December/January 2013

Web Extras: Enter our Country Woman “My Merry Christmas Pin & Win Contest”, Heavenly Hot Chocolate Mix, Sweet & Salty Snowmen, Knit Tractor Scarf

Mary Engelbreit’s Open House, pg. 12

Contest-Winning Holiday Cookies, pg. 24

Fabulous Appetizers, pg. 34

Special Christmas Section, pg. 39

Mary Engelbreit’s Paper Dolls, pg. 91

In this Issue

December/January 2013 Cover Gal
Artist Mary Engelbreit hosts a holiday tour of her home and offers tips on keeping the season simple, pg. 12

Away in a Manger
Editor Ann Kaiser helps bring the first Noel to life on a family sheep farm, pg. 18

Cookies for a Cause
Cookie decorating parties keep friends, family and the community smiling, pg. 22

Fragrant Décor
Natural accents you can craft from dried fruits and veggies, pg. 40

Special Section: Old-Fashioned Fun, pg. 39
Well-seasoned kitchen with cozy touches, pg. 46

Christmas Dinner, pg. 52

The Great Fruitcake Debate, pg. 56

Classic Homemade Candy, pg. 60

Timeless handmade gifts, pg. 66
Knit Hat and Mitten Set
Christmas Star Cross-Stitch
Crocheted Lap Afghan
Quilted Christmas Tree Place Mat

Reflections: The Best Christmas Gift Ever, pg. 76

Home-Style Cooking

Best Christmas Cookies Contest Winners, pg. 24
Healthy Kitchen: Prime Pomegranate Time, pg. 31
Retro Appetizers: Nibbles from Parties Past, pg. 34
Fun with Food: Igloo Cupcakes, pg. 38

Country Home & Gardens

Ask the Antiques Expert: Vintage Toys, pg. 87
Simply Fun: Mary Engelbreit’s Paper Dolls, pg. 91

Win Big!

Festive Food Gifts Recipe Contest, pg. 30