How to Paint a Piano with Chalkpaint

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This summer I needed a project.  I am a project person.  I decided that it was time to redecorate my living room.  I have never really liked my living room.  It always felt too dark and heavy.  As a result I never spent much time in there except for holidays.  I decided it was time to lighten up my life! The whole new living room reveal will come later but today I am excited to share the transformation my piano underwent. Our piano is old.  I’m not exactly how old [Continue Reading...]

Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies

Today’s recipe is one I have had for years and I originally shared it back in 2009.  It is a favorite of the entire Wilkes family and it deserved a recipe redo and better photos! It is one of those recipes that everyone should have in the recipe collection and I am sure many of you do have it. If you don’t have it, you SHOULD have it. This recipe alone has made me a VERY popular mother with my boys and many of their friends.  This is one of my most [Continue Reading...]

Chicken Coconut Korma

Chicken Coconut Korma

  I have mentioned before that my children are much more adventerous eaters than I ever was at there age.  In fact they are more adventerous than I am at my age now!  In fact it was my children who introduced me to my first Indian food on one of my trips to Provo, Utah.  We had dinner at the Indian Palace in downtown Provo and it was delicious!  I think I might just like anything if I could wrap it up and eat it in fresh naan bread!! Last time [Continue Reading...]

Plum Cake

Plum Cake

A few weeks ago we were invited to  potluck birthday celebration for a dear friend.  This celebration was extra special because this friend has been fighting cancer and is winning! I know there are people who don’t care for potlucks but I’m not one of them.  I love a good potluck and I knew given the people that were invited to this party it would be a good one.  Some of my favorite cooks would be there. I took some homemade crescent rolls and some of those yummy garlic ginger green [Continue Reading...]

Pumpkin Donuts

Donut Pumpkins

I am a big fan of Halloween and even though my husband and I are now empty nesters we celebrate up big.  Since I no longer have children at home to plan costumes for I have talked my husband into dressing up with me for Halloween.  He’s a good guy.  Last year I got him to be Popeye! You can see some of our past costumes here.   I’ll be unveiling this year’s couple costume on September 26th! Each year we host a Halloweenie Roast for our neighbor kids.  It is [Continue Reading...]

Cookies & Cream Rice Krispie Treats

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This post was originally created for a fun series my friend Stephanie over at Somewhat Simple but together.  If you haven’t checked out all the fun posts, each starting with a letter of the alphabet hop on over there after you read my post of course! I think she is up to the letter N this week! I chose the letter C .  The first thing that came to mind was the song “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me,” that Cookie Monster loves to sing.  So I [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs. You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them! We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media. To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom You have all been fabulously busy fluffing your nests [Continue Reading...]

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

It is still berry season in Oregon.  Blackberries are the latest berries to ripen along with the fall raspberries.  The blackberries grow wild along the roads, in the parks and even in people’s backyards.  In fact some people spend a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of the wild blackberries in their yard.  They can literally take over! There are dozens of blackberry bushes lining the road by my house.  But since I prefer my blackberries not be infused with car fumes I bought mine at the Farmer’s [Continue Reading...]

Duct Tape Hair Bows}Activity Day Idea

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This summer we had a fun Daddy Daughter Activity in our backyard.  One of the activities we did was make duct tape hair bows.  One of my Activity Day girls is quite good at it so we  had her teach all the other girls.  Today I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you on how to make these darling duct tape hair bows. I have been told that the actual Duct Tape brand of tape works the best.  We had a fun selection of colors and patterns for the [Continue Reading...]