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Missletoad? Kissing Toe? Holiday Traditions According to a 6yr old!


“Once you stand under it you have to get a kiss.” Under what? “The missletoad! I mean the kissingtoe!” Ah, yes. The traditional Mistletoe according to a six-year-old. Some of the things that this kid says are almost too cute to correct! I asked my Husband if I kissed him under the “missletoad” if he would turn into a Prince. He didn’t find the notion nearly as funny as I did!

Anyway, the whole kissingtoe conversation really got me thinking about some of the Holiday traditions we have and where they originated. With Google literally in hand, I set out to find out where the Mistletoe tradition came from.

It certainly didn’t start out sweet as, according to Wikipedia, mistletoe was used as a weapon in the 13th Century “the god Baldr is killed by his brother, the blind god Höðr, by way of a mistletoe projectile.” For the next three centuries Mistletoe was thought to represent fertility due to its berries and a perceived connection between them and…sperm?

It wasn’t until the 16th Century that our notion of mistletoe and kissing became documented with ties to religious customs in England. Still, the custom wasn’t associated with Christmas until the 18th Century. The type of Mistletoe used for Christmas decorations today is , also according to Wikipedia, the same type that was considered sacred by he Ancient Druids. It’s also a PARASITE that grows on trees!

Wikipedia continues to provide further explanation of the tradition,

According to ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
‘The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.'”

Whatever the origin, kissing beneath the mistletoe is a cute and fun tradition and, even if my husband won’t turn into a prince, I will look forward to meeting him in the archway where we’ll hang our mistletoe next month! After all, he is already the “King” of my heart! Xoxo

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions and customs? Do you know where they originated? I’m going to be posting about a few more of ours in the coming weeks. I’d love to hear from you about yours in the meantime!

(Reblogged from my other blog, Erica R. Buteau.)


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Thinking About Thanks Before Thanksgiving #whatimthankfulfor

Sharing my blog post from my “Professional” blog with my Moms at Home Fans!

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thinking a lot about what I’m thankful for. There are so many things! Many of my friends have been posting on Facebook about what they are thankful for each day this month. I didn’t really get there and so, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and thought that a blog post might cover a tiny portion of all of the things that I have to be thankful for. Speaking of blogging, I’m certainly thankful for my readers, friends, fans and followers. Your comments, feedback and support really have meant the world to me and you are all why I keep coming back and typing away. Of course, I am thankful for my beautiful family. The kids are healthy, happy and doing quite well. I’m thankful for the little things with them, like, my youngest who is currently sitting on the floor next…

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Holiday Help from Arm & Hammer and Coupons


Happy Home, Happy Holidays.

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Moms at Home: Holiday Traditions Available 11/15/12

Well, I’ve done it again. Another recipe collection with a focus on Holidays! The book will be available on Amazon sometime tomorrow, November 15, 2012. You can watch my Amazon Author Page for its official release. And, if you haven’t yet, you can also check out my first book, Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes. Both books focus on saving you time and money while putting amazing meals on the table!

If you are a local customer, please contact me at to place an order for one or both books and I will deliver it in person! Thank you so much for your continued support! It really does mean the world to me!!


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#Free Walmart Photo Gift Tags


Print the coupon to redeem 15 FREE Photo Gift Tags from Walmart PictureMe Portrait Studios. Coupon expires 12/31/12.

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Delicious and Easy Chuck Roast


Today I made one of the tastiest roasts I have ever made. I sprayed my crockpot with cooking spray. Took a 3lb Chuck Roast and sprinkled one side with garlic salt and black pepper then rubbed it with a crushed beef bouillon cube. I flipped it over and did the same on the other side. Then a dashed on about a TBSP of Worcestershire Sauce and poured a cup of water over it. I cooked it on high for about an hour and a half then I threw in some washed new potatoes (and would have put in baby carrots if I’d have had some on hand). Turned it down to low and came back to it about five hours later. I removed the meat and potatoes and whisked in 2 TBSP of Gravy Master mixed with about 1/4 Cup of water. So easy and the flavor was amazing! Plus, my roast was better than fork tender! I couldn’t even slice it (the picture above was borrowed, the whole roast was devoured before I had a chance to snap a photo!!)

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Nestlé Recalls Nesquick Chocolate Powder


According to a November 8, 2012 Press Release, Nestlé has announced a voluntary recall of some containers of Nestlé NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

The voluntary recall is limited to only NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, which was distributed nationally. No other varieties of NESQUIK powder or any sizes or flavors of NESQUIK ready-to-drink are affected by this recall.

To ensure the safety of consumers, Nestlé is recalling selected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder. The recall is limited to the following sizes, UPC and production codes of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder:


UPC Code

Production Codes

40.7 oz. Chocolate (72 servings)

0 28000 68230 9


21.8 oz. Chocolate (38 servings)

0 28000 68090 9


10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 servings)

0 28000 67990 3


Consumers who may have purchased the affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder should not consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.