$5 Family Fun – Gingerbread Joy

Hard to believe that Christmas is just 8 days away!  For just $5, create a little holiday magic with you kids over the break by making individual gingerbread houses.

Directions can be found in the e-Book $5 Family Fun. Available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things.

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BLOG TOUR – Day 6 (Past Becomes Present)

Another friend of mine is a very talented blogger.  Beth Wylie of the genealogy blog “Life in the Past Lane” is today’s stop on the $5 Family Fun Blog Tour. Life Past LaneBeth highlighted the Family Tree craft project from the e-book on her blog today as a great way to introduce an appreciation for family history to our little ones.  A nice plus is that it can double as a gift for Grandparent’s Day, which is a month away.


In the blog post, Beth also shares a sweet pic of her daughter next to a family grave marker.

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Beth Wylie’s daughter learning about family genealogy.

Since my mother, Beverly Burch Jackson, is a family genealogy aficionado herself, I too have posed for my fair share of family grave marker pics.  It gives you a sense of where you come from.

Check out Beth’s blog “Life in the Past Lane“.


Thank you to the blog “My Book A Day” for being the first stop on the $5 Family Fun blog tour.

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Check out the blogger’s (Cathy Jeppsen) book review and a post of one of the $5 Family Fun projects, Once Upon a Time, for some storybook fun with your kiddos.


BLOG TOUR – $5 Family Fun

I’m excited to announce the “$5 Family Fun” (Cedar Fort Publishing & Media) blog tour, scheduled for August 1-14, 2016.

If you are a blogger interested in participating in this blog tour, please e-mail megganspicer@yahoo.com.

About the book:

$5 Family Fun: 50 Craft Activities That Won’t Break Your Budget – Doing fun activities with the family gets expensive, but now you can make, bake, and do incredibly fun things with your young family for under $5. Using dollar store finds, free local services, generic bands, and common household items, you can make every day an adventure. Gather your whole family together for inexpensive family fun activities and memories that last forever.

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$5 Family Fun” Blog Tour schedule:

August 1: My Book A Day

August 2: The Gifted Gabber

August 3: Shelli Proffitt Howells  &  Singing Librarian Books

August 4: Drink, Sleep & Be Kerri

August 5: Literary Time Out

August 6: Life in the Past Lane

August 7:

August 8:

August 9: An Awesome Amazing Life  

August 10:

August 11:

August 12: Storeybook Reviews

More Blog Tour stops to be announced…



Happy Release Day!!!

Today I received an e-mail from my Editor at Cedar Fort Publishing with “Happy Release Day” in the subject line.  It’s official – $5 Family Fun is now an e-book! 

Happy Release Day announcement

I began the project in October 2013 so it’s strange to think that my work is now out in the world.  It’s available currently online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books & Things and soon on iBooks. 

I’d like to thank the many who have supported me throughout this project! 

Easy Pie Crust Recipe

Easy Pie Crust (yield single crust)


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
6 to 8 Tablespoons ice cold water

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Rolling Out Pie Crust



1. Sift flour & salt together.
2. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender (see below image) until shortening pieces are the half size of peas.  If you don’t have a pastry blender, you cans use a fork or blend with food processor.
3. Sprinkle dry mixture with two tablespoons of cold water.
4. Mix with clean hands.
5. Repeat until all is moistened.
6. Form dough into a 2 ball.
7. Chill for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Place a ball onto a floured surface & slightly flatten with hands.
9. With rolling pin, roll from the center to the edges from all angles until dough is 1/8 of an inch thick.
10. Turn pie plate upside down & cut dough an inch wider than the pie plate all the way around.
11. Gently fold dough in half.
12. Fold in half again so it’s a quarter of the size of the full circle.
13. Lay into the pie plate.  Unfold the two folds until fully opened & push into the edges of the pie pan.
14. Use unbaked or blind baked (pre-baked) per the directions of your favorite pie recipe.
15. Save a slice for me!!!


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Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings

Did you raid your kid’s trick or treat bag? Well if you survived Halloween, you probably deserve an adult beverage so combine these two treats with wine and candy pairing options.

Check out my latest YouTube video where I share some of the pairings I tried and my favorites. Not a vino drinker?  I share a web site where you can find not only wine/candy pairings but for beer and booze too.  YouTube Video Link:  https://youtu.be/loh1dexiuS4


Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings

There are several wine categories but I chose 4 to sample pairings. Below are each category & some of the recommended pairings I found for each:

Bold Red (I used Malbec)

  • M&Ms
  • Twix
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Medium Red (I used Merlot)

  • Snickers
  • Kit Kat

Dry White (I used Pinot Grigio)

  • Skittles

Sweet White (I used Moscato)

  • Sweet Tarts
  • Starburst
  • Candy Corn

Personally, I really Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & Malbec combo. The rich favors really complemented each other.  The other surprising favorite of mine (surprising because I’m not a sweet wine fan) was the Moscato and Sweet Tarts.  It was a really nice pairing.

There are many pairing sites and articles online. Just Google the subject.  Two I used were www.vivino.com and www.vinepair.com (which also provides beer & booze pairings in addition to wine).  At your next adult gathering, wine club meeting or…do you really need a reason?

Happy November!