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This is what I do every week.  There are so many things that come my way that need to be tracked or worked on or engaged with.  Generally, I’m an organized person even though I have four little saboteurs buzzing around me every day.  But every year as my children grow older and they become more considerate and helpful around the house, my happy little list-making self is becoming more and more productive.   So I just wanted to share with you something that has been a HUGE help to me in the last year.  It...

This was a fun quilt to design.  It wasn’t so easy to piece together, though.  In the end it was worth the effort. I’m in the mood to use up my scraps and stashed fabrics, so I wanted to do something with all of those old jeans I had saved.  The hexagons and triangles gave a nice texture to the quilt.  It gives it a kaleidoscope look.  I really love that!  The hard part was just getting that denim material to cooperate.  Some jeans were thick, some were thin.  Some were stretchy and some...

This hearty soup is hubby approved, and it’s actually pretty easy to make.  It’s creamy, comforting, and so good!  The base of the soup is the tomato parmesan, so if you don’t happen to have the tortellini or the sausage on hand, you could leave those out and it would still be a super yummy dish.  I don’t usually have cream on hand, so I usually substitute that part of the recipe with a roux to thicken it up a bit (you’ll see that alternative at the bottom of the recipe).  However, for...

It was my son’s turn for a new quilt on his bed.  He was the lucky recipient of my very first attempt at quilting.  But now as a 9 year old boy, he had outgrown Bob the Builder fabric and Thomas the Train.  So he chose this American flag design from “Piece ‘n’ Play Quilts” by Judy Martin.  There are several really neat designs in the book!  So I spent quite a lot of time making flying geese for the stars.  I found a short way to churn out lots of flying geese which I loved.  I...

  No fuss.  Nothing fancy.  Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  This recipe was born out of necessity.  I was out camping with some teenagers and they wanted to go fishing.  Great!  My hubby took them fishing and they caught some Rainbows.  Ah, but you can’t just catch them and throw them away!  The teens learned how to gut it and then actually eat it.  Eek!  They had never had trout.  Cue the picky palate.   Nervously, I looked through our meager camp food...

This is one of our favorites!  My hubby approves and asks for it often.    It’s a great crowd pleaser, and the leftovers (if there are any) are awesome the next day.  Because there is so much meat with the salami and the bacon, this pasta salad is hearty enough as a meal in itself.  I’ve served this as a side to some grilling favorites, and also as a beautiful salad for a ladies’ dinner or buffet.  The portions here are quite large...

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