Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner?? It seems like time is flying by. Tomorrow is Black Friday (otherwise referred to as the most wonderful time of the year in my house), and soon there will be lots of gifts that need to be wrapped and tagged.
I hate to admit it, but most of the time I wait until the last minute to wrap anything. I stack the gifts in a spare room until the day before I give them. I recycle gift bags that I receive, so I rarely even buy wrapping paper or bags. I do always need tags, though – and I usually forget to buy them. I know, I know….my organization isn’t the greatest during the holidays.
I created cute Christmas gift tags that can be downloaded and printed at the last minute (or anytime!).
I’m so excited for the holidays. Food, family, a day or two off from work, shopping. I feel like I don’t know if I’m coming or going some days, though. I’ve spent the last week or so carrying around three or four different to do lists to try to keep up with everything, and it hasn’t worked too well so far. I’m just too old-school to use my phone for lists and alerts. I finally sat down and created a master list — My Daily Organization — that would handle every aspect of my hectic day. I want to share it with you in case you’re in the same boat as me.
This printable is intended to be used each day, but you could easily use it for weekly lists, as well. I’m so busy that I have to use it daily for now. Maybe things will slow down after the holidays, but then I’ll slide into spring cleaning and summer fun. So I will likely stay just as busy.
I haven’t always been a fan of brussels sprouts, mainly because I had only had them boiled. Ummm, I’ll pass. Roasted vegetables are in a completely different category, though. These roasted brussels sprouts with lemon and honey combine flavors of sweet and tangy for a delicious result. This recipe is easy enough to make it to the table almost any night. Continue reading →
I love to decorate for holidays. It seems to make everything that much more special. Even better is making memories with the kids in the family during these most special times of the year. This Thanksgiving Turkey Door Kid Craft is both easy and frugal. Continue reading →
Full disclosure: I’m obsessed with peanut butter. I always have been. I feel sorry for people with peanut allergies. Goodness, what they miss out on! I’m convinced that anything tastes good if you throw some PB on it. It’s no surprise that I love peanut butter fudge.
When I was a kid, my mom made pans upon pans of peanut butter fudge. I have to admit, she makes the best I’ve ever had. I’m not so good at it. If I’m not careful, mine turns out grainy. Ugh! Is there anything worse than grainy peanut butter fudge?
I have a recipe that is so good and so easy that you’ll want to run to the store to buy the ingredients right away. You won’t have to stand over the stove with a candy thermometer. And your candy won’t be grainy. Guaranteed.
And even better…..it’s cheap to make. My entire batch cost me about $4 to make. I love anything that’s budget-friendly.
Don’t you just love Fall? I can’t get enough of the crisp air, colors of the leaves, and the wonderful bounty for my pantry. Winter squash are some of the most enjoyable and versatile produce you’ll find. Harvested in the fall, most varieties can be stored to be used throughout the winter season.
It’s a shame that most people aren’t more familiar with winter squash. The only types I usually see in my local grocery are acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. If you do see other varieties, I encourage you to snatch them up and give them a try. I like some of these so much that I plan to add them to my garden so that I’ll have a steady supply.
If there is one thing I love, it’s Grippo’s BBQ Chips. It’s the sweet taste of my childhood. When spending lazy summer days at the public pool, we’d grab a bag of Grippos and a can of pop (no, it isn’t soda) at intermission. Pure love. Of course, I love Grippo’s Baked Chicken.
What?? You’ve never tried Grippo’s?? Well, bless your heart. I feel sorry for you.
They’re regional, so some of you may have never heard of them. Grippo’s actually makes big boxes of the stuff that are hotter than anything you’ll find in the Grippo’s bags. Folks here mail those boxes to family in the military who are unlucky enough to be sent somewhere with no access to that BBQ goodness. Continue reading →
My name is Michelle, and I’m from and live in the heart of Appalachia in Southeast Kentucky. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everybody (and everything about everybody!) I wanted to go out into the world and put my career first, and that’s exactly what I did. It didn’t take long for me to realize something, though….
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
I moved back to my hometown into my grandmother’s old house. I’ve spent the last 15 years renovating it, and I’m still not finished. I’m the fifth generation to live in this house and walk this land. My ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War first settled this area from Virginia. My roots run deep, and I realized that family and tradition are everything.
Growing up, I spent the majority of my time with my granny. She was the best cook, sewer, quilter, gardener, and general fixer-upper that I’ve ever known. I’m convinced that she could do anything. Granny passed down her homespun ways of making a house a home to me. She taught me to take pride in everything I do and to go by the Depression-era mantra “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” My husband Sam and I both have advanced degrees, have two cars, and have done all of our remodeling with no debt. We don’t owe a penny, thanks to that mantra.
Granny with my dad at my college graduation.
Granny with me and my cousins. We rocked the 80’s! Look at those clothes.
I also spent a lot of time with my great-grandfather, Pap, who died when I was 15 years old. He was two months short of celebrating his 108th birthday. No, that wasn’t a typo. Pap lived by mountain traditions and passed many of them down to me. I love that I can be self-sufficient and know how to forage, to make natural remedies, and to live frugally.
Sam jokes that I have one foot in the modern world and the other in the past. I guess you can have both roots and wings after all.
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