Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 2 - Mistletoe Make & Bake

Thanks for all of the comments from those who visited yesterday! Today we were asked to share a holiday sanity saver with you (what’s the one thing you do or don’t do to get through the season?)

I try to keep stress to a minimum even though it seems impossible. Having a shopping list of gifts that have been "requested" can cause stress, especially if they're hard-to-find things.

When it comes to the kids on my list, it's fun to shop for and give them the things they've been wishing for. But for other gifts, I'd rather get family members or friends the things they might not think to ask for or things that they wouldn't expect but I know they'd like. That cuts down on the stress a bit, at least in the shopping department.

So, I guess my advice would be to not ask everyone on your list what they want for Christmas. Take some time to think about what would really surprise them or make them happy and go for it! Give presents that you WANT to give. It's a lot more fun. Just ask Rudolph ;-)

Here are a couple of recipes I'd like to give you! ~

Ginger Snaps with Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Be sure to visit tomorrow because I'll have a fun free project for you to make and use throughout the holiday season or give as a wintry gift. These bloggers have something special for you today:
Cheers!

57 comments:

  1. I love these recipes! I try to fix them every year! I like to give gifts that I want to give!
    It is so much more fun!

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  2. Good idea about giving gifts you want to give. If you really know the recepient, you should be able to get it.... and it's lots more fun that way!

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  3. thanks for the recipes. I am always looking for something special to bring to the holiday get togethers.

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  4. The Ginger Snaps and Pumpkin Fluff Dip sound yummy. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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  5. I agree - sometimes buying someone exactly what is on their list is no fun for anyone. It's much nicer to come up with a surprise gift!

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  6. Perfect recipe for Thanksgiving this year.

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  7. Day #2 - Thank you, Patrick!
    We still (the kids are all in their 20s) ask the kids to make out a Wish List! We save those lists too...often they have a note to Mom and Dad included!

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  8. Great recipes Love them Thank You again for this wonderful idea

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  9. Thanks for sharing your recipe. In our family we have eliminated a lot of the stress of shopping by only buying presents for the children. So, it's fun to walk around the mall just because I want to, and not because I have to.

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  10. Great tip and yummy recipie! Thanks so much!

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  11. That fluff might be yummy on a few other things. Thanks.

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  12. Another great recipe. I had a bumper crop of pumpkins this year, so this will be great to try.

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  13. Thnaks for the recipe. I think I'll have to try this one this week. Pumpkin fluff sounds so good

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  14. What a wonderful holiday recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Oh, this just sounds sooo good. My family is going to love it. Thank you.

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  16. I'm thinking I could be happy just dipping my spoon in that pumpkin fluff dip!

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  17. We always had a rule with our kids; you can ask for something for your birthday, but not Christmas. Christmas is for giving from the heart, not about what you want;)

    Debbie

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  18. Good thoughts on gift-giving! Thanks! And also, the recipe sounds yummy! :-)

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  19. Great recipes! Will make them for our next mini quilting group get together. Thanks a bunch! HUGS... and stitches

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  20. Thanks for the recipes and I like your sress saving idea!

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  21. I love the Rudolph pattern. Super cute. You are SO right about asking for lists from others. I do ask our children now that they are older and have moved out but they are also given the warning along with that request not to hold their breath on anything from the list. They know I am fairly good at getting something they will love but I ask to get some good ideas too. They just get that disclaimer not to expect what is on their lists.

    Thanks again for another recipe. I love gingersnaps but have never tried them with a dip. This looks wonderful.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  22. Interesting recipes.

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  23. Pumpkin Fluff sounds pretty good - I might have to try it with all three dippers - Thanks

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  24. I clicked on the card, but no recipe. Will have to try again...

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  25. Sometimes it's hard to give away the gifts you want to give, especially if you have similar taste to the recipient! This sounds like a wonderful recipe that everyone at my house would love. Thanks so much!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  26. I checked the page, Michelle, and the link is working. If your connection is slow, wait a little bit for it. :)

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  27. All these recipes are great! What to make first?!

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  28. Yummy recipes! Thanks so much! Rudolph is adorable ... will have to be on my "gotta make" list .... um finish next year ;) Thanks, Patrick!!

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  29. Dippers? Love the concept...especially for dessert...thanks!

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  30. I think the fun of shopping is in the hunt!

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  31. The recipes are great, just like the ones from party with patrick. Can't wait to get started on my Christmas baking to try the new recipes

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  32. Whoooh, these look yummy. Thank you, Patrick for participating in the blog hop. ~Kathleen

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  33. I, too, was having problems with the link to the recipe. I think it is a browser issue. I usually use Google Chrome, so I thought I'd try Internet Explorer. Voila! success. Pumpkin Fluff with graham crackers sounds so good! Now I can go back and download yesterday's recipe.

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  34. Love the recipe. keep up the good work

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  35. That's good advice. some of my favorite gifts are things I wouldn't buy for myself.

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  36. This cookie sounds great.....BUT, pumpkin fluff.......YUMMY!

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  37. I love to try new things at the holidays - your recipe sounds great!

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  38. Thanks for the recipes. I love ginger snaps and the pumpkin fluff sounds yummy!

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  39. The recipe sounds delicious!!! And I like your advice for gifts.

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  40. Pumpkin Fluff - sounds like a great dipper!
    Love your designs. Thanks for helping make this hop so much fun!

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  41. Thanks for the heads-up, Barb :)

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  42. Love Ginger Snaps and the pumpkin fluff sounds heavenly! Thanks!

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  43. YUMMY Cookies, thank you!

    SheilaC

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  44. Ginger snaps are one of my Favorite cookies. Like the fluff recipe......Thanks for sharing!

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  45. I like your idea of not asking people what they want. Sometimes you have to do that, but it is so much more memorable and enjoyable to choose yourself.

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  46. I'll bet the Pumpkin Fluff would be great to dip pieces of fruit into also. Thanks for the recipe.

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  47. I LOVE your style! And being from Arizona also, I can relate to your enjoyment of snow since we rarely see it! Thanks.

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  48. Okay, so this year I won't give you my Christmas list. ;-) I'll just wait and be surprised.

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  49. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin fluff recipe. Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it. Thanks too for the tips in gift giving.

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  50. Great shopping tips. Thanks for the recipes ...they sound delicious.

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  51. Thanks for the tips. The cookies sound good for Thanksgiveing.

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  52. Interesting recipe. Cookies with a dip. I have to book mark your site!

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  53. Ginger cookies are so good! Thanks for the recipe.

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  54. Those are great tips and a great recipe.

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