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Best Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies

The Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Ever!

The best gingerbread cookie recipe for eating are Pepparkakor a “ginger nut” cookie from Sweden.  After years of making gingerbread, I stumbled upon a recipe that is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with a light crisp crunch.  It is more fragrant and filled with a few different spices from the classic gingerbread cookie used in the US.   At our Christmas potluck two years ago my pastor’s wife brought the most perfect gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted....

How We Created a No Stress Christmas Day and You Can Too!

We saved our family Christmas Day by doing nothing. Six or seven Christmases ago we started doing “nothin’ ” for Christmas Day.   It came as a revelation to my husband and I when the boys were really little. (Affiliate links provided so you can find products and we can support the blog-thank you so much for reading!) What Are the Two Things Children Want Most on Christmas Day? Be with family Play with their toys What are the Two...

Menu Planning Time Savers for Busy Moms

Meal Planning Saves Money While I do not actually go to the grocery  store in our family I do the menu planning and make the grocery list.   Tons of marketing research and common wisdom shows that the more you plan your meals the more you save on your food budget.   Check out this quick chart on the Huffington Post. Be sure to return for you free menu planner! As it is holiday time this might just keep you from long...

One Pot Meals for Thanksgiving Week Guests

one pot meals for thanksgiving guests

Thanksgiving is not just one meal when entertaining out of town holiday guests.  The  family time that Thanksgiving provides often last 3-7 days.  Delicious, ‘prepare ahead’, one pot meals are essential. Try a few of these recipes this week–be sure to make a double batch to freeze and serve. Having soup on the stove or in the crock pot works for a quick meal and one that can be served to late arrivals. Try a few of these flavorful choices...

Quick Gluten-Free Cinnamon Almond Apple Crisp

almond apple gluten free low sugar

Got apples your kids won’t eat?  This gluten free apple crisp solves the problem of  older apples. When our lunch apples go a little mushy the boys won’t touch them.  Even with peanut butter the texture is just off enough to make the apple unpleasant. Fall is such a great time to add in warm fruit crisps for dessert. I am a non-pie eater, but I do like a good apple crisp.  Plus I don’t always get to everything in...

Fun Ways to Get Rid of Halloween Candy (without just eating it all)

3 ways to get rid of Halloween candy without tears

Need fun, effective ways to get rid of Halloween Candy this fall. Try these three tear free solutions with your little goblins. This post main contain affilate links please click here for full disclosure. It was a crazy 4 day candy free-for-all for the Joyous Family.  Candy piled on candy in our home. All 4 of us were becoming tired and cranky. Friday: An afternoon stroll down main street to trick or treat all the businesses ending with a costume...

3 Ingredient DIY FAKE BLOOD, So Much Cheaper!

DIY Fake Blood walking dead batman chocolate

Need a little DIY fake blood for the walking dead in your house?  This recipe is cheap and easy with only 3 ingredients.  Your kids can make this gruesome blood for themselves.   Your little zombies will have a great time making and eating it! We created this video so you can follow along and make this yummy blood with us. Fun Last Minute Family Halloween 2016 Costume The whole family could have as much fun creating this zombie costume...

Fun Holiday Drink Recipe Spicy Pumpkin Kombucha Recipe

Fun Holiday Drink with Fizz Holiday Pumpkin Spice Kumbucha

This easy holiday drink recipe is as simple as boiling water.  Simple to make an fun to flavor kumbucha help the digestive system deal with all the rich foods served during the holiday season. Fun Holiday Drink Recipe With Many Flavor Options   I admit my kumbucha habit is out of control.  At almost $4 a bottle buying one a day is just -nuts!   I gave up coffee almost two years ago but in the last 6 months I...

Spicy Pumpkin Recipes You Will Love ( Even if you Hate Pumpkin Pie)

spicy pumpkin pasta gnocchi humus pizza no pie

I do not  like pumpkin pie.  There I said it out loud.  Does that make me un-American?  No wait, that is apple pie.  I don’t like that either. The fact is I don’t really care for pie.  Wait! Don’t stop reading yet!  Here are 10 tasty spicy pumpkin dishes besides pie. Pumpkin Spiced Granola is  a yummy treat including pumpkin seeds and warm pumpkin spices with a crunchy texture.  Warm up the kids lunches with the healthy treat.  Alice offers other great...

Grain Free Breakfasts Your Kids Will Eat

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I grew up on cereal.  I feed my kids cereal.  Why eat a grain-free breakfasts?  My study started with Micheal Pollan’s  Omnivorous Dilemma.  Pollan describes the process for making shaped cereal– think Cherrie O’s, Lucky Charms or anything that is not natural shape.  The grains are made into cooked slurry and poured into molds.  Vitamins and minerals are sprayed on to these forms.  Yummy!   My husband took it to a higher level creating a chicken farm on our 20...

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