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Holiday Ornaments: A tour of our collection + free pattern

From special ornaments we have kept from childhood, to the ones we’ve been given or found on our travels, we’ve amassed quite a collection. We enjoy decorating for the holidays each year, in part because our ornaments bring back so many memories and thoughts of our friends. In the...

Holiday Traditions: Family, friends, and feasts

Over the years, we’ve adapted our holiday traditions to fit the holiday elements that we value most, namely: spending quality time with friends and family, eating and sharing delicious homemade food and drink, and making and giving practical gifts. We hope you’ll be inspired by the stories we tell...

Holiday Hats Make Fun Project Gifts

A couple of years ago, I got fed up with our cheap polyester Santa holiday hats and decided to make my own. In the video I share three fun hats I’ve elected to make for myself and family members: For Rick: 2 Hour Santa Hat by Wendi Dunlap. Mods:...

Cranberry & White Chocolate Bread

For years I’ve baked cookies for friends and neighbors for the winter holiday season. I enjoy it, but wanted to try something new this year, and decided to go with Cranberry White Chocolate Bread. This recipe is adapted from “Bread Machine Breads” for regular oven baking, and a little...

Black Forest Stollen is a Great Holiday Bread

For some time now I’ve been searching for a Black Forest Stollen recipe that is authentically German and not overly sweet like the versions I’ve found in American cookbooks. As luck would have it, one of my coworkers is the son of a German baker. With a little pleading...

English Trifle – a (New) England Holiday Tradition

When not traveling for the holidays, we like to host a traditional Boxing Day dinner party at our house. Of course, this being a British tradition, it requires such delights as pudding, brandy, and the pulling of Christmas Crackers. And after having the best and most decadent Christmas dinner...

Holiday Stuffing

I used to use store-bought stuffing mix to make my holiday stuffing, and to be frank, it wasn’t bad at all. But after years of something that felt a bit like cheating, I decided to make my own stuffing this year from scratch. The results were amazing and now...

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes Liven Up a Thanksgiving Tradition

I first had this horseradish mashed potatoes dish when Josh made it for he and his wife Lori’s pre-Thanksgiving party. It was so easy and delicious I had to make it again a week later. It’s a great twist on traditional mashed spuds — the perfect way to perk...

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