Repainting Heaters – It Makes a World of Difference

Repainting Heaters – It Makes a World of Difference

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about having to turn the heat on – at least those of us living in the Hudson Valley!  However, every state has it moments, and those of us with radiator or electric heat might be staring at the heaters thinking how disgusting they look.  Yep, not the kind of thing you want to have when your company arrives for the holidays. Those of us who bought neglected fixer uppers might even have a little more work on our hands.  If you’re…

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The IFBC, Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions, and…what’s this? A GIVEAWAY!

The IFBC, Bai 5 Antioxidant Infusions, and…what’s this?  A GIVEAWAY!

While at the IFBC (International Food Blogger Conference), many food companies introduced their products.  It was a thankful time for me.  Since one of my daughters had to become gluten free, I felt like her food choices were limited – and usually to items that didn’t taste so good. However, my opinion change after that conference.  I saw the trend for more natural ingredients.  More dietary needs are being met.  It was eye opening to see more companies listing their products as being gluten and GMO free.  One of the…

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Vegetarian Sunday Supper – Great for Meatless Monday!

Vegetarian Sunday Supper – Great for Meatless Monday!

When you have people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and none of the above running around your household, it can be relatively complicated to try to put meals together that everyone can eat.  Lately, I feel like it’s been a lot of trial and error in my home because it’s hard to appeal to the masses. I find that the best method to making sure everyone has enough to eat is to make a variety of dishes.  Sometimes, it seems I go overboard.  I can’t help it.  I worry….

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Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Sometimes, things are just meant to be in life.  My husband and I purchased a couple of bar stools for our kitchen through Craigslist.  They matched two others we had, and what were the chances that we ever found a matching pair? While at this woman’s incredible home to pick up the bar stools, she had a couple of mirrors in the corner.  She asked, “Would you like to take these?  I don’t have a need for them.” “Sure,” I replied.  At that moment, I didn’t think I’d have a…

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Heading to the IFBC and Learning More About Being 93

Heading to the IFBC and Learning More About Being 93

I’m not one to travel much, but was excited about the opportunity to attend the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle recently.  My lack of travel experience led me to be unprepared for delays.  When I say delays, I’m talking about over eight hours of airport waiting time – something that no one really wants to deal with in life. When something like this takes place, the greatest thing in the world is to run into a fellow travel companion that can share your bad fortune. After the first three…

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Easy and Awesome Potato Soup for Your Sunday Supper!

Easy and Awesome Potato Soup for Your Sunday Supper!

I’ve made more potato soup in life than I care to mention.  During my twenties, it was practically a staple in my diet.  Why?  Well, for one, potatoes are relatively inexpensive.  Also, buying a ham steak at that time and making it last for a few days came in handy…especially considering the price. My older two daughters told me they never knew how broke I was when I always managed to get dinner on the table.  But, it doesn’t take a mound of cash to satisfy your tummy!  The little…

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It’s a Selfish World – with Unselfish Heroes

It’s a Selfish World – with Unselfish Heroes

On a day to day basis, we all see it.  People who are so absorbed with their own lives that they discount the harm they do to other people.  They’ll run over another person with a shopping cart to get ahead of them at the register.  They’ll stomp on people to get a higher up position in a workplace.  They’ll lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate as long as their wants are met.  They cut you off while you’re driving and barely miss your car just to get one car ahead….

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Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

Sunday Supper – Slow Cooker Cooking, Can You Take the Heat?

When I was growing up, my mother use to make a dinner for us to eat shortly after church.  Outside of Saturday and Sunday,  we had dinner by six pm.  The only reason why I threw Saturday in there is that, by the time I was a teenager, I was too busy socializing to know when people ate. Quite a few times, my mother would use her slow cooker to make the meals.  Stews and shredded BBQ beef were among the dinners that she put together.  It was so nice…

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Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Turkey Tuesday – When One Good Thing Leads to Another

Almost a year ago, one of my daughters wanted to hatch eggs for a science project.  We created a homemade hatchery (see http://hudsonvalleyhandymom.com/?p=471 for more details).  At the time the experiment was done, I had no idea what it would later lead to: This is the result of the three hens I was able to keep.  That’s right…THREE!!!  Who would’ve thought they’d lay daily eggs?  When I chose the breed of chickens, I had read that they COULD lay up to one egg a day, but I cook so much that…

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Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Steak – When Beef is What’s for Dinner

Ah, summer….where grills are fired up and the smell of burgers across the nation remind us of peaceful, warm days and time with our friends and family.  But, maybe you swore off beef because you thought it was so bad for you.  Perhaps, your life is about to change.  Why?  Beef has more benefits than you know:  http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/health.aspx Everything in moderation! How can you resist a dish like this? The dog days of summer come along and remind us that our days of basking in the sun are numbered.  Although…

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