thrift store frame upcycle


Summer is over for us, and perhaps the back to school schedule will allow me to create as regularly as I’d like again. Starting small meant visiting the thrift store for National Thrift Store Day and finding this new frame in a color I hated. But at $4.00 and in good condition I decided to spray paint it a neutral color and place a scrap… Read more »

easiest ever black bean enchiladas


I finally had to turn the oven on the other day to make dinner. I’ve avoided it whenever possible. But since it’s so hot I still prefer veggies and less meat for dinner most evenings. You could add ground beef to this recipe, or even sub the beef for beans, but we are black bean friendly around here. This is a simple but great recipe… Read more »

simple summer pasta salad


Things that I don’t like: hot ovens for lunch or dinner during summer, olives, and complaints about dinner being late.  That’s why this pasta salad will be my friend until late September as the temps soar. I don’t include olives because they aren’t a fave of mine or the kids, but when I am making for someone else who loves them they are a nice… Read more »

happy christmas in july and a charm bracelet giveaway


Every summer at camp we’d celebrate Christmas in July! So I am a bit traditional about honoring that each summer in some small way. This year I decided to make a few bracelets to take stock of my Christmas inventory and give one away, too! Christmas is both my favorite and most stressful holiday. But as I get older I have managed to concentrate on the joy… Read more »

little old lady fruit cobbler recipes


Remember Grandma’s Southern cobbler in the summer? It was pretty delicious and she didn’t have a fancy organic market to visit to make it. She probably used…wait for it…canned fruit. I never complained about a canned fruit cobbler and my family hasn’t either with this double fruit version. If you are looking for an easy summer dessert, this is one you need to try! It’s… Read more »