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See you on the “other side!”


Cute Recipe Storage

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I thought I would show how I store my recipes.  Several years ago, I bought one of these recipe baskets at a Longaberger basket show.  I even had to buy the cute “Recipes” tie-on.

I think this was purchased around 1996 or 1997.  These baskets are expensive, but they are sturdy and do hold up very well.  I love the lip on the cover, where you can rest a recipe while you are reading it.

I bought a ton of recipe cards with plastic covers.  I’m a messy cook and baker, stuff gets splashed around.  I do have a few recipe books, but if I like a recipe enough, I’ll write it on a card and put it here into my basket.

Once in a while, I tear recipes out of magazines, and print them from the internet.  Here is my pile of recipes “to be tried.”

I really need to give myself some sort of deadline for trying these recipes before I either write them on a card, or toss them.  I think some of these papers are older than six months.

Until I try the new recipes, I fold them up and store them in front of my recipe cards.  Looks like it’s time to try some of these out!

How do you store your recipes?  Do you have a basket or container? A three ring binder?  Cookbooks? Do you just look up recipes on the internet?

Linking to: The Gypsy’s Corner/My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Getting Ready for Winter

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Over the last several days, Handy Man has been working on getting the outdoors ready for winter.  Here, he’s taking apart the table and chair set out on our deck.

He unscrewed all of the pieces for the tables and chairs, so he could put them into the shed more easily.

Here are some other suggestions for getting your home ready for winter, especially if you live in a climate with rough winter weather like we do.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts.  We had new gutters installed with covers to keep leaves out a few years ago, so we don’t have to do this step anymore.  It was well worth it!
  • Drain and put away garden hoses.
  • Put away or cover air conditioners.
  • Replace any exterior light bulbs.
  • Check caulking around your doors and windows.
  • The last time you mow the lawn for the season, you’ll need to drain your mower of gas and oil.  Click here to read an article that Rob wrote about this last year.
  • Clean your dryer vent.  Lots of dryer lint can build up over time; this should actually be done more than once a year.
  • Have your heating system cleaned or maintained.  If you have a chimney that gets used, make sure it gets cleaned as well.

Have you done any work to get ready for winter yet?  Unfortunately, at least for us in the Northeast, winter is right around the corner.

Linking to: New Nostalgia

Fun, New Picture Hanging Tool


Have you ever had a hard time hanging pictures on a wall? I always make Handy Man help me, but sometimes we still struggle with placement.

I saw an ad on TV for this product, and I looked it up online.  It looks so helpful!

It’s called “Hang and Level, The Picture Hanging Tool.”  Here’s the site where you can look into more details about the product, as well as videos on how it works: Under the Roof Decorating.

Normally, I wouldn’t write about a product without using it first, but this looks like a great tool.  What a simple solution for such a common problem!  I think we have to buy one and try it.

Handyman: “Huh? Another excuse to go to a hardware store? Suhweeeeet!”

Has anyone else used this product? Tell us about it.  It looks like you can purchase this tool for around $15 at places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Ace Hardware.  Note: We are not receiving any compensation for talking about this tool, I just came across it and wanted to share it here.

Tell us about your mishaps with photo hanging!  We’ve dropped photos, hung them in the wrong spot, etc.  I have some blank space in our family room addition that will need photos; and a spot in our stairway where I’d like to hang photos as well.

Simple Halloween Cupcakes


I kept seeing these cute Halloween cupcakes in magazines and around the internet, and I had to make some!  This recipe is from Real Simple magazine.  I modified it, though.  The original recipe called for pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and I’m just not a big fan of pumpkin flavor.

Halloween Cupcakes

1 18.5 ounce box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)
8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
24 pieces of candy corn

Heat oven to 350. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Prepare the cake mix as directed. (To add the pumpkin flavoring: add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and substitute a 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree for the water called for in the cake directions).

Divide the batter among the muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into center of a cupcake comes out clean; about 18-22 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cupcakes and top each with a piece of candy corn.

Handy Boy loved these!  Also, I used an extra-moist cake mix.  It really helped to make the cupcakes super-moist and yummy.

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Dining Room Buffet Decor


I decided to put some fall decor up on our dining room buffet.  Well, we don’t exactly have a specific dining room any more.  Our buffet is in our family room.

We bought this buffet several years ago in a consignment shop. The plates are vintage Fiesta ware.

I used items that we had around the house.  I also went out and snipped some fall branches.

Handy Man has collected a lot of old glass marbles, and we put them in a glass aqua jar.  I did a post about how we put shells and rocks into glass jars here.

Linking to: Between Naps on the Porch/It’s So Very Cheri/Keeping it Simple/Making the World Cuter/It’s a Blog Party/Cottage Instincts/Under the Table and Dreaming/I Heart Naptime/House of Thrifty Decor/The Girl Creative Party Blog/The DIY Showoff/My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/New Nostalgia/The Gypsy’s Corner/Lucky Star Lane/It’s So Very Cheri/My Backyard Eden/Organize and Decorate Everything/Blue Cricket Design/Sew Much Ado/seven thirty-three/The Thrifty Home/We are That Family/The Trendy Treehouse/Someday Crafts/The Shabby Chic Cottage/House of Hepworths/Frugal and Fabulous Design/My Romantic Home/The Shabby Nest/Remodelaholic/Funky Junk Interiors


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I’ve read a lot of blog posts and news stories about today’s date of 10/10/10.  I know this is off-topic, but here are 10 photos that I took today.  We took a last minute trip to the White Mountains, and here 10 of my photos.

Back to our usual posts this week; I have lots to talk about!

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