Category Archives: DIY

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

In my “Water Please!” post, I talked about how easy it is to find a bird bath at your local garden store. And, that’s true. I probably saw 20 varieties on a trip to the store last weekend. But for a truly custom look. It’s fun to make your own bird bath. Oh, and did I mention, it’s easy, relatively inexpensive and allows for lots of creativity. Just like buying a bird bath, starting this project requires a trip to … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

It’s mid-June, my lavender is blooming. The butterflies love it, the bees love it and I love it! I like to leave lots of flowering stems on my plants for the wildlife and harvest the rest. There are tons of crafts to make with lavender, it’s extremely versatile. So, it’s good to decide what you want to do with your harvested lavender before you pick it, since some crafts require fresh lavender while others do not. Lavender bags or sachets … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I was recently shopping in a store with lots of antiques and homemade pieces and came across a beautiful bulletin board that I just had to replicate and share. The piece I originally saw used an antique picture frame, minus the picture, and was hugely expensive. But what was so cool about the whole piece is that where the picture and glass once were, there was chicken wire with small clips holding memorabilia. I immediately thought of my kids and … continued…

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Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman