Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

Inexpensive Furniture and Making Your Furniture Match

In my twenties, I was married with two children and BROKE.  We didn’t have Internet access like today, and I literally would call my bank nightly to see what checks cleared and what the remaining balance was in my account.  It was a nightmarish way to live, but it taught me a lot. Today, I was telling my older two girls about how I would use my talents to get what I needed (or to save the day from checks bouncing).  I knew how to sew and make crafts.  Craft…

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The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

I thought about it and thought about it…and thought about it some more. I heard all the commercials as people ran to the store. I had great ideas to put on my blog… of quick gifts for Christmas when your brain’s in a fog, Ideas abound all over the net, Things you could do if you happen to forget “DON’T WORRY, WE’RE STILL OPEN!” the commercials all cried. Emails shot to my inbox with the message inside, “It’s okay if you’re late.  Buy a gift card through email.  Or go…

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Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

LeAnn Bird from www.pantryfriendlycooking.com sent in this very cute tea towel idea. They involve simple sewing skills, and she tells you what you can do if you can’t make a button hole.  What a great idea for a last minute gift too! Thank you, LeAnn for these irresistible towels! From LeAnn – I am not a crafter but I could not resist this cute tea towel that hangs over the oven door handle. It is made from two dish towels of contrasting coordinating fabrics. I made about 6 in about 2…

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Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

The holidays can be so stressful.  Add owning a major fixer upper into the mix when your bedrooms don’t have doors, the whole family is using one small bathroom, and trying to make sure that things get finished before your entire clan arrives for the holidays.  It’s enough to make a person want to pull her hair out – especially when vessel sinks arrive shattered after waiting a couple of weeks for delivery…. ESPECIALLY when electricians can’t arrive due to an ice storm, school has snow days, your Kitchen Aid…

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Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit saddened that my two eldest daughters aren’t here this year.  The eldest is finishing her master’s degree and has to work on Thanksgiving in order to pay for her classes.  The second oldest wanted to visit the family of her boyfriend in another state.  So, it’s the four of us here. When Katie, my eldest, first started going to college, the vacation days she had for Thanksgiving were so short that it wasn’t worth a $400 or more plane ticket to…

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Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving – AND, How to Make GREAT Stuffing

For years, I thought the right thing to do was to torture myself on Thanksgiving eve and day in order to make everyone else happy. Then, I came up with a system to conquer having to cook all day long. Before I start sharing tips on food preparation, I wanted to share another turning point in how I made my stuffing go over the top from great to excellent.  Well, we all have our favorite stuffing and could fight stuffing wars on who has the best stuffing, but no matter…

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Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes – by Shannon Imlay

The beautiful Shannon Imlay is back with more Thanksgiving decorating ideas.  For those of us (me) who scratch our heads wondering how we can make a better presentation for our guests, Shannon is the go-to girl for all things beautiful without breaking the bank.  If you haven’t visited her blog, it would be well worth your time to drop by for all kinds of decorating ideas, easy tutorials, and great meals.  And, now, onto Shannon from Shannon’s Shanonigins! Happy Thanksgiving! I promised you a couple of Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescapes and…

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The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

Everyone has their own special dishes and holiday traditions that take place during Thanksgiving.  For many cooks in the home, the day can become overwhelming.  Being a first time Thanksgiving cook can also present stress with the need for perfection. Fortunately, for many, the Internet provides a lot of answers to how to make the perfect turkey.  I learned by making mistakes.  Then, I learned to cook a turkey the way I like it, and maybe NOT the way most professionals would advise. Let’s have a side note for a…

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Awesome Gingersnaps!

Awesome Gingersnaps!

Shortly after my husband and I were first married, he bought a bag of gingersnaps and professed his love for them.  At that time, I never believed in buying a bag of cookies.  My thoughts were that I could make a batch of cookies for a lot less money, get more cookies, and know what was in them. My love for baking cookies first started as a kid.  It’s where my fascination for cooking started – with the almighty cookie.  My mother bought a cookie book for me when I…

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Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Donna’s introduction–  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Imlay in New York City, and one cannot even begin to describe the feeling of warmth and love that emits from her.  The beauty of Shannon is that she is beautiful from the inside out, and I somehow feel that this beauty branches out into the very core of her decorating abilities. What you see from the creations she makes comes from her heart, and you can see the very essence of who she is through her beautiful designs.  Enough from…

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