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34 Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Each year as the holidays roll around I rack my brain to come up with great gift ideas for my friends and family.  I like giving things that mean something. It could be an personalized ornament or sentimental piece of art or home decor.  Whatever the gift it I try to put lots of thought […]




Macy’s Holiday Window Display Unveil Philadelphia

Macy's Holiday Window Display Unveiling Philadelphia

It’s time for our family to get into the Christmas Holiday spirit. We’re planning to spend our Saturday with Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia as they debut their holiday window display. We’ll head in-store for a variety of family friendly activities, events, celebrity spottings and of course a visit from Santa himself.  Since the early 1870s, […]




Creamy Pumpkin Dip Recipe #kidsinthekitchen

Creamy Pumpkin Dip Recipe Kids in the Kitchen , Cooking with Kids, Thanksgiving Dessert

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I’m thinking of what we’re going to cook and prepare. Honestly I don’t even know if I’m hosting it. I do know that i want to make a few desserts. Rob likes my pumpkin cheesecake and the kids LOVE Pumpkin Dip. So Shae and I experimented with a new […]




Turkey in Disguise Thanksgiving Kids Craft

Turkey in Disguise Thanksgiving Kids Craft

You know that holiday in between Halloween and Christmas?  It doesn’t get the hype that the others get.  Thanksgiving is an important day in our history so we’re going to make a point to give it the attention it deserves.  We’re starting with  a cute kids craft, Turkey in Disguise. When I told Shae exactly […]




Cheesecake Pastry Pockets #kidsinthekitchen

Cheesecake Pastry Pockets #kidsinthekitchen #cookingwithkids

Now that Halloween is over we’re emerging from our candy coma and enjoying some simple baking again. This past week we’ve had homemade carrot cake, mini peanut butter cookies and these Cheesecake Pasty Pockets. Shae of course took the reins on this dish and made it her own. If it were up to me I […]




Christmas Tree Planting Ornament Craft #handmadeholidays

Christmas Tree Planting Ornament Craft #HandmadeHolidays #BlogTour

Each Christmas season as we start to decorate I get all kinds of nostalgic. I look at the boxes of handmade ornaments from years past and I remember the time when they kids and I made them or when they brought them home from school. Making our own ornaments each year is not only a […]




Potato, Mushroom & Sausage Bake Recipe

Potato, Mushroom & Sausage Bake Recipe #BringHillshireHome #ad

It’s takes a drastic weather change to come up with new meal ideas. The cool weather that crept up on us the past couple of weeks brought on thoughts of layered casseroles, hearty soups, warm breads and sinful desserts. This latest meal, Potato, Mushroom and Sausage Bake hit the spot on a particular windy and […]




Halloween Candy Coated Pretzel Rods

Halloween Candy Pretzel Rods, kids in the kitchen

The house is all ready for Halloween. We’ve watched all the movies in our DVD arsenal and a few old favorites on Netflix. The costumes are picked out. The pumpkins are carved. This weekend we’re co-hosting a neighborhood parade and party for the community. We’re working on games and activities and of course spooky treats […]




Simple Gift Giving This Year

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With Christmas coming up in just 2 months the kids and I have been chatting about what they think they want and would be asking for. Recently on night sitting at the dinner table I asked that question and it took them way too long to answer. That means one thing, they have too much […]




Vanilla Brown Sugar French Toast

Vanilla Brown Sugar French Toast #kidsinthekitchen

Breakfast for dinner is like the greatest idea ever. No one ever moans and groans about that. The thought of gooey syrup or loaded up eggs makes everyone in our house smile. One day this week when my dinner plans fell through we went to plan B, French Toast. But we gave it a spin […]