Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

After raising hens with large brown eggs, I thought I must be crazy to feel I had to buy white eggs to dye for Easter.  After all, could brown eggs REALLY hold color like a white egg?  The answer to the question is YES!  Not only can the brown eggs hold the color, but the color is deeper and richer BECAUSE of the eggs being brown. However, with fresh eggs becomes a challenge with hardboiling.  WHY? I discovered very quickly that attempting to boil fresh eggs led to a peeling…

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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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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 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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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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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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