Sunday, August 16, 2015

Keep favorite recipes posted inside cabinet



I still have some favorite recipes kept in a cookbook.It is always pain getting the book out and finding the recipe. I now keep those recipes taped inside my cabinet by my baking supplies. They are off the counter and always at hand!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blueberry Buckle Muffin Cake

My husband loves Blueberry Buckle dessert and I have had this recipe for years. One year I thought, what if I just made a cake instead of putting the batter in muffin tins. This recipe makes one 8 by 8 inch cake. If you want a 9 by 13 inch cake, double this recipe. Mix ingredients and then spread in baking pan. (Fold in blueberries after you mix ingredients so they don't break apart) The batter will be a bit thick as this is a denser cake. Make the topping in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of batter. For a 9 by 13 cake bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.




Yesterday we went blueberry picking at Grandma's Berry Patch in Wanatah, Indiana. The blueberries were huge and delicious.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Double Mailbox Post Makeover




Completed project!


My neighbor's mailbox and ours were in just terrible condition. The mailboxes had a wooden cover where the birds loved to perch and poop all over them. I asked my neighbor if he would be interested in sharing a double mailbox post with identical mailboxes and he agreed. Little did I know that none of the major home improvement stores sell a double mailbox post, unless you want to special order one for hundreds of dollars or have one custom made.  This project cost about $100, split between the two of us...$50 each, not too bad!

Materials needed...
Wooden post from Lowes-ours is not listed online but very similar to this one
1- 1 by 6 piece of wood  approx. $5
screws



We installed the post and then put about a 26 inch cross piece to set the mailboxes on. The size of that piece of wood will depend on the size of your mailboxes and how close you want them together. If you have any questions on how we installed it, comment below. 

Mailboxes before.....



Saturday, June 27, 2015

His Mom served them burned toast for dinner and this was Dad's reaction...

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook. I looked online to give someone credit for it but could not find where it originated. I don't know if it is a true story but something to think about.





“When I was about eight or nine, my mom burnt some toast. One night that stood out in my mind is when she had made dinner for us after a very long and rough day at work, She placed a plate of jam and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. Not slightly burnt but completely blackened toast.


I was just waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt toast and would say anything. But Dad just ate his toast and asked me if I did my homework and how my day was. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologizing to dad for burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he said:


“Sweetie, I love burned toast.”


Later that night, I went to tell my dad good night and ask him if he really liked his toast burned. He put his arm on my shoulder and said, “Your momma put in a very long day at work today and she was very tired. And besides, A burnt toast never hurts anyone but you know what does? Harsh words!” Then he continued to say “You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like every other human. What I’ve learned over the years, is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys for creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and have compassion for the ones who don’t.”

Enjoy Life Now.

How to get rid of those pesky Stink Bugs

Easy Way to capture those pesky Stink Bugs

Take an empty 2 liter bottle of soda and cut it right below the shoulder.



Get a small LED light and put it inside the bottle, the turn the top upside down into the other half; tape around the edge. The bugs are attracted to the light and will go in, but they CANNOT get out!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hot Tub Privacy Issue

We have a hot tub which was in plain view for everyone to see. I felt so exposed everytime I went into it. After looking at many pictures on pinterest, I finally came up with this simple plan and it was very easy to make. All you need are 2, 8 ft, 4 by 4's; 1 wooden trellis sheet 4 by 8 feet, and 2 decorative fence caps. I'm in the process of painting it now. Eventually I will have a flowering vine growing on it.