Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

When we were kids, all moms, grannies and aunties were making chocolate cakes like this one: chocolate sponge cake with buttercream filling (frosting), melting, smooth and very chocolatey. I don’t remember how many years have passed since I last tried a cake like this Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake....more

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8 Gift Ideas for Writers

It’s time for part three of my holiday gift guide! This one features gift ideas for writers, that fickle-yet-determined bunch of individuals who would fight every obstacle to put words on paper. Whether your favorite writer calls his or her passion a career or simply dabbles when there’s a free moment, he or she deserves encouragement and inspiration. As someone who writes for fun as well as for paychecks, every little boost I get brings me one step closer to defeating that terrible monster that lurks in most scribes’ brains: writer’s block....more
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Hectic holidays heavenly for hackers

Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again: the hustle and bustle of the holiday season—parties, gift giving, travels and get togethers with friends and family. But it also brings up the question of how and when are you going to have time to shop and get everything done in time?—let alone fight those crowds at the mall for that elusive parking space....more

Homemade Caramel Apples

My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE Caramel.. Caramel apples, caramel popcorn, hot caramel drizzled over ice cream,  heck they eat it by the spoonful.   I personally would pick hot fudge on a sundae any day over caramel, But caramel apples was the request so here it is....more

Jen's Official Holiday Gift Guide-KID Edition

Boy or Girl, makes no difference for this post. I'm all for the end of the once taboo and gender stereotypical tides of Christmas past. Here, everyone wins!...more

The First Bah Humbug

I cannot be the only one...who hates to sound like a Scrooge, but sometimes when a thought gets in this old head of mine I have to go with it, no matter how curmudgeonly it is, such as my displeasure with Sonny Boy's school holiday boutique. I am sure you are wondering how could something as genial, warm, and inviting as a kid friendly holiday shopping event be annoying, we'll let me explain. ...more

My Christmas Ornament Obsession

I LOVE Christmas. It really is the most glorious time of the year (except for that perfect Fall day with a bonfire and changing leaves… or any day where I’m splayed out on a beach with a frosty drink in my hand).Like many of you, our little family went Christmas tree shopping over the weekend....more
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Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Are you wondering what to get the blogger in your life? Here is my top ten list of practical gifts that any blogger would appreciate. ...more
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4 Tips to Help You Avoid the “Inevitable” Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a time of massive indulgence for many of us. In fact, even those who have managed to stick to healthy diet and exercise programs all year long often fall off the wagon at the end of the year.There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some extra food and drink at this time of year. In fact, studies show that following stricter diets actually makes things harder in the long run. However, it’s important not to go completely overboard, otherwise you’ll undo all of your good work and make the start of the new year that much harder!...more