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Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

I was minding my own business this evening, working on editing pictures from Christmas, when my curly-headed 15 year old son plopped down beside me on the couch and said, “Mama, couldn’t you make me some warm brownies tonight?”  They can really be influentially sweet when they need to be, these kids. I love that. … Continue reading Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

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MamaSteph’s Cookies for Santa: Cranberry-white chocolate chip with walnuts

Cookies for Santa are a tradition in my home; yours, too, I bet.  I remember making sure that mom set out cookies for Santa so that he’d have a snack after he left Sherrin and me our gifts.  On Christmas morning, there were only crumbs left on the plate, and the milk glass was empty! … Continue reading MamaSteph’s Cookies for Santa: Cranberry-white chocolate chip with walnuts

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Christmases Past

I remember Christmas when I was a little girl in North Carolina.  As well as actual memories, I have memories that are probably just derived from stories mom and dad told combined with the pictures in the photo albums full of old pictures mom kept.  Don’t you love looking back on old pictures? Christmas was… Continue reading Christmases Past

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Reasonable People Who Love to Cook and Look Pretty or Love Someone Who Does

Christmas.  It’s only 16 days away!  I love this time of year, but it is simply moving along too quickly this year, for some reason! So much is going on, and time needs to slow down so we can all enjoy the goings-on!  I haven’t even got my tree up yet!  (Don’t judge.)  😉 I… Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas for Reasonable People Who Love to Cook and Look Pretty or Love Someone Who Does

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Quick Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I committed a cardinal sin today, in my sons’ eyes.  I let us run out of cereal. I know, you’re shocked, right? I’ve been at this mom stuff for 17 years and I still don’t get everything right!  😉 Well, I found a quick remedy: a recipe for cinnamon roll muffins.  I would have loved… Continue reading Quick Cinnamon Roll Muffins

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A Handmade Holiday: My Visit With Artist Larry Manning

I have never been a “crafty” or artistic person.  I’ve always wished I were, but drawing and painting and the like are not among the talents that God blessed me with. That doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through others’ giftings, right? And I can bake for them to fuel their creativity.  That’s my plan.… Continue reading A Handmade Holiday: My Visit With Artist Larry Manning

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Green Beans Like Mama’s and Laughing Until You Cry

Happy December, you guys! How was Thanksgiving for you?  I would love to hear all about what you wonderful friends of mine did for Thanksgiving! I hope it was all good and that you got to rest and enjoy people you love and eat yummy holiday food to your hearts’ content!  Maybe you could leave… Continue reading Green Beans Like Mama’s and Laughing Until You Cry