5 Favorite Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends

Christmas gifts
Truth be told, my husband wants a new ham radio. My daughters want an entire library at their disposal. My son doesn't even care so much about what's in the package. He just thrives on the thrill of unwrapping the mystery. Gift-giving isn't difficult if you focus on the person you're trying to bless. First, think about their likes, their loves, their passions. Then give them something that will create an experience or enhance their favorite pastime. Continue Reading

When The Lights Go Down Is Your Heart All Aglow?

Christmas Lights All Aglow - but what about our hearts?
Trees topple. Bulbs break. Beauty shatters into a million shards of sharp and painful splinters. And it's ok. Yes! Really. I know it sounds ridiculous. I know when we're in the midst of a terrible, awful, no good, very bad day, week, month or year it is so hard to stick it out. But take heart! You were never supposed to handle it alone. Continue Reading

We Deck the Halls With Soggy Sheet Music

Deck the halls with sheet music!
Everyone in the blogosphere and on social media is all "Look at my gorgeous and stunning Christmas decor!" and I'm standing over here in my living room like, "Hey, you can use leftover ornament hooks to air dry sopping wet sheet music!" What?! Yeah. It's been one of those days. Continue Reading

Make Hard Cider Apple Sangria for the Holidays

Apple Cranberry Sparkling Sangria
Sparkling Apple Cranberry Sangria is a delightful party punch with a nice balance of tart and sweet, and it’s sure to be a hit at Christmas parties and new year celebrations. Wherever you serve it, be sure to raise a glass and toast to the joys of the season. Never stop counting the blessings in your midst! Continue Reading

Celebrate Fall Flavors with Sausage Stuffed Pumpkin

Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffed Pumpkin
The season is brimming with pumpkin everything! We love pumpkin spice coffee and creamers, we crave pumpkin pies, cookies — even scented candles. This recipe celebrates the season with slow-cooked pumpkin as an ingredient and a serving vessel! Continue Reading

You Need This for Simply Delicious Weeknight Dinners

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook by Mary Younkin of BarefeetInTheKitchen.com
When dinner is delayed and the house is a mess ... when you've been driving and chauffeuring your way through endless days of music lessons or ball practice or medical appointments ... when you're tired and the people who inhabit your space have the audacity to expect a meal, you need The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook — Simple Family-friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking. Continue Reading