Lasagna with Homemade Red Wine Sauce

  Christmas Eve Lasagna has been a part of my Christmas traditions for many years.  The tradition of having lasagna on Christmas Eve started many years ago with a family that will always be very dear to me.  Every year we would attend Christmas Eve service and then head home to eat lasagna and watch […]




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Icing for Santa’s Cookies

This year Hunter had his great buddy Parker over to decorate cookies for Santa.  We set the table ready to decorate with pre-baked cookies, lots of sprinkles and, of course, red, green and white icing.  Those little cookie monsters had a blast and even left a few for Santa to set out tonight!! We better […]




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Merry Christmas from the Hardins!!!

Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart. This has been a wonderful year of friends and family and certainly one of change. We are no stranger to that game, but continue to be blessed by God and all that He has put forth for our family. I feel especially blessed to have this blog […]




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3-Ingredient Breakfast Casserole

This is truly a family favorite at my house and makes the PERFECT breakfast for Christmas morning. You can put it together the night before and set it out for about 10 minutes while the oven preheats and then let it cook while you open your gifts. It is easy to serve, easy to eat […]




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Easy Christmas Arrangement

In a hurry? Need a quick and easy fresh centerpiece? Grab a poinsettia and some scissors and you are in business!! I have always loved poinsettias, but don’t love that “fancy” foil that comes wrapped around the bottom of the pot. The big flowers are gorgeous and look great in a mixed arrangement or by […]




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The $20 gift wrapping challenge!

Since the world didn’t come to an end today, I am sure procrastination has finally expired and everyone is in the throws of a gift wrapping bonanza. Every year when we make our Christmas budget (the elusive one in my head), I never account for the cost of gift wrapping. I like my gift wrapping […]




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Maple Pecan Cobbler

This past Thanksgiving we headed out on a 10 hour trip to visit my in-laws in East Texas.  They live in a little town between Longview and Tyler called Daingerfield.  You truly know you are a city girl when you are in East Texas.  You have to drive somewhere to get anywhere, but it is […]




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Pomegranate Bellini and DIY Festive Champagne Glasses

“She’s crafty, she gets around….She’s crafty, all over town!”  Not me exactly, but I would say that I can be crafty (and thrifty) every now and then.  As for being all over town, I can say that is partly true, because I have been all over town hitting up every Dollar Tree for their pretty green glassware.  […]




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Rosemary Cheese Stars

I love getting mail this time of year! I set aside my usual hopes of getting that letter from Ed McMahon that we have won the Sweepstakes that will pay all the bills that seem to come instead and revel in all the precious Christmas cards that we receive.  But before our mailbox gets flooded […]




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A Sweet and Savory Sip & See for Baby John Barton

  So, our sweet Baby John Barton just turned 1.  It’s so hard to believe that it has already been a year since the girls and I celebrated that baby boy’s birth with a festive Sip and See.  Christmas is such a beautiful time of year spiritutally, emotionally and visionally and we knew it was […]




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