Here’s What’s Growing

Happy Spring! For some of us, the weather is still working on getting there; but thankfully the end is in sight. I know it’s been several weeks since I’ve posted or been online at all really, but it’s not without good reason. When I prayed about what this year would hold in store, the word …

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Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls

 After successfully recreating my grandmother’s cabbage burgers, I wanted to give her cinnamon rolls a try.  I called around to the aunts and received a few recipes that were pretty similar.  This particular one Grandma would use to save time and when she was making rolls to accompany dishes that were not also made from dough, …

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

A few weeks ago, we were chatting about the benefits of parchment paper, and I shared a picture of the cookies I was baking.  (You can follow the link to Facebook here.)  Many responded regarding how delicious they looked and inquired about the recipe.  Ask and you shall receive! This comes directly from AllRecipes.com.  Thank …

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Cream Cheese Fruit Dips and How to Keep Apples Looking Fresh

These are my favorite fruit dips.  Almost everyone has heard of them, and most people have tried them.  I’m not sure whom to attribute the original recipes to.  I didn’t take them from a cookbook, I just had them written down on a notecard from my mom.  AllRecipes.com has published the brown sugar version and KraftRecipes.com has the …

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Cleaning Secret Weapon

*UPDATED 1-30-14: Bar Keepers Friend chose Sezen Your Life as their featured blog on 1-29-14!  Post by Bar Keepers Friend I’m so happy right now, my dishwasher is sparkling clean.  Does anyone else get utter joy and complete satisfaction from a task like this?  I love the feeling of accomplishment, especially when it involves restoring something I had …

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It’s Chili Season

On cold winter days, nothing beats coming home to a warm hearty meal; and few things are easier than throwing it all in a pot.  This is my husband’s family chili recipe.  Just brown the meat and add everything to the slow cooker.  It’s an easy one to doctor-up to suit your group, add a …

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Best Times of 2013

Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be wonderful, can’t you just feel it?  I’m so excited to see what’s in store for us these next 12 months.  2013 was great, and here are some of my favorite moments.  Many of these were taken with my phone, so please excuse the quality. I kicked off …

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Activity Tracker Comparison: Fitbit Force versus Jawbone UP

A new year means new resolutions, and for many of us these include having healthier lifestyles.  If you’re looking to assess where you are now and have some accountability for going forward, an activity tracker is a great tool.  There are several on the market. In this review I’ll be comparing two of the major …

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New Uses for Old Holiday Cards

I wouldn’t classify myself as a pack rat, and I’m far from a hoarder.  However, I do have a tendency to keep things. Especially if I’m under the impression that they could be used for something else, if they are pretty, or too sentimental to just throw away. Christmas cards (and other greeting cards) fall …

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Fudge Pie

We did things a bit backwards this year.  For Thanksgiving dessert my husband requested cake (Coconut Cake to be precise), and for his birthday a few days ago I made his favorite, Fudge Pie.  His grandmother always made this for the holidays.  Now for special occasions, or when we just need a touch of home, …

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