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Spring Cleaning Your Bathroom – The Toilet

Last month, I did a review as part of The Home Depot’s Renew Your Bathroom promotion. That promotion has ended, but our bathroom refresher has just begun. This is our fancy, new dual flush toilet. Except, inside, it’s not quite sparkling and new any more. I blame the cats. Cats can learn to use the toilet, you know. It’s too bad mine never did; that would be a perfect excuse. How to Clean A Toilet In my homemade cleaning products post, I explained that you can use full strength white vinegar to clean your toilet. That will take out soap … Read more

Chocolate Mousse Torte

Since I’ve been restricted to laying down most of the day, I’ve had plenty of time to read. I’ve caught up on all of my favorite magazines: O, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, and Cooking Light. As I was paging through the Christmas issue of Martha Stewart, I saw the following recipe in an advertisement for Kraft Foods’ website, Dessert.com. I couldn’t resist checking out the site. When I did, I was tempted by a dozen different desserts, all looking as amazing as this one. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake. Easy mousse bites. Triple layer pumpkin spice pie. Peanut butter cup pie. … Read more

How to Make Handmade Note Cards

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Note Card

Thanks to Scotch Double Sided Tape for sponsoring this crafty post. Leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win free sample rolls. When I wrote about handmade Christmas gifts that you can start working on now, I mentioned that I love fancy papers and personalized stationery. One of the gifts I’ve been working on during the last few weeks is a set of note cards. Or rather, a whole bunch of sets for different people. After seeing Martha Stewart on the Oprah Show a few weeks ago, I was inspired to check out her line of … Read more

18 Handmade Christmas Gifts You Can Make Now

Easy DIY handmade Christmas gifts for friends or family - These unique and beautiful ideas are mostly for women (Grandma, Mom, or sisters would love them!) could be sold or given as homemade gifts. Lots of cute, simple, and useful craft tutorials.

When Christmas rolls around this year, I’m going to be 39 weeks pregnant. Or else I’ll already have a newborn. In either case, I won’t be doing much crafting. I probably won’t be doing much at all at that point (aside from complaining and writing on my blog). So I’ve already started making Christmas gifts for this year. You don’t need to be hugely pregnant to start your homemade Christmas gifts now. If you’re hoping to save some money or give more personal gifts, make them. Here are some ideas I’ve found. They’re all relatively inexpensive, and you have plenty … Read more

10 Crafts to Make with Bamboo Skewers

Last week, I shared tips for using bamboo skewers for food, but you had to know that wouldn’t be the end of the skewer story. They’re really handy for crafts, too. 10 Crafts to Make with Bamboo Skewers Hold stuff. Bamboo skewers are cheap, and they work very nicely for holding things when you’re painting or covering them with frosting. When we made Grace’s princess cake, I used skewers to hold the peaks after I frosted them, but before they dried. Poke a hole. If you’re making beads out of clay or paper, or making ornaments out of dough, use … Read more

Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos

A few months ago, I subscribed to Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine. I rarely pay for magazine subscriptions, but I paid for this one. I thought it would be nice to flip through each month, and I knew in advance that the recipes would use everyday ingredients. I thought my recipe repertoire could use some expanding. You know, beyond the 39 cookbooks in the kitchen that I never open. I found the following recipe  (written by Emeril Lagasse) in the January/February issue. It’s not the most healthy food, but I’ve made some adjustments to improve that. Have a Nacho Picnic … Read more