Three (more) gifts every mom needs

what every mom needs

No matter what your Christmas budget is, there are a few gifts every mom needs (and can’t afford to do without!)

Last year, I shared one of my favorite Christmas posts of all time over a Mothering From Scratch as a MOMtor.  It was titled 3 Gifts Every Mom Can Give Herself.

You really should read the whole thing! In short, I suggested that you give yourself patience, perspective, and simplicity.  

(Those are still amazing gifts to give yourself.  They’re the perfect size and color and everything.)

This year, I’ve got three NEW gifts you should give yourself.   In my house, the very best gifts are the ones we pick out and give ourselves.  Before I order anything else pre-gift-wrapped from Amazon, I need to make sure I’ve given myself the very best gifts of all. [Read more…]

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Why I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies

why i don't bake baby jesus cookies

I have a Nativity cookie cutter set.  I LOVE it.  Every time I see it in the drawer it makes me smile.  It brings back all the warm and happy holiday baking memories.  But I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies.

The set makes the whole nativity scene. It makes the whole scene including camels, wise men, sheep (very cute when frosted and then rolled in toasted coconut flakes), Joseph, Mary, angels, and baby Jesus.  It even has a cutter for making the walls of the creche.

When I first got the set, I made an elaborate set of nativity cookies using all the cutters (except the creche walls).  I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and very carefully decorated each one.

Baby Jesus got a crown of silver balls. Mary got a blue dress.  I made lots and lots of sheep for the family to eat.

Then reality struck. [Read more…]

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Danger: Pumpkins Cause Craftiness

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

missionary gifts and 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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