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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Valentine’s Day Marathon – Last Minute Goodies

Valentine’s Day Marathon – Last Minute Goodies

When I first came to New York, I used the term “goody” frequently…maybe a little TOO frequently.  A guy from New York (I’ll refer to him as my husband) said to me, “I think you mean TREATS instead of goodies.” I like the word GOODIES. It kind of gives the illusion that the treats might actually be good for you. Speaking of treats being good for you….I recently made some Fiber One Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks.  They are super simple to whip up and only take a few minutes.  If…

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Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

So, your schedule was busy and you were caught off guard.  It could happen to ANYONE.  You knew a special date was arriving and, yet, you did nothing. Valentine’s Day should be about simple things.  Materialism isn’t something that should play a part in a day about love and romance. Yet, here I was… the one who wanted to do something special with my youngest daughter for her classmates…aimlessly searching at the arts and crafts stores.  I thought, “We could make heart lollipops!” Alas, two days before Valentine’s Day doesn’t…

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The Cooking Channel – Making Friendships Possible

The Cooking Channel – Making Friendships Possible

One of the great things about having so many foodie friends is that New York City becomes the mecca of all things foodie.  Disagree?  That’s okay…I like to think so regardless. You can imagine how excited I was to find out that two people that I believe to be shining stars in a world full of madness informed me of an invite to the Big Apple.  Shannon Imlay, author of Shannon’s Shanonigins, and Debbie Fabre, author of Delicious Dishes by Debbie were making their mark in the big city. Debbie…

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