Magazine article USA TODAY

What Goes Best with a Fireplace and Eggnog

Magazine article USA TODAY

What Goes Best with a Fireplace and Eggnog

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With a family of six--that's right, the kids have us outnumbered 4-2--life sometimes can become a matter of piles, not all of them pleasant. Sometimes there are piles of garbage coming out of the kitchen can; more often there are overflowing piles of dirty clothes overwhelming the laundry room; and, to be honest, those dinner dishes pile up pretty quickly, too. Still, not all piles are bad. For instance, there's the pile of tasty treats that are always accessible on top of the fridge, and the pile of logs I spent all fall splitting certainly serves to keep us warm and toasty. Beyond the chopped wood, however, a constant in our home during these chilly months is a pile of blankets. I have to admit, though, I really don't know where they all came from. It's as if we were running a rescue center, what with blankets of every conceivable size, color, and material heaped on the basement couch.

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Yet, there is one thing I do know: those on top of the pile are courtesy of Nuddle (nap plus cuddle equals Nuddle . …

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