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.

How To Build A Bird House With Used Wine Corks


The weather is finally starting to warm a little and my thoughts are turning to yard and garden.  I first saw this darling bird house, made from used wine corks, by virberello on Youtube about a year ago and finally decided to make one.

DIY Orange Peel & Vinegar Cleaner


If you follow my blog you know how much I dislike chemicals in my household cleaners (and other things). Not to say that I don't ever use any of these but I love finding an alternative that works.

One cleaning problem I have is grease. We love to cook bacon and eggs on weekend mornings and occasionally we fry other foods. The grease accumulates on my white cabinets which then, of course, attract dirt. I have had to use heavy duty degreasers to clean them in the past and decided I needed something better.

Homemade Oatmeal Tuna Dog Treat Recipe


There are so few good dog treats out there. Even the ones that use words like "wholesome" and "natural" on the package and use pictures of real meats and fresh veggies, designed to trick us into thinking their treats are really good for our dogs. But read the ingredients and look at where the treats are made. After all, there have been so many recalls, why take a chance?

Healthy Easy Quinoa Breakfast / Snack Bars


Eating a healthy breakfast can be so hard. The secret for me is having something ready ahead of time. I need something I can just grab and eat. These breakfast / snack bars are sooo good and easy to make. The ingredient list is a bit long for me but they are simple to make, just one bowl and one pan. I adapted this recipe from this one at theleangreanbean.com.

Suet Is For The Birds (And How To Make It For Them)


After an unusually warm start to winter (temps have been around 80º!) we are now having what we consider really cold weather (anything below 40º). For me that means I don't go outside unless I have to. But I will go outside to check the bird feeders. I enjoy watching and photographing the little feathered beauties and I know that in the winter they can really suffer.  Wild birds can use all their energy stores just to survive in very cold weather. During this time of year they need and want fat!