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

how to make homemade glass cleaner

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

salmon with lemon and dill

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. […]

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 of […]

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. One […]

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 below. […]

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. That’s […]

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 sweater […]

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 option […]

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 changed […]