Meg Makes: Decadent treats can be presents, too

We're well into the holiday season. If you haven't had time to make any treats, I have truffle recipes for you that are both easy and delicious.

The first is from my grandma, Bobbie Thilmony of Loda, and I found it when raiding her recipe box earlier this fall.

To Your Health: Nothing in nutrition is black and white

By Leia Kedem

Have you ever gotten an email, text or letter that made you go, "Wow, what is her problem?" In text, short sentences and using lots of periods can convey curtness. In person, the same message is tempered by facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice. The written word is tricky — so much can be lost in translation.

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Meg Makes: Softening up ginger snaps' edges

Nothing makes me happier this time of year than baking cookies. Today, I'm featuring a tried-and-true recipe that's a variation on a seasonal favorite.

Carol Timms of Champaign, who gave me this recipe, calls these "a lovely, soft version of ginger snaps."

Ginger Bends

1-1/2 cup sugar, divided

3/4 cup butter

My Amish Home: Visiting family as 2014 whizzes by

"Owe no man anything, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Romans 13:8-9

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My Amish Home: A mix of cloudy and sunny times

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:5-6.

Meg Makes: A duo of Grandma's holiday classics

I was recently digging through recipes from my grandma, Bobbie Thilmony of Loda, and found some of my favorite holiday treats.

These are both nice alternatives to cookies — the Payday Candy Squares are especially a favorite this time of year. You make them in the microwave, which I see as an added bonus.

Payday Candy Squares

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"These are the things that ye shall do; speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgement of truth and peace in your gates; and let none or you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: For all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord." Zechariah 8:16-17