Season-Proof Your Car | These Essential Checklists Prepare You for Every Month of the Year

Depending on the season, you and your car have different needs. Here are four handy lists to make sure you're prepared for any situation on the road.
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We spend a lot of time in the car. On average, Americans spend 294 hours driving their cars every year (that's over twelve days worth of driving!). It's safe to say that your vehicle really is your home-away-from-home. Storing a few handy items in your ride is the easiest way to insure you're prepared for every scenario, without having to lug a bunch of stuff around in your bag or purse.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 15 Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes for the Holidays

A quick visit to Pinterest will remind you of the fall season in a heartbeat, and one of the things that I love most about the fall season (and holidays) are all the great pumpkin recipes. So, to get a head start on all the cooking and baking coming up, I thought I would share a handful of yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.    

1. Pumpkin doughnuts with buttermilk spiced glaze 

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Roundup: 7 Festive Fall Garlands to Make This Weekend

created at: 11/17/2010

If you’re not busy making wreaths, sewing napkins, or drilling out napkin rings, and you’re ready and willing to take on a festive fall project, see if any of these garlands tickles your fancy!  

Each of these garlands would be a simple and fun weekend project to complete by yourself, along with a friend, or with the aid of “little helping hands”.  Check them out and let me know which one you’ll be making!  Continue Reading

How-To: Autumn-Inspired Yarn & Twig Wreath

created at: 11/16/2010

I love this wreath for two reasons.  One, it’s pretty dang cute.  Two, it’s seasonal without being Holiday-specific so you get more bang for your buck.  I’ll even throw in a third BONUS reason: it’s a great jumping off point if you do want to make it holiday specific.  It’s all about the accessories, baby.  Oh, and your color choices.  

created at: 11/16/2010

All you’ll need for this crafty seasonal wreath is:

  • styrofoam wreath
  • yarn
  • sewing pins
  • twigs
  • thread
  • cardstock
  • marker
  • tacky glue
  • buttons/pom-poms

Once you’ve collected everything you’ll need, check out the complete how-to on The Spotted Fox. Continue Reading

7 Foods Chefs Are Avoiding Now

 

 

created at: 03/05/2010

If you haven’t noticed, that picture perfect produce at the grocery store is less than tasty this time of year. Simply put, certain items are not in season and no amount of time in a hothouse can replicate what Mother Nature is able to achieve. So, that being said, here’s 7 foods chefs won’t eat at this time of year:        

  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Corn
  • Nightshades
  • Peaches
  • Melons
  • Berries

For the reasons why chefs stay away from them, head on over to Yahoo Green. Continue Reading

Let the Holiday Posts Begin!

Friends, it is November 2nd, Halloween is over, and it’s time to begin the wintertide holiday festivities.

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Half of you reading this will say, “Duh, Chris, my tree’s/menorah’s been up for weeks, and my shopping was done months ago, and Bing’s on the old hi-fi right now!” And the other half will say, “Are you kidding me?! Just because the corporations say its time to start selling doesn’t mean it’s December already…Quit being a slave to commercialism, you sheep.” Continue Reading

How To: Pie Pops.

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. “Scoochmaroo says ‘These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

  • 2 fresh peaches
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Fresh nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
  • Two pie crusts
  • Lollipop sticks”

The problem is, it’ll be impossible to eat less than ten! Continue Reading