Category Archives: Holidays

I had some extra burlap left over from making my burlap wreath last fall and some inspiration from a shopping trip in Gatlinburg, TN. So, I made my own burlap and twine ornaments that lend a rustic look to my Christmas tree. These ornaments don’t require much craftiness, but they do require a little patience since they don’t look great until the end. Supplies needed: Round ornaments, Burlap, Craft Glue, Twine, Glitter   First, cover your ornament with burlap. Since the ornament is round, … continued…

burlap ornament
Decorating Tips Holidays Pam Freeman

Get inspired with recipes, crafts and healthy ideas for a spooktacular Halloween. Cheesy Beef Soup Baked in a Pumpkin Pot Roast and Pumpkin Risotto Healthy Treats Homemade Healthy Popcorn Balls Halloween Garland Halloween Wine Bottles Burlap Wreath   Follow Laura’s Lean Beef on Pinterest for more ideas! Follow Laura’s Lean Beef’s board Halloween on Pinterest.

Halloween Mashup
Cool Weather Cooking Decorating Tips DIY Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Holidays

When I was a teenager, I went to a farm auction with my mom. This was not something we always did, but we happened to be driving by and stopped. There I found an old metal milk jug and bought it, rust and all, for $10. I still have it to this day and will likely pass it to my kids. Fast forward a few years, and a husband, later; and I found my husband likes to browse antique shops … continued…

Antiques
Holidays Pam Freeman

I recently purchased a blue wire basket that brings out the subtle blues in my couch, but didn’t have anything to fill it. I first thought about using hollow vine balls. But then came across a tutorial on making decorative hollow yarn balls on the Jo Ann Fabric and Craft website that sparked my creativity and was the perfect solution to my decorating dilemma. I had an old skein of yarn that would highlight my couch perfectly. I had to … continued…

Yarn Balls
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

It’s National Adopt-a-Cat month and as I write this post my cat, Bob, is curled up in my lap and my other cats, Maggie and Patch, are at my feet. I know there’s the age old question about which is better — cats or dogs? I have both and I love both. But since it’s Adopt-a-Cat month, I’m going to focus on our feline friends. First let me say, I think cats make great family pets. I should know. Cats … continued…

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Holidays 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

Face it–everyone, no matter their heritage, likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are five great culinary ideas that can be a great part of your day.   1. Make soda bread. There’s no excuse to not make a fresh batch of bread. Soda bread is easy to whip up, cooks fast and everyone loves a warm loaf of bread on the table. Here’s the recipe I will be making: http://kerrygoldusa.com/recipe/mummys-brown-irish-soda-bread-from-darina-allen/   2. Learn to use beer in your cooking. … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holidays

I love sweet chocolate–and all kinds of chocolate, not just the bittersweet chocolate that is supposedly good for you. In fact, I like milk chocolate best of all. But that’s a treat. What doesn’t have to be a treat is chocolate in your savory dishes. You get all those antioxidant benefits and none of the “bad” stuff from a bar of chocolate.   Here are five sites to check out with ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dishes:   … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays Tips, Tools & Techniques

It may not be a surprise that February is “Creative Romance Month.” This is obviously perfect timing with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, so why not be creative with how you spend the day? I would love to encourage you to be creative with your romance on Valentine’s Day by planning an active date with your significant other. There are lots of benefits of active dates on Valentine’s Day and as a regular occurrence throughout the year. The obvious benefit on … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Judy Eggebeen

A few months ago, I went to an open house at a “paint-it-yourself” shop. While there, I made some wonderful crafts — one being a holiday picture frame ornament. It was so easy to make and the kids loved it, so I adapted it into a great Valentine’s Day craft. And, since we don’t usually put up Valentine’s Day trees, I adjusted to make refrigerator magnets. These magnets are inexpensive, easy and a thoughtful gift for a loved one.   … continued…

Valentine Magnets
Holidays Pam Freeman