five things we learned last week


1) Maple snow candy translates from Little House in the Big Woods to our homes. Sarah L. shares the recipe that from the book she loved as a child and fellow Little House fans are thankful! Kris says: “Awww! This makes my heart smile. I was obsessed with Little House and tried to make this once myself, but it didn’t quite work out the way I imagined it from the book. Maybe because the snow in Georgia isn’t quite, well, snow…more like slush. Thanks for this post!”

2) Gingermen are stylish and sweet when outfitted in chocolate pants. Mary’s friend Marja gifted them to her saying the smaller size also makes the little guys chewier. An added bonus? They’re not naked. Jonathon Colman says: “Giving the gingerbread men chocolate pants to wear also helps reduce your neighbors’ calls to the police due to indecent exposure.”

3) Pets should never be overlooked at the holidays. Nor should their style sense be discounted. Katie D. has you covered with her gift guide for animal lovers, which includes these chic bow tie collars. Tula says: “Ferret fashion. Oh, yes.”

4) Crocheted snowflakes: nice craft, fun tradition! Sarah L. has so many that she’s saving some for when her little ones have their own trees. Our readers enjoy them too. Nutmegg says: “I love crochet snowflakes!! I love to crochet them, too. I know some people think they’re kind of hokey, so I crochet them in different colors to give them a fresher look. Pink snowflakes, anyone?”

5) A baby deer makes for a great holiday card, and represents a good cause! Twitter, the adorable deer on a greeting Mary T. received is a fabulous reminder of the good works of places like Shore Wildlife Rehab. Shoppingsmycardio says: “So very hard to go wrong with baby animals. love the cause in this case, though…what a great find!”

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