Handmade for the Holidays – Bless this Mess the Shop

I’ve been working hard all year to make my Etsy shop into something I could be really excited about come the Holidays. Well friends, months of work are coming together and I’m super excited to show you everything I’ve been working on. I know you may not be ready for Holiday shopping just yet, but I wanted to make sure you know what I have to offer so that you could be planning for the coming months. I know I can’t be the only one thinking of Christmas gifts already.

First there are a few things that I need to tell you. Trying to make a living creating handmade goods in America is not a lucrative career. It is expensive and time consuming, but I don’t do it because I have to or to make it rich, I do it because I love it. I’m proud of the things in my shop. That being said, they wouldn’t be there without help and work from many many others. Let me introduce you to all the people I have the pleasure of working with in regards to my Etsy shop.

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Healthy Snack Bars – naturally sweetened and good for you too!

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These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don’t let all the health labels scare you,they taste great! This recipes is adapted from One Lovely Life’s Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I’m so happy I tried it. These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two Continue Reading →


Avocado Bruschetta and other awesome tail gating recipes

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It’s that time of the month! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This months theme is appetizers which very easily could be read as “football food” this time of the year. Whether you are watching the big game or not, this list of appetizers is sure to please. Check out all of the links at the bottom of the post for the rest of the recipes. To the horror of many, we don’t watch football; not college, not pro, not high school (our school is so little we don’t even have a football team). And to make matters Continue Reading →


22 Must-Have Muffin Recipes

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Yesterday’s head cold is today’s sinus infection, so while I’m trying to lay low and still keep everyone alive, maybe fed, and the house from being totally annihilated, let’s enjoy a quiet morning with muffins and lots of them. You can never have too many muffin recipes! Fall weather is muffin time for me. They are perfect for easy breakfasts (just add some scrambled eggs), but they also go great with all things soup. I’ve included my favorite corn muffins which are excellent with chili and taco soups. I like the sweet muffins with chicken noodle type soups. Or forget Continue Reading →


Easy Cake Batter Fudge

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Cake batter is such a great flavor. I love cake and it’s totally fun when that flavor makes an appearance in non-cake items. Our favorite is cake batter ice cream. We have a shop here in town that’s open for a few hours a day during tourist season. After a morning of garden work and chores we like to treat ourselves to a little scoop of ice cream once in a while; cake batter gets chosen more times than not. This cake batter fudge is just as fun as it sounds, and it’s super easy; no candy thermometer needed! You’ll Continue Reading →


Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Roll-ups

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I have thousands and thousand of pictures on my computer that I have never printed out. THOUSANDS! One of my goals for the year was to make photo books for all the of years 2005 to 2013 as well as a book for our wedding and two trips to Australia. I’ve made a big dent in the project and it has been so much fun. I cannot wait for my kids to see them. I’m going to give them to my family for Christmas and I know they are going to love to look at all of their pictures. The Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers

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Pickle lovers unite! You will fall off your chair when you read this recipe and see just how easy it is to pickle banana peppers at home. No need to can, just pour the brine over the prepared peppers and stick them in the fridge. The best part? They last for months. I love all things pickles and pickled banana peppers top my list. They are excellent on sandwiches, including hot grilled ham and cheese, perfect for salads, and I’d be a fibbing if I said I didn’t eat them straight out of the jar late at night. They are Continue Reading →


Currently… Big Announcement Edition

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Feeling… Excited, guilty, and some pain. The baby went on a nursing strike last week and I lost most of my supply. I could have worked really hard to get it back but I chose not to. So we are done nursing (he’s 10  months old). I’m excited to not feel so tied down; I’m feeling guilty I didn’t try harder to make it until he was one; I’m feeling too full and hoping the last of this milk will go away. My favorite old lady in town told me that if I drink a sage tea it would finish Continue Reading →


Healthy Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets from America’s Test Kitchen

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Some people get excited about new movie releases or album debuts, but what gets this girl is new America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, and boy do they have a new cookbook! I’ve been a longtime fan of America’s Test Kitchen. My husband got me two of their books back in 2010 for Mother’s Day and I’ve been hooked ever since; I’ve been adding to my ATK (America’s Test Kitchen) collection for years and I have to tell you about their newest book that just came out yesterday! And because I like you, you can win a copy for yourself. Keep reading! I Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Ranch Chicken Bake

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Hey friends! Life is so crazy right now. We are literally a day or two away from opening the hardware store that we’ve been working on for almost 2 years. We are waiting for the building inspector to come one last time and issue our occupancy permit. While we are knee-deep in the final stages of cleaning and general business I have my friend Emily here to share a great recipe for Ranch Chicken Bake (no ranch packet included! Yay!). By the end of the week I should have a post on the hardware store for you as well as Continue Reading →