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Two pine cone ornaments hanging on a tree.

Pine Cone Men Ornaments

Two pictures of pine cone ornaments with the text pine cone ornaments.

Ever since I was a child I have loved making homemade ornaments for our Christmas tree! These are some cute Pine Cone Men Ornaments that my kids and I made for this year’s tree!A pine cone christmas ornament hanging from a tree.

I remember making these ornaments with my mom, so I wanted to recreate that experience with my kids.  Over the weekend we set off to collect pine cones and acorn caps from our backyard, and found quite a few pine cones and not as many acorn caps.  I think our search would have been a little more fruitful if we had done it a month earlier, but planning ahead is not my strong point.  You could of course buy some of each at a craft store if you don’t have an easy source available.

20 Delicious Holiday Pies

Pies are an important part of my family’s holiday celebrations! Here is a collection of 20 Delicious Pies for the upcoming holidays.

20 Holiday Pies

cheesecake on a glass platter

Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

pinterest image for blueberry cheesecake

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Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, especially topped with fruit like blueberries or raspberries. I rarely make it though, because it is so rich and calorie laden.  But the holidays seem to call for decadent desserts. Thanksgiving or Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a delicious dessert like this Blueberry Cheesecake.

blueberry cheesecake on a platter

A bowl with mango and radishes in it.

Radish Mango Salsa

Radishes mango salsa with radishes and radishes.

In the summer time my family enjoys quick and easy meals that use lots of seasonal produce! This recipe for Radish Mango Salsa is a perfect fresh accompaniment  to a summer meal.

A bowl of mango and radishes in a wooden bowl.

The crisp and spicy taste of the radishes combines with the sweet mangoes to create an excellent combination of sweet and spicy.

Dog Treat Wreath

A dog treat wreath made with dog treats.

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Dogs need holiday presents too, and this Dog Treat Wreath is a perfect holiday present that doubles as a decoration and lets you give the tastiest treats to your furry friends!

A dog treat wreath hanging on a wooden wall.


A few years ago I wrote about Pet Adoption Month, and encouraged everyone to consider adopting a dog. At least one person took action after my post, my Mom, who decided she needed a dog of her own. So she adopted Alex, a cute little pup, from the Humane Society.

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe – Christmas Cookies

Gingersnaps cookies on a wooden table.Ginger snap cookies on a cooling rack.

Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookie recipes.  They keep well and have a distinct molasses and ginger taste, perfect for the Holiday season. This recipe is a family recipe that was handed down from my Great Aunt Tina. I don’t remember ever meeting my Great Aunt Tina, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy her cookie recipe!

Ginger snap cookies on a wooden table.

Candy Christmas Trees

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I love to use candy in our Christmas decorating.  It is pretty cheap to buy, and lots of fun to craft with, especially for kids.  And of course it is always nice to sample a little bit as we craft.  These DIY Candy Christmas Trees are cute and easy to make!

candy christmas trees - an easy DIY Christmas decoration

Two reindeer are kissing on a piece of paper.

Thumbprint Christmas Cards

Thumbprint christmas cards for kids.

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The holiday season is approaching fast! My teenage daughter Eleanor made these thumbprint Christmas cards for a Christmas craft.

Merry christmas thumbprint cards.


They are adorable, and only took her about half an hour to make from start to finish.  Here is how she did it.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is one of those celebrations that just seems to call for a special centerpiece. After all the meal is the main focus of the holiday, so it makes sense to have an attractive and festive centerpiece for the dining room table. Here is a quick and easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece I made for our table this year.

An effortless Thanksgiving centerpiece adorned with sunflowers and pine cones.

I took some simple natural materials from my backyard and combined them with a sunflower floral spray for a simple fall themed centerpiece.

The word noel is sitting on top of a mantle.

Decorated Christmas Letters – Christmas in July

One of the projects my kids and I did during on Christmas in July celebration was to decorate Paper Mache letters. We decided to decorate the letters to spell out “NOEL”, mainly because it is short and sweet. We used 8 inch high letters and decorated them in a diagonal striped pattern with mostly muted Christmas colors.

A set of decorated christmas letters on a table.

They came out looking great, and we are thinking about doing “JOY” and “PEACE” next so we have letters for the whole fireplace mantle this Christmas.

Candy cane shot glasses with whipped cream and candy canes.

Candy Cane Dessert Minis

These Candy Cane Dessert Minis are an easy holiday dessert – perfect for Christmas. There are only 3 simple ingredients – Jell-o, Cool Whip and Candy Canes