• Project Run & Play week 4: the final round!
  • the very best cheesy hashbrown casserole {funeral potatoes}
  • Project Run & Play week 3: time to vote!
  • easy DIY cookie basket made from a paper plate
  • 20 easy-to-decorate birthday cakes (that even I can’t mess up)

Project Run & Play week 4: the final round!

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I can hardly believe I made it through to the final round of Project Run & Play! I’ve been sewing ahead, so last week when it looked like I might get kicked off I was pretty disappointed because this week’s look is my favorite out of everything I’ve made (see week 1, week 2, and […]

the very best cheesy hashbrown casserole {funeral potatoes}

this is the best cheesy hash brown casserole ever! the dry ranch seasoning mix makes it taste amazing!

So, hashbrown casserole. One of those normal side dishes everyone likes, because it’s good, easy, and goes especially well with ham, but no one’s doing cartwheels over, ‘cuz it’s just plain old hash brown casserole, right? Well, not anymore. A few years ago at a church dinner I happened upon a hashbrown casserole that was […]

Project Run & Play week 3: time to vote!

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Hi guys! It’s time to vote again over at Project Run & Play. Next week is the final round, so I’m really hoping I make it through this week. I’d love it if you’d take a minute to go vote – thanks! This week’s theme was  ”design your own fabric.” My first idea was to […]

easy DIY cookie basket made from a paper plate

what a cool idea - make a cookie gift basket from a paper plate!

You guys know by now I love baking. I think baked goods make great gifts, but there’s always the question of how to package them – for example, a pile of cookies on a paper plate doesn’t look quite as fantastic as it’s going to taste. At the same time, I’m just plain cheap, so […]

20 easy-to-decorate birthday cakes (that even I can’t mess up)

easy to decorate birthday cakes - fun and simple ideas

I’m absolutely terrible at decorating birthday cakes. Honestly, I am (check this out if you don’t believe me). Luckily for me, my kids are terribly sweet, and will swear up and down that the awful looking cake I just made is really just what they wanted. But, just so they don’t have to keep consoling […]

Project Run & Play week 2 – time to vote!

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So guys, I won week 1 of Project Run & Play! Winning was pretty fun, although reading all the nice comments I received on my week 1 entry was even more fun – thank you so much! I have no idea how the week 2 voting will shape up – the other competitors are amazing […]

the “easy tee dress” – women’s sewing tutorial

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I made this dress a few weeks ago in just a few hours. I started with my colorblocked easy tee pattern and used that for the bodice portion of the dress, then just added a simple pleated skirt. The dress is made out of knit fabric, so it’s nice and stretchy, which means there was no zipper […]

because pirates are awesome and fondant is yucky

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My little kids are obsessed with pirates. Our swing set out back is officially a pirate ship (fueled by swing power, of course), and I’m regularly asked to play Captain Hook. Last week I decided to win some “great mom” points by making some pirate cupcakes, so I started searching Pinterest for ideas. Much to […]