It’s So Easy, Even a Woman Can Do It

It’s So Easy, Even a Woman Can Do It

One of the biggest pet peeves I seem to have is to come across a review on items used to fix and repair things in the house where someone will write, “I was able to do this, and I’m a female.” Immediately, my brain kicks into high gear with these questions: What do you mean you could do this even though you were a female? Was something specifically written in the instructions saying it should be MORE difficult for a female? I’ve been fixing and repairing things since I was…

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How to Make Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs

How to Make Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs

I’ve had this in my mind for awhile that I’ve wanted to create chocolate covered Easter eggs.  I wanted to come up with my own recipe with a more unique taste.  I also wanted the center to be creamy in some of the eggs.  Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s starting to appear that I want a lot. The recipes that will follow are ones I created.  However, I want to refer you to a recipe for Marshmallow Fluff that I made in order to create these recipes.  That’s…

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How to Save Money on Groceries (without clipping coupons)

How to Save Money on Groceries (without clipping coupons)

For years, I’ve tried managing a family of six on one income.  It wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t pretty either. Take, for instance, the times where I thought couponing would be my thing.  I meticulously clipped coupons every week, sorted them, and shopped for the products on the coupons.  Did it work?   Not really. I would have a packed envelope filled with coupons that was difficult to sort through.  I’d stand in the middle of the aisles dropping coupons everywhere with babies in tow.  It was not a fun…

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How to Fix a Door that’s Sticking

How to Fix a Door that’s Sticking

Have you ever had a door that you tried to open and close and it seemed to get stuck on an edge or rubbed at the bottom or top and took paint off or left marks on your floor? The solution to fixing this is quite easy, and you’d be surprised at what a small investment can do to ease your door pain.  The answer is to buy a small, handheld planer the width of your door. Here is a typical handheld planer: The planer has a blade in it…

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Maple Sugaring and Wood Carving – Cronin’s Maple Farm featuring Chainsaw Doc John Incledon

Maple Sugaring and Wood Carving – Cronin’s Maple Farm featuring Chainsaw Doc John Incledon

The Hudson Valley is a beautiful place to live and visit, but having the ability to experience and see how things are made by the local farmers provides a wonderful learning experience. This weekend, we decided to head over to Cronin’s Maple Farm where we were first treated with watching “Chainsaw Doc” and his son create custom carvings from wood.  Chainsaw Doc is also known as John Incledon, a chiropractor who creates his artwork as a hobby. Although, I loved many pieces he created, I think my favorite piece was…

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How to Paint Your House for a Low Cost

How to Paint Your House for a Low Cost

You want to paint your house, but the cost of paint starts to add up when combined with the amount of square footage you want to cover.  Your children are requesting special colors, but you can’t see buying two gallons of paint for the coverage.  I have a solution that I’ve used in my own home to paint my house, get the color I want, and do it at a very low cost. While contemplating how to paint my house, the solution seemed quite simple:  buy Oops! paint (paint that…

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The Heckers Flour Story

The Heckers Flour Story

During my bread week, I introduced a flour in my Honey White Bread called Heckers that some people have never used.  I wanted to describe my personal experience using Heckers, and how it came about that I discovered flour love at the point of discovery. Quite frankly, the discovery was by accident.  I had seen the bag of Heckers at our local A&P store and had passed it up in favor of something cheaper having no idea what a difference it could make in my baking.  NEVER again will I…

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The Leprechaun Trap – Rainbow Cake with a Spot of Gold

The Leprechaun Trap – Rainbow Cake with a Spot of Gold

A year ago, one of my friends posted a Leprechaun Trap that her children made. I had no idea what a Leprechaun Trap was and thought it would be great fun to create something that would possibly woo a little Leprechaun over to our corner. So, I thought about it and told my younger two daughters about the whole idea of a Leprechaun Trap. The older of the two broke out in giggles while the younger one said, “Let’s do it!” Since I had two boxes of cake mix, I…

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Damaged Bathroom Walls and How to Make Molding Look Professional

Damaged Bathroom Walls and How to Make Molding Look Professional

Author – Chris G. I was remodeling a bathroom in an older home with tongue and groove pine walls. The wood was water damaged and had been painted so they didn’t lend themselves to any reasonable repair. After exhausting the idea of stripping and sanding, I thought about covering the old wood with new, thin bead board panels. This would cover all of the old damage and provide a clean new look while still maintaining the country feel of the home. The panels cost about $20 each, and it took…

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Philly Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

Philly Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

    I created this recipe a few years ago, and it won a place in the dessert section of a Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook.  I was inspired to make the mini-cheesecakes due to my daughters being mint addicts.  I thought St. Patrick’s Day would be a fun time to make them due to them having a green color in them.  Also, my friends have told me they made them for Christmas as well.  If you change the color of the Oreo, you can create something for any occasion.  Enjoy…

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