Incre-doh-ble Play-Doh Valentines

If you’re short on (valen)time! Here’s a quick Valentine idea that the whole class will enjoy! Grab a Play-Doh mini pack and 2″ Avery circle sticker labels. Avery’s website has a ton of free templates to use which makes the designing the label super easy. Add a clever play on words and hit print. There…

Batman & Robin

I know. I know. You’re wondering “Why in the world would I make a Batman and Robin costume.” My mother thought the same thing. But my kids really wanted to take the streets as the Dynamic Duo and I still wanted homemade Halloween costumes! So it was a win-win (ok and lose for my mom)…

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

These grilled stuffed jalapeno peppers are the perfect appetizer when hosting an outdoor BBQ! Make them ahead of time and when your guests arrive toss them on the grill for a few minutes!  They are no muss and a lot of fuss appetizer! Fuss = people are guaranteed to talk about how good they are!…

Super Hero Birthday Party!

My kids are getting to the age where they want (ok demand) a say in their birthday party theme. Sigh. So the future 4 year old’s request: Batman. Mother’s compromise: Super Hero Birthday Party done on the cheap and easy. Cheap & easy Birthday Party location? A public park with a splash pad (July birthday)!…

How to Build a Pergola (attached to a house)

I’ve been determined to make our backyard space more inviting. I also went down a slippery slope when deciding how to accomplish this task. Basically I went from needing a new patio umbrella canopy, to then needing a tilted umbrella (to block the setting sun), to wanting a retractable awning, to building a pergola. Makes…

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

I mean who doesn’t love Cookie Monster?! My kids are obsessed with Sesame Street and these Cookie Monster cupcakes were a cute addition to my son’s 2nd birthday party! Just grab your favorite boxed cake mix, a can of vanilla icing, blue food coloring, Oreo cookies and some candy eyeballs – and you too will…

How to Install a Paver Patio

Our backyard needed work (and it still does)! But one of our first decisions when making-over our backyard was to install a paver patio. Like all things – I researched the cost of having someone install a paver patio. The result = expensive. This didn’t seem like a “hard project” so I talked my husband…

Updating a Hall & Entry Way

When renovating my home – I never thought I needed to “renovate” my hallway. I mean it’s a hallway. It’s such a small space – why bother.  Nevertheless, I said, “What the hell – let’s update the thing.” What I thought would be an easy project – ended up being way more labor and time…

How to Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper – is it in? Is it out? No idea. All I know is that wallpaper can really transform a room…or in my case a hallway. I knew I wanted to wallpaper my hallway. I’m terrible with mixing patterns and I can never decide on a direction with my “decorating” in other rooms – so…

We Renovated a Basement!?

My husband and I live in a very competitive housing area. We tried for 2 years to buy a home. What we quickly realized is that if we wanted a house then we’d have to buy one that needed work. When we finally closed on our 1930s, house there was an endless project “to-do” list in…

Da (Cherry) Bomb Appetizer

Don’t these cute little apps remind you of a “Cherry Bomb” firecracker? They carry the same kick too! These are always a hit among guests but warning them that a peppadew can be sweet and spicy is a must. Fear not – the goat and cream cheese filling cools it all down. And the chive…

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

When I was kid my mom would make these Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes for my birthday parties. I always thought they were so cool! We added a slight twist to my 1985 birthday classic by topping them with marshmallow frosting to look like a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The actual cupcake part of this…

Shrimp & Grits with Cajun Pepper Relish

“You think you don’t like grits, but you do!” – is what my mother says to anyone who balks at this southern staple. Did I mention these are cheesy grits? Did I mention these grits are topped with plump Gulf shrimp in a Cajun pepper relish?  This is the dish I request for my birthday…

How to build a Raised Garden Bed

One of the most appealing parts of buying a house was the possibility of having a garden. I loved the look of a garden bed. It was a great alternative to digging up the yard and would keep all our veggies in one tidy spot. When I looked into buying a raised garden bed I…

Under the Stairs Cedar Playhouse

When I was a kid I had a little “playhouse” under the stairs. I loved it. So when I was renovating my basement I just had to have one put in for my kids. I love the look of a cedar house. We live in a brick colonial so the only way I’m going to get…

Curious George & The Man with the Yellow Hat

I was a lucky kid. I always had homemade Halloween costumes. There is NOTHING wrong with a store bought costume but there is something special about thinking of what you want to be and creating it! Or having your mom create it! When I had my second son, I was even more excited that my…

Pinocchio: A Real Live Boy

GAH! I’m sorry I just can’t help it! This kid is so damn cute as Pinocchio! My mom MADE this costume for my son’s 2nd Halloween. He was the picture perfect Pinocchio with his brown, floppy hair and he was shockingly into the costume for only being 15 months old at the time. I’m now…

Easy Banana Muffins

Ripe bananas. We’ve all had them. Tossed them. Just to buy new bananas that will eventually ripen past the point of being edible. Next time use them for some delicious, warm banana muffins.

Maryland Cream of Crab Soup

We’re from Maryland. And as a Marylander you know what a real crab soup should taste like. First and foremost it should have real lump crab meat. Second, a real cream of crab soup should have heavy cream. No cutting the calorie intake corner. It should have a splash of sherry. And lastly, it should…

Candied Bacon Crisp

These Candied Bacon Crisps are a real crowd pleaser. What’s also great – they are made with just 3 ingredients!  What’s also great – 2 of those ingredients are bacon and brown sugar.

Perfectly Steamed Shrimp

When I mentioned to my mother that we should post this recipe her respond was, “Why? It’s so easy.” And she’s right – except it’s also easy to overcook shrimp which then makes them tough and also hard to peel. So here is our sure-fire way to make Perfectly Steamed Shrimp. Ingredients 1 pound Gulf…

Bacon Mac & Cheese

I know – we had you at Bacon. Then we really had you at Mac & Cheese. They joined forces and a beautiful, comforting, warm, delicious dish was created. Serve this as a side. Serve this as a main. Serve this as a dessert. Bottom line – just serve this! Ingredients 16 ounces uncooked pipette…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Easter around here means homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs! These things are dangerous! Dangerously good! And super easy to throw together since they only involve a few items (that you probably already have in your kitchen)! Word is – even the Easter Bunny enjoys them! So why not leave a plate of these out for…

(Hot) Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Aren’t these (hot) chocolate cupcakes adorable!? They look like they take a lot effort – but they are…(you guessed it)…so easy to whip up! Especially when you grab your favorite chocolate box mix! You’ll add a personal touch with a stabilizing whipped cream frosting, dark chocolate curls and paper mug handle. Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients 1…

Candied Pecans

These Candied Pecans are our go-to holiday gift giving treat! We’ve been supplying them to teachers, co-workers, neighbors and hostesses for years! And what do they always say? “Thank you and can I have the recipe?” So here it is! Ingredients  16 ounces pecans 1 tablespoon water 1 egg white 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon…

Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pies

It’s the holidays. You’re in charge of a dessert. You’ve been there, done that with bringing a pumpkin pie, apple pie, brownies – you name it. Then you’re like, “Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pies could be fun!” At least this was our thought process. So “Whoop Here It Is” – How to make Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie…

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

We *were* the kind of family who served canned cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that. We love the stuff. But the only reason we continued to serve it was because we thought making cranberry sauce was hard. Ha! Making homemade cranberry sauce is the easy part. The hard part is coming to terms…