Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

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Have you ever had blueberry cornmeal pancakes? They are lovely! They are kind of like cornbread and pancakes mixed together, highlighting the best of both worlds. They are soft and tender like traditional pancakes but they have that sweet corn taste and a little more texture like a cornbread. Adding blueberries just makes them all the more delicious! You are going to love them! America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out and it’s just perfect for gift giving. I was asked to review the book and of course I said yes, I love America’s Test Kitchen and officially own Continue Reading →

Shortbread Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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Shortbread Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a must make. The cookie base is a tender, sweet, and buttery shortbread cookie and it’s made fancy (and pretty) by the addition of a bit of jam to the center right before cooking. I love the cooked jam in the middle! Not only is it pretty, but it tastes amazing too. I love how the jam cooks down just a little while the cookie is baking and gets a little thicker and a little stickier. These are some of my all time favorite cookies and I’m excited to be sharing them with you today. Continue Reading →

Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

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Bean dip is my jam. I love the stuff. My mom has been whipping up her amazing bean dip to take to parties and family functions for as long as I can remember and I find myself making it again and again. It’s super easy, it travels well, and who doesn’t like a creamy cheesy bean dip?! Appetizers and finger foods are in high demand this time of year and I’ve got just the recipe for you today. Not Yo’ Mama’s Bean Dip is simple to put together, crowd-pleasing, and just special enough that people will be asking you for the Continue Reading →

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Rice Pudding (dairy and egg free)

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My husband has been begging me to make rice pudding ever since the weather turned cold last month and I finally made his wish come true. He and I have different dreams when it comes to rice pudding. I like mine warm and thick; he likes his cold and saucy. When it came to tasting this recipe though, we both agreed it was a keeper. 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Rice Pudding (dairy and egg free) is not only easy to make and has minimal ingredients, it’s dairy free too. What’s not to love. Let’s chat about those three ingredients for Continue Reading →

22 Simple Handmade Gifts PLUS a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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The first week of December as well as Cassie from Back to Her Roots and I’s Handmade Holiday 2015 is coming to a close and I can’t even believe how fun this week was. Who knew you all loved handmade gifts as much as we do?! Today we’ve collected all this week’s posts plus other handmade gift ideas that we published in years past to create this amazing list of 22 Simple Handmade Gifts for you to enjoy all in one place. I’m partial, but I dare say this is one of the best handmade gift idea lists out there. Continue Reading →

DIY Christmas Rag Wreath

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I loved this project and I think my DIY Christmas Rag Wreath turned out really cute. I had this grand vision of all the ways I would style this wreath for my photos. I thought of it hanging on a pretty colored front door, gracing a vintage door handle, rocking it on a perfect mantel, and perched on the back of a dining room chair in a beautifully decorated kitchen. I started to take pictures and reality set in. I have an unpainted white door that’s full of stains and finger prints (primer isn’t known for great washability and the Continue Reading →

Simple Embroidered Ornaments


If you read the old blog very regularly you’ll know that the embroidery bug has hit our house hard. I bought a bunch of embroidery stuff early in the year and we just keep at it! My kids are completely sold and I love it just as much as they do. We are by no means very skilled at it, but there’s something so therapeutic about a little hand sewing. You know who got bit by the bug worst of all? My six-year-old son! He asks to embroider multiple times a week; it’s probably the cutest thing ever. Today I’m Continue Reading →

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (Homemade Pink Grapefruit Burt’s Bees!)

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Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm is super simple to make when you get a the right ingredients and it’s the perfect gift to make a bunch of and share with all of your friends. This project is part of Handmade Holiday that Cassie from Back to Her Roots and I are working on this week and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. So far this week I’ve shared Simple DIY Beeswax Candles and Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!) and Cassie has made the prettiest No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf, Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Continue Reading →

Simple DIY Beeswax Candles

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Welcome to day two of Handmade Holiday 2015. Cassie from Back to Her Roots and I are sharing simple handmade gifts all week long to get your crafty juices flowing! Today I’m sharing simple DIY Beeswax Candles and Cassie is sharing Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar. These pair nicely with yesterday’s DIY No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf and my Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!). It’s been a lot of fun working with Cassie on this and her projects are just beautiful while still being simple. Beeswax candles are so much easier to make than you might have Continue Reading →

Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!)

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Handmade is so my jam, and I’m excited to bring you a whole week of simple handmade gift tutorials that you can that you can give this year! I’m starting the week off with Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!). I’ve done tons of research and testing on this project and I’m confident I have the best tutorial out there! I thought I might take a little break this week from blogging because today will mark 30 straight days of blogging (!!!) and I’ve officially met my NaBloPoMo goal of writing/blogging every day in November. I can’t believe I’ve made Continue Reading →