Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth

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I am a sappy, sentimental girl. I had cameos from both of my grandmothers on my wedding flowers, my sister Debbie's china, my mom's wedding ring, and on and on. I love traditions and history and family, and when I find things that combine these loves, I get, well, sappy and often teary eyed. I ...

Christmas Morning Coffee Drink Recipe

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Every single Christmas, my mom spent most of the month leading up to the big day baking.  Every night (remember, this was pre internet and pre reality show days) we did at least 1 kind of cookies.  She had this master list. It was crazy.  She also worked out of the house! I don't know ...

Mom’s Sickness Fighting Basket for Cold & Flu Season

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It's 11 p.m. and we're home snuggled in bed, 25 minutes from the nearest store that is open.  I hear the whimpering from the kids' rooms and I know one of them isn't feeling well.  I can't count the number of times I've put everyone down for bed, seemingly happy and healthy, only to have someone ...

Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe: Shop the Pantry

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Guess what happened again last week? It's kind of becoming a tradition in this house.  Thursdays roll around, the meal plan has gone awry (usually because someone decides to bring lunch and grabs leftovers I meant to have for dinner that night) and most of our groceries have been eaten and dinner still needs to be made! ...

Moments that Make Memories

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The holidays are fast approaching and with the holidays comes wish lists.  Younger children start thinking about their list for Santa and the older kids are putting lists together for mom and dad.  I'm putting together a holiday wish list too but mine is a different kind of wish list.  I'm wishing for special time ...

How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster: Thanksgiving 911

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My first Thanksgiving that I cooked was a holiday disaster all around.  My upset stomach started hours before the guests arrived...and only got worse with the 'helpful' tips and suggestions from the guests who showed up two hours late. I darn near burned the turkey, forgot the giblets in the bird, and the stuffing went straight ...

5 advantages to shopping small business

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When I was little, we lived in a pretty close knit neighborhood. A few times a week, my mom would give my sister and I $.50 (yes, that is two quarters) to spend at the corner store. This was the hub of the neighborhood. The best way to explain it is if you were to ...

Milkwise Tour

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I told you last month about a fun new milk beverage hitting the dairy shelves in grocery stores called MilkWise. The same great taste of milk with less calories and more calcium-and it comes in three varieties. New England consumers got a chance to taste some of this fun new beverage throughout September and October ...

Delicious High Protein Foods from the Vitamin Shoppe “Protein Pantry”

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Oh protein, let me count the ways that I love you. You build my muscles big and strong, you keep away hunger pains, you are a big component in my weight loss journey and you do so many good things for the body. Let's just say that we are a little obsessed with this magical macronutrient. Many ...

Ham, Bacon & Roasted Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine, I like sandwiches- I eat them all the time! I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch! If I had a hundred sandwiches I'd eat them all at once... I'll give you a {virtual} nickel if you can tell me who sings that song! It's ...