How do we survive the holidays without health crashes and sugar comas. What if you don’t want to abstain from Christmas cookies, fudge, hot chocolate and peppermint kisses (a must-have). So if you want to abstain from treats, I have tips for you. But if you want to indulge a bit, I have tips for […]
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What are we Teaching our Children at Christmas?
“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Charlie Brown shouted. He’d spent the day trying to answer this question. Lately I feel a bit like Charlie Brown. Each year, Christmas becomes less about Christ and charity and more about shopping, decorating and catching that great deal. Is thee really a way to […]
10 Minute Christmas Present – Homemade Coasters
Last year for Christmas we gave our family things they’d need for a family night. This included a game, a movie, popcorn, hot chocolate and these adorable coasters (for the hot chocolate, of course). I’m not the kind of person that can find an adorable craft on Pinterest and make it come to life, so […]
To Elf or Not to Elf; It’s Not a Moral Question
In my Christmas reading (okay let’s be honest. The”reading” I’m specifically referring to is me browsing Facebook while I wait for my son to get out of school), I’ve seen two different types of blog posts, written and rewritten by moms convinced they’re right. The subject: Elf on the Shelf.
My Favorite Healthy Christmas Cookies
Last week, I desparately needed to unwind. Between back-to-back birthdays, sick kids and trying to get ready for Christmas, I realized I hadn’t had a conversation that didn’t involve Batman or Elsa in far too long. My amazing friend suggested we get together and do some baking. Sweet treats and adult conversation were exactly what […]
Perfect Mashed Sweet Potatoes
When I was a little girl, my mom tried to give me a sweet potato for dinner. After tears, screaming and a fair amount of pouting, it was accepted in our house that I did not like sweet potatoes. I lived for years thinking this to be true until one day I decided to be daring and eat a sweet potato. It was like making a new best friend. Since that day we buy a large bag of sweet potatoes every week. We eat them as fries, as cubes, roasted, in potato salad, in breads and pancakes, baked and loaded, and most popularly, mashed. Mashed sweet potatoes serve as a great component to a lot of dishes. You can use them as a side dish or a base for meatballs or stew. After trial and error, I’ve found the best way to make mashed sweet potatoes.
You can cook the sweet potatoes by boiling them or baking them whole. I usually boil them. Just peel, cube and boil them until they’re tender.
Then mash them with the coconut oil, milk and seasonings. They’re so easy and delicious! My 5-year-old does not like regular potatoes, but loves these mashed sweet potatoes. Enjoy your Christmas sweet potatoes!
11 Non-treat Christmas Gifts for Neighbors
I realize Christmas is going to have its unhealthy splurges, but I can alleviate some of them for myself and my friends and neighbors by delivering non-treat Christmas gifts to my friends and neighbors. Here are 11 ideas for non-treat gifts for neighbors.
Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments
We make these ornaments every year. They are super easy to make and something the entire family can get involved in. Plus, they satisfy my need to make Christmas cookies without having said cookies in the house.
Simple Christmas Craft: Miniature Nativity
Last year, I saw this tiny nativity and wanted one so badly. I decided to dust off my craft table and give it a go. To my great joy, I did this with zero sewing and minimal cutting. If you can paint and hot glue, you’re golden.