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Easy Appetizers; Tortilla Roll-Ups

Here’s a popular appetizer that is quick and easy to make.  It’s perfect to whip up the day before a party.  There are several versions of this recipe out there; this is just the one Mom and Grandma always fixed.  I could not find where this exact list of ingredients came from.  So, if you …

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Repurposing Old Bed Sheets into a New Comforter

This is a great project to become familiar or reacquainted with your sewing machine.  The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect and it can be a wonderful opportunity to test out your free motion quilting skills (this was a first for me).   Additionally, you will save tons of money on material since you are repurposing old sheets.  …

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Amazing Acini de Pepe Salad

Growing up, whenever Mom asked me what I wanted her to make, my answer was always Acini de Pepe Salad.  It does take a little planning and makes a very large amount, so generally this side dish was reserved for holidays, carry-ins, and church picnics.  This recipe is a family favorite and is taken from …

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Hard-Boiled Versus Baked Eggs: Part I

If you’ve visited this page before, there is one huge difference that is changing my life with boiled eggs – start with boiling water! This completely changes the peeling. The eggs turn out gorgeous. Read on for details… I have recently heard several people mention that rather than hard-boiling eggs it is better to bake …

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(Almost) Authentic Cheese Enchiladas

Since we’ve moved to the East Coast, it’s been quite a challenge finding any great Mexican restaurants.   Some grocery stores don’t even carry tortillas.  Missing my family’s cooking, especially the enchiladas we had at gatherings, I decided to try my hand at the recipe my grandma and cousin perfected.   I have labeled these “almost” authentic since I …

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100 Favorite Movies

After the post on Monday talking about films, comparing originals to their remakes, I’ve had readers inquiring as to what my favorite movies are.  Trying to narrow it down is like trying to pick an ultimate food, animal, or color.  I think for some people this may come easier than for others.  For me, it’s practically …

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Just Like Mom Used to Make

Growing up, I never realized how important food was to my family life.  Almost every great childhood memory and experience involves food in some way or another.  Whether we were getting ice cream after winning the big game; having a barbeque when it was too hot to cook in the house; eating a four-course meal …

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Tasty Chocolate Treats

*UPDATED 12-29-13* Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites For Christmas this year I got fancy and switched out the regular chocolate chips for dark chocolate morsels and rolled them in coconut (see full recipe below).  These Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites were a favorite item at the party. If the post from last week, The Ultimate Gift, got you …

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Magnificent Magnet Board

When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I were looking for an easy way to display photographs, notes, and ideas.  We wanted an option that could be quickly updated with new items and also not cause any damage to the photos and illustrations.  Ruling out a bulletin board or traditional framing, we decided to …

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Decorative Noise Reduction Panels You Can Make at Home

I love creative projects!  They are one of my many passions.   I don’t like to think of things as “problems” per se, but rather as “opportunities” for enhancement.   Moving to a new place, or just getting that itch to redecorate your old space, can offer a goldmine of possibilities. One opportunity we were …

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