101 Days of Christmas: Handprint Calendars

Although we haven't done one in a couple years, one of the most popular gifts we've given our parents and grandparents were these handprint calendars. With 4 little ones and 8 sets of grandparents / great-grandparents, they became a little too time-consuming to keep up with every year, but I think we'll probably do them…

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101 Days of Christmas: Chai Tea Cutout Cookies

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These chai tea cutout cookies are a fun alternative to classic gingerbread cookies.  With chai tea, pumpkin pie spice and molasses, these have a strong flavor, but my whole family enjoyed them...perhaps because of the white chocolate candy coating. They would make a fun activity with kids -- although I'd recommend smaller cookie cutters because…

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101 Days of Christmas: Adorable Button Christmas Cards

Are these not the cutest cards? Inspired by Martha Stewart, my mom and I had a lot of fun brainstorming our own designs and digging through our "button box" to find the perfect buttons. Every family should have a button box! Ours originally belonged to my Italian great-grandma, Mary Cicero, who gave it to my…

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101 Days of Christmas: Easy, Decadent Oreo Truffles

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These Oreo truffles are counted among my very favorite treats; crushed oreos & cream cheese make a delicious filling with a hard chocolate shell. They are rich and decadent, but oh so easy to make! These have to be refrigerated, so they're not always a great gift choice, but they make a wonderful hostess gift…

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