It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s something I never thought about when I bought my freezer less than 12 months ago.  I didn’t think about it when I bought that huge ham on sale either.  I mean, the price was right, and there I was, pondering my quest of saving money. The freezer came about right before my surgery.  I knew it would be awhile before I could make a good meal again. I figured I could put some meals together and freeze them so everyone would be fed.  I made it easy with instructions…

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Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Prior to Peggy Calhoun’s article, Peggy had told me that she made a chocolate bread.  As a confessed chocolate addict, I just knew I had to do something with chocolate bread.  My first attempt at creating a recipe was a success, and I just knew I had to share my recipe with all of my closeted chocolate addict friends.  My oldest daughter, Katie, told me it was good, but asked, “What can you do with it?” Of course, I answered, “You EAT it, Silly.” Then, I suggested that it must…

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How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

Author – Chris G. I Like to Move It, Move It Sometimes you need to move something and there’s no one around to help. What can you do? Use your noodle. I love to work alone, but now and again the job has within it a task too heavy for one person. I sometimes get around this by using BRUTE STRENGTH, but when that doesn’t work (more often than not) I get creative. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall…

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Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Donna- “I’d like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Peggy Calhoun for her article on bread baking.  She presented this in such a way that even a true beginner could bake a loaf of bread.  Her pictures will make your mouth water.” Author – Peggy Calhoun I was inspired to make bread when my favorite little bakery went out of business.  They made the most wonderful tomato basil baguettes and asiago cheese bread. I was bound and determined to make my own bread for over a five year…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

I created my own recipe for a whole wheat bread that I love.  Then, it disappeared.  I was trying to recreate it this morning, and I’m close to having it. For whole wheat bread, I like to use 100% whole wheat…not half of a recipe of whole wheat…100%.  My favorite brand to use is King Arthur Flour.  They have a lot of great recipes on their website too.  I’ve always had great success with that particular flour when I’ve made bread. This particular recipe I created this morning will have…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

If you want it, then you knead it..or maybe you don’t knead it at all. In this day and age, time consuming tasks aren’t our cup of tea.  We like things to be simple, yet we treasure recipes made from scratch.  Today, I’m going to introduce to you the way I “cheat”  with  making bread.  These are my own personal secrets  and recipes.  My guess is that my bread making ways probably aren’t the way any fancy culinary school would tell you how to bake bread.  This is one of…

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The Ledge Project – Hardwood Floors

The Ledge Project – Hardwood Floors

I have a ledge that extends near my stairs.  I have no idea why it’s there. I’ve thought about it on a daily basis.  Does it bother me?  Yes…yes, it does.  This ledge is some sort of drop off point for everything.  It has no purpose.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it was created because someone designing our house made a mistake and overestimated where the wall needed to go.  Then, maybe the wall was moved back a bit. In the decision of creating said ledge, I think someone…

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Removing Popcorn Ceilings – In Chris’ Corner

Removing Popcorn Ceilings – In Chris’ Corner

Article by Chris G. for HudsonValleyHandymom.com We all want to make our homes our own which usually means making changes to suit our own taste. This can be an expensive and time consuming proposition. My wife and I have made great efforts to make our house our own while trying to save money and build equity. We do this by shopping for good deals, performing the labor ourselves, and making changes not just to suit our own taste, but also to consider what we think a future owner might like….

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Last minute gift idea – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Last minute gift idea – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You forgot an important date, and you believe you’ll be in the doghouse.  Never fear:  a solution is here! The Underdog theme song is playing in my head. You too can be a hero. It’s simple:  make gourmet style chocolate covered strawberries.  This will take you less than an hour to make, no baking required, and the fact that you made it with your own two hands will pull on heart strings. Here’s what you need to do: Make a trip to the local grocery store. Your shopping list consists…

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Valentine Sugar Cookies – A Labor of Love

Valentine Sugar Cookies – A Labor of Love

Yes, you read the title correctly.  I said, “LABOR of love.” Anyone and everyone who has made sugar cookies knows that it is a time consuming process.  Not only that, but they don’t always taste that great, sometimes are so hard that you feel you could break your teeth biting into them, and they don’t always seem to look professional unless you BUY them from a bakery. There’s a little secret that some don’t know:  a lot of cookies from the bakery taste the same due to it all coming…

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