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Reeses Bark

Recipes for holiday gatherings

If you're wondering what to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering, here are a few yummy ideas for inspiration. Cranberry Pumpkin Bread With Orange Glaze is always a hit. This recipe for Reeses' Bark is from the Hershey's website. It is yummy, easy and SO pretty!  Seriously, a 20 minute recipe. I'd definitely melt the chocolate over a double boiler instead of in the … [Read More...]

Featured Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup

Creamy Chicken and Potato Soup (GF)

Here's a great soup recipe that I found on Pinterest and then adapted quite a bit to suit my preferences.  I really, really love the bright flavors and pretty color added by the fresh tomato and cilantro. I've served it to a crowd twice, and each … [Read More...]

Parenting Feature

Books

Need a new Christmas story?

For many years when we had a whole slew of little ones, each November I would secretly gather together all our Christmas story books, wrap them up individually in gift wrap, and then let our kiddos open one story book each night during the weeks … [Read More...]

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