Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

So, I bugged  out with an easy dessert using a recipe from Taste of Home’s September/October issue!  The recipe is called Frosted Pistachio Bars.  They kind of taste like a cookie/cake combination…but more like a soft cookie than anything.  I can see a lot of variations could be done with this bar, but here’s one I came up with for Halloween.  Then again, my kids (who aren’t THAT young) loved this, so maybe it’s good for crazy kids who like candy bugs and slugs on their food. The dessert is…

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9/11 Tower Attacks – A Mom Interview – by my daughter, age 11

9/11 Tower Attacks – A Mom Interview – by my daughter, age 11

  My youngest daughter was asked by one of her teachers to interview one of her parents about 9/11.  It’s difficult to express to a child what type of impact all of this had on us that day.  So many lives were lost without just cause.  I remember going to a grocery store the following day.  People were silent as we heard names read off of a long list of people killed.  The images will haunt us forever, but the aftermath of what happened to my husband was even more…

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Installing an Outside Medicine Cabinet INSIDE

Installing an Outside Medicine Cabinet INSIDE

I was asked to assist in a home that needed a “mini” flip.  There were a few things that needed to be changed and repaired in the home. The medicine cabinet that had been previously installed had large holes in the bottom of it, shelving that was inadequate due to warping, and broken mirrors.  The mirrors had also lost their silvering on the back and looked terrible. I had a challenge in a few areas with this installation because I didn’t have my usual go-to tools available and needed to…

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20 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

20 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

    Real estate agents would discourage you from selling your house as a FSBO.  Why?  Let’s face it, as homeowners, we are inexperienced when it comes to rules and regulations of selling a house.  However, there is no need for you to have to hire someone and be kept out of the loop in order to sell your home. I sold my own house, and there are a few things I learned that I wanted to pass onto anyone else considering going this route.  First, why is it that…

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Memorial Day – Have We Forgotten?

Memorial Day – Have We Forgotten?

  The other day, someone asked me, “So, it’s Memorial Day weekend.  Are you going to the mall to hit up the sales?” Then, food websites and magazines asked, “What are you cooking on your grill for Memorial Day?”  They continue with, “What are you making for Memorial Day?”  Cute little berry cakes with flags emerge, and families sitting at picnic tables laughing while gorging appear. We’re expecting great weather for Memorial Day here. The temperatures are suppose to be in the 80’s. The sun should be shining.  However, despite…

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What NOT to do on Mother’s Day

What NOT to do on Mother’s Day

The Hudson Valley Handymom with her mom. Mother’s Day will be here on Sunday, May 11th.  Yes, it’s become a commercialized holiday just like all holidays.  With every holiday, the retail stores jump on the bandwagon of the exploitation of guilting everyone into showing how much they care through a monetary purchase. If you’re one of those people who look at Mother’s Day, shake your head, and say, “It’s all commercialized,” then, you may not be a mother…or at least not one who feels she deserves a little extra love…

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How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

Two years ago, my eldest had requested that I cater her senior recital at her college.   Although the reception went nicely, I felt the table looked a little bare.  When she contacted me to cater her graduate recital, not only did I want to fill the table more, but pleasing the masses became more complicated because my daughter had become vegan. Typically, I don’t like to be the boring cheese and crackers type of server.  In this case, even cheese wasn’t something that could be placed on a vegan menu…

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Closets – How to Make a Closet Organizer for a Small Closet

Closets – How to Make a Closet Organizer for a Small Closet

In my world, closet organizers are a necessity.  Nowadays, there’s such a great selection with what you can choose from in the stores.  Two of our bedrooms had fabulously large closets, and, after considering a variety of styles, I opted to install a Closet Maid package that had options I could add.  I wanted to have drawers instead of the shelves that came with the package and added them separately – which resulted in me having leftover shelves. When I went into the “lavender” room (AKA the room I set…

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How to Maple Sugar

How to Maple Sugar

When I first moved into my house, I had plans of owning a lot of chickens.  I had been told the property was originally farmed.  Hardly any trees existed, and it was easy to go from one side of the property to another. This story was hard for me to absorb when I looked around the tree covered land, but I knew the source was extremely credible, and I was a little frustrated that I had land I couldn’t use because my husband was against cutting down perfectly good trees….

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How to Repair Solid Wood Doors

How to Repair Solid Wood Doors

If you have ever experienced solid hardwood doors, you know they can’t be beat in comparison to hollow doors.  They really are more quiet, absolutely more sturdy, and if given the choice most people would pick solid wood doors over their counterparts. If you don’t have solid hardwood doors and are looking for a way to repair your hollow doors, give this a try. I did use it on one hollow door, and it should still work for you.  Just be careful when sanding because solid wood doors withstand a…

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