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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DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

DIY Bathroom Vanity – Dry Sink to Real Sink

Where to begin on this one…. There was a bathroom vanity in my house that HAD to come out.  Was it ugly?  Not really. Was it too small?  A little…but it wasn’t a big deal.  So, what was the problem?  Apparently, a dog had resided in that bathroom and lifted it’s leg frequently to urinate on that vanity.  When I say frequently, I can’t even imagine how often it happened, but it was enough to make people gag walking by the room. I can’t think of anything much more disturbing…

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She had a Bad Day – or DID She? by Jamie

She had a Bad Day – or DID She? by Jamie

Here’s my pick for the Valentine’s Day love story runner up, and a song chosen just for this couple: I couldn’t get Jamie’s story out of my head!  You’ve got to love this love story! _____________________________________________________ I had a stressful job.  One of those where I would either come home at the end of the day and flop on the couch or come home and start drinking immediately.  This day happened to be the latter.  It was a particularly grueling day and I was unhappily anticipating the laundry that awaited…

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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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