Breakfast Casserole Welcomes Holiday Company

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The smell of melting cheese and browned sausage wakes up the company at our house. Our family has a tradition of enjoying this breakfast whenever we have overnight guests, especially over the holidays, usually on Christmas morning. Continue reading

The Tradition of Advent

advent candlesEditor’s Note: Happy December! As Christmas nears, we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite holiday traditions. So cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

Many people have fond childhood memories of advent calendars and candles marking the days in anticipation of Christmas time. A calendar of the month of December was proudly hung in many kitchens and family rooms to share the excitement of the coming celebration. Advent begins four weeks before the week of Christmas and includes two parts: candles and the calendar. Each Sunday of Advent, a candle on a wreath is lit to mark the nearing of the holiday. In some traditions, on Christmas, the final candle in the center is lit together as a family to celebrate the holiday’s arrival. Continue reading

They’re Here! Our Top 10 New Toys

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Over a year ago, we created Eli & Mattie, a toy collection that is deeply inspired by where we live. Instead of over-complicated, mass-produced toys that barely make it past Christmas, we wanted something different, something that reminded us of the toys of yesteryear when things were built to last. Continue reading

Homemade Holiday Gifts to Start Making Now

making breadHoliday gifts that are handmade hold a special meaning beyond what can be had by store. Though the thought of making them now, in the height of harvesting, canning and, storing may seem misplaced, it is actually the perfect time to make them. Continue reading

Life 140 Years Ago

row of journalsAround this time last year, my extended family gathered at my grandmother’s house for a belated Christmas celebration. As tradition has it, my grandma’s cozy basement was filled with tables and chairs, homemade sugar cookies (Grandma makes the best!), and a boisterous noise that erupted every few minutes as members of my family traded stories and laughs. Continue reading

6 Fast Jar Gifts + Printable Gift Tags

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Feeling a tad busy this season? Join the club. But in spite of our harried schedules, we can all still give heartfelt, homemade gifts the recipients will love. Continue reading

Why We Love Wooden Toys

playtime fun with eli and mattie toy trainOver the years, we’ve embraced a wide variety of conventional plastic alternatives, from rubberwood to BPA-free recycled plastic milk jugs, and we’ve really loved it. My favorite material though for toys, hands down, is absolutely wood. Continue reading

The Simple Joys of the Holidays

christmas fun with eli & mattieThis time of the year there tends to be a moment for everyone, a moment that all the comfort of the holidays come rushing back. Maybe it’s the first time you hear Christmas music playing over the radio, and even though you think, “It can’t be time for this yet” you can’t help but feel a little moment of childhood giddiness. Or maybe it’s the first evening the temperate drops and you’re cuddled in a blanket sipping the newest holiday flavor of coffee or tea. Sounds heavenly right? Continue reading

Eli and Mattie: An Amish Christmas

amish farm in winterWood smoke curled from the chimney as Eli and Mattie stepped from the back porch onto the frozen ground. The morning was still, yet excitement filled the chilly air. Continue reading