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Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

Share List My kids are nuts….about nuts…. Well truthfully they like trail mix, but I was really tired of spending a ton of money and getting baggies of raisins back in their lunches.  I finally got smart, asked them what they LIKED in trail mix, […]

Free Baby or Toddler Slipper Pattern – Crochet – EASY!

Free Baby or Toddler Slipper Pattern – Crochet – EASY!

Share List A few months ago I was invited to a Pampered Chef party at the Team Jones clubhouse – and I was so excited because I got to see Princess A – the super adorable.  I had to bring her a little gift, so […]

Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners

Napkin Tote Bag – Easy DIY Directions for Beginners

My mom is a thrift store junkie – you need something and dont want to pay retail?  Tell my mom and she’ll find it at a thrift store for a fraction of the price.  It might take her a few months, but she’ll find it – or something that will work.

I was at her house last week and she handed me 3 striped cotton napkins and said, “Make me a tote bag for my trip to Branson in May.”  Ummmmm ok….. I’ve stated before I am NOT very good at sewing – and my patience is a bit lacking – so this actually scared me a bit. (more…)

Turquoise and Leather Bracelet

Turquoise and Leather Bracelet

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for a bracelet inspired by something I saw on Pinterest – easy to put together, a quick project for you or for a gift.

Amazing Apple Butter Recipe

Amazing Apple Butter Recipe

Share List My mom taught me to can when I was pretty small.  We put up lots of jams and vegetables when I was a kid.  Store-bought was expensive and we usually had a garden, and we never threw ANYTHING away. This recipe grew out […]

Italian Pico de Gallo Recipe

Italian Pico de Gallo Recipe

This is another great recipe from my good friend Tish – she makes this for our work get-togethers and it goes like gang busters.  I like to eat it on chips as just a salsa but it would be good on a piece of fish or chicken as well.

This is a really impressive but very economical dish, as the olives are easily found in your grocery and are not the fancy “olive bar” olives that cost a mint and taste canned.  You could experiment with other olives.  I think a Kalamata would be great in this, but I’d watch your salt if you do substitute, as some artisan olives are much saltier than our “white bread” varieties.

Anywhere you use an olive tapenade, you could use this Italian pico.

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