Saturday, December 8, 2012

The First Snow Plus Christmas Fun!

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I'm writing articles this weekend in between decorating the house for Christmas. When I woke up this morning everything was coated in a beautiful white snowfall. It's just what I needed for holiday inspiration! I decorated the blog, as you can see, with pretty graphics. I'm always giddy when I look through the old fashioned pictures and postcards images I've collected over the years. I love decorating the blog almost as much as decorating my home.

Today I also wanted to share links to some of my favorite articles on Old Fashioned Living. Over ten years of articles makes for a lot of holiday tips and recipes:) I've been making homemade candy, cookies and crafts for 25 years now. The articles below I wrote with tips and recipes for making your own homemade gifts from the kitchen. I've given these gifts to teachers, co-workers, friends, family and special guests that drop in at the holidays. 

-Mixes for Tea, Chili and more...

-Gifts of Fudge

-Savory Treats and Mixes

-A Sandart Brownie Mix

-Tea and Beverage Mixes

-Homemade Candies from Nuts

-Homemade Candy Recipes

-Homemade Mixes for Coffee Lovers

-Bean Soup Mixes

-Cookie recipes including gingersnaps and pantry cookies, 
which I've made for years and everyone loves them.

-Gifts for the Breakfast Lover-

Lastly I wanted to share a picture I took this morning of the snow covered pine tree in our front yard.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,