressing casserole. My favorite dish the day after

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I’d share my favorite dish to make with the leftovers. We traditionally have this either Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, but if you’re tired of eating the same food, you can freeze the dressing, and cooked turkey and make later. Don’t try freezing the gravy though… it […]

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