CROCHET PATTERN: Wine Bottle Hat & Scarf Cozy

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Merry Christmas! This wine bottle hat and scarf is no longer free, but you can grab it in my ETSY shop for just 1.49! Click here to go to Etsy for an instant download of the pattern. You can whip up this easy project in about 30-45 minutes using whichever colors you like. If you want to stick with one color, just ignore where it tells you to switch. It’s…

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Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for it at your local produce stand. So how do you make a pumpkin pie from…

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10 Steps to the Perfect Tie-Dye [VIDEO]

My husband and I (with some awesome parent helpers), tie-dyed shirts with over 100 Middle School Band members last week. It was… an experience.  We had some left over, and finished the t-shirts with the family. We’ve gotten so many compliments on the brightness of the colors and generally how good they looked. So we just had to show you how we did it! Here are 10 easy steps to…

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Hoisin Pork Wraps | Gluten & Dairy Free

I love to post meal ideas for busy moms. Of course, if you are not a mom, and you find yourself busy… or not busy… you may like them too. My friend Kay made my family a meal last week because my husband is in Pakistan for a professional educators’ trip. Yes, Pakistan, you read that right. I’ll have lots to write about when he comes back. The meal was…

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Busy Mom Meal Plan: Venison Chili and More

On Sundays, I usually try to keep the schedule clear, so I can catch up on the to-do list before starting another week. Many of my friends love hearing what I’m making, and I love sharing ideas. Click here to see my previous Busy Mom Meal Plan posts.  This week’s plan  includes one new recipe and several old favorites. I try not to make more than one new recipe each…

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Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork

Usually, the ingredients, Coffee Grounds, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and Pork do not grace my lips in the same sentence.  In this case, however, they combine to help create the MOST delicious Pork Barbecue I have ever tasted! I got this recipe from a friend of mine, Rick.  He said he got it from a newspaper a long time ago, but couldn’t remember where. If you’re skeptical on this one, trust…

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Leftovers? Try This Turkey Corn Chowder

Turkey Corn Chowder To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before adding it to the soup. If you want cheesy chowder, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar with the bacon. For lower fat, omit bacon, and add more salt. 6 fresh medium ears or 3 cups frozen corn, thawed Whatever amount of cooked turkey you have, cubed! (2 cups?) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup…

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Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls or Pops

If you need an excuse to make decadent desserts, the Christmas holiday provides the perfect opportunity. And, of course, you must practice and taste test several times before serving your creations to guests, neighbors or teachers. I promise if you make these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Pops for your next office party, teacher gifts or just because, you will be the talk of the town! The recipe was for cookie balls,…

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2 Weekly Menus to Pre-Cook on Sunday: Salisbury Steak and More

Since I went back to work full time about two years ago, I’ve been striving to figure out how to make our extra-busy lives work smoothly. When I’ve had time to blog, a weekly menu plan is usually what comes out.  I imagined that people were kind of bored with that until I received requests on Facebook to share my meal ideas. These are not fancy, but they work for…

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How to Get Rid of Lice Without Using Chemicals

It’s about that time again! Back-to-school time? Well, yes – time for school supplies and new clothes and locker combinations. It’s also time for head checks, itchy scalps and and those little demon bugs we call lice. Whenever hundreds of children get together in close proximity in warm weather, the threat of lice is there.   A local hair dresser said she had three children unknowingly come in with lice…

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