Comforts from Home

Supporting our troops is important to my family and I. My father was in the army, serving in Germany in the 1950s. He was proud of his service, and enjoyed telling us stories about his experiences in Europe.

My Dad was lucky, because Europe was peaceful by the time he was there, so his service wasn’t very dangerous. But he was overseas and away from his family for almost 2 years, which is a very long time, and he missed two Thanksgivings, two Christmas, and many birthdays and smaller celebrations.
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Andes Mint Cookies

Last Christmas I posted a recipe for one of my family’s favorite cookies, Andes Mint Chocolate Chip cookies.  In return a friend gave me her recipe for Andes Mint Cookies, so naturally I had to make some this year and try them out!

Andes Mint Cookies - Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mints melted on top of the cookie

The cookies I made last year use chopped up Andes Mints in the batter like chocolate chips.  But in this new recipe the mints aren’t in the batter, they are placed on top of the cookies while they are still hot and the melt to make a tasty mint frosting.Continue Reading

New Trailer and Poster for Captain America: Civil War

The new poster and trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War were just released!

Captain America Poster

It looks like it will be Avengers vs. Avengers in this movie as the fall out from Ultron’s treachery continues.

When the government sets up a governing body to oversee the Avengers, the team splinters into two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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Treat Your Pets This Holiday Season

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Our dogs, Ziggy and Dodger, love Christmas!  There is so much excitement around the house, with guests to greet, boxes to sniff and trees inside the house. So we always make sure that our Christmas celebration includes special things just for them and that they have presents under the tree. Sometimes they get a new bed or a nice collar, and they always get toys and treats, like this Purina Busy Bone.

Purina Busy Bone for Christmas

Wrapping up a package for the pups is a great way to include them in the holiday fun! This year we decided to include some dog treats in the holiday decorations too. We took some of the dogs’ favorite treats – Purina Beggin Strips – and strung them with ornaments to make a fun garland for the tree.

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Danish Pastries and Family Traditions

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Danish Pastries with Maple Glaze - a traditional family recipe with pastry dough rolled up with walnuts and cinnamon and drizzled with Maple glaze.

One of the best things about the holiday season is family traditions. We have many traditions in my family, and most of them revolve around ornaments or baking! When I was growing up this recipe for Danish Pastries was part of every holiday season. My mom always made them for Christmas, and every year we would eat them for breakfast on Christmas morning after we opened presents.Continue Reading

Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl

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California Dried Plums are a delicious fruit that is perfect not just for snacking, but for cooking too. I recently made this Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl recipe from the California Dried Plums Website, and it was a tasty dinner that the entire family enjoyed.

Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl - a quck and easy family dinner featuring carrots, zucchini, red peppers, California Dried Plums, and shrimp in a teriyaki sauce.

The recipe combines the dried plums with lots of vegetables like carrots, red peppers and scallions, and tops it all off with shrimp. I shredded the carrots and zucchini and cut all the ingredients finely for an easy to eat stir fry, suitable for using chopsticks.  I served it over rice noodles, and it was delicious.Continue Reading

DIY Advent Calendar

My kids have always enjoyed having an Advent Calendar for keeping track of the days left until Christmas! A Christmas Countdown Calendar is a great way to keep add some enjoyment to the anticipation of the holiday.  This year we worked together to make a DIY Advent Calendar that we can re-use year after year.

DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.

The general idea of the DIY Advent Calendar is pretty simple, since it is made out of paper mache boxes. We picked up paper mache boxes in all different shapes and sizes, and then decorated the boxes and arranged them in a Christmas tree shape. The kids can one box a day during the month of December.Continue Reading

Give the Gift of Fragrance

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This holiday season give the gift of memory! Smell is the most powerful of all the senses, and creates lasting memories. Just a whiff of cinnamon reminds me of my mom’s delicious apple pie, and takes me back. So a fragrance gift for the holidays gives you the chance to give a gift that will leave a lasting impression.

Give the Gift of Fragrance this holiday season

The other great thing about a fragrance gift is that it is easy, stress free gift. When I was at Walgreens recently they had a large display right inside the front door of all kinds of COTY Fragrance Gift Sets. There was something for everyone, from Nautica to Beyonce to Katy Perry to Stetson to Vera Wang.Continue Reading

Warm up with Winter Savings at Hyatt with Giveaway

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The holiday season is approaching fast! The winter can be long and dreary, so it is a great time to think about a winter getaway – to escape the winter blues! Vacations don’t just have to be in the summer after all. Sometimes winter can be the best time to see a completely different side of a city. I’d love to take a winter trip to a someplace cosmopolitan and unique, like Montreal, Canada.

Montreal Canada

Montreal is a fantastic city to visit, because it is like a European city right here in North America. And right now with Hyatt’s Warm up with Winter Savings Event you can get great savings at a fantastic hotel, like the Hyatt Regency Montreal. During the day you can take a Foodie tour of the city, or try some winter activities like ice skating downtown and visit landmarks like the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal.Continue Reading