Archives for December 2013

Do you hear what I hear? Christmas Phrases.

Christmas vacation is almost over at our house and quite frankly, I’m ready for everyone to get back on the normal schedule.

But until then… let’s play a fun game.  Do you hear what I hear?

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The biggest victory of 2013

In the days before Christmas, I celebrated my biggest victory of the year.

But before you understand the victory, you have to understand the battle. [Read more…]

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Messy Christmas? God’s got it covered.

Wow.  Part of my Christmas was Messy.  (Yes, it deserves the capital letter.  Really.  It was a messy Christmas.)

It was the crazy kind of messy that people don’t normally talk about because it’s uncomfortable.  Sharing it is scary and hard, but I know somewhere, someone else had a holiday that was just as messy (if not messier). They need to know they aren’t alone.

What you need to know first is that this post isn’t the one that was originally published.  [Read more…]

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Christmas is HERE.

Merry Christmas friends.

Christmas is here.  It arrived.  (And I survived.)

It’s here… even though the Amazon man didn’t deliver.

It’s here… even though I’m still a few crafts short.

It’s here… even though there are spots in my house that aren’t as clean as I might wish.

It’s here… even thought I’m a few dozen cookies short.

Christmas is here.

And that’s OK. [Read more…]

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Time’s up. Grab a Sharpie. It’s SHARPIE DAY!

Today is Sharpie Day in my house.  I’m working to have Sharpie Day declared a national holiday because it absolutely rocks.  I’ve decided that next year, I should celebrate Sharpie Day every single MONTH.

(Before I forget – don’t miss #7 on my list today.  Or the explanation I give.)

Not so coincidentally, it’s also the last day of school for my kids.  As of about three this afternoon, Christmas vacation is happening whether I’m ready or not.

Between my late-night craft-a-thon, the last day of school, and this morning’s total meltdown it’s pretty clear my family has reached stress level MAX.

The only thing that helps is Sharpie Day. [Read more…]

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Pantry Challenge Bar Cookie Recipe

I give up.  I don’t know what to call them.  English toffee cookies, no compromise cookies, three bears cookies.  Take your pick.  I’m calling them the pantry challenge bar cookie recipe, but I’m open to suggestions.

My mom always called these “English Toffee Cookies.”  But that’s kind of misleading.  They don’t have the layer of chocolate creamy goodness that most recipes with that name have.

As I explained earlier, I refuse to compromise my cookies.  That’s where the name “No Compromise” cookies came from.  I don’t want to compromise on ingredients OR flavor.   They could also be called “Compromise Cookies” because the one bar cookie can be made into several flavors of cookies at once.

(One bowl, one pan, four cookie flavors.  That rocks.) [Read more…]

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It’s not Christmas without my Sugar Cookie Recipe

I grew up with these as the “go-to” sugar cookie recipe of the family.

I have many fond memories of cutting out shapes, decorating with sprinkles, and baking the cookies with my mom.  But technically, these aren’t sugar cookies.  The original recipe called them “old fashioned tea cakes” and it was from the 1953 edition of the Red River Cookbook published in Shreveport Louisiana (and currently out of print).

When I first became a mom, I couldn’t WAIT to share the holiday sugar cookie tradition with my boys.

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Danger: Pumpkins Cause Craftiness

This is a public service announcement.  Pumpkins cause craftiness.

I’m convinced of it.

Every October, we women start ingesting pumpkins in increasingly large quantities.

pumpkin flavor all the things

(I’ve got a whole board dedicated to pumpkin.  I’ve got it bad.  I instagrammed my love of pumpkin.) [Read more…]

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Of missionary gifts, bacon, and love

At Christmas, I always start wondering how the agenda of others will end up under my tree.  I call them missionary gifts.

My larger family is quite diverse.  We’ve got conservatives, liberals, vegetarians, hunters, Christians, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and more.  You name a major dividing line and it can be at my Christmas feast.  Sometimes, they all show up together.

(That goes a long way towards explaining why bacon never makes it onto my Christmas menu.  Bacon is “wrong” for a huge variety of reasons. It’s meat. It’s from pigs. It’s high in salt. It’s high in fat. It’s fried.  It’s not organic. It has nitrates. It causes cancer.  It isn’t raw. It comes from a factory. Sigh.)

If you think planning a MENU for all those folks is hard, wait until we open presents!

(I love bacon.  Sigh.)

At some point, it happens. Someone will bomb Christmas with a missionary gift.

(Maybe I can at least order some bacon wrapping paper.  As a joke.) [Read more…]

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Fun with Google – Again

A large portion of people who read my blog actually end up here as the result of searching for something on Google.  I have access to that info all the time, but most of the time it’s not that unusual.

Then there’s the other kind.  The unusual and logic defying questions.

I’ve talked about this before.  I first wrote a letter to “Mr Google” and his family for their unusual online behavior over a year ago.  It hasn’t gotten any better. [Read more…]

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