Today's recipe is not only flavor-FULL but it gets extra credit for nutrition too! It is bone broth disguised as authentic Chinese Dumpling Soup in an instant pot. Fast, healthy, and delicious! Awesome right? This is another wonderful recipe courtesy of our Chinese friend, Yulin (James). He...

It's back to sewing basics today. Learn how to make a DIY envelope pillow cover. This is great for beginners because it is the easiest and fastest way to make a handmade pillow cover! Pillow with Flange Trim tutorial HERE Envelope Style Pillow Inspiration The envelope pillow style can stand...

This time of year it is always fun to feather the nest a little. Today's craft project is perfect for this! I think you will enjoy adding some fall decor and color to your space with this Thanksgiving crafts banner. Another fall craft idea HERE   I'm thankful for all...

I LOVE fall. I feel it in my soul. If only it weren't so fleeting! Today we're going to extend fall beauty indoors with this sweet and easy fall leaf crafts garland. Create your own pattern for the leaves by tracing real ones, OR you can...

I do love a beautiful landscape, gorgeous flowers, and healthy green plants, but maintaining it all? Not as much. After a recent plant fail, Crazy Aunt Patty showed me a creative and inexpensive way to make a custom, artificial plant arrangement. I was originally skeptical...

Greetings, fellow food fans! Today, I bring you Dave's (Zhengzheng) delicious Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew recipe. This dish is hugely popular in our kitchen. When Dave visits on college breaks and wants to cook, this dish is at the top of our list. It's...

As the temps dip here in Minnesota, I am reminded of this timeless recipe that everyone needs in their kitchen repertoire. I tend to forget about it until the bounty of the late summer arrives. Okay, let's be honest, the dang snow is coming and...

I just love wrap skirts. I love how they drape, fit, and look amazing on all body types, covering up flaws and accentuating assets. Worn casual, with flip-flops or dressed to the nine’s, they are so versatile. For my sewing project today, I used a...

Hey friends! I am back today with yet another delicious Asian-inspired recipe from our international friend Zhengzheng Ren (Dave), from Shanghai. Easy, Chinese style sauteed shrimp is fast, delicious, and one of my absolute favorites. 😃 First and foremost, this dish is super flavorful and tasty....

"If you find something you love that fits you well, buy it in multiples!" Maybe you've heard this said before, and you would if you could, but sometimes it’s just not available in other colors or patterns. Fortunately, if you like to sew or you’re...

So many craft projects, so little time! Today I have a whole new category of crafts for you. Mosaic tiles! IKR. How are you going to fit all this fun into one lifetime? Today, we are dropping in on my friend Deb as she finishes...

When our Chinese friends are cooking, I usually go into a spectator mode, because many of their Asian recipes are new to me and a little intimidating! However, after always asking them to make their delicious Lo Mein Noodles recipe, they finally encouraged me to...

Here she is, my traditional 4th of July Blueberry Crumble. I think I've made this every year for the last 15 years. Best in July, when the blueberries are abundant and sweet. It doesn't have a fancy lattice crust, but it's faster, easier, and it's...

I first fell in love with graham cracker crusts as a kid. My Mom let me buy a paperback cookbook from a scholastic book sale at school, a rare occasion! I treasured that book and made every recipe in it, but my favorite was an...

You really have to hand it to Betsy Ross. She knew what she was doing. The American Flag design is so simple, yet so distinctive and also open to beautiful interpretations. Do I sound patriotic? Well yes, I am! Here's a craft project that's fun...

It's almost Independence Day in the United States, so you know what that means? Yes, of course. My girlfriend Ruth is back at her gnome endeavors! I just wanted to drop in quickly today and share her colorful and creative 4th of July Gnomes DIY. NEW HALLOWEEN...

Everybody needs a neighbor who delivers cocktails to your door. We are lucky enough to have those neighbors, and they've shared their drink recipe today. It's bound to put a summer smile on your face and a kick in your step. Here's how to make...

Hello Friends! Today I'm sharing a super-easy way to create and sew pillowcases or cushion covers that look store-bought and a bit more tailored than your basic envelope-style design. It only involves one extra step. The secret sauce is an additional topstitch that creates a...

Need a quick pick me up for your summer porch or patio? This tablecloth has you covered. (Pun intended) 😂 Its construction is idiot-proof, super-fast, and easy. No sewing is required, which makes this project the perfect choice for your next family meal, small celebration,...

Today’s post is pure Spring inspiration; Flower pot planting ideas just for you. I'm sharing the gorgeous flower art of one of my besties. Ruth is that girl you know, gloriously gifted with both sides of the brain; smarts and artistic chops. Not fair, right?...

Hi friends! I am happy to report that the weather in Minnesota has finally transformed into Spring! I'm here to celebrate with a sewing project for warmer weather. It's a perfect time to make a long skirt - mine is Simplicity 8745 but in this post, I...

Nothing pulls together a space like fabrics; from upholstery to pillows, drapes, or cushions. If you can't find exactly what you are looking for or you don't want the high cost of custom, you can make most of these items yourself. Today I will show...

For weeks I have been making and eating my weight in banana bread. The Jimmys (Fallon and Kimmel) both confirmed last week that (thank goodness) I am not alone. It must be human nature to seek comfort via bananas. If you are craving it too,...

Well hello and happy spring green to you! Are you looking to try something new in this beautiful season? Let it be this project. An easy succulent garden planter is as beautiful as it is fun to make! Girls Night (or Day) Ideas My girlfriends and I...

Are you looking for a creative distraction from our current situation? I've got you. If you are at home, now is a perfect time to learn a new skill. Have you ever wanted to sew your own clothes? Today's creative challenge is to make a...

Sometimes, it's the little things. As with most things in life, taking the time and extra effort with the little things goes a long way to making something special. Sewing projects are no different; to add a nice finishing touch to a home decor project...

Hi Friends! Join me for today's sewing project and be inspired to create something for yourself! I'll be making a linen tie-front blouse using Simplicity Pattern D0890 (or 8601), but first, I have a question for you. When sewing, which do you buy first; the...

Full disclosure. I actually started this DIY project years ago for a sweet young family member. But life was super busy, working full time, taking care of family and raising a teenager. Maybe you can relate? I ended up tucking it away. Now, this sweet...

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I want to share another handmade gift idea that you can make for a special person in your life. I've seen variations of this frame for sale in the past and I always thought it would be fun to try...

Happy New Year Friends! I’ve been working on my new year’s intentions this week, as one does this time of year, and the graphic designer in me needed a pretty and organized format to do so. (Yes, it’s a blessing and a curse.) I thought I'd...

The holidays are synonymous with visiting or visitors. As a guest, I am always taking mental notes of wonderfully welcoming guest room ideas so that I can return the favor someday in my home. To help jog my memory and help yours too, I've created...

Homemade goods seem to touch a place in our hearts, and I think you'll agree these Christmas stocking ideas (and tutorial) are no exception. They combine cozy sweaters and the holidays; a perfect recipe for the season. I hope you are inspired to make one...

Though it is technically fall, I'm still holding on to summertime with both hands. And here in Minnesota, our trees are kinda doing the same thing! They are still 99 percent green. Say what? So then, to mark the end of the summer and the...

I have always been an appetizer girl. As far back as I can remember. It was a really "special" occasion when my Mom bought pizza rolls for a New Year's treat for us kids. It was a bit more fun and satisfying eating these little packages...

What's hiding under your bed? Whether it's monsters or just a bunch of storage containers, I have an inexpensive way to hide them and get a custom look while you're at it. Today we're going to make an easy, DIY bed skirt using simple and...

We all know whipped cream is a delicious addition to any dessert, but when you understand how very fast and easy it is to make, it becomes a no-brainer. With only 3 ingredients, a decadent taste and appearance, this recipe for homemade keto whipped cream...

About ten years ago, when my parents were somewhere in their seventies, before my Mom's Alzheimer's struck, my Dad was on a cookbook buying spree. I think he was trying to encourage her to try new recipes and foods. (wink, wink.) I could see what he...

If you love your pet as much as we love ours, hopefully, this project doesn't seem quite as silly. LOL. I would do just about anything for my puppy. Even dress her up a little. 😂 Today's project is perfect for just that. Raise your...

If cakes make a celebration special, a homemade cake takes it to the next level. It shows your guests they are important and that you really care. My personal favorite, no matter the flavor, is a mini cake. They are adorably elegant. Two words that...

It's good to get out of your comfort zone. Right? Not always easy, but good. We've stretched ourselves over here the last few years when it comes to international flavors. For instance, duck tongue. Yup. Are you squirming yet? This is just one taste of...

House blind? Yup, it happens to the best of us! When you become so used to your home that you unconsciously overlook the clutter or the time-worn flaws of aging. Have you experienced this phenomenon? Maybe you've been out of town for a while. You step...

Capes seem to come in and out of fashion, but to me they are classic. Unique and stylish, the bolder the better. YOLO. Today I am going to show you how to make an easy hooded cape. They are very simple. No sleeves, cuffs, or...

This seemingly ordinary project (Did you really just yawn?) may be the perfect beginner sewing project for you to cut your DIY teeth on. It's easy and relatively fast to make. It involves two skills, ironing, and straight stitching. I know that you can do...

Hello friends! Here's some quick table setting ideas and inspiration for you, just in time for your holiday entertaining. Welcome to Jenny's table. Jenny and I go way back to high school. She's beautiful inside and out, and so is her Christmas table. It's not...

Well hello out there, my creative sistas and brothas. This project is easy-peasy but loaded with potential. My examples are pretty tame, to be honest, but at the bottom of the post, I show some additional inspiration juju from around the web to light up...

Today's recipe is inspired by a nut butter that I 'd heard about and had to try from Manna Organics, called Organic Nut Butter Dark Chocolate Pecan. I found it on Amazon (affiliate link), but you can also purchase from Whole Foods or from the...

These deliciously sweet and salty protein bites are on current rotation in my kitchen. Long-term rotation actually. Why? Super healthy, delicious, crave control! Need I say more? Protein Snack Idea Each protein ball is loaded with ALL the good stuff but quick and easy to make because...