I love homemade applesauce. It’s a regular dish on our Thanksgiving table and we eat it often throughout the winter. It’s simple to make. The hardest part is peeling the … Continue reading The Best Applesauce You Will Ever Eat (And The Easiest Recipe You Will Ever Make)
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The 2017 craft fair dates are on Saturday, November 11 and 18. Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and … Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017
I began this year wanting to set up a home office area and get piles and files of paper under control. I thought that the project might take me a … Continue reading “Organize it!” The Home Office
For all the years I’ve been married my husband, John, has talked (raved) about his mother’s chocolate and butterscotch pies. They were favorites of his and his siblings and my … Continue reading Betty’s Butterscotch Pie
Sometimes I get the craziest ideas at 3 a.m. I woke up last night thinking about my art room. It’s on the first floor between the living room and the … Continue reading Organize it! Make Room for Hobbies
This week I had a bumper crop of ripe, red tomatoes. That could only mean one thing. It was time to can some pints of Zesty Salsa. I got my … Continue reading Zesty Salsa for Canning
As far as I’m concerned, one of the greatest inventions on this planet was the paperback book. I love paperback books. Small, compact, light weight little treasures that can be … Continue reading Happy National Paperback Book Day!
The painted rock craze has come to Northeast Ohio. Painters are hiding their rock creations along walking trails, on beaches, in parks and parking lots. Hunters, or perhaps just … Continue reading Northeast Ohio Rocks!
I had this a recipe for a long time before I tried it. I tried lots of others. Most of them were good. (After all, who has ever had a … Continue reading Recipe: Best Ever Banana Nut Bread
What is up with store bought potato salad? Small chunks of potatoes drowning in an overly sweet, sloppy sauce. Everybody buys it because it’s convenient but nobody really likes it. Why can’t … Continue reading “Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe
When my 4 year old refrigerator stopped working, and the repairman made it clear that it would cost more to fix it than it was worth, I went on a … Continue reading Appliance Breakdown: Replacing the Refrigerator
What began as an organization project with cleaning and sorting, recycling and donating, has somehow blossomed into a whole house makeover. One of the largest projects was a very messy … Continue reading Organize It! The Kitchen Makeover
You don’t like tomatoes? If your only experience with them are tomatoes from the grocery store or the wedges you get in your restaurant salad, well then, I’d have to … Continue reading It’s Time to Plant the Tomatoes! (Even if you Don’t Like Them)
It started with a simple sentence. “We really need a new kitchen floor,” I said to my husband. A month later, I find myself in the middle of an entire … Continue reading In the Middle of a Spring Home Makeover
Once in a while I manage to interest my husband into building something for me. Over the years, my bookish professor/writer has turned out to be a halfway decent carpenter. With … Continue reading Recycling Cast-Offs Into Handcrafted Garden Benches
Most people are not rich. But when something is important, most people find a way to pull together the cash and get the thing that they want. For me, the … Continue reading How I Save Money For Travel
If, like me, you live in an old, historic home you have to deal with many challenges not found in modern construction. One of the most common problems is … Continue reading Patchwork Wallpaper Project
This is a fun project that makes a gift card holder in the shape of a handbag. Super cute and way more interesting than those gift card boxes you buy … Continue reading Make Your Own Handbag Gift Card Holders
Carrot cake was not a popular thing when I was a kid. In fact, I never heard of it until I was in my 20’s. I remember that it didn’t … Continue reading Barb’s Favorite Carrot Cake
While February usually brings deep snows and frigid temperatures to Ohio, this year we have been enjoying a stretch of unusually warm weather. February and March were to be my … Continue reading Organize It! The Front Porch
Americans spend an enormous number of hours in their cars. I don’t particularly like to drive. No, let me rephrase that. I HATE to drive. When I was working, I … Continue reading Lifelong Learning and the Daily Commute
February has arrived and with it comes a new “Organize It” project. In January I set up a new home office and spent the month taming paperwork. For the month … Continue reading “Organize It!” Clothing Closets and Drawers
I’m usually too busy to make garden art during the summer. The dead of winter, however, is a great time to look ahead and fashion some artwork for the yard. … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Garden Art