Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving always leads me to think about holidays of the past.  While I’m preparing food, my thoughts turn to my grandmother who was the self-proclaimed matriarch of the family.  Whether or not she actually was is undetermined when you’re one of many independent women in the family, but we let her believe it. My grandmother – AKA “Betty Baby” when we wanted to make her laugh.  She kept those fabulous legs until the day she left this world. My grandmother didn’t socialize much outside of the family after my grandfather…

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Hatching Chicks in a Homemade Hatchery

Hatching Chicks in a Homemade Hatchery

One of my daughters decided to take a science research class this year.  She wanted to think of something great and wonderful – like the kid who decided to hatch up some sea monkeys.  “Did you know they’re just shrimp, Mom?”   As a matter of fact, as a child, the discovery that sea monkeys were just shrimp was actually one of my biggest disappointments in life.   They never quite looked like the 1970’s advertising display of sea monkeys that looked like they were crowned king and queen of…

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – The Better Show

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – The Better Show

On the train to New York City, I thought about how many times I’ve come to Allrecipes for my children’s birthday parties, those sleepovers where Mom and Dad never get sleep, the graduations….whenever I needed an idea or a last minute recipe based on items in my fridge or pantry, Allrecipes.com has been there. When I was asked if I would like to be on the Better TV show, I was more than happy to go.  I felt like it was an opportunity to give back to a company and…

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Garage Cabinets From the Kitchen – by Chris G.

Garage Cabinets From the Kitchen – by Chris G.

I love to watch remodeling shows. Who doesn’t love a good before and after session? But every time they redo a kitchen they bring in the sledge hammers and destroy the old cabinets. Granted it’s great tv, but those cabinets are good. Even when they look bad, they’re good. When I remodeled my kitchen I took another approach. I literally disassembled it. I took off the doors, removed the screws holding the face frames together, pulled out each nail holding the cabinet to the wall and took them down one…

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Simple Sewing – Shorts for Kids

Simple Sewing – Shorts for Kids

My youngest modeling her new shorts. I’ve had a lot of people ask me what inspired me to start sewing.  I would say that my biggest inspiration was my mother.  She made everything from shorts to bathing suits, prom dresses to wedding dresses.  Yet, she never actually taught me how to sew. The first outfit I ever made was around the age of 10 or 11.  Outside of simply sewn items, I attempted a dress for my baby sister.  In that aspect, I guess people could say I’ve been sewing…

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How to Make Pretty and Easy Dresses, Necklaces, Barrettes, and Decorate Shoes for Girls

How to Make Pretty and Easy Dresses, Necklaces, Barrettes, and Decorate Shoes for Girls

My beautiful niece was getting married.  My children were seeing family members they hadn’t seen for awhile, and I wanted to get them nice dresses that were age appropriate.  I have a serious hangup about dressing young girls like teenagers. I thought I was so slick ordering dresses on clearance online from a very well known (and respected) department store.  When the dresses arrived, what I had were cheaply made, ill fitted dresses that the children didn’t want to wear because, “It feels scratchy!” The dresses made a quick return…

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Perceptions, Facts, and How You Live

Perceptions, Facts, and How You Live

I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist nor do I profess to be one.  However, I did major in Social Science, and have made some observations based on things people have stated to me, and wanted to share. Personally, I’m not one to look back on childhood and ponder all the mistakes I think my parents made in life.  It’s not who I am.  As a parent, I realized on DAY ONE of bringing that small baby home that I didn’t have a clue.  There are no handbooks or guides that are…

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Furnishing a Bedroom Inexpensively

Furnishing a Bedroom Inexpensively

This is a great time of year to consider following Chris G.’s advice regarding home decorating on a budget!  Weekend Projects with Chris G. – How to Furnish a Bedroom on a Budget Furnishing a bedroom can get expensive, especially if you have expensive tastes. One way to satisfy your sensibilities without breaking the bank is to shop online classified ads. We have been very successful purchasing very nice used items for a fraction of their original cost this way. Here’s the kicker… you have to use cash! I know,…

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Rainbow Prom Dress

Rainbow Prom Dress

When my daughter, Christina, was a junior in high school, she told me she wanted a rainbow prom dress.  She loves colors, is an artist, and wanted to wear a dress full of colors.  The problem was that, at that time, there were no “rainbow” prom dresses in any store. However, I know how to sew and have been sewing for quite a few years.  The problem was finding fabric that might represent a rainbow. After careful searching, I found fabric at Vogue Fabrics.  The fabric was a taffeta that…

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How to Make a Window Screen

How to Make a Window Screen

When an adventurous kitty decided to use the screen as a launching device, I was sure I could just easily replace the screen itself. The problem was that the frame fell apart and was in sore need of replacement.  Furthermore, there was never a screen that fit the window completely.  The window had a half screen. I decided since the window was a custom window, and I wouldn’t easily find a screen to fit that I would just make a screen.  This can be done for any window. What You…

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