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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 9, 2014 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

It is about this week every year that I start being asked the question, “are you done Christmas shopping?” I must admit that I am guilty of asking that question as well. It is as if it overtook the question of “cold enough?” But when I hear the same question over and over again the [...]

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Holiday Failure

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…..hold on one second. I am stirring as I forgot to wrap the gifts…oh and I forget to bake the cookies….and never mind the kids all looking cute in matching outfits…and that pre-lit tree….not so much lit [...]

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Making Room

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

  You know it is about here: the opening of the presents from the overzealous but well-meaning grandparents. They always tend to buy the really large toys. Or maybe you yourself are buying a gift this year and you aren’t sure where it is going to fit in the house. Maybe underneath your tree it [...]

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Gift Giving On A Budget

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 19, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

    So you set  a budget and now you are having trouble sticking with it. You really want to do  Christmas this year without more credit card debt…….I know you do and I do  too. Maybe you are exchanging gifts with people that that your have a  superficial relationship with. Or maybe your kids [...]

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Consider Quality Not Quantity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

I always find my blog post ideas in everyday conversations. This one came while I was at a swim meet on Saturday. I was talking to another mom and we started talking about what our kids wanted for Christmas and when I spoke out loud what I was getting them, it didn’t sound like much. [...]

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Quick Easter Brunch

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 17, 2011 in Family, Food, Holidays, life, Moms |

So in the wee hours of the morning I made breakfast for 10 post prom goers and lived to tell about it. While I assembled what I was going to make, I thought to myself this would be a great Easter brunch recipe. The meal was easy to put together and the Creme Brulee French Toast can be [...]

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Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 8, 2011 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

Valentines Day is on a Monday this year and chances are it will be a typical night for most families.  But if you want to add a little romance to your meal, try some of these recipes for a fun addition to your valentine night.  Pick one or two to spice up your night! Merlot [...]

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Most Popular Blog Posts for 2010

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 2, 2011 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

Here is a quick roundup of my most popular blog posts from the past year.  The one in first place has been there for a long time.  I think my search engine optimisation is working on this one!  I thought giving you a quick review would give you some inspiration on a cold day in [...]

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Do You Play The Clean Out The Kitchen Game?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 29, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms, money, Uncategorized |

After the holidays everything needs to be purged in my house…..including the kitchen.  The fridge and pantry have been bursting at the seams for weeks now and it is time for them to get back in shape for the new year.  My freezer is bursting the most and needs attention desperately.  What I have been [...]

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3 Days Until Christmas…….Easy Holiday Treat: Oreo Balls

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 22, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

Really the only hard thing about this recipe is getting out the food processor.  If you don’t have a food processor, you could try using a blender….but not sure how well that will work.  They taste like a truffle, but are much easier to make.  I give a drizzle of white almond bark on top [...]

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