How to Make Beautiful Paper Butterflies

Paper butterflies make a lovely spring craft. The possibilities are endless for these beautiful creations. Children can be entertained by making simple projects, but there are also some amazing ideas for adults to make.

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6 Ways to Convert Your Basement to an Efficient Living Space

Several families I know have expanded their living quarters by remodeling their basements. Housing is expensive, and moving to a new place is not always feasible. Finishing your basement adds more value to your home if you ever do try to sell it.

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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
If you want truly tender, melt-in-your mouth ribs, the slow cooker is the way to go.
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  1. 3 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving size pieces
  2. Salt and pepper to taste
  3. 2 cans (15 ounce size) tomatoes (you can use the plain or garlic if desired)
  4. 1 medium onion, diced
  5. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  6. 3 tablespoons water
  7. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Pour spareribs in a heavy skillet with a little oil, and brown on both sides.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker. Add salt, pepper, tomatoes, onion, and celery. Mix together the water and cornstarch and pour into skillet, stirring to remove browned bits from the skillet.
  3. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or until ribs are tender and practically fall apart.
  4. Remove spareribs to a platter. Stir the mixture left in the slow cooker, then pour over ribs and serve.
  1. I always prefer to start with boneless pork ribs, but bone-in is ok, too.
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Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

(Family Features) It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love.

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Quick and Easy Ham Chowder with Parmesan Croutons

Here are recipes for quick and easy ham chowder with Parmesan croutons.  This makes a nice lunch or even a quick supper when you have one of those busy evenings.  It is a good idea to make the croutons a day ahead of time.

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13 by 9 Inch Pan Casserole Recipes

I love casseroles.  My husband is a meat and potatoes man and likes everything separate, but after years of marriage, I’m getting him to like casseroles better also.  They are so easy.  You have almost a complete meal in one pan, which makes the clean-up simpler, too.  Casseroles are especially nice in the fall and winter because the oven helps to warm up hour house.

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

With all the cold weather and snow across the country, now might be a good time to make some homemade cinnamon rolls. The warmth and aroma coming from your kitchen will be a welcome haven from the winter outside. So here is a recipe for cinnamon buns that your whole family will enjoy.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch
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  1. 1 teaspoon white sugar
  2. 1 package active dry yeast (0.25 ounce)
  3. 1/2 cup warm water (around 110 degrees F)
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup white sugar
  6. 1/4 cup butter
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Place the yeast and one teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl. Add the warm water and set it aside for about 10 minutes. Heat the milk until it begins to bubble and then remove it from the heat. Add the remaining sugar, butter and salt; stir until melted. Allow it to cool.
  2. Combine the above mixture with the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Stir this until it’s well-combined. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time until all of the flour is incorporated into the mixture. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 8 minutes. It will look smooth and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a large bowl which has been lightly oiled. Cover it with a damp cloth and allow it to double in size - about an hour. While this is rising, melt 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk it until smooth and then pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with half of the pecans and set it aside. Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, the remaining pecans and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together and set it aside.
  4. After the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a rectangular shape. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecan mixture over it. Begin at the long side and roll the dough tightly, pinch the seam to seal it. Brush with butter and then slice it into 12-15 slices.
  5. Place the cut side down into the pan with the butter and brown sugar. Cover the pan and allow it to rise for another hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake the cinnamon buns for 25-30 minutes. Allow the pan to cool for three minutes and then turn the pan over to remove them. Scrape any remaining sugar filling onto the tops of the rolls.
  6. Make a glaze by adding 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup room temperature butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Combine these together and beat until smooth. Spread over the warm rolls and then serve.
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Dutch Apple Cake from 1911

I have a collection of antique cookbooks. This Dutch Apple Cake is from a 1911 Rumford “Receipt” book. They called recipes “receipts” in those days.

We had a winter storm yesterday, and there was still enough ice today that we didn’t even go to church. So it was a cozy day to stay inside and bake something filling. I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand for this dish. I altered it just a little bit, but not actually too much.  (**Please note a change in the recipe from when I first posted it.)

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Round-Up of St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Recipes, and Activities

Click on the cover to see a round-up of many past St. Patrick’s Day posts.

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Easy Old-Fashioned Hamburger Casserole

An old fashioned ground beef casserole for a hearty winter week-night meal.  Simple ingredients and simple preparation.


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Homemade Granola and Trail Mix Recipes

Here are homemade granola and trail mix recipes using simple ingredients.  They are easy to make and you have the benefit of controlling the ingredients.

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Raggedy Quilt – Step by Step Easy to Sew Directions

Raggedy Quilt – Step by Step Easy to Sew Directions

By Judi Harris

Making Raggedy quilts are easy. If you can sew a straight line, then you are ready to start making your first rag quilt. Be careful, once you have made one, you will want to make many more. Remember raggedy quilts can be made in any color scheme like: pastels for a baby, dark homespun fabrics for the primitive look, shabby chic cottage style prints, gone country prints, fall colors for Thanksgiving, and just about anything you can imagine!

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Unique Crafts from Old Books You May Have Never Thought Of

If you’re like me, your house is overflowing with books.  I have not only my own, but many antique books that I inherited from older relatives.  Most of those I will probably never read, but I don’t really want to get rid of them either.  I was looking for some creative ways to re-purpose them, and here are some of the ideas that I found.  Click on the link below each picture to take you to the projects.

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How to Teach Your Child to Set Boundaries

Having personal boundaries is an important characteristic for everyone. Without boundaries, an individual will be walked over and taken advantage of by undeserving people. With firm and healthy boundaries in place, an individual will be respected and will be less likely to become or remain a victim of malicious people with a variety of wrong intentions. So how do you teach your child to set boundaries for themselves?

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Three New eBooks Added to Library

Three new free ebooks have been added to the library.  Click on the image below to take you to the page.


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