Maple Brown Sugar “Toaster Pastries”

A special recipe celebrating a childhood favorite! There are those foods from your childhood that really take you back to Saturday morning cartoons and a much simpler time. One of my favorites is those lovely toaster pastries! These pastries have been a weakness of mine since I could remember, and every once in a while I still enjoy a "tart" or two. Recently I searched out to find a way to enjoy these lovely toaster pastries without all the extra preservatives. Surprisingly to make your own toaster pastries is pretty easy, and fun too! Basically, for this recipe, all you need is pie crust dough, your favorite filling, 1 egg, and some powdered sugar to make your ...

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Homemade Yogurt – 2 Ways!

Homemade Yogurt Tastes Amazing and is Surprisingly Easy to Make! A few years ago I learned that you can make your own yogurt. I was so super surprised and couldn't believe how much better it tasted than commercially made yogurt. You can tailor homemade yogurt to your taste, and it's beyond easy to make. There are many different recipes out there to make homemade yogurt, and I've tried a good amount of them. The recipe I'm sharing today has become my favorite method and makes just the right amount of yogurt for me to enjoy within 2 weeks. With this recipe, your yogurt will have the texture of traditional yogurt, not Greek yogurt. To make homemade Greek yogurt, there is a straining ...

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Maple Buckeye Candy!

Make These Quick and Delicious Candies, Inspired by The Buckeye Nut! Growing up in Northeast Ohio you become very familiar with a few things. You hear the phrase "Lake Effect" and freeze in your tracks. Our weather changes as quickly as a blink of an eye. You support the Cleveland Browns no matter what, you drink pop, and Cleveland is the city of Rock and Roll! You also know when someone gets out the peanut butter and chocolate it's time to make Buckeyes, those tasty morsels that are impossible to stop eating! Buckeyes are a delicious mix of butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar formed in a "dough" and then dipped in chocolate! After the Buckeyes are all complete, ...

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Wren’s Eggs – Pinecone Bird Feeders

Make some quick and easy pinecone feeders - a great hands-on project! Welcome to Wren's Eggs, quick projects great for the whole family! Winter has arrived here in Northeast Ohio, and we like to make sure the wild birds have a little extra to eat when visiting our yard. From Cardinals to Chickadees, we always have such great visitors. A really easy way to feed our bird friends is to make a pinecone bird feeder! This project is a wonderful hands-on project for all ages. The supplies needed are very simple. All you need is some pinecones, a plastic spoon or knife, peanut butter (or another good fat for spreading), a small piece of yarn, and birdseed. It's really fun to head out ...

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Paw Print Ornaments

Create an Ornament to Celebrate Your Furry (or Feathered) Friends! Every year one of my favorite traditions is to make homemade ornaments. It is so fun to unwrap the memories year after year. One of my favorite methods of making homemade ornaments is to make salt dough ornaments. I'm sure at one point in time everyone has had experience with salt dough. Do I need to mention those handmade ornaments from kindergarten? Salt dough ornaments are so incredibly easy to make and can be made with items you probably already have around the house. The recipe is very simple and can easily be doubled if you need more salt dough. To make the salt dough you need salt, flour, and water, it's that ...

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Self Watering Wine Bottle Succulent Planter

Recycle wine bottles into a unique self watering planter! Before we get to crafting, I want to share a little background. I'm always on the search for a chance to be creative. Nothing is better than a late evening just creating. It really is the best stress relief. Seven years ago I discovered a "craft" that was a bit life-changing. By teaching myself how to cut wine bottles from a 1960s McCalls magazine, I was able to open a lot of doors and create some great memories. You may be thinking, it's just a craft, but some crafts really spark something in you, and you will never forget them! Creating the wine bottle planters led me to run a little business. I have learned so much by ...

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Amazing Duck Gourd Feet!

Display Your Gourds in a Fun and Unique Way! I'm sure by now everyone has seen the Pinterest pin of the gourds with wire feet made to look like ducks! It is such a fun photo, and I have to admit I tried the wire method, and sadly my gourd ducks kept falling over. I had put the idea of a duck gourd aside, as a "Pinterest fail" in my book. Recently a good friend suggested, why don't you design and 3D print your duck gourd feet. Hmm...I thought I have the tools to do it, why not give it a try! Challenge accepted! Not to mention we have an amazing Duckie for inspiration! I went to designing some duck gourd feet in Tinkercad, which if you are new to 3D printing, is a great place to ...

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Smoked Farm Fresh Eggs!

Take Your Farm Fresh Eggs to the Next Level! If you have raised chickens, you learn quickly the different ways to cook and preserve your eggs. There is nothing better than a simple scrambled farm fresh egg in the morning, but it's such a blessing when you have a fridge full of eggs from your own flock to try different recipes with! We have both duck and chicken eggs, so I spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen with the eggs. Recently we acquired a smoker for next to nothing, and are pretty excited with the new addition. Smoking is something we have been really wanting to try, so when the opportunity came up, we jumped on board. It's not a huge smoker, but it's perfect for ...

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DIY Photography Backdrops

Propel your picture taking ability to the next level with some simple to make photography backdrops! It’s no secret I love photography! Everyone who takes pictures whether you do it for fun or for profit has their favorite subjects. Personally, I have a few different “niches” I really enjoy, but one favorite is food photography. I found quickly that with food photography you need a great backdrop to really make your photos special. There are many different types of tabletop “backdrops” you can purchase out there but they can be a bit pricey. If you are like me though you want some different options for your photography without spending a ton of money. As the daughter of a floor ...

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Making Homemade Fudge With Mashed Potatoes!

With a few items from your pantry, you can have delicious fudge in no time! I have a serious obsession with vintage cookbooks! Every time we head out to our favorite antique store, I run to the book section. Though I love our modern conveniences we have today, it is so great to learn the "old ways". You really gain a better appreciation for certain recipes this way. Over my next few blogs, I thought it would be fun to try some of the recipes in my vintage cookbooks! The first recipe we are going to look at is Old-Fashioned Mashed Potato Fudge from the Wilton Complete Book of Candy. When I first saw this recipe I had to do a double-take. Fudge and mashed potatoes are not something I ...

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