Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Holiday Fun / Games for Groups

“Were there Uncles like in our house?” “There are always Uncles at Christmas. The same Uncles.”
—from A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
My favorite holidays are a combination of the old and the new. There are traditions I can’t imagine doing without, like the Advent Box and Grandma’s cornflake cookies. But at the same time […]


Aunt Debbie’s Sweet Potato Casserole

I have tried lots of sweet potato casserole recipes over the years, but my favorite by far is Aunt Debbie’s Sweet Potato Casserole. It’s hard to describe how rich and delicious these sweet potatoes are. They probably belong more in the dessert category, but since it’s a holiday we can pretend they’re a healthy side […]


Thanksgiving Blessings Mix

Today was Lily’s Special Day at school so she got to bring treats. This time of year, our go-to snack is the Thanksgiving Blessings mix. We first came across it when Andrew was in preschool with Mrs. King—at the same school his great-grandmother attended years before. I loved Mrs. King because she told me that […]


Bite-Sized Pumpkin Pies

{ image by Sara Westbrook }
Aren’t these tiny pumpkin tartlets a brilliant idea? The ladies at One Charming Party created them with kids in mind, but I think they’d be perfect for those of us who must have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but don’t pace ourselves very well during dinner.
We’re always in charge of bringing […]

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