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Friday, January 12, 2018

Saturday Blog Link Party 1/13

Welcome to the 2nd Saturday Blog Link Party with Sunny Simple Life. As always please link up to 3 family friendly blog posts. By submitting your link you are giving us permission to feature you and share your post. Who wouldn't love that right? Thank you as always...


Our feature this week is the adorable White Hot Chocolate with Polar Bear Marshmallows. So cute. I know my youngest would just love to make these. Perfect for those January days....

White hot chocolate with polar bear marshmallows


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Quick Visit To Shelly's Bliss Cottage

As always one of my highlights of the holiday season is a visit to Shelly's vintage Christmas cottage. I apologize that I did not take more pics of her cute vintage holiday decor but we were talking and sippin' coffee and time got away from me but it is too cute not to share even after Christmas. I visit every year and you can see part one of last year's vintage holiday home tour.

Vintage Christmas Cottage

Her tiered tray is filled with darling Christmas cups. So cute with those vintage deer cups. Have you ever seen those? 

tiered tray, vintage Christmas cups

This was my favorite corner and her husband was the inspiration for the little tree in the corner and it nestled in the red enamel pot set on the old red vintage stool is just perfect.

kitchen Christmas tree, vintage aprons on rack

Her jadeite collection is huge and just a bit of it is on this cute red kitchen cart. I wish I would have taken more pictures of it.

jadeite, red kitchen cart, retro Christmas drinkware

How cute is this Christmas doily valance? Retro red and green canisters and kitchen items top her darling shelf. Make sure to click here  see all of her Christmas home tours as she changes it all up every Christmas.

doily valance, Christmas shelf decorating

This pic I stole off of Shelly's instagram. Her sweet vintage red and green Christmas bedroom is so adorable I had to share. Hop on over and follow her on instagram as she does not have a blog but posts pictures of her decor and antique booth regularly.

vintage Christmas bedroom

Friday, January 5, 2018

Saturday Blog Link Party

Well, I have decided to continue with the Saturday Blog Link Up Party. Please join me weekly. For this week I am just getting the link up going and will personalize it as my own by next week. Check in to see if you have been featured.



Add up to 3 family friendly links and we will see you each Saturday. Please link up below:


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top 5 Posts Of 2017

Happy New Year and a look at the top 5 posts of 2017. Camping and cooking were a popular topic. As always a BIG thank you to all of you who visit regularly. From our family to yours, Happy New Year!


1. Easy RV Step Replacement
RV Trailer Step Replacement

2. How We Keep Our RV Trailer Organized
How to organize your trailer RV

3. American Flag Cake Recipe

American flag cake recipe


4. How To Get Rid Of Pantry Moths

how to kill pantry moths


5. Vanilla Shortage and Price Hike

high cost of vanilla, vanilla shortage

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday Blog Link Party

Hey all this is the last Simple Saturday blog link party for our group. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to continue a Saturday blog link party. I may continue hosting on my own so let me know and check back. Thanks to all of you who link up and visit weekly.   



Let's hop one more time!!!


This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


 

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Anything and everything related to a more simple way of life or self reliance....
Homesteading, prepping, gardening, cooking/recipes/food, livestock of all varieties, off-grid, natural living, wellness/wholeness and healthcare, herbal, DIY and MYO.

**Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. **



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Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Coffee Love

If you follow my Facebook page you know I start every day with a love of coffee. Christmas coffee love is even more cherished by me as I get my days going and prepare for the season.

This coffee lovers Christmas ornament was found at Hobby Lobby. I had to have it. It is my ornament purchase of the year. I always buy one for myself.

Christmas ornament for coffee lovers




I have a small collection of vintage Thermos and this tin with vintage Thermos images has to come home with me. Dean put a small tree with peppermint lights on it.

vintage Thermos display

An I love coffee Christmas tradition is some sort of hot drink station in the kitchen. We have done large and small. Check out our best hot drink tray idea.

hot drink station for Christmas

 Even a simple basket of hot cocoa near the coffee maker is fun and lets the kids get involved in the holiday drink making. I did a whole post on hot cocoa station ideas.

hot cocoa basket

Christmas for lovers of coffee is made even better with a fun Santa mug. Check out my knock off recipe for Starbucks peppermint white mocha. It is so yummy!

Knock of Starbucks peppermint mocha


Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 Christmas Kitchen Tour

Welcome to our 2017 Christmas Kitchen Tour! Woo-hoo the kitchen is decked out in traditional red and green Christmas decorating ideas.

Our Decorating Agreement

As always, I buy and collect the holiday decor and Dean decorates. In fact on my Instagram I gave him his own hashtag #deandecorates. How's that for a hoot. They guy has no social media but has his own hashtag. Come follow and see his decorating skills at work. Lol! But first, check out his doings in our Christmas kitchen this year!!

vintage Christmas, vintage Santas

baking center, Christmas baking decor

camper Christmas, prim Christmas

Christmas home tour

Holiday home tour, vintage 50's kitchen

farmhouse Christmas, retro Christmas

gingerbread decorating ideas, Christmas baking center

Picking A Christmas Kitchen Theme

From our Christmas cookie baking center to a nod to our love of camping, our kitchen really represents our family. I have some old pieces of my mom's and things my kiddos have given me. It is where I spend all my time and I love what he did this year.

Video Tour Of Our Vintage Christmas Kitchen

Please also take the video tour of our kitchen (click the arrow below) and click like and subscribe while you are there. We would so love that!! Thank you everyone!!! You are always so kind to Dean and I with your comments about our festive decorating.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Freezer Lasagna - Cooking For The Holidays

Welcome to my holiday freezer cooking series. Let's see how we can save time and what to make ahead and freeze for the busy Christmas season.  Today is Freezer Lasagna - Cooking For The Holidays.

make ahead freezer meal recipes, easy lasagna

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

7 Tools You Need To Cook Thanksgiving Dinner - My Favorites!

Cooking Thanksgiving is an overwhelming task to many. I have learned the hard way how to make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier. Shop early and start smart with my 7 tools you need to cook your special meal.

Thanksgiving prep, Thanksgiving meal

My Favorite Tools for Cooking the Thanksgiving Dinner

1. When cooking your turkey, a large granite ware roaster is my favorite pan to cook the turkey in. Nothing fancy. You can buy the insert rack to put the turkey on but I don't have one. I just throw stalks of celery, halved onions and carrots across the bottom and set the turkey on top. It flavors the drippings nicely for good basting and delicious gravy.
splatter ware roaster
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2. Any kind of meat thermometer is nice so you know when you turkey is fully done. I have had batter operated and the old dial kind. Both work well.

3. A turkey baster is nice to have for easy basting. That oven gets hot and it is the safest way to get the hot juices and baste that turkey.

My Favorite Tools for Serving the Thanksgiving Dinner

4. Turkey lifting forks are to me, the easiest way to lift that hot heavy turkey onto your platter or carving board. I inherited mine from my mom but they are inexpensive.

5. A sharp knife. From dicing and chopping but most importantly carving the turkey, a sharp knife is necessary for serving your meal.

6. Throw away aluminum pans. For really simplifying every step of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, you cannot beat these disposable pans. You can cook and freeze in them and then reheat in them and when the meal is done, just toss. This meal is so much much work that I will do trick like this to save me time in the kitchen so we can enjoy the day more.

7. A crock pot is a must have now too. As I learned to start cooking my meal one or more days ahead, have a crock pot is must have for my mashed potatoes. I cook them on Wednesday, adding a bit of extra milk. On Thursday I put them in the crock pot or slow cooker at least 4 hours before the meal and turn on high adding some pats of butter. I stir a few times but they come out light and fluffy and bubbly. No mashing the day of Thanksgiving is the best.

Read my previous post on how to organize and simplify your holiday meal prep.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Does Dawn Remove Mascara Stains From Sheets And Pillowcases

The mascara we don't want to smudge, can be a real pain to get out of your sheets and pillowcases. I decided to test a tip I read that Dawn can remove mascara stains from sheets and pillowcases. Here are my results.

Sheets are expensive to I am determined to find out how to remove mascara stains out of my sheets. Follow along as I find the secret.


Does Dawn Remove Mascara Stains From Pillowcases

1. I slightly dampened the makeup stain on my pillowcase and wiped lightly.

2.  I then put the original blue Dawn on the stain rubbing in well and let sit to work.

3. Using an old toothbrush I scrubbed the stain after an hour of sitting.

4. Placed the pillowcase in the hot washer with laundry detergent and washed as usual.

In a word no! I tested this tip and though the Dawn did fade the mascara stain, it was still there after washing. I am onto the next test. I am going to find a way to get these stains out and save our sheets!