How To Dye Easter Eggs – With Kool Aid!

How to dye Easter eggs with Kool Aid

Even though I don’t have little ones at home anymore, dying Easter eggs is something I’ve still had fun doing the last few years just for the joy I get from playing with color.  You’re never too old to get a little thrill from watching your white eggs transform into […]

A New Look!


If you’re a regular reader of this blog and you stopped by and visited last week, you may have noticed that things looked just a little bit different.  You may have spotted the new logo, the new colors, and a couple of the new helpful pages that have been added. […]

How To Restore Dry Wood: Project #2

How to restore dry wood

Several months ago I wrote about one of my favorite homemade mixtures for reviving new life into old dry wood, and in particular, wooden items that have some water spots. My post from last fall focused on an old wooden folding table that I wanted to perk up and put […]

Sausage Penne Alfredo

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  Comfort food, especially in the cold winter months, often comes in the form of casseroles and other warm saucy dishes. Sure, a salad is healthy, but it just doesn’t warm you from the inside out like a dish of food that’s all hot and bubbly. We need the comfort […]

How To Stretch Your Liquid Dish Soap

How to stretch your liquid dish soap and save money - learn how to make your own foaming dish soap

  One of the great side benefits of making more of your own stuff is that you’ll usually save money too. Some of the homemade strategies may seem like only little changes at first, but over time they can all add up and become regular ways to help the budget. […]

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries – Success!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

  It’s been a couple years since I first tried to make my own homemade chocolate covered cherries – and it was a big failure (you can read that original story here:  Failed Chocolate Covered Cherries). They were a pretty sorry looking mess as you can see in the picture […]

How To Make Your Own Font

How to create your own font

  Every so often I like to do a “Make Your Own” project just for the fun of it.  Not because I need it or because it will save me money. I just like the fun of having a crafty moment and finding out what I can make on my own. […]

How To Make A Sweater Pillow

How to make a sweater pillow

  I’ve finally gotten around to a craft project I’ve been meaning to get to for a loooong time now. At last I took the time to make a pillow from an old sweater! It’s been over a year since my mom passed an old sweater along to me.  The […]

DIY Olive Oil Moisturizer

Homemade olive oil moisturizer

  Winter time for me is always a battle with dry skin. Dry, itchy, winter skin.  Yuck. In years past, I’ve been known to resort to just smearing some petroleum jelly on my hands to try to give them some lasting moisture but that’s such a greasy option. The other […]

Crockpot Beef Teriyaki

Recipe for Crockpot Beef Teriyaki

  When you think of Beef Teriyaki, do you think of one of those little Chinese take-out boxes? That’s how it was for me for many years.  I had no good recipe to make at home for a traditional Chinese dish like Beef Teriyaki. I’m happy to say that’s finally […]

Why I’ve Almost Stopped Using Coupons

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  For years I’ve been a person who has used coupons.  For me it usually wasn’t a bother to spend a little extra time clipping and organizing coupons and reading through grocery ads so I could use coupons on sale items.  In fact I’ve always kept my wallet-sized coupon organizer […]

3 Recipes Using Creme de Menthe

3 ways to use creme de menthe

  The last recipe in our homemade liqueurs series was Creme de Menthe, a minty liqueur that can be used in baking or cocktails.  And to give you a few ways to use your homemade Creme de Menthe, here are 3 ideas to put it to good use. I suppose […]

Homemade Creme De Menthe

How to make homemade Creme de Menthe

  For the last liqueur in our holiday homemade liqueur series we’ll be looking at homemade Creme de Menthe.   Creme de Menthe is a sweet minty liqueur with a fancy French name that translates to “Mint Cream”.  Kind of strange, I know, as Creme de Menthe  isn’t creamy and […]

How To Make A Mudslide Dessert Drink

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  I almost never order dessert when I go out to eat.  Not because I have tons of self control or anything, I’m just usually too full after my meal to eat anything more.  And I guess that’s why when I do get tempted to end my meal with something […]

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

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  I’m always pleasantly surprised at just how tasty and simple a homemade liqueur can be and today’s recipe is no exception.  This recipe for homemade Baileys Irish Cream is a no-stress mixture that stirs together fast, tastes yummy, and makes a nice gift too. Making my own copycat version […]

3 Cocktails To Make With Homemade Kahlua

Drinks you can make with Kahlua

  In the last post we looked at an easy way to make your own Kahlua coffee liqueur.  You can use your homemade Kahlua at home for yourself or for entertaining, however it’s also perfect for giving as a gift too.  When giving your Kahlua as a gift, it’s a […]

Homemade Kahlua (Coffee Liqueur)

How to make DIY Kahlua

  Each year for Christmas I try to come up with a theme for the recipes I share during the month of December.  Here’s a quick look at the last few years: 2013:   Recipes for non-sugar food gifts (Southwestern Dip Mix, Spicy Pecans, and Popcorn Seasonings). 2012:  Recipes for some […]