Category Archives: Thinking Outside the Gift Box

My Recipe Resume & Grown-up Coloring Books

Warning: I am about to chat. One idea leads to another and then another and I have a feeling I am going to “cover it all” in this one post. It’s one of my strengths… So, this story starts last fall while I was in the Chicago area for a Pioneer Woman cookbook signing. The following day, I went into an artsy […]

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Ideas to “Organize” Gift Opening Moments

Gift opening moments should be wild and fun and disorganized. But even in that disorganization, a little organization helps to make the disorganization run smoothly. Really, it does. Here are a couple of tips to organize gift opening moments… For me, having wee ones at holiday time was busy, verrryyy busy on Christmas morning. I started out mixing all of […]

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Homemade Barbeque Sauce

I inadvertently made a fabulously delicious Barbeque Sauce this week while I was trying to recreate a Molasses Ketchup that I had about 20 years ago with Sweet Potato Fries when they had just hit the food scene as a big deal. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I need to keep working on the Molasses Ketchup because […]

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Celebrating Teachers With Breakfast Baskets

This week is National Teacher’s Week and the teachers at our elementary school have been treated to all sorts of goodies thanks to a committee at the school that is recognizing them for all of the fabulous things that they do, not the least of which is being loving and supportive to all of our wee ones. My kindergartener and […]

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Trail Mix Party

I have been on a kick lately making things that we eat often from scratch now instead of buying them at the store. Chewy Granola Bars are one of those foods that we have on hand and we go through quite a few of them, so I decided to make my own. It has been fun and I have been […]

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“Box it Up” Fun Movie Night Dinner Moments

Wandering through Hobby Lobby the other day, proved to be an exercise in self-control. Big time. That store is loaded with so many fun things and it is impossible to leave without buying something. But, I was on a mission. I was looking for a special way wrap a “moment” and I knew that this was the place to be. When […]

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Chicken Orzo Soup

I had better let you know up front…there is no recipe for this soup. Soup sorta just happened. It was my first time making broth/stock from scratch and quite often, I just wing it when I try something new versus following recipes.  I am just such a rebel. So, this is a soup story and an idea for a gift. […]

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Think Outside the Gift Box

I am by no means a “green queen” but I do look for ways to limit my footprint and follow the three R’s…reduce, reuse and recycle. I have an abnormal love of wrapping paper and get excited to shop the after-holiday sales to stock up on my wrapping supplies. But I go beyond just being happy to get some stuff […]

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Holiday Goodness

The holiday season is here and it is a great moment to help those who need you. Through schools, churches, local flyers and local organizations you can find a way to help that fits what you are able to give. Gift cards, groceries, toys and presents, your time, your crafts and skills – you name it – are all ways […]

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Farm Fresh Goodie Basket & Zucchini Muffins

How about surprising someone with a basket of fresh farm goodies? Veggies, fruits, cheeses or homemade jams tucked into a basket would be the perfect end of summer gift. (Ok, yes, my basket of fresh goodies does look a little stingy. That’s because we ate a lot of the farm fresh goodness that we recently purchased and I did not […]

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Gift Ideas to Make for Mother’s Day

  Did you know that Mother’s Day is not just for “moms”? Celebrate someone and everyone in your life who takes on the “mother” role whether it be a mom, grandmom, aunt, neighbor, or special friend. If you still need some ideas for Mother’s Day, browse through the categories on the right-hand side for some fresh and unique ideas. Keep […]

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Spring Cleaning on My Blog

One character flaw of mine is that I need to reorganize frequently and keep things fresh. That can be tiring. I no longer do as much through the whole house because I cannot commit to it at this point in my world. But the Toy Department gets reorganized regularly. Pretty much every two weeks finds me bored with cleaning up […]

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Buy Yourself Some Time…Make Bubbles!

One of my favorite things to do when I need my kids to be content for at least 15 minutes is to fill the kitchen sink with water and dish soap (I usually have dishes to do any ways). The bubbles pile up and then I scoop out the bubbles and fill some plastic containers with them. I hand out […]

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