Meat and Cheese Bouquet

You may have noticed that sometimes I get behind on posting.  As an example, I started this post 2.5 years ago – shortly after our 4th wedding anniversary.  I suddenly decided that now would be the perfect time to finish it because Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I have an idea for you that’s […]

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Lo and our friend Chuck did the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience on Saturday and had a great time.  They’ve been talking about doing a racing course or something like that for awhile, so when they saw an Amazon deal for this one at the Kentucky Speedway, they went for it. I can’t say I wasn’t […]

Mother’s Day DIY Canvas Painting

For Mother’s Day this year, I wanted to make my mom a painting with a saying that I remembered seeing on a Lenny and Eva bracelet:  “Her children arise and call her blessed.”  Proverbs 31:28 I had the plan to make this for awhile, but I was having trouble figuring out how to do it.  […]

homemade vanilla extract

How to make homemade vanilla extract

I’m a contributor over at Living on the Cheap and I wrote about how to make homemade vanilla extract.  It’s super easy and I promise it will taste way better than any junk you can buy in the store. Even real vanilla extract that you can buy in the store can have extra water added […]

12 Days of Christmas Gifts for Lo

Lo and I don’t exchange “gifts” for Christmas, but I wanted to do something special for him that wouldn’t cost a ton of money.  We have a fireplace now, so we were filling stockings for each other, but I thought it would be fun to start the season early with the 12 Days of Christmas.  […]

Zoolights, Success!

We’ve planned to go to Zoolights at the Columbus Zoo for weeks with our friends.  We picked four different days and each day there was a weather issue…rain, rain, high wind, and then heavy snow.  Finally yesterday the weather cooperated and it was just going to be cold.  We can handle cold… We met at […]

Mustache Madness Christmas

Besides the awesome jewelry I received for Christmas, a lot of my other presents seemed to have a theme…. Mustaches: My sister Jackie gave me most of the mustache madness, including 2 magnetic frames, a magnetic dry erase board, cell phone decals, and mustache tattoo gloves, as well as adorable mustache coasters from my mother-in-law. […]

Christmas and Surprises

Christmas was good particularly good to us this year!  In addition to getting to see most of both of our families (though we didn’t get to see 2 of my sisters who live out-of-state), I received such thoughtful gifts from my loved ones.  Once we returned from visiting family yesterday and opened our stockings, we […]

Honey Chipotle Almonds

These are quite possibly my favorite way to eat almonds. The problem is, I can’t make these very often because I can’t. stop. eating them when they are around. People LOVE these…I take these to events when I am too busy (lazy) to make something more involved and people tend to like them more than […]