Cooking with Fresh Pumpkin

I’ve been cooking with fresh pumpkin for many years. Early in the fall, when I see a pumpkin, I don’t think “jack-o-lantern”; I see fresh pumpkin pie!  My first experience cooking with fresh pumpkin was when we had a pumpkin and not wanting to carve it (because I never was very good at that), I …

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Best Banana Bread

In search of a great Best Banana Bread recipe, I decided to create my own. I’ve given several loaves to friends for expert opinions, and this is by far the WINNER.  This best banana bread is moist and flavorful; everything that makes a delicious bread.  I usually double the recipe and have some for breakfast and …

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Special Treat

Would you like to get a special treat like this from a friend?             Need just a little something for a special treat or remembrance for someone without spending a lot of money. Here’s an idea to let someone know you remembered their birthday without going overboard. I usually do …

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Inexpensive Homemade Weed Killer – Do It Yourself

This inexpensive homemade weed killer works like a charm.  It has only three ingredients and saves $$$.  For years, I spent money on a store bought brand that worked great, but cost almost $12.00 a gallon. Now I make my own inexpensive homemade weed killer, it works just as well and costs about what I pay for …

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Simple gift idea

Here is a very simple gift wrap idea. If you want to share something you bake with a friend, wrap it nicely so it looks special.   I love giving just a little treat to someone, just to say, “I’m thinking of you.”  If I’ve baked something I think a friend would like, I love …

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Easy Way To Cook Lasagna Noodles

Necessity is the mother of invention so I’ve heard, and I wanted to come up with an easy way to cook lasagna noodles.     I prefer lasagna noodles you cook rather than the “oven ready” kind.  Problem – I do not have a pot big enough to cook them without breaking them into uneven …

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My Best Banana Bread Recipe (with or Without Nuts)

Okay, I know there are recipes galore out there for Banana Bread — on-line, in magazines, cookbooks, etc.  Maybe the last thing you want is another one.  But, trust me that this Banana Bread is worth trying!  It’s super moist, delicious, and quick to mix up (15 minutes from start to in the oven).  I’ve been on a …

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Get Well Cheer Gift

Get Well Cheer Gift A supplier sent our office a box of mini muffins last week which came in a cute little colorful box/tray and on each side was written “Happy Summer.”  The muffins were gone in a flash and someone started to toss the tray in the garbage.  The muffins were individually wrapped so …

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Simple flower Arranging

I seem to be posting a lot about flower arranging lately, and I do not consider myself an expert.  I just know I love this time of year when perennials are blooming and like to enjoy them outside and inside both.   Maybe I can inspire someone to bring in a beautiful bouquet or take …

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Inexpensive Flower Arranging

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I love the salad dressing pictured below.  (And, NO! I’m not getting paid to say that.)  I use every drop of the salad dressing and save the jar.  This jar is perfect for so many things – more on that later. Today it is a vase which making it basically a free vase to give …

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Flower Arrangement Tips

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I love having flowers in my yard.  But, I also love having a bouquet in the house – then when it’s time to come in for the night I can still enjoy the beauty and fragrance of my lovely flowers.  In the North where I live, the flowers outside do not last very many months, …

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Hawaiian Party – My Friends Are Such Good Sports

I love giving parties – nothing elaborate – more like little get-togethers with a few friends.  I love finding a “theme” to build my party around, and I get excited when I find just the right little party favor to send home with my guests. Walking through my nearby dollar store, I spotted these grass …

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Casual But Classy Party

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I have a special group of friends who get together every few months at someone’s home just to enjoy some time together.  They do not require anything elegant.  In fact, after dinner they will not relax until the table is cleared, dishes are done and food all put away.  So, I make it as easy as …

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Wizard of Oz Quilt

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This is my latest project for a special gift for my daughter who has been a devoted “W of O” fan since she first saw the movie as a child.  I love finding Oz things for her.  When I discovered this Wizard of Oz fabric, I knew I had to make a quilt for her. …

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Pasta Salad With Chicken and Cheese

Quite possibly my favorite pasta salad and a real crowd pleaser.  I took a double batch to a dinner yesterday and came home with an empty dish.  Fortunately, I made extra to keep at home.  Looking forward to dinner tonight. This is a great side dish, but can also be a main course on a …

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Organize Your Household Paperwork

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Keeping track of all the papers in your life can become a losing battle without an organized system. It’s easy to forget little things you need to do (like paying a bill or sending birthday cards) without a plan to remind yourself. This system has worked for me for years.  As you can see my …

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Dreamsicle Cake

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If you like “Dreamsicles” you’re sure to like “Dreamsicle Cake.” I made this for a potluck for last night and came home with an empty dish and several requests for the recipe. That’s always a good sign that a recipe is a winner.  (Good thing I left cupcakes for the family for a treat.) Dreamsicles …

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Homemade Tartar Sauce

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I tried this for the first time last night with not much of an idea what goes into the making of a good tartar sauce.  I was too lazy to look through cookbooks, plus I kind of wanted to make this “my own” recipe to share.  To me, some types of fish just must be …

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Add a small bathroom

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Even if you have just a little space, you might be surprised when you get out your tape measure and do the math that you actually have room for a small bathroom.  Realtors will tell you that adding even a half bath in your home will increase the actual dollar value of your home.  Some …

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Stuffed Chicken Breast

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We all appreciate a recipe that is quick, easy and delicious.  But, let’s face it, some recipes just take a bit longer to make.  This is one of those recipes, but the end result is WELL WORTH the time and effort.  And, it really goes pretty quickly if you get all your ingredients together and …

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No Peek Beef Stew

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  The first time I made this recipe I knew it was a “keeper.”  It came from a friend of my mom’s. Once you make this “no peek stew,” you’ll want make it over and over and over again.  It’s so incredibly easy and absolutely delicious.  Don’t you just love recipes like that!?!!  It’s become a …

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Relaxing Bath Soak and Body Detox

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Today I’m sharing my “recipe/formula” for a relaxing bath soak and body detox.  Did you ever feel so tired, worn out or wound up that you can’t even relax enough to go to sleep.  You know a good night’s sleep will make a huge difference, but your body aches, your overly tired …

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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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You will have a hard time finding an easier cheesecake recipe than this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake.  And, it’s simply scrumptious.  I’ve never personally made it before.  My aunt Gloria spoiled us by bringing this light and fluffy cheesecake to family dinners, and she ALWAYS left with an empty dish.  Unfortunately, she has joined the …

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Vegetable Chili

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin I love a good hearty chili – I bet you do too.  I can eat it any time of the year, but it’s especially good on cold winter days.  Needing to watch my health and diet, I came up with a vegetable version that is delicious. This satisfies my craving for …

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Simple Gift Idea

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Last night I realized it was the birthday of a friend, and I would be seeing her today. (Good thing I always try to keep a little stash of last-minute-gifts for times like this.) Several months ago, I found these little house-shaped boxes at the local dollar store. They were absolutely too cute to pass up, especially for …

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Healthy Treat Bags – Make Someone Feel Special

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These are little treat bags I put together for each lady in our new Bible study session.  I try to take a special little treat to the first session of each new study.  I made sure to get there earlier than anyone else.  I put the new workbooks around the table and placed a little …

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Easy Chicken & Dumplings – My Most Requested Meal

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This recipe for Chicken and Dumplings has been a favorite of my family from the very first time I made it.  Its fairly easy to make and my most requested meal.  I love recipes like that.  On birthdays, my family would be disappointed if I did not make Chicken and Dumplings.  Okay, this may not be the absolute …

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Brownies – Added Ingredient Gives Added Goodness

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              In a hurry?  Unless you tell, no one will ever know you didn’t spend hours in the kitchen slaving over these brownies. The added ingredient gives these brownies just the right “chocolaty” taste to compete with the best “scratch” recipe, and makes them deliciously moist. I’ve said before, …

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Easy Delicious Cube Steaks

If it sounds conceited to brag on your own cooking, I suppose I’ll take that chance, but this cube steak is an absolutely delicious hit whenever I make it – even with me.  I can hardly wait for dinner when this cube steak is on the menu.  The basic gravy/sauce is an old stand-by for other …

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Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes

I love giving little gifts to my friends and I love baking.  So with Valentine’s day coming up I baked an assortment of treats, mainly pinkish.  Time was a factor as usual so I had to take some shortcuts and use mixes and recipes that were quick to make.  And, I made a few at …

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Button Sewing Tip

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Tip for sewing on buttons – before you start to sew on a button, especially on a winter coat or heavy fabric, insert a spacer under the button between the holes.  I used a cuticle stick here.  Then sew the button on like you normally would.  When you are done, remove the spacer.  Your button …

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Bisquick Pudding Cookies-Scrumptiously Delicious And Oh So Easy!

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Bisquick Pudding Cookies – four ingredients make these quick, simple-to-make, yet scrumptious treats. These have been a holiday, or any-day-of -the year favorite of my family for years.  Yesterday I shared an easy recipe for cookies; these are even a bit easier and quicker.  To prove it to myself before I went bragging about that, I made these …

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Melt In Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

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I LOVE Shortbread Cookies, and I’m guessing you or someone in your household does too.  These are soooo incredibly easy to make – five ingredients.  More importantly, they are “melt-in-your-mouth” delicious.  It’s hard to eat just one or two of these soft, flavorful cookies.  You can roll them out and cut them in shapes with cookie …

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Houseplant Health – Eggshells

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For a long time I just accepted the fact that my pm kept a quart jar with eggshells covered with water under her kitchen sink.  One day after my family had eaten dinner at my mom and dad’s house, I naturally got up to help with the dishes.  This time curiosity got the better of …

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Preservative Free Peanut/Almond Butter

It’s that time of year. After indulging in too many holiday treats, it’s time to think about a more healthy diet.  I put all my Christmas gift cards together and bought myself a Vitamix.  I love it already.  (And, I am not being compensated in any way by the Vitamix people.)  Right away, I decided to …

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Broccoli Plus

This was a perfect side dish to go with my delicious pork chops (previous blog) for Sunday dinner.  My son LOVES broccoli!  I usually just steam fresh broccoli with a little butter, salt and pepper.  I felt a little creative so I changed things around a bit for variety.  It got the approval of everyone …

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Delicious Pork Chops

Oh my goodness – these pork chops tasted even better than I thought they would – tender, delicious and so easy.  It’s time for a trip to the meat market and all I had in the freezer for Sunday dinner was a package of pork chops – seven to be exact.  I took an old …

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Healthy Beverage

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It’s that time of the year. After indulging in too many goodies over the holidays, it’s time to get back to a more healthy life style.  I’ve been reading about the health advantages of drinking lemon juice with hot water, as well as the health benefits of raw honey.  You can find information on both …

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Organizing Your Household Chores – Part 4 – Daily Chores

Organizing Your Household Chores – Part 4 – Daily Chores I’ve been writing these blogs as organizing your “HOUSEHOLD” chores.  Actually, I include other things, such as: sending birthday cards, car oil changed, yard work, and anything else.  I could not hold down a full-time job and keep the schedule of a stay-at-home mom.  On weekends, I would …

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Important Tip For Cutting Your Quilt Pieces

After you select your pattern and fabric for your keepsake quilt, one of the next things you will do is cut out your quilt pieces.  It is extremely important that you take your time and make sure each piece is cut exactly the same.  Measure carefully and don’t get in a hurry.  I learned this …

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Place Cards for Guest Seating

I wanted to do something clever for seating other than deciding who should sit where and making place tags. I came up the idea to take old Christmas cards and cut them into a jigsaw puzzles. I placed a puzzle on each plate and took one piece from each puzzle and put it in a dish. …

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Organizing Your Household Chores – Part 3

As a stay-at-home mom, I kept my house spotless.  My house practically got a spring cleaning every week (with the exception of inside closets and dresser drawers and maybe washing the walls).  I soon found out I could not work a 9:00 to 5:00 job five days a week and do everything I did before. Hence, I …

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Crochet Slippers

The greatest thing about these crocheted slippers (other than the fact they are sooooooo easy to make) is that they actually stay on your feet.  I’ve had some that slide off my feet.  They make a great gift when you need just “a little something,” and you can use up your left-over yarn.   Crocheted …

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Organizing Your Household Chores – Part 2

The years that I was a stay-at-home-mom, every Friday I would clean my house from top to bottom.  I loved sitting down to watch TV on Friday night with a sparkling clean house.  On Monday and Tuesday I would do laundry and iron.  I had time to cook, bake, sew, quilt, etc.  I had it “all …

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Christmas Party – Part 2

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So as my guests arrived, I ushered them into the living room for appetizers and chilled Sparkling Cider.  Appetizers included: a variety of veggies on a Christmas tree plate, Ranch dip, Salsa/cheese dip, a variety of cheeses, and fancy crackers.  We spent some time just chatting and enjoying appetizers. The cheese dip was a last minute …

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Christmas Party -Part 1

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I love getting together with a special group of ladies.  They’re pictured in my previous blog posts.   We just had our annual Christmas get-together.  I usually host our Christmas party and love every minute – from sending out invites, decorating, food prep and finding little party favors – to the time when the last guest …

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Sausage and Sauerkraut – My Mom’s Way

In our family we don’t have a holiday “meal,” we have a holiday “feast” or “smorgasbord.”  That means three or more meat dishes.  (And, no, we really don’t feed an army of relatives – just eat a lot of left overs – which is why it helps to make things you really like a lot.) …

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Chocolate Chip Jar Cookies – A Great Gift

            I’ve been “perfecting” my Chocolate Chip Jar Cookie recipe for a few years now.  I was never quite satisfied with the final product of my jar cookie recipe.  After testing and re-testing – a little more or this – a little less of that, I finally came up with …

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Quilting – My Passion

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I come from a family of “quilters.”  I never slept under any cover except a handmade quilt by my grandma, my mom or one of my aunts until I got married and got a fleece blanket as a wedding gift.  These are keepsake quilts to be passed down to children and grandchildren.  Most of the …

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Hat Party

I have a special group of friends who like to get together and watch old movies together.  I’ve always called it “old movie night.”  My sweet adorable children call it “old lady night”.   (Well, we’re young at heart!!). Once again the local dollar store gave me an idea.  At the front of the store …

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