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Freezing herbs is a great way to use and preserve summer’s bounty both in season and out of season. In season, I love to make ice cubes for summer drinks; mainly sun tea. Most days I set out a pot of water, herbs and tea bags to brew and leave it there until dinner. Since we use it right from the outdoors, my family goes through a lot of ice. I use this as an opportunity to spice things up … continued…

Freezing Herbs
DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I hope all danger of frost has long passed for you—it’s been an awfully long winter. But now, it’s time to plant a kitchen garden. Every year I try to embrace the quote from Michael Pollan to “plant a garden, no matter how small.” I freely admit to a black thumb, but each year I start with optimism, and choose easy herbs that grow fairly quickly.   I must admit, this year was a tough start. I bought a flat … continued…

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Barb Freda DIY Gardening

It’s funny where you can find project inspirations. I happened to be looking through a Valspar paint brochure about children’s bedrooms and found the coolest gift for Mother’s Day; silhouettes of your kids painted on canvas. A perfect way to preserve memories for Mom! I know you’re thinking this sounds really complicated. At first I did too. I have silhouettes of my kids that a talented woman cut from paper years ago at an employee outing. That’s obviously something you … continued…

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DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

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