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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The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

I thought about it and thought about it…and thought about it some more. I heard all the commercials as people ran to the store. I had great ideas to put on my blog… of quick gifts for Christmas when your brain’s in a fog, Ideas abound all over the net, Things you could do if you happen to forget “DON’T WORRY, WE’RE STILL OPEN!” the commercials all cried. Emails shot to my inbox with the message inside, “It’s okay if you’re late.  Buy a gift card through email.  Or go…

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Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

LeAnn Bird from www.pantryfriendlycooking.com sent in this very cute tea towel idea. They involve simple sewing skills, and she tells you what you can do if you can’t make a button hole.  What a great idea for a last minute gift too! Thank you, LeAnn for these irresistible towels! From LeAnn – I am not a crafter but I could not resist this cute tea towel that hangs over the oven door handle. It is made from two dish towels of contrasting coordinating fabrics. I made about 6 in about 2…

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Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

The holidays can be so stressful.  Add owning a major fixer upper into the mix when your bedrooms don’t have doors, the whole family is using one small bathroom, and trying to make sure that things get finished before your entire clan arrives for the holidays.  It’s enough to make a person want to pull her hair out – especially when vessel sinks arrive shattered after waiting a couple of weeks for delivery…. ESPECIALLY when electricians can’t arrive due to an ice storm, school has snow days, your Kitchen Aid…

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