Homemade Cleaners And Electronic Devices

A few good things to remember if you've wondered about using homemade cleaners on your electronics like laptops, tablets, or phones

One of the things I’ve always liked best about my homemade cleaners is that they are so multi-purpose and versatile.  I often find myself cleaning all kinds of surfaces with whatever homemade spray cleaner I have in my hand whether it’s my club soda, my vinegar and water, or my […]

One Year Old Birthday Smash Cake

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A few weeks ago I learned about a new tradition that wasn’t around when my children were small. The one year old birthday smash cake. Back in my day, we just put a slice of cake in front of the little tykes.  The smash cake is really the same idea […]

Chocolate Cake From Scratch

How to make a chocolate cake from scratch

Sometimes I think it’s a shame that cake mixes were ever invented. Cake mixes are seen as time savers, but often the only time they really save you is not measuring a few ingredients like flour, sugar, and baking soda.  That’s a little task that only takes a brief minute or […]

It’s My Blogging Birthday!

Thoughts on what it's like after 5 years of blogging

It’s the Fourth of July holiday as I’m writing this — the day that’s the birthday of the country where I make my home — the United States of America.  But whenever the Fourth of July holiday rolls around I always celebrate another “birthday” of sorts. It’s my blogging birthday […]

Restoring Wood Handles on Knives

Homemade remedy to restore wood handles on knives

There’s only been one other DIY recipe solution that I’ve written about three times here on the blog and that’s my homemade stain remover.  After I shared my first stain removal story I received positive feedback on a couple other success stories (Here’s Story #2 and Story #3) that I […]

Homemade Butter

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Homemade butter.  It sounds like a delicious luxury, doesn’t it? Our great grandmothers who had no choice but to sit at the butter churn if they wanted butter would probably laugh at us.  You have it so good now!  The luxury is in being able to go to the store […]

Skillet Jambalaya Recipe

Recipe for Skillet Jambalaya

I hope I never get to a point in life where I want to stop learning.  I’m fully aware that as life moves along, it’s all too easy to get comfortable with the familiar and the temptation creeps in to just rest with what you know now.  Why bother to […]

Can You Microwave Fels Naphtha Soap?

How to microwave Fels Naptha Soap to make Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

Exactly two years ago today I wrote a post about how to microwave Ivory soap for your homemade laundry soap mixtures.  Putting the Ivory soap in the microwave made it puff up and once it cooled, it could easily be crumbled into a powdery consistency, saving you the time and […]

When Convenience Isn’t Convenient

When convenience isn't convenient

The past few weeks I’ve been browsing through a book called “Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House“.  It’s author, Cheryl Mendelson, set out to write a modern day handbook for homemakers covering all areas of keeping a house including making and storing food, cleaning your home, and […]

DIY Picture Frame Jewelry Organizer

How to make a jewelry organizer from a picture frame

One of the gifts my daughter had on her Christmas gift idea list for me last year was some kind of jewelry organizer she could hang on her bedroom wall.  And because she knows me well she added, “I bet you could just make one.” And she was right! With […]

My 3 Simple And Practical Ways to Label

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  I have a love-hate relationship with labeling my homemade products.  On the one hand, I very much understand the importance of labeling.  Homemade spice blends, homemade sauces, and especially homemade cleaners, can be really hard to identify if you don’t mark on the jar or bottle what’s inside as soon […]

Skin Softening Hand Scrub {DIY Satin Hands}

Make your own skin softening hand scrub

I’ve come to really enjoy hand and body scrubs – and a couple of years ago I didn’t even know what they were!  But now that I’ve discovered what a lovely thing they are, I’ve taken to always keeping some around and I make sure I pamper myself regularly with […]

4 Resourceful Ideas for DIY Seed Starter Pots

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One of my favorite things about “Make Your Own” projects is that they are so often born of a resourceful spirit.  Rather than just accepting the traditional way, or the money-spending way, the resourceful folk of the world start looking around and think . . .  . . .How can […]

Homemade Glass Cleaner #2

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One of the quickest and simplest homemade solutions I use for cleaning glass and mirrors around the house is to just use straight club soda.  I’ve been doing this for several years now and have always been happy with the results.   It’s simple, fast, and it works! Even though club […]

Big Batch Crockpot Red Sauce

Recipe for homemade red sauce in the crockpot

One of the strategies I’ve been trying to get better at when it comes to quickly making homemade meals, is to have some resources in my freezer.   I’m discovering too that my preference for freezer resources isn’t necessarily to have a casserole already made and ready to go, but […]

Salmon With Lemon And Dill

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Do you feel a little intimidated by the thought making your own fish dinner entree at home?  I was too, for longer than I would like to admit.  I spent way too many years thinking that a good fish filet dinner was best had at a restaurant, and at home […]

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. […]