Category Archives: Celebrations/feasts/memorials/high holy days

About Santa, Seriously

In the Santa Wars, of which we are casualties, children are often brought in as small foot soldiers, only there’s an interesting twist to that- the children of the non-Santa troops are asked to perform as defenders of the (admittedly charming) Santa myth for the other side. More on that in a moment. Being the [...]

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Christmas Baking

To the right is a picture from one of my vintage children’s books, this one about living in Wales. The children in that picture are stirring the Christmas plum pudding- all the neighbors drop by to take a turn stirring, and then the family  will bake enough to share with all the neighbors, a charming [...]

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Thanksgiving Plans

A couple weeks before thanksgiving, the women of the family have a tea at Granny Tea’s house where we discuss who’s coming, and figure out who will make what.   Then for the next couple of weeks, we continue to invite more people so all our plans kind of have to be stretched, but we [...]

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Veteran’s Day

Love this veteran of 20 years in the Air Force. Love these guys, too. The big guy on the left, towards the back is our son in law Shasta. This picture was taken in 2008. This week he and our daughter the Equuschick celebrated their fifth anniversary.  Shasta joined the army right out of high [...]

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Thanksgiving Books, Free4Kindle

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These are free at the time of listing, and most of this will remain free because it’s largely public domain texts. One or two will probably change. You don’t need a Kindle to enjoy them- you can download and read online or on your handheld device if you have one- there are apps for that [...]

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Memorial Day, 2013

This is how Memorial Day ought to be observed. Here is the program used by Public School No 39 in the Borough of the Bronx in 1906 to celebrate Memorial Day- it began with scripture reading and a hymn. James Whitcomb Riley’s Decoration Day poem (the old name for Memorial Day) Hawks and Doves Thank-you, Shasta [...]

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Birthday Treat

Although the FYG’s birthday was a few days ago, we’re having our family b-day bash today.  Here’s what she’s habving instead of cake: Chocolate chip cookie bowls which will be filled with ice-cream.  You turn muffin tins upside down, covering the outside of the muffin cups with tinfoil.  Then you mold the chocolate chip cookie [...]

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Four Moms and Valentine’s Day

This yummy chocolate cake uses about 1/4 cup of flour, and is sweetened with sugar-free jam and stevia. Honey Hearts are made with oats, whole wheat flour, honey Chcolate Truffles, and directions for making a uniquely personal name chart. Frugal recipes, crafts, activities, and some couple ideas. Strawberry cake isn’t healthy at all, but it’s [...]

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Egg beaters in the living room….

Egg beaters on my living room floor (one in a puzzle box, do not bother to ask why), books scattered everywhere, socks in the kitchen, toys flung to kingdom come, wrapping paper rolls, wrapping paper scraps, boxes, ribbons, bows, desultory piles of lap rugs, shoes and scraps of clothing where tiny mites have discarded them [...]

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Share Quick and Easy Christmas Recipes

We are sharing easy and quick holiday recipes. Here’s the quickest and easiest fudge recipe I know of. It’s called 3 minute microwave fudge: Put these ingredients in a glass bowl in the order mentioned. Do not stir, melt, or mess about with it in any way. Just put the stuff straight into the bowl! [...]

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