Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Did you hear the story about boy marries girl then girl tries to kill boy then boy runs away from girl and divorces her and swears off girls (well not wholly) and then another girl asks out same boy and the new girl marries the boy and they all lived happily ever after? If you have not heard that story, then Valentines Day is a great day to hear it. In 1992, I met the girl of my dreams. She was pretty, nice and was the type of girl many…

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Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Donna (AKA the Hudson Valley Handymom) – I’ve been fortunate to meet some world class people in my lifetime.  Barry (CB) Martin is one of those people.  He has a star quality presence and sense of humor while demonstrating his craft to those of us who aren’t so talented.  I noticed that most of my recipes seem to be on the baked goods side.  I have a major sweet tooth, what can I say?  Despite the presence of all the baked goods on my site, one of my passions is…

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A Movie Birthday Party – At Home

A Movie Birthday Party – At Home

I grew up in an age of birthday parties at the home of the child who was having the birthday.  We dressed up for the parties.  We opened gifts while other children were there. I remember those at-home parties being a lot of fun as a child.  Then, when I became a parent, the emergence of off-location parties gained popularity.  I didn’t know if that was due to moving to New York or if it had to do with things changing in life. With parents working and trying to keep…

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From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

There are things you may not know about me.  In the past, I haven’t brought it up to my readers because I’ve actually lost out on opportunities due to this, but I’m going to say it now.  Here’s my confession:  I’m bionic.  I’m not the kind of bionic that can run miles in a flash, lift heavy objects, or be hired out for amazing feats that no one else can accomplish.  In fact, the exact opposite is true.  Being bionic can be limiting, but the biggest limitations are the ones…

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Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

I don’t normally put my name in front of a recipe, but I had put this recipe I created on a couple of cooking websites, and it was renamed for me with my name placed in front of it, so I just left it. I love the taste of coconut and almonds, and if you like it too, you’ll love the taste of these cookies.  I hope you enjoy! Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies   Serves: 22 Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 10 Min Ingredients 1/2 c butter, softened get…

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The Hudson Valley Handymom’s Strawberry Frosting Recipe

The Hudson Valley Handymom’s Strawberry Frosting Recipe

I use to get all fancy pants when it came to my daughters’ birthdays.  I decorated cakes and tried to make things look pretty.  My kids are older now and don’t care so much about Barbie, Mickey Mouse, dinosaur cakes, or sprinkle cakes.  They just want cake and ice cream – which makes my life easier, but I must say my cake decorating efforts went from time consuming to a little embarrassing. Let’s face it, we all live in a busy world.  Going crazy with cakes might not be on…

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How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

How to Update an Old Coffee Table – From Old to New – Homemade Chalk Paint

When I was younger, a big mistake I made was assuming I couldn’t decorate my home nicely due to funds.  It struck me most recently that I never even really tried.  I spent years raising children and just living in a house rather than enjoying the house where I was living.  Having four children can tie up a lot of time, and it DOES put other things that aren’t so important on a back burner (as it should be), but I still didn’t think to find inexpensive ways to decorate….

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Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Repairing and Painting Crate Furniture

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed furniture, didn’t have matching furniture, or maybe needed some furniture to stage a home?  For years, I made do with second rate furniture or furniture that was given to me after it had been used by someone else for years.  If you think this is a bad thing, think again.  You can create old furniture into something new and fun by using your imagination.  When you’re managing a family and funds, you do the best with what you have, and…

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What to do with an Old Fish Tank Stand – From Trash to Treasure – When Neighbors Throw Garbage in Your Yard

What to do with an Old Fish Tank Stand – From Trash to Treasure – When Neighbors Throw Garbage in Your Yard

When you own a bit of property, it seems that surrounding neighbors often look at it as an opportunity to dump trash into it.  When my husband caught one of the neighbors throwing all of the brush from his yard over the rock wall, the neighbor’s response was, “It’s just leaves and branches!”  They don’t want it in their yard, yet it’s okay to throw it into ours.  Another neighbor dumped part of her well into our yard after she had to have a new well dug and told me,…

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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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