Recipe of the Week: Pillsbury Chicken Squares

Hey, hey! I'm coming at'cha today with an oldie-but-a-goodie in our house. You know those little recipe books by Betty Crocker and Pillsbury you can find in the grocery aisle? ...more

Decorating with Nature

Hi all! How are you? We are still on vacation, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Michigan, its dunes, and wooded trails opening up to blue water...just gorgeous ....more

Craft of the Week: Tree Round Crafts

Hi there! We're on vacation this week, so I scheduled some posts ahead of time to share with you while we're gone. Today I thought I'd gather up some ideas for using tree rounds in your home decor ....more

Recipe of the Week: 10 Sensational Summer Salads

Hello, friends! Ahhhh...summer. Does food get any better than this time of year? ...more

Tightwad Tuesday: Coastal Tray Centerpiece

Hey, hey! If you follow me at all, then you've gathered two things in recent weeks: I'm obsessed with trays and I love that quiet coastal look. I've posted about both topics a lot (ad nauseum?) here on Home Made Modern, and over at my About.com home ....more

Summer's Swan Song

Parts of this post originally appeared on August 8, 2013 Summer is waning. I know, it doesn't officially end until the 3rd week of September; but, is there anyone out there who feels it isn't over the day school starts? But it's not solely for the fact that our daughter(s!) start school in a few weeks that I feel this way ....more

38 Blogging Tips

Happy Birthday to me...I'm 38 today and in an oh-so-humble fashion, I'm honoring my age by re-publishing a post I wrote 2 years ago about what I've learned about blogging...except I added 2 more points for 2 more years. Some of my original points seems kinda like, "Duh..." to me now that I've been doing this whole blogging thing longer; but, if you're just getting started, it could be helpful stuff. For me, the learning curve has been quite steep ....more

Tightwad Tuesday: Breakfast Tray

Hey there! If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that I picked up two trays for $1 each at our neighborhood garage sales last week. Here's what I did with one of them: BEFORE AFTER For the quick tutorial on how I spruced up one of these babies into a breakfast tray, check out my About.com article, where I share lots of ways to customize home accessories using the pencil-transfer technique ....more

Craft of the Week: Subtle Coastal Accents You Can Make

Hi there! How was your weekend? Ours was wonderfully unproductive, but now I'm ready to get back at it ....more

Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

Hi, friends. Got time for a story? The other day, I was driving somewhere and out of nowhere, had this memory of sugar cream pie ....more