Archive | December, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls New Years Breakfast Tradition

I know you’re supposed to start the New Year with great healthy aspirations but our family likes to start it with some SUGAH! Every year for the past 4 years I have made a different kind of cinnamon roll for our New Year’s Family Breakfast, to ring in our new year.  Our New Year’s traditions have changed depending on the number […]

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Dear God, Please Give Me Wings….

Parasailing, what a wonderful way to end my year! I was having such a sweet time with God, my family and then I got to do this: Soaring above sparkling turquoise waters over the beach in Ecuador was not only breathtaking but to fly over it feeling my hair dance in the wind and smelling the fresh […]

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The Christmas Visitors from the South

Early Christmas morn our doorbell rings even though my boys are still in their pajamas they rush to the window and greet the visitors from the South, all 12 of them are strangers to us.  The children yell through the gate asking if we can give them their “navidad” (Christmas present).  Their ages range from 8 month to 14 […]

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Surprised by Joy!

Lately, I have been moved to tears by every little sentimental thing. I haven’t even been watching Hallmark movies.  This morning I read about the “Layaway Angels” who paid off people’s lay away accounts, it touched my heart.  It reminded me of my childhood Christmas when we were “surprised by joy”! That particular winter, my dad had the worst of luck.  […]

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Every Party Needs Chocolate Crack

Why Crack?  It’s made from crackers and it’s addictive. 

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Chocolate Covered Rice Krispy Gingerbread House

Okay be nice now, no hating on our ugly gingerbread house. Gingerbread house making for the Christmas season is one of the traditions we do in our home!  We usually invite friends over and make a little party of it! This is our 4th year making gingerbread houses and this was the first time it was an […]

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Simplifying Christmas Series: Day 5- Hot Chocolate & Christmas Carols

via 33 Shades of Green What better way to end our Simplifying Christmas Series with pressing PAUSE and PONDERING Christmas.  Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate (Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe below) and enjoy all your hard work and money you have put into decorating and blog posting about your christmas projects.  Ponder this for a moment: […]

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Day -3 What Not To Wear Christmas Edition & Tips

Welcome to our series Simplifying Christmas Gatherings.  On Monday we focused on Holiday Meal Recipes and Tuesday it was Appetizer Recipes but today we are going to move away from what you cook to how you look with our: What Not To Wear Christmas Edition & Tips. I am not opposed to saucy, fashionista, out of the box, wear […]

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Simplifying Christmas Gatherings Series: Day 2- Appetizer Recipes

Image by camknows via Flickr Are you one of those people who stands by the appetizer table and munches all night long?  Hmmm, maybe I have done that a few times. Tip: When setting out food try to make the food accessible from both sides of the table.  If you are like me, and stand by […]

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Simplifying Christmas Series: Day 1-Main Course Recipes

Does Christmas make you festively frazzled? Well, we hope these next couple of days will lighten some of that load with our: Recipes, Fashion and Sentiments as you plan ahead with us.  So you can focus on what is important your family, celebrating the birth of our savior and friends. Three mouth-watering main course meals: Stuffed Turkey […]

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The Winner of our Book Giveaway

I wish I could make each of our wonderful followers a winner but know that we appreciate you so much for joining us on this journey!  Our lucky winner is  Lulu!  I had so much fun partnering up with our awesome author, Marty Norman for this giveaway.  Our winner has until tomorrow morning to claim her free book.  Contact […]

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The Little Gift that Changes Lives

This great little gift idea was inspired by the touching and thought provoking book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  This year one of my gifts to friends and family is a dare to live fully right where you are by taking the little moments as well as the big moments and doing something powerful with them. Write them down! We must […]

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Christmas Eye Candy: Mantle & Simple Tablescapes

Nature Inspired Mantle- Fresh Flower Christmas Wreath,

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Entertaining: 5 Christmas Breakfast Party Recipes

Why not have a Christmas Breakfast Party in the evening? The great thing about Breakfast Parties, is that you can host it anytime of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner. So whether your hosting the party or need to take a dish to the annual work Christmas gathering, these recipes are easy and great!  Warning: You will salivate when you read the […]

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Kids Christmas Party & Games

I had so much fun planning this party for my son’s 1st birthday.  His name, Mateo means ”Gift of God and Asher means “happy and blessed”, so having a Christmas theme party was perfect for his little jolly self.  These ideas also work great for classroom parties/treats or Sunday School. The Dessert Table Gift Box Cakes that go […]

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Our Featured Guest Author

I am ecstatic to be able to share with you an amazing, godly woman who is full of spunk and life and you feel her zeal for life as you read her book.  She doesn’t let her age dictate what she can and can’t do.  In her Golden Years she stepped out on faith and […]

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The Gift of Reading for your Grandkids & Giveaway for the Grandparents

Whether you’re long distance grandparenting or nearby, reading to your grandchildren is such a wonderful way to create joyful memories with them. Give the gift of yourself and your time with this wonderful idea below on how to “Create Your Own Audio Storybook”.  And we have something for the grandparents, too - a great giveaway! (see below on how to enter) You […]

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