Peanut Butter Blossom Turkeys

I love the result of baking but not so much the actual baking task.  I find that I would rather spend hours nailing wood to a wall and painting it than mixing together a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.  That seems strange, right?  Well this week I have done both--baked two different kinds of cookies so far AND nailed some wood to a wall and spent hours painting it.  I feel so accomplished.  And what makes it even more heroic is that I did … [Read more...]

How to Install a Pull-out Garbage

I've been meaning to post this for awhile, it's a project we actually did in February.  There's so many projects I've done that I haven't posted because I am so behind.  So I'm resolved to get caught up, starting with this pull-out garbage tutorial.  Yes, I'm going to share with you how to install a pull-out garbage. When we were designing our house, I really wanted a pull-out garbage in the kitchen.  I've always hated how the garbage, a … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last December, I helped plan and execute my sister's wedding.  It was so cute, very rustic and wintery but whimsical.  I built 22 wooden boxes for the centerpieces and every since I've been trying to give them away.  Well last week, they came in very handy when we had an unexpected funeral to help with and I was asked to take care of the centerpieces for the luncheon.  And now I'm so glad I didn't give them all away!  This centerpiece idea is my … [Read more...]

Easy Brownie Pudding

I have distinct memories of growing up in my parents' house in the fall.  My mom was stingy with the heating so it was always pretty cold in the house.  And when we had to turn the clock back, the house felt very dark most of the night.  I remember when the heater would turn on I would literally cover it with my body just to warm up. But there was always one time in the evening when it was bright and warm.  That was at dinnertime, when my … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tool Gifts for DIYers

Christmas is coming and if you're like me, your list is full of 'weird' gift ideas like new tools and such.  Well, being a DIYer, I know what would make ME happy to receive--tool gifts!  So this gift list is for all you people who are DIYers--send your loved ones to this post and say "Get me anything on here." This list includes affiliate links, please see my full disclosure here Ryobi Nailers 18-Volt One+ AirStrike Brad Nailer … [Read more...]

6 Can 30 Minute Easy Chili Recipe

It's officially cold now.  Sometimes even in the fall I don't feel like making hot soup unless there is a real chill in the air.  And today there definitely was!  I decided to make an easy chili recipe that is very quick and easy, perfect for a cold yet busy day.  And most of the items you will find in your kitchen.  It's very hearty and full of protein to give you a boost and fill you up.  And healthy--maybe make it for Halloween night dinner … [Read more...]

Our Fall Craft Party and a Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's no secret that I love Halloween parties.  I love everything about the fall, actually.  This year, instead of throwing a Halloween party like I usually do (well, it might still happen) I decided to kick things off early with a fun Fall Craft Party.  I live in a new neighborhood and everyone is very gung-ho to mean new friends and … [Read more...]

How to Have a Fall Dinner Party

It's that time of year--guests come to town a bit more frequently, everyone moves indoors for gatherings.  You might be thinking of even inviting a few people over...but what to do?  And how to not get overwhelmed?  It's easier than you think. Remember that old adage--K.I.S.S.  Keep it simple, stupid.  For me, that means a low-key menu:  soup, salad, rolls, and a garnish dish.  That's enough food and variety for everyone and most of it can be … [Read more...]