Peanut Butter Honey Cookies {Plus a Free Gift!}

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Honey Cookies

It's that time of year again - time to pull out the baking supplies and get busy in the kitchen! Growing up, my mom and aunt always set aside a day to bake TONS of holiday goodies for us to enjoy and share with neighbors, teachers, and friends.  It is one of my favorite memories of my childhood. Now as an adult, I love baking up trays of holiday goodies to share (and eat, of course!). These little peanut butter cookies will definitely be making an appearance on my holiday goodie tray this year.  They have a wonderful honey flavor that combines so well with the peanut butter. The whole … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Sing and Let Your Heart Be Touched

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As I sit here listening to a favorite Christmas song of mine by Steven Curtis Chapman, I am finding it very difficult to put into words what I am feeling. The song is called All I Really Want for Christmas, and it has always touched a very soft and tender spot in my heart.  I honestly can’t listen to it without tearing up and feeling a hurt in my heart for the millions of children who will spend Christmas day (as well as every other day of the year) without a family to call their own.  Listen and Let Your Heart Be Moved Please listen to this song and let your heart be touched for … [Read more...]

3 DIY Spice Mixes: A Simple Gift Idea

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If you are like me…ahem…you still have some last minute gifts to come up with for Christmas.  Please tell me I’m not the only one! :) Well, if you do have any last minute gifts that you need to get together, these DIY spice mixes are super fast, easy, and affordable.  And they make great gifts for anyone who likes to cook! Package them up in cute little glass jars decorated with some ribbon and nice labels, and you have a lovely gift that any cook would be glad to receive! I always make big batches of these three spice mixes to keep on hand at all times.  They come in so handy and … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: Naturally Sweetened

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My husband says he doesn’t like popcorn.  However, whenever I make this caramel corn he sure does eat an awful lot of it for someone who doesn’t like popcorn! This popcorn is a favorite treat of ours to make around the holidays.  I will usually make several batches of this and deliver it as gifts to friends and family.  Homemade caramel corn is hard to beat! [print_this] Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: Naturally Sweetened I usually use peanuts in this recipes, but cashews and pecans are both really good too. You could also leave the nuts out if you prefer. Ingredients: 3.5 quarts … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate His Birth

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Joy to the world!  The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart Prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing. What is Christmas? Is it decorating trees with bright lights and shiny ornaments?  What about the catchy Christmas music that plays in all the stores?  Is it exchanging gifts with those we love?  Could the true meaning of Christmas be something more than all of this? The funny thing is, I’ve known from a young age what the true meaning of Christmas is - a time for us to celebrate the birth of … [Read more...]

9 Homemade Gift Ideas: Frugal and Fast

Source: blog.kanelstrand.com via Mindy on Pinterest   Are you looking for some simple, easy, and frugal homemade gift ideas for Christmas this year?  Join me today at Keeper of the Home as I share 9 Homemade Gift Ideas that definitely fit into the “fast and frugal” category. P.S. My favorite gift idea on this list is number 9 (the last one) – I just love it!  If you know someone whose love language is “quality time” you don’t want to miss this idea! … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season to Serve: 7 Practical Ways to Serve Others This Christmas

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I’m so excited to announce a 4-week series for each Monday until Christmas: ‘Tis the Season! I’ll be joining Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker and Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace in discussing the true meaning of Christmas. Today our topic is ‘Tis the Season to Serve. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.  On top of the normal, everyday duties, there is also extra shopping to do, gifts to wrap, food to make, decorations to put up, and parties to attend. Whew…just thinking about it can wear me out! With all of the busy-ness of the season, it’s no wonder that serving others can … [Read more...]

Happy December 2011! (Free Christmas Desktop Background)

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I know it’s not technically December yet, but I couldn’t wait to give you this special gift!  Each month from here on out, I will be giving a free computer desktop background to all of my readers.  This is the first month that I am doing this, and I would love your honest feedback. Do you like backgrounds with calendars on them? Would you rather not have a calendar and just have a pretty picture with a verse/quote? Would you like to have a background that can be customized by you adding a personal picture to a part of it? Any other opinions/advice/ideas? Thank you so much for your … [Read more...]