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First Holy Communion Menu

First Holy Communion Menu

When we first started planning my oldest girl’s First Holy Communion, I was very mindful of wanting the Sacrament to be the highlight of the day. Yes, it was a time to celebrate! But I didn’t want the party or the gifts or the decorations to take away from what was really happening that day: My daughter receiving Jesus for the very first time! Nothing should overshadow that. My daughter suggested a dessert party. (She has the biggest sweet tooth!)…

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Tea and Cake

Tea and Cake

Her heart is full. Ready to serve. She’s almost always willing to do what needs to be done. She enjoys helping with recipes. And she often volunteers to clear the table or sweep the floor. Her kindness overflows. She teaches me a lot. Everyday. This was one of her Christmas gifts. A lovely little book she could use to continue learning about service, as well as hospitality and some homemaking skills. She is drawn to the domestic arts anyway, so…

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Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is a pretty popular item these days. You can easily purchase it at the grocery store or specialty food shop. But it also is very easy to make. And homemade is always better, isn’t it? We try to make this every Christmas. This year, we made it after Christmas Day due to all of the additional busyness around our home. But we are still in the Christmas season, and it only is the sixth day of Christmas. So,…

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Angel Food Cake Frosting

Angel Food Cake Frosting

This year for her birthday, my 8yo daughter requested Angel Food for her cake. I just assumed that I would buy it, because I’ve never made one before. But then, my mom, who lives with us now, suggested buying a mix. She told me she has a pan. And she said it would be cheaper, being the frugal mama that she is. She also said it is easy. So, I agreed to give it a try. Moms can be so…

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Food & Family

Food & Family

Do you read this magazine? I’ve been getting it for awhile now, and I really like it. I think it used to be free, but now there is a subscription fee. It’s certainly not your gourmet go-to reference, but on those days or nights when you need to make something quick and simple—which are most for me—there is a plethera of ideas here. Last night I made this recipe, and it was a total hit with all of my children….

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Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

As I mentioned before, this was the first year I hosted Thanksgiving. It seems kind of odd to still be talking about Thanksgiving on this first Sunday of Advent, but it’s also the last day of that long, wonderful Thanksgiving-Day weekend! So … Overall, it was a really fun day! The biggest glitch was that the turkey wasn’t done when everyone arrived, like I had planned. But I think it was worth the wait … It turned out delicious (thank…

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Fall Nature Walk & Some Random Notes

Fall Nature Walk & Some Random Notes

It was a beautiful fall day on Sunday. So, we bundled up a bit and went on a fall nature walk. We live near a nature center, even though we’re very close to the city, too. Even though the weather has been weird, we have still been blessed with a bit of fall to enjoy … Hello, ducks! My favorite leaf, yellow with just a bit of red! So pretty! My son is feeling better, but he is still not…

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Fall Menus

Fall Menus

I’ve been inspired recently to get back into menu planning. I’ve done it in the past, and I loosely did it this summer. But with the fall season upon us—you know the season that seems to pick up the pace a bit—I am trying to put forth a greater effort to plan things out. (Not only meals, but also chores, laundry, calendar items, including saying no to things … You get the drift.) In addition to dinner menus, I also…

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