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Slow Down and Savor the Holidays with Marie Callender’s Pies

This is my favorite time of the year. Fall makes me happy and Thanksgiving brings me joy! I love spending time with my family and hanging out in the kitchen. I especially love it when family from out-of-state visits during the holidays. But sometimes I do start to feel overwhelmed, especially since I prefer to cook from scratch with all natural  ingredients. A lot […]

Beans on Toast, American Style

“I know it sounds weird, but trust me it’s delicious.” Several of my childhood friends were introduced to beans on toast with those very words. Every single one of them was a skeptic, but they all ended up enjoying my family’s twist on an English tradition. More on that later. Did you know that November is National Bread Month? […]

The Benefits of Shopping Small Businesses

No matter what side of the proverbial aisle you are on, I am sure you are glad the presidential election is over. No more ads, no more debates, and a lot less political posts on Facebook. Well, at least for a little while. One thing you heard political candidates agree on during the election season was the importance of […]

The High Calling of Our Daily Work

Chances are that if you listen to talk radio at all you have heard Howard E. Butt Jr. give an inspirational monologue about the “high calling of our daily work.” These  messages usually inspire the listener to work hard, demonstrate integrity, and give their job their all. I admit that I really like these reminders. I never change the […]

Small Business Saturday: Support America’s Lifeblood

When I was a child, walking into my grandpa’s office was like walking into an amusement park. My grandpa owned and operated an insurance agency and I loved to play with the copy machine, typewriters, phones, and whatever else I could get my hands on. As I got older I was excited to be able to work at the […]

Kindle Fire HD 4G Giveaway (11/19)

Welcome to the Kindle Fire 4G Giveaway! Celebrating Family has teamed up with Oh My Gosh Beck!,  Our Share of Crazy, For Him and My Family, ShopaholicMommy, Krazy Coupon Club, Freebie Spot and many other blogs to give our awesome readers the chance to win a brand new 32 GB Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G! What an amazing Christmas gift this would make. The Kindle Fire HD […]

Two Fun and Meaningful Ways to Reduce Christmas Present Overload

A few years ago my husband and I became discouraged at how materialistic Christmas was becoming. Not just just in society at large, but also in our own home so we decided to make some changes. I heard some moms discussing  several things they had done to get the number of presents they were giving to their children under control. Two of the ideas these […]

Fall Popcorn Centerpiece

I am so excited about being able to take part in Around My Family Table’s Popcorn Month.  My contribution to the event is a simple yet eye-catching, fall popcorn centerpiece. This is so easy that the kiddos can make it all by themselves.  Head on over and check it out. Click here or on the teaser picture to […]

Diabetes and Oral Care – Creating a Healthy Tips Oral Care Basket With Colgate Total

Several people I love have diabetes.  Chances are that you know someone with diabetes, too.  I have always felt that I knew  lot about diabetes but I did not know that it could affect a person’s oral health. It makes sense that it could.  In fact, if you have diabetes, you are two times more likely to develop gum disease.  Colgate is working to spread awareness of this connection […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Made With Ambiance Coffee

I was recently challenged to make a non-drink recipe using coffee.  As you may know, I already use coffee in my chocolate pudding recipe but I had not used it in anything else. The first idea that came to mind was to alter the chocolate cake recipe that I make and substitute hot brewed coffee for the boiled water the recipe calls for. I took myself down to Smart and […]

Joshua Trees: Proof God Has a Sense of Humor and It Is Beautiful

Ah, the Joshua tree. Beautiful in a Dr. Suess sort of way.  Officially known as a Yucca brevifolia, it is part of the agave family.  Taken alone they are not that impressive, but as soon as you stand in the middle of a forest of Joshua trees, you have to pause and take it in. Some of my family lives in the middle of these Joshua trees and […]

Start Simple, Start Right – Kellogg’s Cereal for Breakfast

I love cereal and it is definitely one of my top 5 favorite foods. I tend to go for the healthier cereals and my kids love them, too. Before I had kids I was known to eat cereal for dinner several nights a week by choice. These days I usually only eat cereal for breakfast or as […]