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Traditions – A Walk Down Memory Lane

What kind of family traditions do you have at Christmastime? I know some of you may be disappointed that I’m not sharing one of our traditional holiday recipes but this tradition is even more special to me than food.  I know.  Can you believe it?  What can be more special than anything covered in chocolate?  

One simple word – ornaments.  One of our family traditions has to do with Christmas tree ornaments.  When our oldest daughter was first born and every year since then, the kids have given their grandparents a Christmas tree ornament that has something to do with being a grandparent.  I love going to their homes during the holiday season and seeing the different ornaments the kids have given them over the past 16 years. 

One Word Wednesday

Super Easy Low Fat Fudge

So does anyone else feel a little like Santa right now?  A raise of hands please.  Just imagine how we’ll feel after Christmas if we keep eating this way.  I know, it’s hard.  You have family gatherings and parties to attend.  And you certainly can’t go to these festivities and not eat.  I mean, that’s just rude.  The hostess will think you don’t like her cooking and there is nothing worse than an upset hostess.  We just can’t have that!  So if you are the hostess, take note of this no guilt recipe.  Your guests will appreciate it.

Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini that is Oh-So-Good!

What a busy weekend.  And I know you all are busy too so I’ll share the recipe AFTER I update you on a few things from last week that I know you are dying to know.  Yes, I received my little package on Friday that was taking an extended vacation in the Saint Paul Postal Facility.  It must have had enough and decided a change of scenery was due.  Now we’ll see how long it takes me to get it back out in the mail and sent to the final recipient.  Maybe it’ll decide it likes it here and doesn’t want to leave.  Hmmmm?

Then there is the matter of my Christmas cards.  I am pleased to announce I am past the “photo not even taken yet” stage and into the “the cards are ordered” stage. When I get to the “cards are in the mail” stage, I will be so relieved.

Friday Find – Some of my Favorite Things

There are so many fun and exciting things online this time of year that distract me from getting my “real” work done.  So I’ve made up my Favorite Things List so you too can be distracted with me.  Don’t worry – you don’t have sound so you didn’t hear me break out into my rendition of Julie Andrews singing “These are a few of my favorite things…”  I bet you are singing that song in your head now – sorry!

I have been looking for a fun way to display my holiday cards.  Even though our cards are not even in the “photo is taken” stage yet this year, I love receiving them.  And if people give you a hard time about your annual holiday letter – ignore them.  I love reading what your family has been up to.