Christmas, Christmas Time is Here

It’s that joyous, beautiful, festive time of year again! Ready or not, it’s already December. We had a lovely Thanksgiving with so many blessings to be thankful for this year; and now Christmas is less than one week away. It took me 6 days to get the tree put up and house decorated. Not because I …

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Autumn in New Jersey Complete with Angel Food Pumpkin Cake

It’s been beautiful here lately.  One of my favorite things about the East Coast is the seasons, especially autumn.  Western Nebraska has a beauty all of its own, but that doesn’t include many trees.  The few deciduous trees that do grow there generally have their leaves frozen off by early cold weather.  Friday was a perfect example …

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Presenting Our New Addition

  I’m sorry for the delay in posting, but it isn’t without great reason. Last week our beautiful little girl was born!  L was 8 pounds 1 ounce, 21.25 inches long.  As all of you know that have had the immense blessing of becoming parents, there really are no words to describe the love and …

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Do-it-Yourself Baby Mobile

There is only one week left till my due date, and our little bundle of joy could arrive any day now.  Most of the major things have been crossed off our to-do list; so to help pass the hours I turned my efforts to a fun project for the nursery, a crafty handmade mobile. I …

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Top 5 Picks for Repurposing and Upcycling

As you’ve seen from previous posts, I love taking old, unused, or unwanted items and turning them into something new.  Here is a list of a few of my favorite websites that share this same passion.  Feel free to add your projects, ideas, and best sites to the comments below. 1. Funky Junk Interiors From mattress …

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Woven Basket from Electrical Cords

Does this look familiar, boxes and totes full of discarded and outdated electronic devices in a tangled mass of cords?  Over the years, we have gone through several computer towers, printers, DVD players, and sets of speakers.  Some have been upgraded, others replaced after extensive use. In our last house, all of these unused items …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, August 3, 2012

Italian Ice, Geeky Gifts, Make it Yourself, Fantastic Food, and Children’s Books 1. Rita’s: Ice. Custard. Happiness. This spring we were introduced to one of the East Coast’s culinary delights, Italian Ice.  Growing up in the rural Midwest, we did not have any businesses in our area that made this product or sold it regularly.  Hearing …

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Coconut Cream Pie Bars

I came across this recipe for Coconut Cream Pie Bars through Pinterest.  The Clever Housewife added it  to her boards, inspired by the original post from Dough Puncher. The bars looked too good to pass up, and I was even more excited when I saw a shortened version of the recipe. Dough Puncher has a wonderful post listing the full ingredients …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, July 27, 2012

Olympic Apps, 5 minute Videos, Frozen Yogurt, Tip Junkies, and Acoustic Music 1. London 2012 Olympics App Today’s the day, it’s finally here, opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Summer Olympics kick off tonight.  With weeks worth of games and hundreds of competitions, keeping up with the action, results, and schedules is no small feat.  So …

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Using Stories to Stay in Touch

It’s difficult for me to fully express the important role friends and family members play in our lives.  As we get older and start families for ourselves, we begin to place greater value on the companionship, support, and love that they offer.  However, there seems to be a harsh paradox that as we long for these …

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