Before and After Power Washing Photos & A Home Improvement Giveaway

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These Power Washing Photos Show the Amazing Transformation of the Front of our Home. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s been a busy summer for my husband and me. Power washing the exterior of our house and surrounding…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks & a Great Giveaway

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Get your House Sparkling clean with these Power Washing Tips & Enter to Win A One-On-One Video Chat with a Well-Known Home Improvement Expert. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. If you have been reading my blog for a…

Today’s Kitchen Tip – How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw

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  Hull Strawberries with a Straw to save waste. Today’s kitchen tip shows how to hull your strawberries with a drinking straw to save the waste that comes with cutting the top off, or the time that it takes to use a knife to hull each one properly.Our family eats strawberries year round.  They are…

How to Clean a Microwave with Lemons

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Clean a Microwave with lemons in just Minutes, the easy way. I use my microwave all the time, so it does tend to get dirty and discolored. There are lots of products that will clean it but did you know that it is super easy to clean a microwave with lemons in just minutes?To clean…

Sweet Endings – Collection of my Favorite Desserts

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Sweet Endings for your Sweet Tooth. Dessert!  My favorite part of the meal.  (and my hips show it unfortunately.)  My favorite desserts make sweet endings to a meal and are sure to tempt even the most ardent sweet eater. As much as I love desserts, I find that I don’t bake them often. Now that…

How To Set up a Well Stocked Home Bar

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Follow these Tips to Make Sure that you Have a Well Stocked Home Bar. Remember the days when Happy Hour was the highlight of the week?  Celebrating with friends over a nice cocktail is a fun thing to do. But with the busy lives that we all lead now, going out for Happy hour is…

Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole

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This Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole is the Ultimate Comfort Food. I love making new recipes from things that I have on hand. It makes me feel frugal, and insures that I end up wasting very little food.  Luckily for me, the main ingredient in this loaded potato and pulled pork casserole is some…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal + a Giveaway

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This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. Jazz up your Home Look with these 22 Secrets to Create Curb Appeal. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well…

Chocolate Raspberry Swirled Mini Cheesecakes

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Enjoy the Taste of summer with these Chocolate Raspberry swirled Mini Cheesecakes. Summer is the time for me to use fresh fruits in many of my dessert recipes.  I love the lightness that they give to the dinner menu, and they are perfect to serve when you have a BBQ or grill party. These chocolate…

Tips for Growing Air Plants – Tillandsia

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Air Plants – the house plant that lives on a bit of neglect. Tillandsia is also known as an air plant. Air plants are a member of the epiphyte family. This plant needs no soil to grow and gets its nourishment from the air.  Air plants have specialized leaves that draw in nutrients. An air…

DIY Wood Shutter Makeover

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Change your Curb Appeal with This Shutter Makeover Project. Shutters have been used for years to add beauty to your home and also to give some privacy to windows.   This DIY shutter makeover project brings back some life to a worn out looking house, but does it on a budget. There are several links in…

Savory Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

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Chicken Tikka Masala Curry is full of Flavor but not too spicy. I love savory chicken curries.  My husband can take them much hotter than I can, but I love to combine flavors to give the Indian taste without too much heat.  This recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for me and he loves…

DIY Succulent Strawberry Planter

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Make your own Succulent Strawberry Planter. I love strawberry planters.  The pockets on the side are perfect for plants that send out offshoots. Each little “baby” can fit into the protruding pockets to make their own little home. They are perfect for strawberry plants (of course!), spider plants and other plants like strawberry begonias. Today…

Tips for a Front Door Makeover – Before and After

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Add Great Curb Appeal to your Home with a Front Door Makeover. A beautiful front door transforms the entry to your home, adds great appeal and gives a pop of color to an otherwise bland and boring entry.  This project for my front door makeover is one that I have been wanting to do for…

Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad – A Grill Side dish

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias This Warm Bacon Potato Salad makes a Great Grill Side Dish. The motto in our house all summer long is “it’s time to Fire up the Grill.”  We grill most of the year, but in the…

How to Repair a Broken Planter

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Broken Planter Becomes a Part of a Pair. Do you have a planter which is broken but you still want to use it?  I had this situation, recently, and decided to just repair my broken planter. It was easy to do and took not much time at all.I am currently in the middle of a…

Mandarin Orange Cake

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I am being compensated by DOLE Canned Fruit for this recipe.  All opinions are those of The Gardening Cook. #DoleCannedFruit AD Delight your Family with This Delicious Mandarin Orange Cake. Summer time, for me, is all about recipes using fruits and vegetables.  I love the light, fresh taste that they give to recipes.  This mandarin…

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