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


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


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

duct tape hair bows collage

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...]

Make Ahead Muffins

Make A Head Muffins

Well, hello, hello!! Can you believe it’s the 10th of the month, already?? Our bunch of 10 bloggers are so happy to be back, sharing with you 10 brand new ideas. It’s all about 10, baby! This month we’ve turned our thoughts to the kiddos, since we’re missing the endless family time that summer brings. Our chosen theme is JUST FOR KIDS… 10 great ideas, all about kids. I’m talking, recipes, crafts, and all-around great ways to bring the family together. After you check out my JUST FOR KIDS contribution, [Continue Reading...]

Multnomah Falls #NaturalDifference

Multnomah Falls

Today I am excited to join together with Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter  and their #NaturalDifference campaign  Working together to help in their efforts, along with the NPCA to spread the word about protecting and enhancing America’s national parks!   Last month Smuckers hosted a giveaway here on the blog and today I get to announce the winner!  Congratulations to comment #16 Christy Spurlock!  Christy, you will receive an email from me with more info.  Thanks to all who entered. We love spending time in our national parks and we are lucky to live fairly [Continue Reading...]

Fudgy Marshmallow Brownies

Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies

I’ve spent some time lately going through my piles and piles of recipes and some old family recipe books.  I have shared many of these recipes over the years here on the blog.  But as I was going through the recipes I realized there were some good old family favorites that weren’t here on the blog.  Ooops!  I shared one last week with these yummy Cowboy Cookies. Today’s recipe is one I got from Jim’s Aunt Dawn.  Dawn is a great cook and I’ve gotten lots of yummy recipes from her [Continue Reading...]