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Quilt Backgrounds?

Many people claim that the key to etsy success is fabulous pictures. “They” also say that you need to have fluidity between the pictures in your shop. So, I am really conscious of my shop pictures- I am not that concerned about sales, but it makes me smile to open up my shop page and think “Oh, that looks nice!” I am blessed to have a large sunroom which provides beautiful natural lighting for my…

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Orange Julius

Well, so much for making up school days! President’s Day was a snow make-up day, but we got MORE snow so it was cancelled. So, I used up all my daily ambition first thing in the morning and made a nice breakfast for the kiddos. One of their FAVORITES is Orange Julius. I have also made this for brunch showers and the like and I get many requests for the recipe. So, here you go!…

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Decoupage Recipe Box

My brother is in the United States Army. He is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. He can build things, fix things, and now, probably because he is sick of fast food and microwave pizzas, he is learning to cook things. A looooooooooooooooong time ago he asked me for some recipes. Well, I just can’t do anything simply. I wanted to make him a recipe box, too. I finally got around to it and here it…

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Soup Recipe and Money Saving Tips

This post will be part recipe, part frugal food tips. I think a lot of people are trying to cut corners wherever they can, so I hope this is helpful information. Here is how I made Ham Bean Vegetable Soup yesterday: 2 cups sliced carrots I used baby carrots because they were buy one get one free and what I had on hand. Although more of a pain to chop, they will be eaten more…

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Baked Ziti Freezer Meals

I thought I would take a break from Christmas preparations for a minute and share one of the Christmas gifts that I am making. I am putting together homemade frozen dinners for my grandparents. I know that Grandma LOVES my baked ziti (she is half Italian after all!) so I made a batch for them. (Note: it is not cooked in this picture- just ready to freeze!)One of my batches makes 3 8” square pans…

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

YAY! I am almost done with my ornament orders! I just wanted to get off of my feet for a minute and share with you the cookies I baked with the kids this morning. They are just regular peanut butter cookies, some of which we decorated up a bit. Peanut Butter Cookies½ cup shortening1 cup peanut butter½ cup brown sugar¾ cup sugar1 egg1 tsp vanilla1 Tbsp. milk¾ tsp. baking soda½ tsp. baking powder1 ¼ cups…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Sorry I have been scarce on the blog lately. I have been cleaning and crafting my little heart out around here! As promised to several people, here is the recipe I got from a great lady at church for making pumpkin whoopie pies! Chocolate whoopie pies have always been a PA Dutch/Amish kind of thing so I grew up with those- I thought it was really funny when the New York Times ran an article…

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Pumpkin Muffins

WOW! Another great pumpkin recipe! This one came from my friend, Cheyenne, with a beautiful blog over at Little Prairie Baby. THANK YOU!!! I baked some today (although I probably went overboard on the brown sugar sprinkled on top- I go overboard on all brown sugar) and hubby gobbled 4 of them up! He probably would have liked more, but they are safely on a plate covered in plastic wrap to take along to a…

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How to Cook a Pumpkin

Our pumpkins did very well in the garden this year! We have some really big ones! We plant them just for fun/decorating, but this year they have another fate… I have always been partial to Libby’s canned pumpkin, but since there was a pumpkin shortage last year in the US- there was NO pumpkin in the stores until recently, I have decided to try eating our pumpkins. So I called my bestest friend to find…

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

Well, since I have been so very busy lately, this post is a little late in its usefulness, but if you don’t have any late tomatoes hanging on yet, you can bookmark it for next year! I have a great homemade pizza recipe and I like to can my own sauce for it. This is how I do a small batch- if I am doing a lot of tomatoes, I use different equipment and such.…

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