~ CLOSED ~ Must-Haves From the 2016 Hallmark Holidays Collection {w/Giveaway}

Holidays

The Christmas holidays have always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The holiday “season”, is aptly named "season" because it’s far more than just a single day. It seems to be the only time of year that we all come together and share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. If you are still out, searching high and low for the perfect gift for that special … [Read more...]

Santa Claus, Fact or Fiction? The Man Behind the Myth

Santa Claus

I must admit that as a young child, I suppose like many young children, I never really thought a whole lot about Santa Claus. Don't get me wrong, I certainly was aware of him, and like most children I nervously awaited and anticipated his annual visits. However, the origins of his story were far beyond the interests or attention span of an overactive youngster. That type of information was best left for the adults in my life. Something to be learned when I was much, much older, like say in my … [Read more...]

Hello Dolly Squares {aka Magic Bars} ~ Special Edition

Hello Dolly Squares

This recipe has been around for as long as I can remember. Just about everyone I know has some version of the super popular, Hello Dolly Squares (aka Magic Bars). I have no idea where the name of these squares originated. However, in my active mind, I imagine this scenario: Fifty, sixty, seventy or one hundred years ago someone created these squares. She (yes...c'mon, it had to be a woman who created these delicious layers of yumminess!) had no name for them, they were just a layering … [Read more...]

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2016!

Merry Christmas

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you, the readers of Older Mommy Still Yummy for making blogging so much fun for us! Whether you glance through the odd article or read every word, comment or not, enter a contest or drop by for a recipe; we are so thankful you have taken the time from your busy day to visit with us and our blog. Honestly, it means so much and gives us so much enjoyment. We are taking a few days away from blogging to recharge our batteries and spend some … [Read more...]

On Christmas Eve, Do You Prepare A Nativity Tray ?

Nativity Tray

Christmas Eve is tomorrow...YIKES...and I want to share with you a tradition in our home. I think this Christmas Eve will be our fourteenth year to prepare a Nativity Tray, which is actually a medieval English custom. I first read about this custom in the book, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  I thought it was such a wonderful thing to do. To me, it epitomizes the spirit of, “goodwill toward men”. If you have the Simple Abundance book you can read all about the Nativity Tray on the … [Read more...]

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with the CBC Harbour Lights Campaign

Harbour Lights

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is getting up at 5 AM and heading to the Saint John City Market for the CBC Saint John's Information Morning team's annual Harbour Lights show. All proceeds raised from the show go to feed hungry families in Southern New Brunswick. We have been going to the Harbour Lights show for the past ten years and there is nothing like gathering in the pre-dawn hours as a community to help raise money for those in need. This year, radio host Hance Colburne … [Read more...]

Real or Artificial Tree ~ Which is the Greener Choice?

Real vs Artificial

Real or Artificial Tree? Which is the Greener Choice? You may be surprised by the answer. For many years, I felt guilty buying a real tree. I felt I was, in essence, killing a living thing and depleting a much-needed natural resource.  Deep down I knew most if not all tree growers practiced a one out, one in system to make sure there is a constant supply of trees, but still, I was racked with guilt. Every Dec 26th as I drove by the abandoned tree lots and gazed upon the unwanted and … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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For as long as I can remember, Shortbread Cookies have been a Christmas tradition in our home. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very tired; but it was well worth it because we would each have tins full of cookies, squares, and other … [Read more...]

Is it Christmas or Excess? Try the Want-Need-Wear-Read Philosophy of Gift Giving

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Christmas has always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The Christmas “season”, yes, aptly named because it’s far more than just a single day, is the only time of year we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about Christmas, my thoughts are never about gifts, either given or received. My memories always … [Read more...]

Wish Now and Wish Often ~ #CTWishAndWin Contest & Twitter Party

#CTWishAndWin

By now, I usually have a very organized list of holiday shopping ideas tucked away in my purse. But not this year, I am behind in everything. I look at the calendar and see that Christmas is quickly approaching and it puts me in panic mode. My chest gets tight just thinking about everything that is left to do! I have started to scour the flyers, searching for gift ideas for everyone on my list. Just this morning I was looking at the Canadian Tire flyer and noticed a fun promo that is … [Read more...]

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

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For as long as I can remember, Peanut Butter Balls have been a Christmas tradition in our home. We always make them, often a double or triple batch. Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without them. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce Two Ways

Cranberry Sauce

This may sound a little strange, but one of my favourite parts of a big turkey dinner is the cranberry sauce. Sure, I like the main event. The turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and especially the dressing, but I LOVE cranberry sauce.  For me, every fork full of turkey and dressing is always covered in gorgeous, ruby-red, cranberry sauce. Yes, you can buy canned cranberry sauce in the grocery store, but, don't. Honestly, it is so easy to make and tastes so … [Read more...]

Keeping the Mom and Daughter Tradition Alive #SeasonsTweetings

Mom and Daughter Tradition

One of my favourite activities during the Christmas holiday, or any time of the year for that matter, is baking.  Back when I was first married, my mom and I started a tradition of getting together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, day long baking session. By the end of the day we would be very tired; but it was well worth it because we would each have tins full of cookies, squares and other holiday treats! In the wee hours of “baking day" morning, I would put on a big pot of … [Read more...]

This Year, Start A New Holiday Tradition

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There is now denying it, the season of entertaining is quickly approaching!  In fact, I sometimes feels that a runaway train named Christmas is speeding my way.  Between family commitments, work, decorating the inside and outside of the house, preparing for out-of-town guests, shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping and baking I sometimes feel that my head is going to explode. I love the holidays and everything associated with them. I also love to cook and bake, but there has to be a balance. … [Read more...]