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10 Minute Decorating - No-Sew Plaid Flannel Blanket

I have throw blankets stashed all over our house. There is a drawer full in the family room, there are three in the living room, several in the bedrooms and there is even one (or two) in my car. When the weather turns cool, nothing is better than wrapping up in a soft and warm throw blanket. If my neck is cold, everything is cold and throw blankets are the perfect solution. I have had my eye on several amazing plaid wool blankets, but the prices are so high. So, I decided to make a simple no-sew plaid flannel blanket...

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Farmhouse Style Trim & Molding

Farmhouse Style Trim & Molding

When we bought this house 15 years ago, it was the epitome of "builder's grade". It was a beautiful home and it had been so good to our family, but little by little we started to notice a few things we wanted to change. Truthfully, it all started with the window trim. Actually, the lack of. We just had a low quality pine sill and the windows were just framed out with drywall. We were ready to change to a farmhouse style trim. In the ultimate story of the "domino effect", just changing the trim lead to us changing pretty...

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Crock Pot Maple Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

Crock Pot Maple Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

I am not sure what switch was flipped, but I have been cooking quite a bit lately. I have to admit, a little bit of meal planning before going to the store makes a big difference. And my family couldn't be happier. Our schedule with work and many soccer games has lead me to use our crock pot a lot. And of course, I have been managing to add maple syrup to a lot of our recipes. My favorite type of recipes are quick and simple, and that is the case with this crock pot maple barbecue pulled pork recipe....

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Beef Barley Soup

Soup, My Favorite Food Group - Beef Barley Soup

Soup is my favorite food group. It is warm, it makes you feel better and it can take on so many shapes and forms. Soup is also my favorite thing to cook. I should admit up front that I am not a baker. I am more of a "cooker". The challenge with baking for me is that you have to be very precise. With cooking, it is just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And if something doesn't work, you adjust accordingly. Last week, I was on a soup cooking mission, so I decided for...

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DIY Vintage Jewelry Storage

DIY Vintage Jewelry Storage Organizer & Redoing Our Bedroom

It seems like a jewelry storage organizer would be a pretty cut and dry thing to share about. In this case, however, it is part of something more. We are finally working on our master bedroom again! And, I was able to complete this first project because I still having hoarding tendencies. This vintage wood frame - that used to be part of something else (I don't know what) - has been in our garage for a long long time. At one point, it held a wreath at the holidays, but since then it has just been waiting for its...

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Maple and Cheddar Cheese

Quick & Delicious Appetizer - Maple and Cheddar Cheese

Necessity is the mother of all invention. That was the case for us a few weeks ago when we hosted our first maple syrup tasting at a local grocery specialty store. We had planned to serve our maple syrup in sweet little cups with small pieces of waffles. The first rule of hosting a tasting, as we now know, is that you should always taste what you are serving, BEFORE you serve it to anyone else. We did not do this. When we did try the waffles a short while later we found they were still frozen. Oops. So we...

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