Vision Board

Create Your Own Vision Board

It’s that time again. Time for this overachieving 40-something to set an unrealistic goal she will never meet and to make a fantastic New Year’s resolution she will never keep. Ready. Set. Forget it. Instead, I am giving a shout out to all who have said “no more” to resolutions. Is there room in your […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs: Flora Inspired & Naturally Dyed

For ingredients to make beautifully colored Easter eggs, look no further than your fridge and pantry. Press on a few sprigs of fresh herbs and not only have you created works of art – you’ve also wisely avoided a rainbow of synthetic colors found in those 99 cent Easter egg coloring kits. Throughout history, plant […]

Deboning Chicken

Workbook Illustrated: How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

Use your hands to remove the skin from the chicken thigh. Trim off the excess fat with a sharp knife and discard. Place the thigh rough side up on a cutting board and locate the bone. Score a line through the meat along the bone with the tip of the knife. Using a short, flicking motion, expose the top of […]

Flower Bouquets

“Honey, I Got You Flowers!” Making the Most Out of a Grocery Store Bouquet

When that special someone hands you a fistful of stems wrapped in polka-dotted cellophane, thank them sweetly and let this thrifty floral makeover begin. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a festival of color – that aptly describes the average grocery store bouquet. For years, I knew nothing better than […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

To make homemade vanilla extract, you need just two ingredients: alcohol and vanilla beans, plus a few minutes of prep time. You do need a little patience while the flavor of the vanilla beans is extracted, which takes several weeks. But it’s all more than worth it when you end up with the tastiest, most […]

Decorative Mugs

How to Make Fun, Decorative Mugs

Want to show someone you care this Valentine’s Day? Instead of the standard chocolates or flowers, make a one-of-a-kind keepsake for an extra-special gift! What you’ll need: -Clean white glossy mugs or cups -Stencils or designs you like -Scissors -Soft (8B) pencil -Tape -Markers for porcelain or glass, in assorted colors (such as oil-based Sharpies) By Marketa O’Connor