The Cutthroat Arena of Seasonal Flavors

After spending years being served in college campus coffee shops, lending its aroma to soaps made by empty nesters with Etsy shops, and taking whatever odd pie jobs it could get, pumpkin spice had finally made it to the top. For the entirety of October, pumpkin spice was all the rage in Starbucks lattes, post-poop Febreezed bathrooms, and social media feeds. Pumpkin spice reveled in its long-awaited mainstream acceptance, but it was entirely unprepared for the powerful enemies it would make as a result of its commercial success: the trio of Christmas flavors....more

Let them {All} Sing - In Support of "Holiday" Programs

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Tutorial: Whimsical Snowmen Blockheads

By Misty Van StaaverenI love creating whimsical little characters I call Blockheads.  Here are some wintry snowman blockheads with an easy tutorial so you can create these silly little guys by yourself or with your kids.  They are great for mantles, table centerpieces, or even the front porch.  I like to group mine together in threes.   ...more

Top Tips to Save Money, Lessen Stress on Holiday Travel

Are you planning on traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year? The holidays bring so many wonderful memories for me; however, the holiday travel is not one of them.Travel can be a dirty word when it comes to gathering together with family and loved ones. But here are some great tips to lesson the stress of traveling while also saving money. And be sure to check out my post about how to survive traveling with a toddler or baby....more

Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie

Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie I decided to try a new apple recipe and came across a recipe that used refrigerated cinnamon roll dough for the crust, of an apple pie.View Post...more

How to Have a Happy Holiday


Pumpkin risotto with parmesan sauce recipe

Vices of the Holidays and How to Avoid Them

The Holidays are knocking on our doors and begging to be let in. Most of us remember them as a time for great times with friends and family but where there’s enjoyment there is always the possibility that a vice will sneak up and take it from you. Here are a few of the major vices of the holiday season and how to avoid them.Fighting...more

My “I Challenge ALL Claims to the Ultimate Brine” Turkey Brine

 I’ve always claimed to roast the best turkey in the world but with this brine; I’m totally right.  Modest-shmodest; you have to try this recipe, it’s insane! ...more