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2016 Holiday Musing #1

By | 2017-09-01T12:10:01+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Creative Living at Home, Creative Parenting, Fall Table, Health & Wellness, Holiday Table, Holidays, Winter Table|

So the 2016 Holiday Season is here! Wait, Holiday? Yes, our society has now dubbed it the Holiday Season. In reality, this time of year is the holidays and it always has been. Some have removed Christmas from the equation and yes, that is upsetting, as Christ is the real reason for the Christmas Season. The Holiday Season for me starts the weekend before Thanksgiving and continues straight through New Year's Day. This year has been different, as each one is. For me, the holiday season is a joyous time filled with joy and excitement, plans for family and friend gatherings and so much more. As I have gotten older the holidays seem to be harder in so many ways. Many have lost loved ones at the holidays and they mourn their past and the loss of their dear one. Others have grown older and found that the Christmas Wish List carries less and less gift ideas for themselves and more for the children and grandchildren in [...]

Holiday Chex Mix

By | 2017-09-01T12:11:11+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Creative Living at Home, Creative Parenting, Fall Table, Holiday Table, Holidays, Winter Table|

Our favorite Chex Mix is old fashioned, but it's our favorite. We have carried this one on trips in Ziplock bags (sizes snack to gallon size, depending on the children's age at the time!), given these in tins, quart jars, special dollar store or Sam's Club special containers for the holidays and even made some in the summertime once in a blue moon just because! Always made between the day before or on Thanksgiving Day, this is a holiday kick starter at our home! My youngest son's eyes light up and I become the "best mom in the world" as those cake pans of precious cereal and pretzels come out of the oven! Folks, it's the little traditions we create annually that win out in the memories of our children! Make it special whatever it is that you do! Be counted on! OLD FASHIONED CHEX MIX of my childhood 2 Cups Cheerios 2 Cups Corn Chex 2 Cups Rice Chex 1 - 2 Cups Wheat Chex 2 [...]

Holiday Hot Chocolate

By | 2017-09-01T12:11:59+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Creative Living at Home, Creative Parenting, Fall Table, Holiday Table, Holidays, Winter Table|

Growing up in the 1960's we didn't have a lot of money, but we had each other. We spent countless hours making home created gifts to gift family and friends. Hot cocoa, special family favorite Christmas cookies, fruit cake, and gifts that we uniquely made ourselves from things we had available at the house or on grandma and grandpa's farm (roasted nuts, cider we had pressed in the fall, etc).My mom made a hot chocolate recipe that was in her AORN Nursing Cook Book that she had me help compile and type the submitted recipes from all the nurses in her AORN group to create this fundraiser cookbook filled with delicious recipes (the typewriter at that time was manual - oh the memories!). The original recipe here has been adapted. This recipe was the family favorite and included Nestle Quik instead of Hershey's Chocolate and has been a solid favorite every winter for our family and friends alike. Holiday Hot Cocoa Mix 2 Cups Nestle Quik 1 [...]

Enemies Around Every Corner

By | 2017-07-24T18:13:43+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Most mornings we wake up with anticipation and take for granted the day, even before it begins. We know that we will wake up, grab a cup of coffee and start our usual morning routine. Nothing exciting or new, just getting up and moving about towards our plans for the day. Every morning we know that things can change throughout our day, however we don't give much thought to those things that could get in the way of our plans. After all, how would you know what those things could be? They are your day's variables. Variables are the devil's way to catch us off guard and give us fits! Today was such a day for me. One minute I am going about my business and the next, I have a headache, sinus issues are gaining ground on me and things at work are going crazy rapidly. By the end of the day, I have just about taken in as much of the variables that I am [...]