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This year my egg decorating gives a nod to my girls, who love anything sparkly, and to my garden for the life it brings after a long winter’s sleep. For both of these Easter egg decorating techniques, I used farm fresh chicken eggs in a variety of colors; brown, white and green. If you’ve never tried different colored eggs, it’s something I highly recommend. It’s really cool to see how the different colored eggs take the dyes. I also hard … continued…

floral Easter eggs
DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

We’re getting ready to repaint our dining room and I’ve been thinking about new decorations to add a fresh touch. I’ve also been doing a little cleaning and found a huge stash of wine corks I’ve saved over the years. Voilà! I had an idea that uses the corks and makes a great decoration– a wine cork wreath! I love the wine cork wreaths I see when I visit wineries; so why not make one for myself instead of paying … continued…

cork wreath
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

Do you crave something crunchy to snack on? Potato chips are generally not a great choice because as we all know it’s hard to stop at just one! Popcorn is a great alternative as long as it’s prepared the right way and not drenched with butter.   It’s a pretty cool scientific experiment each time you make popcorn if you stop and think about it. The kernel has moisture sealed inside of it and when it is heated that causes … continued…

homemade popcorn
DIY Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

I’ve seen draft dodgers at craft fairs and often thought they were adorable, whether you need one to keep out the cold from a drafty door or just to use for a homey decoration. It turns out that making a draft dodger is simple and fun. Using some techniques from a children’s easy sewing book, I turned my draft dodger into a doggie, which my kids loved! But with a little imagination, you can make it into just about anything. … continued…

draft dodger
DIY Pam Freeman

Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, share the link in the comments section below. 1. Keeping Potted Rosemary Healthy All Year www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/keeping-potted-rosemary-healthy-all-year/ 2. Slow Cooker Beef Goulash www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-beef-goulash/ 3. “Milanesa:” Oven “fried” Steak from Argentina www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/milanesa-oven-fried-steak-argentina/ 4. Unstuffed Cabbage www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/unstuffed-cabbage/ 5. Italian Wedding Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/italian-wedding-soup/ 6. Beef and Vegetable Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-and-vegetable-soup/ 7. Meatballs and Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/meatballs-and-eggplant-with-fresh-mozzarella/ 8. Slow Cooker BBQ www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-bbq/ 9. Beef Tortilla Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-tortilla-soup/ 10. How to Make a Burlap Wreath … continued…

DIY Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals Tips, Tools & Techniques

My kids and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and learned how to make these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments made from zippers and beads. With zippers being all the rage right now, your kids will definitely want to make these “fashionable” ornaments. Mine liked them so much they came home and made a bunch as presents for friends and family. I love them because they sparkle on the tree and are lightweight, so they don’t pull down the branches. Although these … continued…

zipper ornaments
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Along with the popularity of burlap, a larger trend in home decor has taken place with a craze for natural fabrics. Using jute/yarn to wrap things, is now all the rage. I like this because it goes so well with lots of decorating schemes from nautical to rustic. And I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving; namely reusing old bottles to make wrapped centerpieces for your holiday feast. This is such a fun and easy craft that anyone can make and … continued…

DIY wrapped bottles
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

I was in an Amish store over the summer and saw a beautiful sewn garland made out of cloth yo-yos. It really wasn’t long enough to use in my decorating, so I took a picture in case I changed my mind and then continued shopping. After I got home, I just couldn’t get that garland out of my mind and for some reason I remembered an article I had ripped out of a magazine years ago about making cloth yo-yos. … continued…

yo-yo fabric garland
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Ok, as I say every year, Yuck! I love spending summer with my kids. And, I’m always sad to see them go back to school. With that said, preparing for back to school always centers around buying uniforms, school supplies and preparing for packed lunches. Last year I showed lots of cool lunch storage containers that can make packing what goes inside the lunchbox a breeze. This year, I want to focus on the lunchbox itself. Between my two kids, … continued…

Contests & Giveaways DIY Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

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