Category Archives: Holidays

When I was a teenager, I went to a farm auction with my mom. This was not something we always did, but we happened to be driving by and stopped. There I found an old metal milk jug and bought it, rust and all, for $10. I still have it to this day and will likely pass it to my kids. Fast forward a few years, and a husband, later; and I found my husband likes to browse antique shops … continued…

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Holidays Pam Freeman

I recently purchased a blue wire basket that brings out the subtle blues in my couch, but didn’t have anything to fill it. I first thought about using hollow vine balls. But then came across a tutorial on making decorative hollow yarn balls on the Jo Ann Fabric and Craft website that sparked my creativity and was the perfect solution to my decorating dilemma. I had an old skein of yarn that would highlight my couch perfectly. I had to … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

It’s National Adopt-a-Cat month and as I write this post my cat, Bob, is curled up in my lap and my other cats, Maggie and Patch, are at my feet. I know there’s the age old question about which is better — cats or dogs? I have both and I love both. But since it’s Adopt-a-Cat month, I’m going to focus on our feline friends. First let me say, I think cats make great family pets. I should know. Cats … continued…

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Holidays Pam Freeman

This year my egg decorating gives a nod to my girls, who love anything sparkly, and to my garden for the life it brings after a long winter’s sleep. For both of these Easter egg decorating techniques, I used farm fresh chicken eggs in a variety of colors; brown, white and green. If you’ve never tried different colored eggs, it’s something I highly recommend. It’s really cool to see how the different colored eggs take the dyes. I also hard … continued…

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DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Face it–everyone, no matter their heritage, likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are five great culinary ideas that can be a great part of your day.   1. Make soda bread. There’s no excuse to not make a fresh batch of bread. Soda bread is easy to whip up, cooks fast and everyone loves a warm loaf of bread on the table. Here’s the recipe I will be making: http://kerrygoldusa.com/recipe/mummys-brown-irish-soda-bread-from-darina-allen/   2. Learn to use beer in your cooking. … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holidays

I love sweet chocolate–and all kinds of chocolate, not just the bittersweet chocolate that is supposedly good for you. In fact, I like milk chocolate best of all. But that’s a treat. What doesn’t have to be a treat is chocolate in your savory dishes. You get all those antioxidant benefits and none of the “bad” stuff from a bar of chocolate.   Here are five sites to check out with ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dishes:   … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays Tips, Tools & Techniques

It may not be a surprise that February is “Creative Romance Month.” This is obviously perfect timing with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, so why not be creative with how you spend the day? I would love to encourage you to be creative with your romance on Valentine’s Day by planning an active date with your significant other. There are lots of benefits of active dates on Valentine’s Day and as a regular occurrence throughout the year. The obvious benefit on … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Judy Eggebeen

A few months ago, I went to an open house at a “paint-it-yourself” shop. While there, I made some wonderful crafts — one being a holiday picture frame ornament. It was so easy to make and the kids loved it, so I adapted it into a great Valentine’s Day craft. And, since we don’t usually put up Valentine’s Day trees, I adjusted to make refrigerator magnets. These magnets are inexpensive, easy and a thoughtful gift for a loved one.   … continued…

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Holidays Pam Freeman

If you’re like me, it’s bittersweet to take down your Christmas tree. We always cut our own tree but by New Year’s Eve, the tree is starting to collect dust. Ornaments are falling off since the kids have run by the tree so much. And the cats have decimated the lower hanging “fruit.” It quickly becomes evident that it’s time! So, a few years back, after hearing my kids whine about how they want the tree to stay up forever, … continued…

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Foodie Crafts Holidays Natural Farming Pam Freeman

Are warm drinks calling your name this winter? Once the weather gets cold and the evenings get dark, I struggle with wanting to just stay cozy in my house with good food and warm drinks. But before you make your next mocha, you may want to consider how many calories come with that. Sometimes warm drinks are not a lower calorie option. Use these tips to choose the best winter beverages.   1. Use skim milk. If milk is used … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques