Kate Lea

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Dec 15

Celebrate Christmas – Scandinavian Style

Scandinavia, which includes the countries of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has a variety of beautiful and unique Christmas traditions. While there are a number of similarities, like the use of candles and a combination of red and white decorative elements, there are also many traditions that are unique to each of the Scandinavian countries. …

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Dec 15

Swedish Christmas Cookies – A Recipe To Make Pepparkakor

Christmas is a special time in Scandinavia and Sweden in particular. Tradition and Heritage are extremely important to Swedish culture and there are many traditions which are widely upheld. In most traditional Swedish homes, the smell of home baked foods and desserts fill the air at Christmas time. The Swedes really love to cook and …

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Dec 14

How to Make Christmas Decorations From Nature

Making Christmas decorations from nature is a very old tradition. The very first holiday decorations were garlands made from tree branches, live Christmas trees, and evergreen wreaths. Natural materials have always been and will always be part of decorating for the holidays. You can decorate your home with items gotten from nature and not only …

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Dec 11

Christmas in Dairyville!

Last weekend my family and I had the pleasure of visiting Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Oregon.  We were looking for something fun and Christmas-y to do and Christmas in Dairyville fit the bill! Read “Christmas in Dairyville!” after the jump…

Dec 04

Holiday Turkey With a Southern Kick

The pressure to ‘not overspend’ is on for half of Canadians during the holiday season, according to a survey commissioned by Walmart Canada. This year, you can stick to your budget with this delicious Cajun-inspired turkey recipe offers a not-too-spicy kick that uses pantry essentials to serve eight people for just $16.54 or $2.07 per …

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Dec 01

How to Make Festive Christmas Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are an excellent choice for a handmade Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. It’s a good idea to make a big batch at the beginning of the Christmas season to keep on hand for hostess gifts or last minute office gift exchanges. There are a lot of creative ways to decorate your bath bombs …

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Dec 01

Four Festive Cranberry Recipes for the Holidays

I love cranberries. They are one of the foods I like to indulge in during the holidays. If you, too, are a cranberry lover, why not stock up on fresh cranberries and cans of cranberry sauce during the holidays when they are on sale and save them for later? Fresh cranberries will freeze well for …

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Dec 01

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce for Christmas

If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive gift to give to family and friends, you can’t go wrong with homemade hot fudge sauce. Seriously, who doesn’t like hot fudge!? I am making 12 jars of fudge sauce this year, to make sure I have something on hand to give to anyone I need an …

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Dec 01

Two Easy Reindeer Crafts for Kids to Make

Christmas crafts are fun to do with your kids when they are home from school during the holiday season. These reindeer crafts don’t require a lot of supplies and are very inexpensive to make. You may already have some of the supplies you will need to make them at home. They are also easy to …

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Dec 01

Classic Quotes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

The Peanuts characters have been an integral part of my holidays ever since I can remember, as well as for many Americans. Every year when the Charlie Brown specials come on TV, the family naturally gathers for the event.  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuted in 1965, and it’s still welcome in our living rooms year after …

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