Classic Snowball Cookies (my favorite Christmas cookie)

Call them whatever you like–Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, snowball cookies–these bite-sized cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday dessert plate, cookie exchange, or for enjoying by yourself snuggled next to the Christmas tree.Call them whatever you like--wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, snowball cookies--these bite-sized cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday dessert plate, cookie exchange, or for enjoying yourself by the Christmas tree.

There are some foods that just remind me of Christmas. Sitting on the counter, waiting for the moment when my mom would declare a recipe complete and let me lick the bowl…mmm. Happy times.
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How to Make Christmas Meaningful for Little Kids

Presents are an exciting part of Christmas–especially for little kids–but if you’re looking to make Christmas mean a little bit more for your family, here are some ideas to set the tone for a more Christ-centered holiday.Presents are an exciting part of Christmas--especially for little kids--but if you're looking to make Christmas a little bit more for your family, here are some ideas to set the tone for a more Christ-centered holiday.

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Can you believe it’s December? The weather has finally turned cold here, and we’re breaking out the hot chocolate and fuzzy socks. Christmas is nearly upon us! How is your Christmas season going so far? Are you reveling in the Christmas spirit or stressed out by your mile-long to-do list (or maybe a little of both)?

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A practical baby shower gift perfect for any mom-to-be (with free printable gift tags)

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Need a baby shower gift? This simple, practical gift is something every mom-to-be needs, whether it’s her first or fifth child. 

Need a baby shower gift? This simple, practical gift is something every mom-to-be needs, whether it's her first or fifth child. When was the last time you went shopping for a baby shower gift? What did you buy the mom-to-be? For first-time moms, it’s not too hard to find something useful. Babies require A LOT of stuff, after all. There’s a reason they have whole stores dedicated to these tiny people. First time-mom’s registries are filled with much-needed blankets, clothes, cribs, strollers, bottles, teething toys…the list is endless. Continue reading

How I overcame my fear of the Instant Pot: 5 must-know tips to get you cooking like a pro

If you’ve ever wanted to buy an Instant Pot but are afraid of wasting money, or if you’ve had one sitting in its box for months–this post it for you! These five must-know tips will help you overcome your fears, and teach you all you need to know to get started.If you've ever wanted to buy an Instant Pot but are afraid of wasting money, or if you've had one sitting in its box for months--this post it for you! These five must-know tips will help you overcome your fears, and teach you all you need to know to get started.

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The Instant Pot. It’s been the must-have cooking appliance for the past several years. Foodies sing its praises. Stores put it on their front page ads.

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How to make perfectly creamy mashed potatoes

For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these eight tips from a mashed potato pro will ensure you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time.For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these ### tips will help you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time. One of my favorite Christmas movies is While You Were Sleeping. Do you remember the scene where they are all gathered around the dinner table having a completely absurd conversation about tall actors dotted by random comments about the mashed potatoes?

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Gift Guide for Kids Who Love Cars and Trucks

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas for car and truck gifts that are sure to be a hit.

For the child in your life who loves all things that go, this gift guide for kids who love cars and trucks will give you plenty of ideas that are sure to be a hit.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mom of boys (okay, there are a lot of things, but this one is way up at the top), it’s that the attraction to cars and trucks is completely inborn. I’ve always been a big proponent of encouraging boys and girls to be interested in whatever they want rather than being beholden to gender stereotypes. However, without any encouragement from me, my boys have all gravitated toward playing with cars and trucks.  Continue reading

Apple Sausage Stuffing: the perfect Thanksgiving side dish

This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so good, you’ll want to make it more than once a year.This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It's so good, you'll want to make it more than once a year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Food, family, and giving thanks for the many blessings I’ve been given. Simple. Non-commercialized. Delicious. You can’t get better than that. Continue reading

16 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Books Kids Will Love

These 16 Halloween books are festive, fun, and just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats…but not enough to keep them up at night. just spooky enough to keep kids on the edge of their seats, but not enough to keep them up at night.

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Confession: I don’t really like Halloween. It’s my least favorite holiday of the year. I just don’t understand the fascination some people have for scary, undead, and/or gory things. I have far too vivid an imagination to be able to deal with anything frightening; even as an adult, I still get nightmares if I watch scary movies. Continue reading

How to Decorate Fun Halloween Treats in Five Minutes or Less

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Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they’re perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!Ready for Halloween? These festive Halloween treats can be made in less than five minutes, and they're perfect for class parties, neighbor gifts, or trick-or-treaters!

It’s just about a week away from Halloween! Are you ready? I have one costume done (because I borrowed it), one partially done (because I have to get the parts I couldn’t borrow), and one not yet started. I guess I better get busy. Continue reading

Caramel Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip

This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share. This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share.

Truth: nursing a baby makes me hungry. all. the. time. I know this shouldn’t surprise me since this my third child, but I am still amazed at how much my body craves nourishment while trying to feed another little person.  Continue reading