25 Days of Christmas Fun: Family Handprint Christmas Tree Instructions

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Tonight we attended the Journey To Bethlehem / Family Christmas Party at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. We had so much fun making a special Family Handprint Christmas Tree craft for our family.  I absolutely loved this craft and thought you might like it to. I took a picture of the instructions so I could share with y’all. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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Gift Ideas for Men from My Husband Gary

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 Kasey here, I don’t know about you, but I struggle to with gift ideas for my husband. I’m much more practical when it comes to gift giving than he is. As you’ll read, gift giving (and receiving) is his love language while mine is acts of service. So, I often need a little assistance in this area. In case you struggle as well, I asked him to help me put together a couple of posts with gift ideas for men this Christmas season. Below, you’ll find several gift ideas for the man in your life from my hubby, Gary.

Anyone who knows me understands that my love language is gifts. I love to give and…er…well, receive. OK, there I said it…I like to get presents! Always have and probably always will. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to give and watch the expression on people’s face when you give them exactly what they wanted or maybe even a well thought out gift. But, this post is about being really honest and trying to help you ladies figure out a last minute “slam dunk” present for your hubby! I’m here to help…and receive presents. That is a joke people. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Capturing Christmas Memories

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Thanks to our in house photographer, Cortney Wheeler of Cortney Wheeler Photography for the fabulous photo ideas listed below!  There are so many memories and traditions to capture of our families during the Christmas Season!  Instead, of “posed” pictures this years, think lifestyle.  Capture your kids in action, memories you will treasure for years to come. I LOVE Cortney’s ideas!!

 

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Christmas 2011 – Christmas Eve Appetizers.  My little man, with his broken arm.

Cooking / Favorite Foods

Before everyone “digs in” to the delicious spread of food. Get your camera out, and photograph your favorite dishes. I love the way my Grandmother’s apple pie looks, and Aunt Karen’s yummy sweet potato casserole. You could even have some relatives hold out their dishes, and they could be in the photo with it! Then, next year create a photo book of your family’s favorite recipes to give as a gift.  What better way to remember these special recipes for years to come!

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My little ones helping make fudge!

Baking with the Kiddos – This would be so fun to do with your kids!
You could capture them helping stir batter, cracking eggs, their little hands using cookie cutters shapes, and licking the spoon “Oh” the list goes on!/

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Christmas 2013- Lets focus on the traditions and the details!

Trimming the tree, the lights, special ornaments, and kids stringing popcorn, the giggles… Wrapping and unwrapping the gifts. I always try to capture their excited faces!

**If you put your camera on the sports setting, it will have a super-fast shutter, and your images shouldn’t be blurry even with the fast movements of an excited child.

 

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