Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

    I was feeling creative and had this idea in my mind.  I wanted to create a pie with a brownie layer and cheesecake layer from scratch (no boxes), and came up with this idea.  Milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips would work as well.  This is a mildly sweet pie, so if you’re the kind of person who takes frosting off a cake, you’ll enjoy this.  If you hate making pie crusts, then purchase one frozen.  The pie isn’t a significant riser, so you’ll have enough room…

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Unfinished Projects Completed – Bathroom

Unfinished Projects Completed – Bathroom

My husband loves the reality television shows about Alaska.  He pointed out to me one day that a means of survival requires a dependence on the good will of neighbors.  Neighbors are essential and crucial to get repairs done or get help when you need it when you’re in the Alaskan frontier.  I’ve never been to Alaska, but, in theory, I think it would be great if we all used our skills and talents.  Bartering seems to be a thing of the past, yet seems so ideal were we all…

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Pillow Talk – How to Make a Pillow from Antique Grain Bags

Pillow Talk  – How to Make a Pillow from Antique Grain Bags

  Recently, I attended the wedding of two very special people:  Elena Humphreys and George Tabb.  Both bride and groom are creative artists in different realms, and, prior to the wedding, I knew I wanted to make something special for them that came from the heart. When Elena announced she was looking for someone to take some fabric off her hands to reduce storage, I was more than thrilled to take her up on that offer.  My grandmother had a saying that stated, “Whoever dies with the most fabric wins!”…

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El Diablo Mustard Giveaway!

El Diablo Mustard Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of being able to sample some of the most awesome hot and spicy mustard I’ve ever tried.  The variety of mustard El Diablo creates are good for just about anything you can think up!  As a creative cook, I was thrilled to try every single one of these. El Diablo Mustards have what it takes to jack up the heat in so many of your dishes.  Add the Texas Chili on your hot dog to make it taste like a spicy chili dog.  Use the mango…

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To Christina on her Birthday

To Christina on her Birthday

Daughter, there’s so much to say from one woman to another, There are things that you will just not understand until you are a mother, I reflect back to the day you were born, I was your age at most, Struggling for survival, Living on the coast, I was on my own as a parent, Growing up took place so fast, There wasn’t time to play, Or focus on the past, I had two beautiful girls to love, Responsibility was in tow, No living life like 22 years, Because I…

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My Mother-in-Law

My Mother-in-Law

I wrote this last month and wanted to wait to publish it.  There’s never a good time or enough said…or things that we all want to add later on… I always thought it was unfortunate for women who didn’t get along with their mother-in-laws.  I was lucky.  My husband’s mother couldn’t have been happier to see her son get married.  In fact, when he asked me to marry him, he intended to get a preacher within three days after asking, go to the family home, and get married.  Not one…

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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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