Turning Original Butterscotch Brownies into Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?

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Easy Easter Door Hanger: Repurposed Frame Collage DIY

Good day to you all! Are you looking forward to Easter? I certainly am. The whole weekend is jam packed with all sorts of things to do. Parks and churches across the city are hosting Easter egg hunts. Baskets and jelly beans are flying off the shelves. While I was putting the finishing touches on my Easter preparations, I remembered I don’t have anything festive for my door. So I decided to make a door hanger that I easily can change for every season.

Repurposed Frame Collage Door Hanger

With a few frames from the thrift store, this door hanger can be changed for each holiday. I have also created an adorable mini Easter banner printout  to share with you. It is entirely up to you how you wish make this versatile project your own.

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Get a Hop on Easter with this Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.

Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.

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Get New Gear for Spring so You and Your Family can Enjoy the Outdoors

Hello everyone! And hello spring! I feel like I talk about the weather all the time. But in Minnesota the weather is always unpredictable and a topic of discussion. Thankfully this week is going to be perfect for enjoying time outside with family. It’s so nice to actually enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about freezing to death. Before walks, water sports, and camping, I need to replace some items that wore out last year. To get the gear I need this spring, I first checked out Heartland America. Right now they have a variety of products to make the most of the coming spring and summer months. So I wanted to share with you a few of the things I found that will help you stock up for spring.

Get your guy ready to tackle outdoor work and play with great spring gear.

Get your guy ready to tackle outdoor work and play with great spring gear.
Del Mar® Nautical Dive Watch, 3 Pack Landway Polo Shirts, 3 Pack Gray Earth Cargo Shorts, Rimrock Grey Sport Sandals

Don’t lose track of time outside with this nautical dive watch from Del Mar®. This sturdy and handsome watch is made to last with a screw down crown and mineral glass lens. It also features luminous hands so he can check the time even when the sun goes down.

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Celebrate National Puppy Day: Create a Puppy Welcoming Basket and a Dog Toy

Hello and happy National Puppy Day everyone! There is nothing like bringing home a bundle of furry joy. While I don’t have a puppy at the moment, my brother has an adorable dog that he adopted from the local animal shelter. He is such a sweet pup and fills everyone he meets with love and joy. If you are thinking about getting a pet for your family, I personally recommend going to your local shelter. There are lots of wonderful animal who need caring forever homes. I have gotten pets from there, and they have added so much to my life. Since it’s National Puppy Day, I thought it be a great idea to create a basket of goodies to welcome my doggy nephew and make a dog toy for him while I’m at it.

Puppy Welcoming Basket & Dog Toy DIY

This basket is a blast to put together for new puppy parents. The rope toy is great for playing fetch in the park or chewing on while they relax. This dog toy is also easy and cheap to make. Creating a special gift for someone’s new fur baby will let them know that they are loved.

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Cereal Treat Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

Good day everyone! I hope you are still soldiering on well through this crazy winter. The dip back down well below freezing is quite unwelcome. But I suppose it is just March and could be a whole lot worse. One thing to be excited about in March is St. Patrick’s Day, which is tomorrow! To celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on such short notice, I created this delicious cereal treat in the shape of a clover.

St Patricks Day Cereal Treat Clover

This festive dessert is quick and easy to make. With just a few ingredients and some cookie cutters you can make this delightful cereal treat. It was the talk of our party and I’m certain your guests will love it too.

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Ideas to Equip You and Your Yard for Spring Cleaning

Hello everyone! I hope the weather where you are has been enjoyable, at least some of the time. Our weather in Minnesota is persists in being unpredictable. But that’s how it usually is. It is nice springy one day, and then it’s frosty winter the next. I’m already tempted to start cleaning, but with snow in the forecast I’ll just have to start preparing. This week I have some ideas of what you will need for your spring cleaning.

No matter the work need outdoors, here are some great tools to get the job done.
Spring Cleaning 2017 - Cleaning the Outdoors
Sun Joe Electric Leaf Blower, Sun Joe Shredder Joe Leaf Mulcher/Shredder, Sun Joe 17″ Electric Mower, Maxam Heavy-Duty TarpTornado Tools Gas 20″ Chainsaw

Clean up your patio, driveway, and garage floor with a Sun Joe electric leaf blower. With two speed that produce up to 215 mph wind speed, you can blast through those dead leaves and debris that you missed in the fall.

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Repurpose a Children’s Book into a Whimsical Picture Mat

Good day everyone! Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are taking sometime to read a good book and celebrate Read Across America Day. I am an avid reader myself. So I will have my nose in a good book as soon as possible. Then I will probably stay up till 3am to finish said book because that’s just the way I am. 😀 The The first author to encourage me to read, along with so many others, was the wonderful and whimsical Dr. Seuss. Today is also his birthday. So in honor of both reading and Seuss, I’ve decided to repurpose a children’s book into an adorable picture mat.

Repurposed Children's Book Picture Mat

Of course I had to use a book of Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are perfect for embellishing a picture mat. Not to mention that they are just so fun and colorful, perfect for a kid’s bedroom or playroom. With a used copy of Dr. Seuss and a thrifted picture frame and mat, you can create a whimsical place to showcase a family memory.

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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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