Jingle Bells and Snowballs: Winter Sensory Bin

Burr, it's getting cold outside here in Minnesota!  I'm missing the days that we could pop up to the park for an hour to get out some energy, or simply run around in the backyard for some fresh air.  While we still get out there for little bits of time here and there, there have … Continue reading Jingle Bells and Snowballs: Winter Sensory Bin

15 Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Men

After all the creative gift ideas I've come up with for our family and friends I'm often left with my husbands stocking looming at me from my list, and no ideas what so ever.  It's a well known fact at our house that Santa does not bring gifts or stuff stockings for the adults, just … Continue reading 15 Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Men

Freezing Cookie Dough – Making Cookie Trays Like a Boss this Christmas

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is catching up with friends and family.  Christmas is the prefect time to host an ugly sweater party, a Christmas movie viewing shindig, a cookie decorating contest, a white elephant soiree, and of course to make sure you have some quality time scheduled with your family … Continue reading Freezing Cookie Dough – Making Cookie Trays Like a Boss this Christmas

Kris Kringle Cookies

Yay, we finally got some snow last night that appears to be sticking around for a while!  It made a mess of the roads for drivers this morning, but in my opinion was greatly needed.  What's winter in Minnesota without some snow?! I'm also looking forward to seeing all the snow creations my older kids … Continue reading Kris Kringle Cookies

Brown Sugar Teriyaki Baked Salmon

This salmon was bursting with flavored, I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out!  The extra couple minutes in the broiler at the end is definitely what put this dish over the top and destined to be on our menu again in the very near future. I'm a sucker for a good deal.  … Continue reading Brown Sugar Teriyaki Baked Salmon

Reindeer Food

Hello December 1st!  Christmas is such a magical and exciting time of year.  Especially when you get to see it through the eyes of children.  Their wonder and delight in all the little things is contagious. We started this tradition of sprinkling reindeer food back in 2014 when our oldest was 5.  She was so … Continue reading Reindeer Food

Book Advent Calendar

Yesterday I checked another Christmas tradition off my list, our book advent calendar.  I started this tradition years ago with my oldest daughter, and it quickly became something the kids started asking for ever year once the Christmas tree went up.  I'm not complaining, you'll frequently hear the phrase 'read everyday you eat' if you … Continue reading Book Advent Calendar

Stocking Stuffers for Tots

  'Making a list, and checking it twice', I'm convinced that this song was written for parents everywhere this time of year.  There is so much to remember, did I move the elf, does everyone have the same number of gift (this is a big one in our house), did I remember all the gifts … Continue reading Stocking Stuffers for Tots

Thanksgiving Boredom Busters

Thanksgiving is almost here!  A time to reconnect with friends and family, relax, devour good food and drinks, and catch some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or some football on TV.  Sounds fantastic, right?  As long as those mini versions of you can make it through the day, am I right? Never fear, your Thanksgiving … Continue reading Thanksgiving Boredom Busters

Pumpkin Pie – Dairy and Peanut Free

  I am over the moon with excitement right now!  Dairy free pumpkin pie that holds it's shape, tastes delicious, and almost my entire family eats it without making the dreaded, 'this tastes weird, is it dairy free?' comment.  My husband LOVES pumpkin pie and the dairy free trial versions I have been testing have, … Continue reading Pumpkin Pie – Dairy and Peanut Free