Crafts, recipes and celebration ideas for holidays and other major yearly events.

Family Memory Jar - Growing Up Gabel

Family memory jars are a great way to collect and keep memorabilia from family adventures throughout the year.  Make a jar every year, or empty it out and start over and save the contents in a special box. My friend makes and sells “Thankful Jars” for Thanksgiving.  The[…]

For the past few years I’ve been wanting to incorporate an advent wreath in to our Christmas celebration.  We had one growing up and it had a teeny tiny manger in the middle. I have fond memories of light the candles every week.  My husband was raised Jewish[…]

I made this cheesecake for Thanksgiving in 2010 and it was a huge success! So much so that I’m sure we’ll be eating pumpkin cheesecake every year from now on. I make the cheesecake a week or two before Thanksgiving and then freeze it right in the pan[…]

My husband loves coffee shop pumpkin scones so he begged me to please replicate them. I think these pumpkin scones are even better!   We love scones around here.  Scones are super quick to make and freeze very well.  My favorites are cranberry orange scones.  My maple oatmeal[…]

So technically, these are mini-muffins because they are baked in a mini-muffin pan, but they taste just like pumpkin donut holes.  My kids ate this entire batch in one morning.  These are seriously addicting and delicious.  I only have 24 min-muffin cups, but had batter left over so[…]

pumpkin recipe

Welcome fall with this pumpkin pie baked oatmeal! Pumpkin is combined with fall inspired spices and then baked for a delicious baked oatmeal breakfast. Oatmeal is a really hard sell as a breakfast dish around here.  We all love it in breakfast cookies  but as a solitary breakfast dish…[…]

Boo Halloween Craft

Now that the school season is in full swing, it’s time to focus on Halloween!  This is a super easy and fun craft to make.  If you already have the Mod Podge and scrapbook paper, it’s also pretty inexpensive.  Mod Podge is pretty useful lasts forever and is[…]

Gingerbread Pancakes

This is one of my favorite “Fall is Here!” foods.  The kitchen smells so good while these are cooking.  It helps me pretend it’s a cool Fall day outside when it’s really in the mid-90s! Whenever I cook these, they burn very quickly probably because of the molasses[…]