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Vanessa Hamlin

Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she's not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you'll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.

Beef Bone Broth, Tomato Soup, Maple Baked Beans Recipes and More!

Happy Monday! You might notice that this week’s post looks a little bit different than our usual Monday recipe post and I really hope you’re going to love our new changes. Instead of our typical single concept posts, we’re moving toward more collective writings that will include a bit more of our story, rather than …

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5 Freaky Halloween Goody Bag Treats

Do you love to freak out your family and friends? Use these 5 Freaky Halloween Goody Bag Treats to gross out anyone… It’s so much fun to watch the reaction on their faces when they open something that looks disgusting. Because the “eww-factor” is already so high, Halloween is the perfect holiday for grossing out …

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3 Homemade Cookie Recipes You Have to Try!

Did you know there was a special day just for cookies? Try these 3 homemade cookie recipes for National Homemade Cookie Day this year! National Homemade Cookie Day is celebrated on the 1st of October…every year. And we love trying out new homemade cookie recipes! We love cookies around here. And I do mean love …

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Free Bill Payment Organizer {Printable}

Are your bills always late because you just can’t seem to remember when to pay them? Keep track of the due dates and get them paid on time this month with this free printable payment organizer! Free Bill Payment Organizer Tax season is over, but it’s always a great time to start keeping better track …

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How to Bake Potatoes In Your Slow Cooker

Wouldn’t you love to come home and have a nice hot baked potato waiting? Especially in the summer when it’s super hot? Read on to learn how to bake potatoes in your slow cooker… I love baked potatoes! They are not only delicious, they’re healthy, too. We should really eat them more often. And the …

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Apple Butter Frosting for Cakes and Treats

Are you looking for a little fall flavor for your cakes and treats? Look no further than this decadent Apple Butter Frosting! Use it on cakes, cupcakes, homemade pop-tarts, muffins, pancakes…just about any food you want to frost. This yummy Apple Butter Frosting has just 4 ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to …

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Herbal Books for Beginners

It’s hard to imagine picking my favorite herbal books for beginners. There are way too many useful resources out there for me to choose just one or two! So, today, I’m sharing my entire herbal library… But, before I do, I want to highly recommend that you buy physical, hard-copy books whenever possible. Especially when …

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Homemade Croutons in ANY Flavor You Choose!

Learn how to make homemade croutons to add flavor and texture to your otherwise, boring salad! It’s salad season! And who wants to eat a plain old lettuce and tomato salad? Not me! Learning how to make homemade croutons is a great way to add flavor and texture to your otherwise, boring salad. Plus, you’ll …

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46 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Looking for some delicious pumpkin recipes? Look no further – here’s 46 perfect pumpkin recipes for fall that are sure to entice your taste buds. The leaves are falling, kids are back in school and the air is starting to cool down. You know what that means? It’s time for fall food and most especially, …

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Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles – No Canning Required!

Love the crunchy, yummy pickles you get with a sandwich at the deli? Learn to make your own garlic dill pickles at home – no canning required! Canning pickles is always a delicious way to use up your cucumber harvest from the garden. But, imagine stocking up on pickles without having to pull out the …

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Hot Herbal Tea Mix Recipes that You Can Make at Home!

Looking to reduce or replace your coffee addiction? Switch to a healthier option! This post has 4 simple and delicious, hot herbal tea recipes for any day of the year! As I mentioned the other day, I love herbal tea. And my husband and children love it, too. We drink hot herbal tea all winter …

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Homemade Cream Puffs with Vanilla Custard Filling

Looking for a sweet treat to serve at your next party? These homemade cream puffs are perfect for parties, dessert or even an after school treat for the kids. My youngest daughter loves homemade cream puffs, as do the rest of us, but, she’s been asking for them for months. So, last week I finally …

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The BEST Homemade Pancakes + FREE Printable Label

Are you looking for a quick and easy gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money? Just add a bottle of maple syrup to a basket and a jar of Homemade Pancakes. It makes the perfect gift for anyone! Who loves pancakes? Just about everyone I know! But, not everyone has time to make homemade …

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How to Make Your Own Herbal Tea Mixes at Home

Do you love herbal tea, but hate forking out the excess price for it at the grocery store? Learn how to make your own, delicious and relaxing tea, with this easy to follow tutorial! Drinking herbal tea is one of my favorite ways to comfort myself whether I’m sick, tired, stressed out or even just …

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7 Fall Dinner Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love

Autumn has arrived and that means it’s time for comfort food! Get your fall dinner menu planned in minutes with these delicious fall dinner recipes! *UPDATED POST – Fall is near, despite the calendar date. The leaves are turning, the nights are getting chilly and we’re gearing up for our favorite fall dinner recipes. And …

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School Lunch Ideas for the Whole Week

Need some school lunch ideas for your kiddos? Check out this post – it’s packed full of ideas for the whole week! It’s that time of year again, you guys! There’s only a few weeks left of summer vacation and it’s time to start planning for the school year…not to mention school lunch ideas! Are …

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Sweet Corn Cakes: Just 2 Ingredients!

Need a quick, easy breakfast or a delicious bread to go with your dinner? Try these amazing Sweet Corn Cakes – they’re perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Sweet Corn Cakes are a “healthier” take on Corn Fritters – which I dearly love – but they are so much better for you when they aren’t …

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