Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


  • In the Kitchen

    Super Yummy Quick and Easy Chili

    We haven’t seen the sun much during the last week and cooler temps have finally come along, so in my kitchen that means chili is on the menu. I love to make a large batch of chili that will feed the family several times over because it’s easy, makes great leftovers and is super yummy. . . especially when you add a few Fritos at the bottom and grated cheese on the top. Now when I make my chili there are a few things you must know. First, I don’t use a recipe and it never tastes quite the same way twice. I throw in a bit of this and a dash of…

  • gluten-free peanut butter cookies
    In the Kitchen

    Awesome Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

    Today’s recipe is for all those folks adhering to a gluten-free diet these days; but I promise all of you who aren’t, will enjoy these cookies just as much as the ones your mama used to make. Yup, I know that’s saying a lot, but I couldn’t believe my tastebuds when I took a bite out of these yummy gluten-free peanut butter cookies. So this one is for my good friend, M., because she never makes a fuss of her gluten-free diet and she thought these cookies were pretty delicious (or at least that’s what she said).

  • In the Kitchen

    Jell-O Playdough, Recipe for Homemade Fun

        We finally tried the Jell-O playing dough thing this weekend, and mom and son gave it two thumbs up. . . oh, and also dad, because he actually gave it the taste test since it smelled so good (not like he snacked on it, just a nibble). We used the recipe from Modern Parents, Messy Kids, but I have seen similar recipes all over the web. We made raspberry dough because I had it on hand, which made the pinkish red colored dough that you see here. My son enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together, but quickly tired of the stirring and kneading steps; although he magically reappeared for the play/testing phase. The cooking process…

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