Winter Holiday Survival Planning Guide


100 Days until Christmas!

The kiddos are back in school and for most of us - a couple quiet weeks ahead. A perfect time to block out a couple hours on the calendar, curl up in your favorite spot with a plate of cookies and a pot of tea, and make a plan of attack for surviving the winter holidays!

Planning and Organizing Blog Posts for the Year

I couldn't resist introducing this post with a shot of our 10" diameter Hibiscus blossom (Hibiscus moscheutos) taken this past summer!  After all, this post is designed to give you a few tools for planning your blog posts for the whole year ahead!  Why not a picture of coming attractions?

My readers in the southern hemisphere are already enjoying summer, so here is what's around the corner in their future!

Old Books become New Wall Storage Folders!

Here are some great ways to create wall storage folders out of old books bound for the dump!

This is a 90%  recycle/reuse project!  Other than rescuing the books from the Goodwill bins and buying a small package of buttons, everything else used to construct these wall storage folders came from project leftovers.

While I was at the bins, I saw lots of discarded children's books.  If I had school age children, I would be making these for their rooms to store school art projects, homework and other treasures using large format children's books in good condition. 

Making Holiday Baking Easier

You have all heard the advice... bake ahead and freeze. Sound advice to be sure, but if you do that, you will miss all the heady smells of holiday baking when you are IN the holiday mood...right? I have a solution that might make your holiday baking easier and less stressful during the busy days right before Christmas.


I schedule a day in late November to chop, toast, grind and measure the ingredients that I plan to prepare during December: nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, coconut, dry ingredients - anything that will not spoil or deteriorate.

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