Delicious One Pot Meal: Bacon and Potato Chowder

Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.

One Pot Bacon and Potato Chowder Recipe

With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum. Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.

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Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages – Repurposed DIY

Good day all! How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was excellent and so very fun. I love spending time with my family. Now that Valentine’s is over it feels like things will get back to normal again…at least until Easter. I had wanted to share this DIY project with you back in January, but it wasn’t meant to be. With life returning to it’s usual level of busyness, this repurposed vintage book planner keeps things organized fabulously.

Repurposed Vintage Book Planner with Free Printable Planner Pages

I love that this repurposed project is completely customizable. You can make a one of a kind creation with a thrifted book, scrapbooking supplies and your imagination. Also I have designed some pages you can print out to fill your planner and keep your schedule organized year after year.

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A Sweet Recipe Full of Love: Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts

Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.

Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts Recipe - So sweet and yummy!

These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀

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Spread the Love with a Repurposed Message Board DIY

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! It’s odd that we rely on a giant rodent for the impending forecast, but it is a cute tradition. Whether we have six more weeks of winter or not, at least we have Valentine’s Day coming up to warm our hearts. As a child I remember making Valentine’s mailboxes in class. They were so fun to make and everyone exchanged Valentine’s cards. So there’d always be a big haul of cards and candy to enjoy. I don’t get all the cards and candy I used too, which is good for my waist line. But I do get even more love from my family. So I wanted to create a message board to show off all the love in our home.

Valentine's Day Repurposed Message Board DIY

This repurposing project turns a baking tin into this lovely message board. Chalkboard paint lets you leave sweet little messages for that someone special. Not to mention that you can display all the thoughtful cards and valentines from the most important people in your life. With a little money and effort, you can create your own repurposed message board and spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

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Gift Ideas for Everyone this Valentine’s Day

Happy Thursday everyone! It is the end of January, which means spring is coming! Here in Minnesota snow, ice, and winter in general gets old very fast. But there are still a couple months before spring. In the meantime, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast.

Valentine’s Day is just under three weeks away. This is the perfect time to order gifts for all your loved ones. This week I have compiled great gift ideas from Heartland America for all the wonderful people in your life.

For mothers, sisters, best friends, or if you need to drop him a hint here are some great jewelry ideas.

Because jewelry always makes someone feel extra special, especially if received from a loved one.

Perfect Valentine's jewelry ideas to show that special lady in your life just how much you care.
Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Necklace, Circular Sterling Silver and Diamond Contemporary Earrings, Sterling Silver Floating Heart Necklace, White Gold and Cultured Pearl Necklace with Diamonds, Sterling Silver Heart and Pearl Earrings and Necklace Set

If you aren’t sure which style to choose, the clean, contemporary style of the circular sterling silver necklace is just right. The understated elegance of this necklace goes with any outfit for the office to a romantic dinner. Matching earring are also available. So you make it a brilliant set that any woman would enjoy.

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies with Molasses and Lemon

Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through January. Isn’t that crazy?! New Year’s Eve seems like it was just last week and also months ago. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? My resolutions have been a mixture of successes and fails, but I’m still going which is the most important thing. One of the things I’ve been craving is cookies. There is nothing quite like having a warm cookie with a hot cup of tea on a snowy January day. I decided to having a small cookie was better than being so fixated on cookies that I end up eating my way out of a bag of Oreos. My great grandmother’s recipe box came to my aid with a delicious recipe for overnight oatmeal cookies.

This recipe does require chilling the dough overnight, but the promise of warm oatmeal cookies is more than enough. Both molasses and lemon zest go into these yummy little cookies giving these traditional cookies an unconventional twist. You’ll love nibbling on these oatmeal cookies with a nice hot cup of tea some cold winter day.

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Stay Cozy and Arm Knit this Polar Fleece Scarf

Oh boy, it’s cold outside! There have been subzero temperatures and snowstorms here in Minnesota. I’m constantly having to bundle up to venture out to get necessities like milk and coffee. I would rather stay inside and make things: particularly on those blizzardy days. For the DIY this week, I decided to make something soft that’s also great for braving the chilly outdoors. This polar fleece scarf is arm knit to create big, fluffy loops of coziness.

Arm Knit Polar Fleece Scarf DIY

Arm knitting is really easy to do and creates a quick, chunky scarf. The “yarn” is made out of polar fleece which won’t fray or pill. The polar fleece makes a super soft scarf to keep you warm and cozy this winter.

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Keep Your Healthy Resolutions on Track with these Great Products

Happy New Year everyone! A brand new year is just beginning, and I hope to make the most of it. What resolutions have you made to start this year off right? The ones I’m hoping to maintain this year are probably similar to the ones you’ve made: get organized, live better, and get active. Thankfully Heartland America has a bunch of products to help us all keep our healthy resolutions. I’ve put together a few collections of items that will make those New Year’s resolutions easier to keep the whole year through.

Let’s start with getting in shape.

Gym’s can be expensive and intimidating, especially if you are not in the best shape. Heartland America has a great selection of exercise equipment so you can get in shape in the comfort of your own home.

Cardio Trainer Mini Trampoline, Standard Bench with 80 Lb. Weight Set, Cardio Mini-Cycle, Fan Stationary Bike

Both you and your kids will love having this Cardio Trainer Mini Trampoline. After months of being cooped up inside it’s wonderful to jump around with a fun aerobic workout. This mini trampoline comes stabilizing bar, durable construction, and folds up for compact and easy storage.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Popping Mini Lemon Cupcakes

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend with your family and friends. My family had a great Christmas. Guess what I got for Christmas…a new mixer! It looks beautiful, works beautifully, and is now proudly displayed on my kitchen counter. The new mixer has already come in handy with making dessert for New Year’s Eve. As the holiday bustle is still calming down, I decided to make something easy, mini lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting.

Since Christmas is filled with chocolate and gingerbread, I wanted something light and fresh for a New Year’s Eve party. Adding some cracking candy gives these delicious mini desserts even more pop! It makes a great dessert for your New Year’s bash.

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Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookies

Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.

Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookie recipe. Perfect for Christmas time!

My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.

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