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Handmade Gifts: A Dozen Gift Basket Ideas

cleaning recipes for gift basket

…you are into wood carving, go for it. I have given homemade gifts for Christmas since I married and my extended family joined the bandwagon soon after. We give one “family gift” to each family- only the children get individual gifts. Needless to say, this cuts down on a lot of expense and stress. My favorite gifts to give, by far, are themed baskets or containers and I try to keep them to $10 or under. Here are 12 gift basket ideas t…


Family Traditions: Why Are They Important?

I love family traditions. They were very important to me growing up. I remember being very proud to tell my friends that our family always did this or that and I counted on the holidays being the same each year- even serving the same foods. Even now I think back on things I looked forward to each year with a fondness that helps me remember and appreciate my family- even those who are long gone. So when Brian and I started our family, it was ver…


Family Traditions: Now and Throughout The Year

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…esire is to make memories that will last a lifetime. Which is wonderful – but let’s not forget about family traditions we can create all year long as well. In the spirit of the season, then, it seems a perfect time to rework our Family Traditions Idea List created last year during our Family Traditions series, updated and annotated with notes and links! I used ideas that have been meaningful to our family as well as traditions submitt…


February Dinner Menu Ideas

February Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

…r from last month, for 2014 I’m switching up the menu to be sort of a monthly list of seasonal dinner menu ideas that will hopefully provide you with meal ideas to help you plan your family dinners. So, if you see something that your family would enjoy eating and that you have the ingredients for (or can easily get) then all you need to do is copy and paste it into your own dinner menu planning system. And if you need help, tips or encourag…


January Dinner Menu Ideas

January Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

…monthly menu format. For this year, I’m still going to keep the monthly format and a list of seasonal menu ideas, but I’m going to add photos that will highlight some of the recipes I link to. Since I believe that no one can follow someone else’s specific menu plan (every family is different in food preferences, needs, etc.) I think providing a list of dinner ideas would be the most helpful to you. If you see a dinner that your…


Four Terrific Handmade Gift Ideas

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…217;s it- their one gift! Ugh. I enjoy so much more just giving things I’ve made (or put together) to each family. These handmade gift ideas are way cool- I hope they inspire you to make some gifts of your own or find some new ideas if you already have the “handmade tradition.” 1. Hanging Suet Bird Feeder and two bars of homemade suet. You can find recipes online for making your own, but my sister-in-law said…


March Dinner Menu Ideas

March Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

…archives: Menu Planning 101 (dinners) 5 steps to frugal menu planning Seasonal cooking through the year Weekly family menus Monthly dinner menus Our main dish, slow cooker, and soups & stews recipe indexes Monthly Dinner Menu Ideas for March: Curried Chicken & Rice Soup, Easy Artisan Bread Soft Tacos with Easy Refried Beans Roasted Sausages, Peppers & Onions, left over artisan bread, green salad Cajun Beef on Sp…


The Family Traditions “Master List”

Here it is (better late than never…), the “Master List” of family tradition ideas compiled from not only my Family Traditions Series, but also readers who left comments and emailed ideas to me. There are some great ideas here! If you need inspiration to start new traditions for your family, this is it. If you’re not sure why you should have traditions, make sure to read this to remind yourself why they are important. If…


Handmade Gifts on An Oregon Cottage

Handmade Gift Ideas An Oregon Cottage

…int quilt. I hope you are as excited as I am about this series! AOC’s Easy, Inexpensive, Diy Handmade Gift Ideas: Book Page Monogrammed Tray Easy Canvas Chalkboard Menu Gold Burlap Wrapped Candles Numbered Wood Tags (Chalkboard or Drink Tags, too) Clip Photo Boards from Thrifted Frames Monogram Burlap Message or Jewelry Board (the women in my family are loving these!) The Ultimate Flax Warming Pillow (probably my most popular gift through t…


Family Traditions Around The Table

Some of the most important traditions our family has occur around our table. Food draws people together and creates an environment of nurturing and comfort. We use our time around the table to socialize our kids (one of our favorite things is to explain our emphasis on table manners by having them imagine visiting a future girlfriend/boyfriend’s family…and they get that!), find out about them, discuss our values and what’s goi…


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