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TSA Pre-Check – Have You Hit the Jackpot?

Like others annoyed familiar with air travel in the United States since 2001, you know you will go through airport security screening by the United States TSA (Transportation Security Administration). Your flight day check list goes something like this: Make sure you bring a government issued photo I.D. Wear socks with no holes Wear slip on shoes… [read more]


The Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is a date that has been celebrated in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Kathy Gottberg encourages us to continue this tradition to remind us of the gifts of our planet. Read more from Kathy on her blog, Smart Living 365. This year the Winter Solstice falls on Sunday, December… [read more]

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Curry Coriander Shortbread Cookies

When I was trying to decide on a new cookie to add to my holiday repertoire this year, I called my friend Gwen, who is also a food blogger and asked her, “What cookie recipe should I try? What’s your favorite?” The cookie that she described to me was a shortbread cookie (“Mmmmm,” I thought.… [read more]


Giving to Others Makes the Holidays More Abundant

Tam Warner Minton is an enthusiastic midlife adventurer who loves to scuba dive, travel, and explore the world. For Tam, the unexpected is usually the norm! You can find her travels and life journeys at Travels With Tam.   Our family has always celebrated Christmas in a big way. Some would say in an excessive… [read more]


My Surprising Gift From Blogging

December 17th.  The date my official blogging began. Two years ago. I have tweeted and pinned. Embedded and pluggedin.  Discovered an addiction to the word “just.” My husband thinks my laptop is superglued to my thighs. My dog has become accustomed to my padding past his bed at 5:00 am. If he joins me, belatedly,… [read more]


It’s a Wrap – Pass the Scissors

Some people like to wrap gifts – it gets them in a festive, fun holiday mood. Not Janie Emaus. She’s about ready to pin a bow on it and call it a wrap. Read more from Janie on her website.   The older I get, the more I dislike gift wrapping. Not that I ever… [read more]

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup Made Skinny and Yummy

A big bowl of NEW delicious comfort food. This soup is much lighter than a traditional pot pie but has all the yumminess! Each serving is hearty enough for dinner. It’s loaded with chicken, potatoes and assorted veggies. You can serve it with baked refrigerated biscuits on the side, if desired and a salad. One main… [read more]

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Big, Glossy Gift Books for Everyone on Your List

There’s always one person on your gift list (at least) who is, well, challenging to shop for. Maybe he only wears one style of shirt, or maybe she has very particular taste…in other words, picky, picky, picky. For these people, books are always a good choice. But not just any book – it has to… [read more]