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The Cookbook Challenge

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Happy New Year! January is all about pretending to be better than you are and changing your life in positive ways. So what better time to start a fun challenge? I’m a hoarder collector of cookbooks. I have many dozens of them, I read cookbooks the way regular people read novels. Part of it is my love for strange foods (it’s not easy to find recipes for fresh currants or pawpaws) and the rest is my burning desire to read everything while not making myself sad (I take it hard when characters I love die, I’m still not over The Green Mile and Mr. Jingles). I’ve always been this way, I was the kid that read the cereal box 3x during breakfast. Anyway, if you’re here it’s probably not because you’re interested in my childhood idiosyncrasies but because you too have too many cookbooks hanging around so let’s get into the challenge.

Declutter your bookshelves and diversify your meal plan while having fun in the kitchen with the 2017 Cookbook Challenge! [Read more…]

Printable Christmas Crossword Puzzle with Key

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Happy December everyone! I’ve got my Christmas Countdown on the wall, my tubs of Christmas ornaments at the ready and I’m just waiting for my family to wake up so we can go get our tree. It was a very, very long night so it may be noon before the first emerges (someone never puts the baby down and getting her to sleep on her own has been getting worse and worse and last night I decided to start fixing it). In October I put up a Halloween Crossword puzzle instead of my usual word search and it seemed to go over well so I’m repeating it now for Christmas. This years puzzle has the bonus of fun Christmas characters that you can color in when you get bored! I’m trying to move to printer/copier friendly decorations because I know a lot of teachers are using these.

Celebrate with a free & printable Christmas Crossword puzzle. It's a perfect way to keep busy waiting for cookies to bake or as a gift from a sneaky elf [Read more…]

Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution!  Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.

Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat [Read more…]

Christmas Countdown

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Craft a Christmas Countdown Tree you can use year after year. Customize by changing the paper ornaments to fit your color scheme

I love Christmas and I really love Christmas Countdowns. Mostly because I never know what day it is and it’s the best way I’ve found to make sure I know when to let the holiday panic set it. You don’t want to panic too early haha. Almost all of the DIY Christmas Countdown projects I’ve seen require buying 25 of something. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough stuff in my house! This tree count down is a step up from the basic paper chain, and while it can be a tiny bit tedious if you’re a perfectionist it’s easy enough to throw together.

Craft a Christmas Countdown Tree you can use year after year. Customize by changing the paper ornaments to fit your color scheme

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12 Fantastic Fudge Recipes

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Fudge is one of those things that I have to save for the holidays. It’s not that I don’t like it, in fact I love it too much. I can easily make myself sick eating it, recover and then do it again the the next day. I never learn. One of my favorite things about fudge is how versatile it is. Just about any flavor combination you can imagine can get turned into a fudge recipe. I’ve done some research (it’s pretty grueling to stare at dozens of fudge recipes when you’re hungry) and picked out 12 fudge recipes that cover the whole spectrum from classic chocolate to the slightly wacky green tea. Get your sweet tooth ready!

12 creative and delicious fudge recipes that cover the whole flavor spectrum including chocolate, fruit and even green tea flavors

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