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“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 to drop the stems into a vase, add water, and be done with it... Read More

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... Read More

DIY Pure Vanilla Extract

DIY Pure Vanilla Extract There is no other scent quite as intoxicating and seductive as that of the vanilla bean. Capturing the essence of this precious fruit for use in baking is remarkably easy to do at home—DIY and gluten-free. With two ingredients and a little patience, you are on your way to making pure vanilla extract... Read More

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 pigments have been used to dye textiles... Read More

Halloween Cupcakes

I enjoy decorating cupcakes almost as much as I enjoy eating them. Decorating these Halloween cupcakes is so easy that anyone can do it, even a grown up! You can, of course, use your favorite cupcake and frosting recipes but I used gluten-free cake mixes and pre-made frosting – it was easier and faster that way... Read More

Holiday Gift Wrapping

With simple household materials, you ca change your “brown paper packages, tied up with string” into the prettiest works of art.My daughter, “Milla Plum,”and I gathered several things that we already had to create unique, one of a kind gift wrap. A lovely, personal touch for that special someone.             Wrap your gifts up in brown craft or butcher paper and let the fun begin... Read More

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... Read More

How to Make Fun, Decorative Mugs

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How to Make Homemade Nut Butters

As someone who tries to make nearly everything that I eat from scratch, I have found myself involved in some really fun DIY challenges in my kitchen. Earlier this year I started making my own nut butters. This has been one of my all-time favorite do-it-yourself discoveries. Not only is it super easy to make your own nut butter, it is also so much cheaper than store-bought... Read More

How to Make Your Oven Sparkle Without Chemicals

I am not a fan of the self-cleaning feature on my oven. I truly hate that smell of Teflon being heated to obscene temperatures. I refuse to use it because I hate that smell more than I hate looking at my grease, spills, and messes. Unfortunately, I also do not like the store-bought chemical-laden oven cleaners... Read More

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