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A few months ago, I snapped a photo of our 3 Savages gathered around our breakfast table.

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My most-treasured memories include time spent as a child with my grandparents and enjoying our family’s food traditions together. These traditions connect me to my roots and I am responsible for passing them to my children, along with chances to make memories with her own grandparents.

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Many of our youngest daughter’s teachers begin their classes by asking their students to share the daily good things in their lives.

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The snow has come and gone at least once and it’s anyone’s guess about what is yet to come, but on we go.

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The days are getting colder and winter could finally be here, but who knows?

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It’s that time of year again and many of us are making a list of New Year’s resolutions. However, how many times do we make resolutions that do not get checked off of our list?

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Now that we’ve had some cold, snowy days, I’m reminded of a question that’s perplexed me for many years. “When did it become uncool to wear a coat?”  

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The weather appears to be continuing on its quest to thoroughly confuse our garden. Mid-60-degree days are wreaking havoc with our plants.

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A delicious meal waiting for you and your family at the end of the day is possible with a slow cooker.

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Last week, we heard a radio segment about the teen slang trends of 2021. Much to our Savages’ dismay, my husband and I have begun adding these new words to our vocabulary.

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The year is winding down quickly. I remember thinking September was taking her time, but all of a sudden it’s the end of December.

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In Clint Black’s famous Christmas carol, he sings about Santa, “Now I know what he likes for a late-night snack. For years now, it’s been bringing him back, milk and cookies.”

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Many of the foods that we enjoy during the holiday season are not always the healthiest. Many of these foods can add extra sugar, salt, fat and calories to our diet.

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This is the time for finishing up that last-minute Christmas shopping.

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The holiday season is filled with the anticipation of spending time with friends and loved ones, making some of our most treasured memories.

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My dear friend gave me a small throw pillow for Christmas many years ago. It’s red with the words “All is Calm in the Savage Household” written in white lettering.

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The holiday season can add stress to our daily routines. Atypical schedules, strained finances, family visits and challenging gift purchases for that extended cousin are just a few examples of the seasonal concerns that pile on top of us.

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Last week as we decorated our home for Christmas, I began to fill our kids’ Advent calendar.

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During the cold days this week, let’s focus on getting that Christmas gift list together. Even though I keep an eye out for gifts year round, deciding what to give is the hardest part.

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Thanksgiving has passed, Hanukkah ends soon and Christmas will be here before you know it. No matter which holiday you celebrate, bear in mind it’s a time for family and helping others.

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Often, when we take road trips, I become a human audiobook. It passes the time and reduces the bickering in the backseat. Last week, as we traveled to Northern Virginia for Thanksgiving, I read the book “Wonder” to our Savages. What a great book. It’s worth the read. Our daughters and I even…

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The meals and gatherings that we enjoy during the holiday season with friends and family are special ones that many of us look forward to all year.

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The cold and wind of winter is upon us and we’re as ready as we ever are. Fortunately we have our bulbs in and perennials transplanted.

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Recently, the Class of 1991 included me in a group message about an informal 30th-year high school reunion.

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The weather gave us several of those hard frosts I was talking about, and all our peonies are cut back.

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My husband grew up just outside of an urban area. Yet, it wasn’t until he met a girl from rural West Virginia that he decided to join a gang. Their gang colors are blaze orange and camo, and they’re most active in late November.  

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Cranberries are a common part of our fall and winter holiday celebrations, whether used in our favorite meals or for decorations.  

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Our church has a blessing box. Each Sunday, we’re invited to come forward and share how God’s blessed us during the week.

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Bacteria found in poultry juices and raw meat can be spread to surfaces, utensils and other foods by washing raw poultry and other meats before cooking it, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service warns,

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Time is flying by. The weather continues to keep us wondering and now it is dark by dinnertime. We have everything ready to be brought in for winter and as of now — Monday, Nov. 1 (I write this over a week before you see it) — we have not had our 1st hard frost and many leaves have not gotte…

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It seems I am always talking about strange weather or unusual happenings, and this week is no exception.

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One of our oldest daughter’s best friends is the daughter of my childhood best friend. Although their colleges have separated them by distance, they continue to stay connected through technology.

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Beautiful autumn days make it easy to finish those chores that need done. Take a minute on your garden walks to consider your gardening year.

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Sometimes when I want to build a child’s hand strength, I take a tennis ball, cut a slit in it, draw eyes above the slit, and, voila, I have a PacMan-like puppet.

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Kitty’s weekend caught up with her, so we pulled this class from 4 years ago, 1st published Oct. 18, 2017.

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These autumn days are perfect for working in the garden.

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A few years ago, many of our friends completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted about it on social media.

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Now that our oldest daughter attends WVU, we have begun traveling to Morgantown to attend home football games. Not only do we get to watch my beloved Mountaineers take the gridiron, but it offers the perfect excuse to hug our girl.

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