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HOLIDAY BREAKFAST-BRUNCH RECIPE COLLECTION

Sharing my holiday breakfast-brunch recipe collection today, sweet and savory, just in time for all of the upcoming holidays. Breakfast-Brunch recipe collection perfect to serve to your family or guests in this busy holiday season. breakfast, brunch, holiday breakfast, french toast  

November and December are always busy and many times it involves hosting overnight guests.   Sometimes you just want to fix a special breakfast for your family.  Hosting a holiday breakfast-brunch is also tradition for many people.  Continue reading HOLIDAY BREAKFAST-BRUNCH RECIPE COLLECTION

RUSTIC CRANBERRY-ORANGE-PECAN COBBLER ROLL

I am so excited to be sharing a recipe that I created for the Cape Cod Select Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge. 

cape cod select, dessert, cobbler, frozen cranberries, A delicious cobbler roll recipe created for the Cape Cod Select Holiday Blogger Recipe Challenge I made this Rustic Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Cobbler Roll for my entry.

dessert, cape cod, frozen cranberries, cobbler roll, orange, pecans, holiday bakingThis blogger challenge requires creating a recipe using Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries.  I received these in the mail last week and could not wait to open them.  Every cranberry in the bag was perfect and such a vibrant color.cape cod frozen cranberries, dessert, cobbler roll, holiday baking, cape cod select blogger challenge  

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THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS SHARED BY GRANDPARENTS

Traditions are defined as  the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  Our Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories and gatherings of people sharing their blessings. Thanksgiving traditions

When I was growing up, I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving.  I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience  the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  One of the Thanksgiving traditions our family observed was that everyone came to our house to eat.  This included grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.  Continue reading THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS SHARED BY GRANDPARENTS

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

I always enjoy being a part of the Christmas shopping hustle and bustle but things seemed to have changed over the years.

I can remember going Christmas shopping with my mother and grandmother from the time I was a small girl.  We always shopped in our downtown.  There seemed to be so many stores to me.  I can still feel the chill of the cold air as we darted in and out of each store.  The snow was blowing in our face, Christmas music was playing over loud speakers on the street corners, and there were happy people every place. 
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CREATING CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AS GRANDPARENTS

We all had family traditions for the holidays as we grew up and  were able to continue these when we started our own families. 

I think as grandparents we are now in a unique situation.

Many of the traditions can’t  be carried on for different reasons.  Some of our grown children have moved away and not able to get home for the holidays, and with so many blended families there are more schedules to try to accommodate.    A few grandparents  are lucky enough to have all of your children living in the same city.            Another issue is that once our children are married, they need to share the holidays with their in-laws also.  

I think the only solution is to try to incorporate some of your  most favorite traditions while being  flexible to make new ones.  I want to share with you some of the things our big family does that seems to work.

My husband and I have a blended family of 8 children along with their spouses/significant others, 13 grandchildren and a few more from their blended families.   Talk about difficulty in being able to coordinate schedules!!

Bob and I have our big family Christmas party the 2nd Saturday in December.  This allows the children to attend events with their in-laws and still have their own family time on Christmas.   I start all of  my holiday tasks the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

I  decorate my house with family in mind.  I  have a tree upstairs that is decorated with  Thomas Kinkade and handmade ornaments from my  friend, Linda Bibbo  @  L.B. Bear Christmas Ornaments, so this one is just for looking at.   The downstairs tree is kid friendly and full of things they like.  I add Christmas to every room in the house and outside.   I do lots of shopping and baking non stop for 2 weeks.  

We are very lucky because we have 2 big rooms downstairs that we can party in.  One has the tree, and is where we open presents.  The other is a big empty room that I am able to set tables up in to eat.  I also make 20 cookie trays for family/friends.  I line the trays up on these tables to fill them.2

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I still do a stocking for each grandchild.  They are not stuffed full like the ones Santa does at their house but everyone enjoys this.  Here are mine for this year. I did 18 this time.

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 One of the most fun traditions we started with the grandchildren is a game we play.  Even the teenagers still laugh and enjoy this.  I originally started it to stretch the evening when they open their presents so quickly.

We call it  “THE RACING SANTA GAME”

I have a tub that I fill up with small gifts, cash, and gift cards.  The prizes have evolved over the years and change to meet what I know they like.044

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To play this game, everyone picks out a Santa or Snowman, we set up a short track ,and the little wind up Santas  race each other 2 at a time.  The winner goes to the tub and gets a prize.. the loser plays the next person.  Everyone wins!  The poor little wind up Santa does not go too far and the kids are laughing hysterically at them.

These are a few of the traditions we do at our house.  I will share some more in another post.

Bob and I just want special memories to come from the holidays at our house.