My Road Less Traveled

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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by…” Robert Frost The road less traveled…how often is that the direction we choose for our lives? I like the well-beaten path, the predictable trail with clear markings and maybe a Starbucks along the way. One is dark and frightening, winding its way along with overgrown … [Read more...]

Dashing Dish Cookbook Giveaway!

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Friends we have such a treat in store for you today...literally and figuratively! Have you ever thought about food as a relationship? Well it is. And you have one with it. In fact, our relationship with food is so intricate and complicated that sometimes we aren't even aware of just how much control it has over our lives. Now, have you … [Read more...]

Our Family Christmas Tree

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Has anyone else looked at photos of beautiful Christmas trees in magazines or on Pinterest and wondered.. "Where on earth are all of the 'real' ornaments?" You know the ones I'm talking about, right? The paper angels, the picture frames made out of popsicle sticks and the cotton ball snowmen? I always wonder if they are frantically … [Read more...]

When Life Gets Unfolded

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When I was in high school, I spent one summer working at the clothing store 'Express'. As it was considered the new, more trendy sister store of 'The Limited', I felt like I had scored big time and I kept a running list of all of the things I was going to buy with my employee discount. Anyone who has worked in retail clothing will tell you … [Read more...]

Photo Box Tree Topper & Giveaway!

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I have a confession...I'm one of those people who will quite happily sit and watch those infomercials featuring the 'Soft Rock Hits of the 60's and 70's'. I am a total sucker for The Carpenters and Barry Manilow, John Denver and even a little Captain and Tennille thrown in for good measure. But, there is one song, one particular song, that will … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour ~ Holiday Housewalk

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 "When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness." ~ Bob Hope Welcome, welcome dear friends! I'm so glad you are here! Now imagine me handing you your favorite seasonal beverage as we settle in for a nice little respite in the midst of this crazy time of … [Read more...]

Scripture Wrapped Advent Candles

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"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern." Mother Teresa Growing up,  we never had advent calendars filled with chocolates and prizes. The only countdown we had were these darling paper houses from Hallmark where each door and window … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

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 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet … [Read more...]

$125 Minted Giveaway!

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Happy Saturday friends! All right, so let's get real now. How soon after Thanksgiving did your mind start racing with thoughts of Christmas? Presents to buy, decorations to put up, cards to order and send out and the list goes on and on and on. Well, thanks to Minted, one of you will be winning $125 to help get some of those things crossed … [Read more...]

The Best and Easiest Cranberry Sauce Ever!

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Do you remember that scene in the movie 'A Christmas Story' where the neighbors crazy dogs somehow manage to get into the kitchen and totally destroy the Thanksgiving meal? The family stands there in shock as their turkey dreams are shattered along with all of the visions of leftovers. "The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, … [Read more...]