DIY Painted Styrofoam Buoy Wreath


Coastal and nautical decor are so popular right now. This simple to make wreath would look nice in coastal colors like turquoise, blues, and tans. Or, get a nautical look with red, navy, and white. Really any color would be great and you would still get that coastal look because it's well...buoys. I chose pastels for this wreath because it was getting close to Easter. I love the way it turned out.

Make Your Own Washable Dog Pee Pads (or puppy training pads)


As our pets age they may begin to have less bladder control or even become incontinent. Our 14 year old beagle, Barclay, started giving us very little notice when he needed to go outside. All too often he would not be able to hold it long enough. We began putting down training pads and he would use them. Unfortunately the pads, even the X-Large ones, were not big enough for him to get "centered" on and he usually ended up going on the edge of the pad. Yuck.  Eventually Barclay even began having trouble getting up and down the three steps to our backyard. I had to come up with a solution.

Repainting My Vintage Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer



My grandmother was a great cook. She made the best Chicken and Pastry and her Potato Rolls were to die for. She kept her trusty mixer on one of those cabinet shelves that lift up and out, so it would always be handy. Needless to say I was thrilled when my Mom asked me a few years ago if I wanted it!

Limited Ingredient Pumpkin Oatmeal Soft Dog Treat (wheat free and doubles as pill-pocket)


I've been making dog treats for some time now. Truthfully, the commercial ones just scare me. Too many recalls, too many sick dogs, too many questionable ingredients. I have posted several of my favs on this blog in the past but this recipe has become my "go to" treat.

Cheesecake Pecan Pie


My Mom has a bit of a sweet tooth, but at 89 years old, she just doesn't cook often. So every now and then she gives me a desert recipe and asks me to make it. This time she gave me a page from the March/April issue of NC Grange News magazine showing this divine looking pie made by Leigh Payne. It looked simple enough and I had almost everything needed so I told her sure, I'd make it. I'm so glad I did because this is so stinkin good! Luscious cheesecake covered with a brown sugar - pecan topping. Yummy

Dress Up A Fence With DIY Tin Can Planters


I have this chain link fence...need I say more? Most of us know that chain link fences are not usually very attractive. Anyway, there is a short run of chain link fence that runs across part of our back yard. We have thought about replacing it but so far that hasn't happened. So I was looking for some way to sort of dress it up. Just make it look a bit better. I think this would be a great idea for other fence types too, just attach by screwing directly into a wood fence.

Sweet & Salty Cracker Candy (AKA Crack Candy)


I love the taste of sweet and salty, so I figured I would love this recipe. Don't be put off by using saltine crackers, it turns of really good, but I wouldn't try it with any other type of cracker. I've been seeing variations of this all over the internet so I'm not sure who to give credit to. They were all pretty much the same except I did see one that omitted the nuts. Some used milk chocolate and some used semi-sweet, some used pecans and some used walnuts. I did see a couple that used white sugar instead of brown but the comments weren't as good and brown sugar sounded better to me anyway.