Extra Special Cranberry Sauce

I started cooking for Thanksgiving today. A little early, but this cranberry sauce is worth it! I actually made a triple batch, because I’m giving a jar to my Visiting Teaching ladies. This sauce is really delicious but it’s not as wild as some of the … Continua a leggere

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Smashed Potatoes

Photo from Fine CookingHere’s another Thanksgiving recipe candidate: smashed potatoes. They are crunchy and crisp! I think they would make an interesting alternative to the traditional mashed potato dish. Making them is a two-step process so they are a… Continua a leggere

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Joy the Baker’s Pumpkin Bars

 We have a busy weekend coming up but I’m thinking (vaguely) about the food based holiday next Thursday. Over the next week I thought I’d share a few of the items I’m planning to add to our menu. Please leave a comment about what dish you can’t wa… Continua a leggere

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Advent Calendar

I have mixed feelings about Advent calendars. I’m not sure exactly why I’m obligated to provide lots of little gifts leading up to a day when I give my children lots of big gifts? There is something about building anticipation that is appealing. And at… Continua a leggere

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Christmas Presents for Boys

Four sons and 15 years on, I have gotten pretty good at buying gifts for boys. It’s pretty straightforward, so I thought I’d share.First, if the boy is under 6, just go to the toy section of any superstore and find the toys marked age appropriately. Bu… Continua a leggere

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Sacrament Meeting Covers

I’ve been working on another small project for church: covers for our sacrament meeting program. Long story short, I put together a handful of simple covers with royalty free images, public domain images (see above) and some coloring pages from lds.org… Continua a leggere

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Weekend

In some small ways it was a weekend of harvest.We took Max to his first post-season soccer tournament game (we won!) and then the soccer team party. I was an assistant coach this season and it was fun to see the kids get better. I noticed that the team… Continua a leggere

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The Traveling Husband

 Lately Randy has been traveling for work. Not 3-4 day business trips on the west coast (although there have been a handful of those as well). Usually 10+ days in a foreign country. The absence is longer, obviously, but the true difficulty with fa… Continua a leggere

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Production

There comes a point when lurking around Facebook, Pinterest, and blogs makes me start to feel fat and bloated. And while I’m not anxious to add my voice to the noise, writing for my own blog feels cleansing somehow. Because I’m producing and not just c… Continua a leggere

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