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Gingerbread House Tips – 15 Tricks for Making Gingerbread Houses

These Gingerbread House tips will make sure that your next project will be a stunner. From using muffin tins for supplies to choosing the right icing, these steps will make the task of making gingerbread houses quick and easy. The taste of gingerbread desserts just seem to go along with Christmas in my mind. Check …

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Growing Hellebores – Lenten Rose – How to Grow Helleborus

If you like the idea of a plant that flowers in winter while there is still snow on the ground, try Growing Hellebores. Lenten Rose is another name for helleborus. The blooms come in lots of different shades and shapes. I first heard of Hellebores perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying …

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Aids for Health and Wellness Goals for 2020 – Fish Oil, Magnesium and Multi Vitamins

When the new year comes to an end, I like to focus on my goals for the year.   I find that I have the most success when I keep health and wellness goals at the forefront of my mind all year round. If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know that …

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Snowman Wall Hanging – A Rustic Christmas Decoration

This snowman wall hanging is a rustic Christmas decoration that is made from an old kitchen door frame. It is super easy to make and looks great hanging on the shutters at our front door entry. I have a huge collection of both snowmen and Santa Claus Christmas decorations.  Our family room really gets into …

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Cherry Cordial Recipe – Making Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

My all time favorite Christmas treat is a chocolate covered cherry cordial. Each year, this is something that my husband buys me for my stocking, and he knows that I’ll be thanking “Santa” for these bonbons. January 3 is celebrated each year as National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Let’s find out how to make them …

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Pruning Hellebores – Tips for Lenten Rose Maintenance

Pruning hellebores will keep your Lenten rose looking its best all year long. Hellebores are a long blooming perennial plant that needs very little in the way of maintenance but it does get a bit ragged looking at times of the year.   The flowers are so pretty and resemble wild roses that have opened up. …

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Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Many of us have very cold temperatures going on right now but it’s never too early to plan ahead for vegetable gardening. These Cold Hardy Vegetables are perfect for the cool weather of early spring and good one to think about planting soon. The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it …

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Forcing Forsythia Indoors – How to Force Forsythia Blooms

I love anything that gives me a jump start on spring.  Forcing forsythia indoors lets me have the showy yellow flowers of the well known harbinger of spring – forsythia bushes . They are great to enjoy indoors well before they give you their cheery spring greeting outside. Luckily, it is very easy to force …

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Winter Flowering Plants – Add These for Cold Weather Color

 Winter flowering plants bring a blast of color to your yard and garden when you need it most – when the temperatures are really cold and not much is growing. It’s cold outside for most of us in the USA, but that does not mean that we have to sit idly by and wait for …

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Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter? These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  It is …

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Forcing Paperwhites – How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Spring is right around the corner and flowers on a breakfast table are always a lovely sight. Forcing paperwhites indoors will give you a delightful splash of spring color in just a few weeks. The project can be done in soil or in water and the kids will love to help. White narcissus is believed by …

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Microwave Peanut Brittle – Homemade Nut Brittle with a Delicious Crunch

This microwave peanut brittle is simple to make but looks like you made a trip to the candy shop. It comes together in just minutes and tastes amazing. Homemade nut brittle is one of our favorite Christmas recipes. Peanut brittle is not just for the holidays. Keep that tastes coming in January, too, by celebrating …

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Lemon Snowball Cookies – Snowball Cookie Recipe

These lemon snowball cookies are snowball shaped bites of melt in your mouth sweet deliciousness. This snowball cookie recipe is perfect for a cookie swap and will be a cookie recipe that you will love to make each Christmas. Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like …

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Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

These hasselback baked apples are a fun take on the traditional baked apple recipe. Instead of hollowing out the apple and adding a filling, the apple is thinly  sliced and then drizzled with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. A crunchy gluten free flour and oat topping completes this delicious dessert recipe. When you are …

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Baileys Mudslide Truffle Recipe – Irish Cream Truffles

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this Baileys Mudslide Truffle recipe is the perfect way to end a romantic meal with a loved one. I love the taste of sweet treats that are mixed with alcohol. They add a touch of decadence to recipes and are perfect for celebrating.  These Irish Cream Truffles are …

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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup – (Slow Cooker) – Hearty Winter Meal

Are you looking for an easy slow cooker hearty winter meal? This flavorful vegetable beef barley soup is chock full of vegetables in a delightfully seasoned broth that will warm you to the bones. The soup cooks for hours so you can get on with your day, and makes the kitchen smell amazing, to boot. …

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DIY Candy Cane Vase – Easy Holiday Decor Project

This DIY candy cane vase makes an easy holiday decor project that is as much fun to put together as it is to display. All you need are some candy canes and a few inexpensive supplies. Grab some peppermint sticks and let’s make a new Christmas decoration. This DIY Candy Cane vase is easy and …

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Irish Cream Fudge – Bailey’s Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor

This delicious Bailey’s fudge recipe has a surprise addition of coffee for a great flavor. It is creamy and sweet and has a lovely consistency. This year, make some Irish Cream Fudge as a part of your Christmas traditions! Who doesn’t love the taste of a glass of Bailey’s Irish cream during the holidays? It …

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One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I …

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Chicken Cheese Panini Sandwich – Slimmed Down Lunch Delight

This slimmed down chicken cheese panini sandwich is my first attempt at using a panini press, and it turned out great. My daughter bought me a panini pan for Christmas.  She and I often have mum-daughter dates at Panera Bread and I always choose a half panini sandwich and bowl of soup. Jess knew that …

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