Ranch dressing is one of the most versatile condiments in our fridge. We use it on salads, of course. And pizza. And fries. And mozzarella sticks. Many kinds kinds of chicken. Mix it with shredded chicken and put it on a cracker, and tell me how good it is in the comments. I dare you to only eat one. Homemade ranch is great for many reasons―I love knowing exactly what ingredients are in
Jammin: 3 delicious recipes to use up extra jam
There are countless delights I could list to tell you why I thoroughly love this time of year. We can use the porch again. Birds are chirping all day, which causes the cats to make funny cackling noises. We can open the windows and let fresh air into the house, finally. I get that good old-fashioned spring cleaning feeling that motivates me to de-clutter and have a garage sale. There
Make your own vanilla extract: Just vodka + vanilla beans + time
Based on the blogs I read, it feels like making vanilla extract from scratch is quite the trend. As I mentioned earlier, it’s just two ingredients―vanilla and vodka. You put the two in a jar together for a couple months and the vanilla flavor seeps into the vodka. Easy, right? I’ve never used real vanilla beans before, but have always wanted to. Plus I love making things from scratch…so I
Pumpkin spice granola recipe
I clipped this granola recipe from a magazine a few years ago, and if I tracked how often I make recipes the way iTunes counts how many times I play a song…this one would definitely be in my top five. Right up there with melting peanut butter and chocolate together in a little bowl and eating it with a spoon (don’t judge). It’s the first homemade granola recipe I ever
Charlie's magic trick
I’ve introduced my kitties on the blog before, Charlie and Ninja Bob. Charlie is about 5, and he’s gray and petite. Ninja Bob is not quite two, and has for some time now has had several pounds advantage on Charlie. He’s big-boned and just a little clumsy. Once upon a time, when Bob was little, he was smaller than Charlie. Ninja Bob is the black cat (hence, Ninja.) Here they
You had me at hello
Last week I told you about the Pinterest Challenge I read about on Young House Love. In case you missed it, I will sum up: A bunch of bloggers said, hey, let’s do something that we pinned on Pinterest and all share it next Wednesday! That’s the just kind of bandwagon I love to hop on, and today, you get to see the fruits of my labor.
Mom’s Apple Coffee Cake recipe
My mother is a delightful cook. She loves trying new things, and she and I are always the last two eating at the dinner table because we enjoy every last bite as slowly as we please. And we might grab one more slice, just to even out the row…because no one wants to put the pan away with just one piece left in the row, right? Trust me, we don’t.
DIY Gunk Remover: Non-toxic recipe to remove sticky adhesive residue
I’m pretty excited about this one, folks. I’m big into making my own cleaning products and finding cheap substitutes for things I’d normally purchase…and this recipe hits a home run in so many ways. You know how price tags and jar labels leave a sticky residue behind that’s super tough to rub off? For years I’ve used the major brand products to fix the problem, namely Goo Gone or Goof Off. I’ve
The ever-so-reasonable Cleaning Checklist
I love checklists. Creating them is fun. Checking things off is rewarding. Once something is on a checklist, you can’t forget it, which helps keep you from going crazy in the head with too much going on up there. This particular checklist is a personal achievement. While I do like checklists, I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning. I have used this checklist myself and given it to others to help me
An adorable new resident in my kitchen
Whose tea kettle is that? Mine. Le Creuset Carribean Blue. It’s the tea kettle I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule! If you can name the movie I’m attempting to quote and put it in the comments, I’ll give you ten points. If you think I’m funny, I’ll give you ten more.
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