Have you heard of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine? I was vaguely familiar with them and thought they were, well, a magazine until I received Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter to review! The old schoolhouse magazine is more than just a magazine, they carry hundreds, possibly thousands, of products, e-books and even offer an online school for homeschoolers!
Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter is quite a special project from the contributors and staff at the old schoolhouse magazine. Imagine an e-book bustling with ideas, such as, recipes, projects, and activities for your fall and winter holiday season. Each of these ideas come from the traditions and homes of several long time contributors to the magazine.
I am not of the naturally creative type, so anytime I can get ideas from others my home is blessed, my kitchen is blessed and my family is blessed. Yet, these ideas weren’t just thrown together to create this book, they come straight from the homes and hearts of many and that is what makes this book truly different and special.
I gathered several fun ideas, yet for purposes of the Schoolhouse Review Crew (did you know they even have a homeschool review crew?) I chose two recipes I could try out immediately. Anytime I can bring my daughter into the kitchen with me, is an opportunity to teach and what better way than to make cookies!
Fall is upon us and I personally LOVE pumpkin, when I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Heidi Strawser I knew we were going to give those a try STAT! Here is what Heidi said about her recipe;
This is one of our favorite fall and winter recipes! I have shared this recipe with many friends and it is always a big hit. The recipe originated from one of my husband’s coworkers who is an excellent cook (and even does some catering). I’m not much of a cookie person, but I went crazy over these-so yummy!
I loved that all the recipes were designed so pretty, these can easily be printed, laminated and stored in a recipe book or binder.
Heidi was right! These were a hit for our family as well… We even took them over to share with some friends this week and totally blessed them!
Next up…. Carrie Shindorf shared her go to recipe for Christmas morning, she calls it her “famous holiday casserole”. I love simple, quiet Christmas mornings that involve time with family in our PJ’s opening presents, the last thing I want to do is make an elaborate Christmas breakfast, yet that is what always seems to happen. Right? Why hadn’t I ever thought of preparing something the evening before and on Christmas morning it’s as simple as placing it in the oven!
This Holiday Brunch Casserole was easy and delish and will be making a return this Christmas morning!
I really enjoyed many of the ideas and stories shared in Homespun Holidays, I was inspired by many of the holiday tradition ideas like creating a Thanksgiving Tree for thanksgiving and Jesse Tree for Christmas.
I also loved several of the ideas for decorating your home for the holidays, like creating an inviting Fall front porch by Nancy Carter. How cute is this?
We had a great week enjoying new recipes and I was thoroughly inspired to create some new family tradtions! With over 70 different ideas to inspire your holidays I encourage you to head over to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and download Homespun Holidays, which happens to be FREE right now!
If I don’t get a chance to tell you friends, have a wonderfully blessed thanksgiving!