Homemade Dijon Style Mustard

Homemade Dijon Style MustardThis classic Dijon style mustard is easy to make and will add a savory pizazz to whatever you use it on. It’s delicious as a spread, in marinades, or as a dip for pretzels. This would be a great addition to a gift basket with some nice crackers, cheese and summer sausage or salami....more

Not Crafty. Except at the Holidays.

I'm not a super crafty person.  I have never woken up in the morning and thought to myself, "I'd like to get out the hot glue gun today." If I have creative energy, I write something. When we were on the farm, I used my creative muscles to churn out 50 to 100 flower bouquets every week during the season.I'm not bad at crafts, but I don't have the patience that being a "crafter" requires.  ...more

Buy Stuff and Be Happy!

 Last week’s blog highlighted the holiday dilemma of the retail expectations (buying stuff) at the holidays versus the tradition of being together without breaking the bank.  However, tapping down the commercial aspect of the holidays is not easy.  All the media messages have one theme:  Buy stuff and be happy!  But, for how long is your new found happiness going to last?  The latest research says not that long.  So, how do you create a low-key approach to holiday gift-giving?Here are 4 ideas that our family has used over the years....more

{DIY} Christmas Gift Bag Album

886?!How did I take that many pictures over the holidays?  And now what am I going to do with them? ...more
A fantastic idea! I love it!more


Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home T-shirt TotesFrom sewmargaretsew:DIY: Recycled T-Shirt Tote Bag ...more

Wordless Wednesday (not quite)

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home I made this scarf (and Julie made a really cute headband) by following the instructions here....more

My Favorite Thing about Christmas...

It's November 25th. The day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday. A day of many names. It's the day I realize I have to start thinking seriously about Christmas....more
Yes! I've spent a lot of time thinking about how different her second Christmas was from her ...more

Homemade Mini Canvas Magnets

Posted by Lori:I probably should have waited to post this until AFTER I've given them as my homemade gifts for my husband's side of the family.  That would have been the best thing, but I was so excited to share them with you, I jus...more

How to make vanilla extract

One thing I use a lot of in this house is vanilla. Since I bake zucchini bread every week, that's already a tablespoon per week...plus most of the cookies and other goodies I bake also use vanilla. Throw in French toast from time to time and other breakfast goodies and that's even more vanilla. And strangely enough, here in Germany you can only get vanilla sugar. Which is ok...but just not quite the same....more

$25 Michaels Gift Card Giveaway

I'm having a giveaway of a $25 Michaels gift card at my blog.   All you have to do is be kind enough to leave a comment letting me know which of the homemade gift projects you like best on our website kidoozy.com I'll draw the winner in a random drawing on December 1st so you have till November 30th to enter. Good Luck and thanks for your input!  Diane ...more