Decorating for Fall: Wall Art

Today’s fall decorating idea is to create custom artwork.

Last year I was on the hunt for a painting for our mantle. After searching in every store I could possibly think of, I realized that I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for at a price I could afford.

So, I created my own artwork. I bought a canvas and 4 tubes of paint.

To start out, I painted the striped […]

Birthday Cake – Magnifying Glass

Magnifying Glass cake w/ icing

Here’s a fun and easy cake to make. I made it for Clara’s mystery birthday party.

1. Bake an 8″ round and 8″ square cake.

2. Cut the handle from the square cake.

3. Cover the entire cake with icing. I used this Wilton buttercream icing recipe.

4. Pipe stars with the black icing on the handle and rim. I used a #16 tip.

5. Shade the glass with blue pearl dust. Just use […]

Drugstore Experiment – Week 1

I was recently inspired by some blog posts to try the following experiment.

I put $20 in an envelope for CVS and $20 in one for Walgreens. The challenge is to see how far my $20 will stretch, using manufacturer and store coupons.

Here’s what I got this week.


My envelope still contains $12.48 and $7.78 ECB, a total of $20.26. Yes, you read that correctly. I made $0.26 this week.

First transaction:


Party Guessing Game

Here’s a fun way to get the party started as guests arrive.

1. Fill a jar with candy of your choice, but make sure to count it first. Write the amount on a piece of paper and keep it hidden.

2. As guests arrive let them hold and study the jar. Then have them write their guess on a sheet of paper.

3. After you collect all guesses determine who came the closest to […]

Making Bread

I’ve been wanting to make bread for a while now, but have been intimidated by the recipes. They look complicated and it always seems like it will take forever. After another recipe search I found this recipe for wheat bread (my husband’s favorite) and decided it didn’t look too scary.

It turns out, this recipe was actually very easy to follow and the bread was delicious. I used my KitchenAid mixer to knead the […]

Decorating for Fall: Pillows

I love fall, the colors, smells, cooler days, baking and apple picking. I also love to surround myself with things that remind me of fall. For the last couple of years I’ve been changing around the decor in our home with the changing seasons and for holidays. It’s exciting to get out the bins of decorations that have been stashed away for a year and pull out all those “goodies”.

This series is full of […]