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Bake and Share Holiday Cookies It was somewhere between a Norman Rockwell painting and a Hallmark Moment. Our extended family had just gathered for Christmas last year at our cozy... — Updated 12/21/2021



Home-Cleaning Tips for the Holidays "It's dirty work, but someone has to do it!" Now that we're in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, with guests coming and going in our... — Updated 12/21/2021


Rosemary Cashews for Holiday Snacking

Donna’s Day Creative Family Fun I’m nuts about nuts. All year-round. I try to keep a bowl of fresh, shelled California almonds replenished and within easy reach on the kitchen counter for a grab and go snack. And thanks to my... — Updated 12/7/2021


Make a day filled with a rainbow of colors

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. A rainbow of colors that delight kids when they appear like magic, streaming across the sky after a shower. Since young kids... — Updated 7/6/2021


Turn old crayons into Valentine's Day art

If broken and worn-down crayons are showing up in drawers, backpacks, art-supply tubs and even the car, don't throw them out! Instead, collect them all in a box and recycle them... — Updated 2/9/2021


A Bedtime Nightlight

Just when it seems your young child has drifted off to sleep for the night, a plaintive voice echoes through the hallway. "Mom! I can't sleep. I think there's a monster in my... — Updated 1/26/2021


Sunny-Side Up Snowflakes

Put "Snowflakes Sunny-Side Up" on your breakfast menu and the nutritious surprise will brighten even the darkest of wintry mornings. Made with colorful slices of sweet red pepper... — Updated 1/20/2021


Flip into the New Year with Swedish pancakes

As traditional recipes poured out of family cookbooks over the holidays, I went on a quest for the "best" Swedish pancake recipe from my friends and their Swedish-American friends.... — Updated 12/29/2020


Make marbleized paper at family wrap party

Whether we're children or adults, we all like to feel useful and part of the holiday festivities. Now's the time to enlist the kids in the fun and creative job of gift-wrapping.... — Updated 12/22/2020


Peppermint bark is a taste of the holidays

The holiday season tastes like peppermint, and most of us can't get enough. Peppermint mocha brightens the morning, peppermint ice cream makes us dreamy at night, and cute... — Updated 12/16/2020


Rosemary Cashews for Holiday Giving

Before COVID, my holiday traditions this time of year began with a gathering of five neighborhood friends for an early-morning coffee klatch at one of our houses. We originally met... — Updated 12/8/2020


Turkey salad made from Thanksgiving leftovers

Hosting the Thanksgiving feast usually means a variety of leftovers tucked away in the refrigerator for building piled-high sandwiches. If you're ambitious, you might even make soup... — Updated 11/25/2020


Gilded pumpkin vase for Thanksgiving

Halloween is over, but those uncarved orange pumpkins and heirloom gourds on your porch or mantel can have a new purpose and life for a fresh decor look right now – as well as... — Updated 11/17/2020


Kid-made place cards enliven holiday table

Thanksgiving Day and the "here before you know it" December holiday season are approaching. The weeks of celebration are all about giving, sharing and experiencing that intangible j... — Updated 11/17/2020


Apple pecan granola: a seasonal specialty

Although my taste buds aren't necessarily craving a popular pumpkin spice latte at local coffee shops, I'm eager to prepare traditional harvest foods, like roasted acorn squash soup... — Updated 11/4/2020


Donna's Day: Creative Family Fun

Remember who ran for president and vice president against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984? Sitting around our dinner table, it took a while for my kids to answer. In... — Updated 10/28/2020


DONNA'S DAY: Family fun with nature

Green leaves just don't get the attention they deserve. Usually, we "ooh" and "aah" in the fall at the emerging splashy colors of crimson and golden leaves on trees and bushes. But... — Updated 8/26/2020


No-Cook Summer Breakfast Porridge

No-Cook Summer Breakfast Porridge Once your kids turn the last page of the classic bedtime story "The Three Bears," tell them that when they wake up in the morning, they'll get to... — Updated 7/22/2020


Donna's Day: Creative Family Fun

Hats Off to Summer Fun You can do more with a newspaper than just read and recycle it. Use it to make a hat -- and wear it at your child's birthday party, a picnic at the park or ju... — Updated 7/8/2020



Welcome New Baby With Wearable Art Is there soon to be a new baby in the house? As the new member joins the family, the household may feel as if it's been turned upside down. But... — Updated 7/1/2020


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