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The Best Ever Sugar Cookies

MP’s friend from book group always makes the most delicious, buttery desserts. Her sugar cookie recipe really is the best. It’s our go-to, traditional holiday cookie. The dough is so easy to work with and the cookie itself is perfect with a drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate, decorated with Royal icing or topped with colorful sugar sprinkles.

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L.L.Bean Gifts for Kids

MP has to admit, now that CP#1 and CP#2 are seven- and eight-years old, it’s more challenging to find them gifts for under the tree. These days, MP is leaning towards items that are equal parts useful and fun. The kind of gifts that last well beyond trends or sudden whims. Enter L.L.Bean’s latest gift guide. MP was surprised to find …

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Etsy Maine Gift Guide

MP will admit, there are so many gift guides online, it’s enough to overwhelm even the most enthusiastic holiday shopper. However, it’s hard not to give the talented artisans we have in Maine a shout out. There is something about giving a handmade gift from home that makes the holidays extra special. Here are a few favorites: This nightlight from …

December Snow Day Crafts & Cookies

Ah, snow days! Our family loves being snowed in, especially during December. The team spends our day baking and making all sorts of wonderful things for Christmas. We drink hot chocolate and eat a few too many cookies. We take naps. We play outside. Days like these are a gift. Here are some of our favorite holidays projects, designed with …

Wreath Making 101

Last Christmas, CP#1 and MP signed up for a kids’ wreath making workshop at O’Donals Nursery in Gorham. The nursery provides decorative greens and wreath making supplies for a small fee. When we arrived, there were long tables filled with boughs of White Pine, Cedar, and Balsam. Jeff O’Donal, our patient instructor, showed us how to arrange the greens in a fan …

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

MP spotted these sweet, applesauce and cinnamon ornaments on Katy Elliott’s wonderful blog last year (proof how long it takes MP to get to things). The beauty of this project is its welcome ease. All you need is applesauce, $1 store ground cinnamon, and some baker’s twine or string.