Hot Chocolate Bar

I really love little “vignettes.”  They are fun to do and it gives me at least one pretty thing to look at while the rest of my house is a disaster!   I like to use the sideboard in my dining room for a little treat bar.  I change it out depending on the season, and right now I have a Hot Chocolate Bar.  During Christmas, I fancy it up a bit with paper straws, but for our usual everyday use I don’t bother with that detail. Read More →

 

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For the past two years I haven’t bought my husband anything for Christmas.  This is at his request because the best Christmas present for him is not spending money!  Well, this Christmas I decided I would take a risk and buy him a gift.  I saw this neat scratch-off map online that I knew he would love.  It combines his love of maps and traveling – and it only cost $8 so he couldn’t get too sad about the money!!

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whole wheat pancakesThis recipe is from my friend Olympia.  She is a fantastic cook with a discerning palate, so when she recommended it to me years ago, I knew it would be good.  Our family loves it, but it wasn’t until I made pancakes from Bisquick that I realized exactly how exceptional this homemade pancake mix is.  It really is so much better than store bought mixes.  I used to make my pancakes from scratch every time – these are just as good, but much more convenient.  This can also be used as a waffle mix. Read More →