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Gifts Made With Love

Last year the bestest, Missy, and I started a new tradition. As long as we live close enough to do so, we will have a baking day for the holidays. This year we had our day on the 13th, in the midst of a busy season, busy times at work, and her moving. Carving out […]

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Food Gifts for Yule and Christmas

I know. I know. This is the second unhealthy food post I’m making today. Let’s face it, though. Sometimes we are going to treat ourselves (Or I am, anyway!). And my people do enjoy receiving candies and other treats at the holidays. So, until I learn to make the best-tasting healthy alternatives, this is what […]

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Candy-Filled Ornaments or Gift Tags

Whether celebrating Yule or Christmas, these ornaments will make good gifts hung from branches on the tree on Christmas Eve, as well as a nice decoration. They might also be added to a wrapped gift. The candy can be eaten once the sabbat or holiday has passed, and the ornaments refilled the next year. I […]

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Tasty Beef Soup

Don’t know about you, but I love soups. Each winter I try to come up with one or two new variations. This is what I came up with a couple weeks back. Let me know what you think, and try some of your own recipes. Ingredients 2 pounds beef stew meat 4 russet potatoes, rinsed […]

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Cheesecake Toppings!

I love cheesecake, though I make it all of 3 times a year — if that.  I don’t usually use toppings, but there are a number of them that would be good on the recipe that I use. Arrange blueberries in the shape of a star. Slice strawberries and use them to line the edges […]

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Serve Up a Healthier Yule or Christmas Meal on a Budget

The traditional Yule or Christmas meal served in many homes is not always the healthiest. Sure there are healthy aspects to meal. Turkey is healthy. Peas are healthy. But there are also a number of unhealthy items served at this time. For those who are looking for healthier choices this holiday season, these recipes will […]

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A Frugal Christmas or Yule Pot Luck

A pot luck is a meal where each person attending the gathering brings a different dish. This can be an organized food bringing, or not. A holiday pot luck should include a dish or beverage from each person or family attending. Provide the main coarse for the celebration. A turkey-based lasagna or other pasta dish […]

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Photograph by Zowie Arnold copyright 2015. Photograph by Zowie Arnold copyright 2015

A Frugal Christmas or Yule Buffet

There are going to be years when the holiday season will seem ‘poor.’ Where you simply won’t have enough money to do what you want for everyone. When you can’t spend any of your hard-earned dollars on gifts and activities, you can still provide an opportunity for friends and family to gather and enjoy each […]

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Hot Mulled Cider

I love hot mulled cider during the autumn holidays and sabbats: Mabon, Halloween/Samhain and Thanksgiving. It is also a good addition to any Yule or Christmas celebration. Particularly when it’s cold outside. Zowie loves the cider as well. This is a classic hot beverage throughout New England, and I live in Maine :). There are […]

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Pumpkin Pie

We love pumpkin pie during the autumn and winter holidays and sabbats. They smell delicious while baking and cooling, and are very tasty. This recipe makes two pies. For one pie, simply halve the ingredients. (Update 2017) This is another family favorite that I’m leaving on the site, at least until I can come up […]

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Holiday Trail Mix

This one is cheap when buy store brands and on sale with coupons, and is great for the holidays. Easy for children to make, you can put together a big bowl and then divide it into pint-size canning jars to give as gifts. This can also be sent to school in a lunchbox, or taken […]

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