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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.

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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Day Lily Syrup Recipe with a Secret Ingredient!

Save the the flowers from your backyard and make this delicious day lily Syrup recipe to drizzle over pancakes and waffles throughout the year! I know, I know…you’re thinking I’ve totally lost my mind this time! But, this day lily Syrup recipe is soooo good! And if you’re willing to give it a try, you’re …

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Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich With a Secret Ingredient!

This Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich is perfect for dinner on a busy night! It takes just 18 minutes to make and only requires a few simple ingredients! Not only is this Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich delicious, but it’s so simple to make, too. Here’s the gist of the recipe: All you need is some chicken, …

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Sweet & Spicy Sausage Ramen Noodle Skillet

Need something quick and easy for dinner tonight? Try this Sweet & Spicy Sausage Ramen Noodle Skillet – it’s ready in 20 minutes and it only requires 1 dish! This Sweet & Spicy Sausage Ramen Noodle Skillet is EASY! DONE IN 20 MINUTES. AND YOU’LL ONLY DIRTY 1 DISH! It doesn’t get any better than …

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Apple Crunch Pie Recipe

Want a delicious dessert for dinner tonight? Try my Apple Crunch Pie and you’re family will be begging for more! Apple Crunch Pie…it’s as American as…well, Apple Pie. You just “gotta” love it! Apple Crunch Pie is one of my favorite pies…actually it might be a close second for first place. Good Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie …

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