Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May your holiday season be full of  laughter and love, family and friends and of course, food and wine galore!

For those of you with children, I hope the peals of laughter and squeals of joy from children opening their gifts tomorrow morning fill your hearts to their bursting point. Hug them close, today, tomorrow and always. They are the greatest gift you will ever be given and time flies so fast. I can't believe my son is celebrating his ninth Christmas already. It feels like I just had him all dressed in his little white snowman outfit for his first Christmas ever.


I'm going to try not to cry that they are 6 and 9 now. Christmas always reminds me how fast they are growing up and no matter how hard I try, I can't slow it down.

Enjoy your families, call a loved one on Christmas if they can't be with you and say Merry Christmas to everyone that you run into.  Find your happy and hold it close. I hope that 2013 is going to be a fabulous year for everyone, full of fun, laughter, excitement and most importantly, love.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Karlynn, Mike and the little Magpies


Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!


  1. paularkelly Reply

    Wonderful post, beautiful family.  Merry Christmas to all of you and all the best in 2012.  Continued success with The Kitchen Magpie 🙂

  2. HeyNanaBread Reply

    @KitchenMagpie Love the family photos, Karlynn. What a charming group. Merry Christmas!!!

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