Classic Christmas Cookies: Bulgarian Maslenki Cookie

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Editor’s Note: Kathy Harrison, preparedness maven, is also a fantastic cook! Every year, her very large family gets together, and what she calls the “cookie wars’ break out! This year, she’s got an international surprise in store for them, and she shares the recipe and story with us. Continue reading

6 Fast Jar Gifts + Printable Gift Tags

5-Minute Jar Gift - Hot Cocoa

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

Make Gift-Giving Easy with Our Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas decorations in the storeChristmas time is coming fast – less than 30 days! If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been slowly picking things up throughout the year to give to people for Christmas, and you don’t find this time of year stressful at all. If you aren’t like me, though, then you might be starting to feel the pressure of making sure to cross every last person off your Christmas shopping list. Continue reading

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