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New Year is Almost Here

2017 will soon come to a close. Soon it will be 2018, and what I assume most people are or will be doing is thinking about New Year's resolutions.I vaguely remember saying that I was going to mount 10 of my best photographs onto 8-by-10 mounting boards to put into the display case at the local ...

Christmas Memories

It's the Christmas season. The Christmas trees and decorations are up. Gifts are being bought and wrapped. Christmas-shaped cookies are being baked. Holiday music is being played on all of the radio stations.It's only a matter of time before someone asks me, "So, did you put up a real Christmas ...

Thanksgiving

This time of year brings back past memories of the holidays. As a kid, I knew that I was thankful for family, although it was in a way difficult for me to show it at times. My parents divorced when I was only 5 years old, so every year I experienced the same arguments of which parent would get ...

Time to Trick or Treat

October brings a bit of joy to my life. I start to look forward to my favorite holiday, Halloween. Not that I hate all the other holidays, I just happen to love this one the most.It's the one holiday that lets me dress up and pretend to be someone or something else without a grownup telling ...

Giving Thanks

We should be thankful and grateful that we live in the United States. As Americans, we have so many freedoms and rights that it's easy to take them all for granted. There are places in the world with far fewer rights, especially when it comes to women. I can't imagine living in a country where ...

Farmhouse Christmas

Today it is snowing … it rained for Christmas and that was a huge disappointment. When my daughters arrived, I had to find umbrellas to keep their perfectly wrapped packages dry. I had my trombone ready and bugled them in. My eldest daughter cringed and smiled at the same time.So what does a ...

Baking Homemade Rolls for the Holidays

I love this time of year, with the holidays coming up and the cooler, OK colder, weather starting. This is the time of year when I love to bake. The wonderful smells that fill my house and the warmth from the stove evokes memories of my childhood. I have fond memories of making candy, pies and ...

Homemade Mincefruit Stirs Childhood Christmas Memories

When I was a child more than the lights and sounds at Christmas time, the aromas were the most wonderful. The delicious scents coming from our kitchen meant it was Christmas time and those scents seem to be the frame that held all the other wonderful traditions in our home together.One of ...

Ideas For Holiday Entertaining

Having friends and family over for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. With these tips and a savory recipe from the all new “Entertaining Chapter” of the latest edition of the “Betty Crocker Cookbook,” (Wiley, 2011), experienced and novice hosts can pull off a festive party ...

Preparing a Flavorful Thanksgiving Feast

Well worth the 364-day wait, the time-honored bounty of Thanksgiving Day dinner rouses eager anticipation. Whether you’re a seasoned dinner host or a first-timer, treat your guests to an unforgettable meal.Recipes:Roast Turkey With Mediterranean RubBasic Dressing or Stuffing Casserole With ...

Together with God: Unusual Holidays

In my opinion, spending Christmas away from home and family will always rank No. 1 on the unusual holiday scale. Take a minute to think of our military men and women during the holiday season. They give up so much to serve our country. Their routines are broken, their childhood traditions are ...

More Unusual Holidays

Quiet Christmas Spent Remembering Real Reason for CelebrationThe turkey was stuffed and in the refrigerator, the salads were mixed, the vegetables were prepared for the relish tray, and the table was set. Everything was ready for tomorrow’s gathering of the family for a traditional Christmas ...

Unusual Holidays

Snow Storm Almost Ruined Christmas CelebrationOne year, several months before Christmas, my husband and I made plans with some friends to have Christmas dinner at a wonderful restaurant famous for its delicious food and enjoyable Christmas music. We made the reservations in advance, and we were ...

Far from Home for the Holidays: More Stories

Here are a few more stories we received on the “Far from Home for the Holidays” theme that we weren’t able to print in the magazine.Memorable Christmas in New MexicoI eagerly joined my husband, Chuck, in 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was stationed at the Sandia Army base as ...

Together with God: Far from Home for the Holidays

When I’m at home with my family for Christmas, the cookies taste better, the lights glow brighter, and the fire is warmer. That’s the way memories are. They are stronger when pulled by a longing to be somewhere we’re not. Christmas is bleak and gray when we’re away from our families, ...

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