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In Case You Forget

This little book is filled with words of wisdom from a parent to her children. It was written as the author’s children were grown, in their mid 20’s.  She started to wonder if she had taught them enough about “life”.  Had she passed on traditions and lessons from her parents? Had they listened and learned? Had they listened and forgotten? Had they been too young to even understand? Would they remember to tell their children?  

So, to be confident that she had done all in her power to share these bits of wisdom with her children, she decided to write a book.  This way they would have it all in one place and hopefully, pass it on to their children, adding new bits of wisdom along the way.  

Now, she could relax knowing for certain that the knowledge has been shared and if by any chance, forgotten, they would have this little book from their mother to remind them.

I hope you enjoy reading and sharing with your family. You may want to add your own words of wisdom!  If so, I’d love for you to share those with me in the comments or email [email protected]

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Pretty Napkins

How to Fold a Pretty Napkin in less than 20 Words

Don’t just hap-hazardly fold those cloth napkins and stuff through a napkin ring when this method is so quick and simple.  Plus, they will all be folded alike and very pretty. 

Lay the square napkin out flat

Flat Napkin

Fold in half

Half Napkin
Fold in half again

Quarter Napkin
Slide napkin rings on

Napkin Ring

Napkin Rings

Done!  (17 words, to be exact).  😝 

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Perfectly, Imperfect Deviled Eggs

So this was the beginning of what was to be the perfect boiled egg recipe. If you missed the recipe, check out Easy Peasy Boiled Eggs. The Pioneer Woman knows her stuff and this is the first time my boiled eggs peeled easily and turned out perfect. However, that’s where the perfection ended for me.
Boiled eggs

I was planning to use my perfect boiled eggs to make Deviled Eggs. I cut them, scooped out the cooked yolks, put them in the mixer, added mayo, a little vinegar, pepper and evidently, a whole lot of salt! Yep, too much salt for sure. So, I did the only thing I could do and tested out the Pioneer Woman’s boiled egg recipe again in order to add 4 more eggs to the mix.

Well, the second test proved that her process was not a fluke, they came out perfect again. So, I added the extra yokes, missed it all up hoping to dilute the salt, and was ready to fill the eggs.  I have found that putting the mixture in a pastry bag or small ziploc bag, cutting the bottom corner and squeezing into each egg, is the easiest way to make the prettiest eggs.  However, I only had large ziploc bags so I decided to try plastic wrap instead. BAD IDEA!  I’m always here to tell you things not to try.  Lol. The plastic wrap does not hold up to the squeezing pressures and you end up with mess like this…

It’s much better to use a ziploc bag that is too big!

And hopefully, your eggs can end up like this

(with the exception of the two ugly ones).  

Can you find them?  Lol

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Pumpkin Cookies

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Crock Pot Mac n’ Cheese

Compliments of Junk Gyspy

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Easy to Peel Boiled Eggs

Finally, a recipe that really works to boil your eggs perfectly and peel with ease!

Easy to Peel Boiled Eggs

The Pioneer Woman

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American Red Cross

It’s the least we can do…#GiveNow

My blood donation tips:

1) Always eat a banana before giving blood and

2) Eat your free snack and have your drink before you give blood!

Most, I repeat, most, of the time this keeps me from passing out.  Today, not so much  lol

Lucky for me though, a co-worker friend and I pretty much passed out together.  If you’re gonna pass out, it’s always better with a friend!  After we recovered, we decided that we had eaten breakfast and our bananas too early.  Our appointment wasn’t until 12:30 and we didn’t squeeze lunch in there.  Next time, we are going to meet for a good breakfast, lunch and then have a banana and snack right before!  That ought to do it, but even if it doesn’t, with the sudden onset of sweat, nausea and dizziness, it’s a small price to pay to help safe a life!

American Red Cross

Wasn’t my best blood donation day, but with the help of my “pass out” friend, we made it through!  You will too…


Laundry Sucks

Friends, I just have to say it, “Laundry Sucks”!  To me, there is absolutely nothing fun or rewarding about doing laundry.  Now, for some reason, there was a short little time in my very young life, like around 8-10, where I loved to iron.  While now I don’t even consider ironing a part of laundry, back in the day, it was the most important part.   Yes, we even ironed sheets and pillowcases and that was my job.  There was something nice about the clean smell, the steam hissing and watching those wrinkles disappear.  But, like most people, life started getting busier for people and ironing just didn’t seem like a priority anymore.  I risk embarrassment by admitting that I can’t remember the last time I pulled my iron out of the cabinet.  Usually, a quick spray of water and a toss in the dryer does the trick as good as I feel it needs to be done!  Any wrinkles left, a friend of mine used to say when she got to work, could be attributed to “riding wrinkles”.

Unfortunately, the washing, drying, folding, putting up parts, are still pretty much a necessity. Even though it still sucks, I’m hoping these little tips that I’ve learned along the way will help you to at least make it a little easier to tolerate a very mundane chore!

  • Borax is the bomb!  You know that sour smell that your towels have even after they come out of the wash?  Well, wash your towels and washcloths separate from your other laundry,  add detergent then add a couple small scoops of Borax.  You won’t believe the difference this makes in the freshness.  I mean, if you have to do this tedious chore, you certainly want your towels to come out smelling better than they did before you washed them.

  • Lint removing may be an aggravating task, but it is totally, absolutely necessary after each load is removed from the dryer.  Now, I prefer not to use my hands because the lint sticks to my fingers and I always seem to leave some behind.  The most convenient way I have found to remove the lint is to grab the used dryer sheet from the load of clothes you just removed and use it to wipe the lint basket clean.  Double duty use of the dryer sheets.
  • Detergent dispensing to avoid lifting the giant Costco container and also elimating that blue sticky drip!  I have two suggestions and they both work equally well. It’s just according to your laundry room situation.  My favorite way to dispense liquid laundry detergent is to pour the detergent into a glass beverage server, or you just use the container, and place it on a shelf or just inside a cabinet right above the washer.  Using the measuring cup provided, start filling with detergent and counting the seconds until it gets to the amount you normally use.  Which brings me to the second suggestion right in the middle of this one.  Lol. To prevent the blue sticky drip from the measuring container, just throw it in with the load of wash. It comes out nice and clean.  Note that if you use the first suggestion, you won’t even have to deal with the measuring cup again!  Now back to suggestion #1. With your container positioned right above, open the spout and let the detergent flow into the washer as you count the seconds you determined above.  Perfect measurement without the messy cup and heavy lifting!
  • The Mystery of the Lost Sock!  This didn’t use to bother me too much.  I grew up with my grandfather owning a hosiery mill, then my dad, then eventually, my husband and I.  So, socks were always in abundance at our house. I’m sure we contributed a good many to the lost sock farm without hardly missing them. But eventually, times changed.  Production was lost to overseas manufacturers and we no longer had the sock mill to help keep our feet warm or keep food on the table, for that matter.  (I’ll save that story for another day).  We had two small children and I’ll tell you, when we had to start buying our own socks, we started paying alot more attention to keeping the pairs together!  Now, I will certainly not claim that I have figured out where all of these “onesie” socks are hiding out, but I have come up with a “sock buddy” system that has reduced the number of lost “soles” in my house.


Train your family that whenever or wherever they take off their socks, they ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, roll them together, fold them together or stick one inside the other. Whatever it takes so that when they get to the hamper (ok, maybe the floor, car, cracks of the couch), but wherever they are removed, they are together.  I know you are thinking that your socks aren’t going to get clean all stuffed together and you would be correct. But, here’s the good and bad news. The bad news first. Who does the wash?  If you are reading this, I’m betting YOU do it and I would also bet that nobody else in your house ever does it except you.  Now the good news. This means the “sock buddy” system should easily work at your house because you are in control.  Just pull the socks apart, throw in the washing machine at the same time and know that they are together and safe.  A lot of people think washing machines and dryers are monsters that eat socks, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case.  My theory is that both socks don’t make it into the washing machine at the same time because they get shuffled around in a bag or hamper and although everything is eventually washed and dried, since they didn’t start out together, they may not come out together and they miss the match up. After this, anything can happen to a lost sock in a laundry room.  Or you may be right and the sock monster fills his belly.

But just think…If you start “sock buddy” training from birth, your kids will be ready to train their kids and so on & so on.  It is quite possible that we could irradicate lost onesie socks all together in our lifetime!

  • And last but not least. You are going to be tired after picking up clothes, reminding kids about the “sock buddy” system, washing, drying, folding, maybe ironing & putting up clothes.  So, my advice to you, as I’ve learned from starting on my chores with lots of energy and wearing down way too soon, is to wash your towels and washcloths last. (Don’t forget the Borax).  Saving these until last, leaves the easiest items to fold and put away. And, if by chance you don’t muster up the strength to fold and put them away until the next day, the wrinkles won’t give you away!

I believe that we need to start making things easier on ourselves so we can use that little bit of extra time and energy to do something we enjoy.  Life is short, my friends.  Don’t waste it away on mindless cleaning and chores when a few shortcuts won’t even be noticed!

If you have any laundry tips or shortcuts, I would love for you to share them with us in the comments below.

Happy Laundering!

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Easy Cricut Dimensional Project

EatHello friends!

I was playing around with my Cricut Explore the other day and wanted to try something new.  The Cricut Explore is not designed to cut wood like the new Cricut Maker even though it will cut some thin balsa wood and cardboard. I haven’t had much luck with the heavier materials and usually end up cutting part of the design with the utility knife.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my Cricut, but I wanted to find a way to create some dimension in my projects without the extra manual cutting.

Love my Cricut Explore!

After a few flops and experiments, this project turned out great, super easy and really quick to make.  I figured if I could help you create your own easy dimensional project and inspire you to create other projects using this technique, it was “blog” worthy.  Get ready…set…go…done!  It’s that easy and super cheap!

  • Grab a scrap piece of black vinyl
  • Set dial to “Vinyl”
  • Cut
  • Weed excess vinyl then press clear contact paper onto cut vinyl.
  • Rub and and lift letters with contact paper.Using same cut pattern:
  • Select a piece of white craft foam.  The one I used had adhesive on the back, which is really cool.
  • Set your dial to “Custom”, find “Craft Foam” in the list, then choose “More” pressure.
  • Cut
  • Weed excess craft foam

Cricut Mats

  • Take black letters attached to clear contact paper and place on top of white craft foam letters.  Be sure to offset slightly to the right so white edge shows behind black letters. Remember, the whole idea behind this post is to learn how to create depth to our projects.
  • Rub with “rubbing thingy” (not sure what it’s called, lol) or a credit card will work just as well.
  • Remove clear paper slowly making sure letters stay attached to craft foam.

  • All that’s left to do is to take a frame, remove fake people picture
  • Peel and attach “eat” letters directly to glass/plastic cover or glue them if you didn’t use adhesive craft foam


Now, if aren’t into the minimalistic brown cardboard background or you want to change the background for the season, etc., easy peasy!  Just insert a piece of scrapbook paper or whatever you like, into the picture frame.  That’s the beauty of putting the letters on the front and not inside the frame.

I know you are thinking that’s a lot of instructions for a simple project like this and you would be correct. It took way more time describing the project than the project takes to make, for certain.  I wrestled through the mistakes first, then took the time to write out the easiest steps for you so you could just jump in and create your own dimensional project in very little time.

I would LOVE to see your projects trying out this technique!

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