Holidays

Holiday Cheese Blintzes and Dessert Crepes – A family tradition!

cheese blintzes covered with red strawberries and mint

This family tradition started about 15 year ago when Steve had this wild idea to make cheese blintzes for a special Christmas family breakfast. He pulled out our Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, modified the recipe for our large crew, added a twist of his own creation and whipped up a batch of crepes and filling . . . the rest is history.

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4 Ways to Lighten Your Holiday Entertaining

Christmas cookies for holiday parties

We just attended a holiday party at a friend's home. It was a pot-luck (of sorts)—some people brought nothing. The hostess provided a turkey and drinks. Annette cooked up a huge pot of turkey barley soup. It was a cold night and we were amazed to see 6 quarts of delicious soup get consumed in just a couple of hours. The turkey was consumed quickly too.

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Holiday Gift Pressures

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Red and Gold Christmas Balls on a white background scattered with stars

Question: I really enjoy reading about how your family enjoys holidays like Christmas without spending a lot of money (we all know what the reason is for the season, right?), but unfortunately my mother in law spends too much and expects others to do the same. My husband comes from a big family, so it can get expensive. I suggested doing a Secret Santa gift exchange to my mother in law, but she did not seem very enthusiastic.

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What to do when Grandma wants to give too much!

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Pile of white Christmas gifts with red bows all from grandma

Question: How have you dealt with extended family giving gifts to your children. A good friend of mine has a struggle with her mother-in-law giving expensive presents to her son. My friend and her husband are on a budget and they want to teach their son that Christmas isn't about presents but about traditions, family, and charity. But this is difficult with a grandmother who wants to indulge their son.

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