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This is NOT a New Year’s resolution post

December 30, 2010 – 8:15 am

This is NOT a New Year’s resolution posting.
It is more of a “get back on track” blog that happens to come, well, a few days before New Year’s.
I don’t have exercise equipment in my home. …

Christmas Eve: Nothing happened

December 29, 2010 – 1:38 pm

Ok, so that’s not entirely true. We had a very eventful Christmas Eve. But in previous years, I’ve had some story to report after Christmas Eve Mass: my daughter falling into the fountain, the kids …

Holiday aftermath: How do you put the house back in order?

December 29, 2010 – 10:37 am

A friend posted a one-liner on her Facebook page the day after Christmas: “Collapse.”
Yup, I felt the same way!
With our hustle and bustle from one family to the next complete, we arrived home about 9, …

Holiday baking: It’s a wrap

December 27, 2010 – 3:28 pm

My daughter and I wrapped up our holiday baking over the weekend with a gingerbread house. I’ll say “baking” loosely since we didn’t actually bake the house. We just decorated it. We giggled and smiled …

A Christmas adoption: Congrats Lonkar family

December 23, 2010 – 1:04 pm
Cherrie Lonkar and her daughter, Maile. Photo by Chalice Leaman Photography

This morning, dozens of parents and children filled the lobby at one of Maricopa County’s courthouses.
Boys were dressed in ties and sweaters. Girls donned their best sparkly dresses and shoes.
Families and friends awaited their turn …

Holiday favorites: Class winter parties

December 22, 2010 – 10:37 am
Yummy reindeer treat can be made with honey or peanut butter

Each year it seems my kids’ teachers get more and more creative with winter holiday parties.

What’s a holiday cookie without sprinkles?
My kids attend the same school for the first time, so they had holiday …

Holiday favorites: Craft projects

December 20, 2010 – 2:17 pm

This Christmas, I was inspired by a friend to duplicate a sign on her wall. She actually got the idea from another friend who makes these wonderful signs each year and sells them at boutiques. …

Holiday baking: Decorating cookies

December 19, 2010 – 9:42 pm

My sister in law held her annual cookie day this weekend! I’ll post a few of the recipes we used (as soon as I find them!) but in the meantime, I’ll share her decorating tips.
I love …

Holiday baking: Fudge recipe gone soupy

December 17, 2010 – 11:14 am

During a college speech class, I once presented a talk on my history of cooking disasters. It wasn’t hard. Earlier that year I started a small fire in the dorm kitchen. It resulted in more …

Holiday favorites: Mirror decorating

December 17, 2010 – 4:51 am

Much later than usual, my family pulled out the holiday decorations this past weekend. We put up the tree, unpacked a big pile of Christmas books, unwrapped ornaments my grandmother sent me and tried to …