Books as a Background

This look started as a way to store my ever-expanding book collection, and became one of my favorite decorative elements. Lining books up behind the knick knacks gives the shelf more color, depth, and warmth. I try to match the books to the objects in terms of colors and styles. As you can see for…

Alternative Gift Wrap Ideas

It’s an all too common scenario, you’ve got the perfect gift but no gift bag or appropriate wrapping paper. Here’s a list of alternative items that can used to conceal a special present, and some of them are even gifts themselves. All of the following items can be instantly dressed up by adding a pretty…

Bathtub Stickers

https://amzn.to/2ZvG4YB I have not seen bathtub stickers for sale in ages. I went on an internet hunt for them and found this set on amazon.com. They are cute, colorful, and stick to the tub like a champ. I went searching for tub stickers because we have a hazardous bathtub situation. The tub has a pre-installed…

Sloppy Joes

You will need 1 Pound of ground beef 1 Large onion 1 Green pepper 1 15-ounce can of tomato sauce Salt, Pepper, and Garlic salt to taste Hamburger buns Instructions Cook the ground beef in a saucepan and drain. Chop the onion and green pepper, and add to the ground beef. Stir continuously and cook…

Prettiest Heat Tolerant Flower

It has been over 100 degrees everyday for months, and the Vinca is still lush and blooming. This is why Vinca gets my vote for prettiest heat-tolerant flower. Vinca is an annual that is easily planted from seed or potted plant, it is inexpensive, and requires very little care. It does well planted in containers…

The Mighty Tote Bag

Especially this time of year, as the kids go back to school, organization and convenience become essential.  To aid in the quest for organization, bags really are the ultimate accessory.  The kids probably already have backpacks for school, but just one bag per kid is not enough, especially if they have after school and weekend…

Holiday Decorating Timeline

With seasonal merchandise appearing in the stores and in marketing campaigns so early, it can be hard to tell when to put out your fall leaves and pumpkins, and when to swap them out for Santa and Frosty.  The following is a timeline of when I like to bring out our decorations.  Of course you…

Easy Nacho Casserole

You will need Non-stick spray Tortilla chips 15.5-ounce jar of chunky salsa 2 15-ounce cans of chili 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese Directions Combine the salsa and chili in a sauce pan and heat thoroughly. Coat baking pan with non-stick spray. Spread tortilla chips in pan — enough to cover the bottom of the…

Homemade Biscuits

Make your own biscuits from scratch, it’s easier than you think! You will need 4 cups of self-rising flour 1 stick of butter or margarine 1 1/2 cups of milk Non-stick spray Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with non-stick spray. Add flour to mixing bowl. Cut butter or margarine into flour….

A Little Summer Left

Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. on Pexels.com Another summer is flying by and now the kids are preparing to return to school, but it’s still hot and “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”  Don’t let the last few weeks of summer slip away without making some more fun memories.  The summer entertainment budget has probably…

Easy Garlic Bread

You will need French bread Butter or margarine Garlic salt or Hamburger and/or hot dog buns Butter or margarine Garlic salt Shredded cheese (optional) Making your own garlic bread is super quick and easy.  All you need to do is slice a french bread into thick slices, spread butter or margarine on one side of…