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Green Eggs

Posted by Hallee on Mar 17, 2014 in Breakfast, Holiday fare

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This morning, my boys asked for green eggs for breakfast. Since we just observed the shared birthday of Dr. Seuss and myself, the whole green egg concept isn’t strange to them.

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Candy Cane Star Wreath

Posted by Hallee on Dec 20, 2013 in Gift Ideas, Holiday fare, Homemaking with Hallee, Life

I love the way this wreath forms a star. All you need are 10 candy canes, 5 peppermint mints, some ribbon, and a hot glue gun.

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Making Fudge

Posted by Hallee on Dec 19, 2013 in Holiday fare

yummy fudge

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Christmas Baking Planning

Posted by Hallee on Dec 3, 2013 in Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

I have a confession to make: I barely baked last Christmas at all. I did gifts for Scott’s teacher, and that’s about it.
This year, my intention is to do my mammoth baking that I’ve enjoyed in the past. I want to make cookies and candies and breads and just have a blast doing it. But, to incorporate something like that into my schedule, it takes some planning and some time. With just three weeks until Christmas, and only two full weeks of school left, it’s time to get to planning!
I love giving my friends delicious homemade treats as a Christmas gift. I used to do it while I worked full time, and would spend and entire Saturday and most of a Sunday baking and cooking and cleaning and mixing. Over the years, I’ve learned how to space the work out so that it’s not so frantic and exhausting.

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Wonderful Honey Pumpkin Cake

Posted by Hallee on Oct 24, 2013 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Recipes

This cake has all the wonderful flavors of fall — cinnamon, pumpkin, walnuts — and is make with honey instead of refined sugar. Top it with a light whipped cream, or Lick-the-Bowl-Good-Cream Cheese Frosting.

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A Sweet Sixteen

A follower on my Hallee the Homemaker Facebook page asked me, during my hectic week last week, if I would blog about Kaylee’s birthday party and what I did. The problem is, during party planning, I get immensely busy and don’t stop to take pictures. I have this weird hangup that if I can’t take a picture, then I can’t blog about it because it’s almost like the picture validates what I’ve done. Silly, I know, but nevertheless…

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Double Decker Valentine Cookies

Posted by Hallee on Feb 13, 2013 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

Every year, I make Valentine’s cookies for gifts for my kids’ teachers (except Kaylee — apparently when you’re in high school, it’s not “cool” to give your teachers cookies – heh). One of the cookies going into the basket this this year, is a a double-decker cookie.

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Planning for Christmas Baking

Posted by Hallee on Dec 12, 2012 in Holiday fare

As I write this, it’s December 13th and we have just under two weeks to prepare for our Christmas baking gift giving. This is a tradition my mother taught me, and something I look forward to and plan for every single year.
I love giving my friends delicious homemade treats as a Christmas gift. I used to do it while I worked full time, and would spend and entire Saturday and most of a Sunday baking and cooking and cleaning and mixing. Over the years, I’ve learned how to space the work out so that it’s not so frantic and exhausting.
However, I found myself writing a book during peak holiday planning time instead of planning, prepping, and blogging for/about Christmas baking. So, here it is, a week later than usual, but still on time to make amazing gifts in the coming weeks:

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Christmas Jello Stars

Posted by Hallee on Dec 5, 2012 in Desserts, Food Art, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Recipes, Snacks

These were so much fun to make. The flavors worked really well together and it looked incredibly festive on the platter. They were gone within minutes at a church potluck dinner. Be prepared, though. It takes a little over 2 hours of regular (20 to 25-minute intervals) working with it.

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Thinking of Christmas in June

Posted by Hallee on Jun 1, 2012 in Gift Ideas, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

Homemade vanilla extract makes a beautiful gift come Christmastime. It’s something most people don’t think to make or know how to make, and the pure, real stuff is expensive. Put it in a neat little jar and you have an easy, loved, homemade gift.

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