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How To Make Pour Over Coffee from a Former Barista

In a recent move to an apartment with an itty bitty kitchen, I have made the decision to forgo putting in our Keurig coffee pot I always hated. I am a perpetual morning (and sometimes afternoon) commute coffee stopper. If there’s coffee to be had, I will be having it. My years of pulling coffee …

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How to Make Perfect French Press Coffee

As a former barista and avid coffee enthusiast, I’m on a quest for coming up with the best coffee. I’ve brewed traditional pulled espresso, pour over brews, moka pots, and so much more. And, I have officially learned how to make the perfect cup of French press coffee! My go-to method for coffee at home …

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Homemade Pancake Recipe & Other Fluffy Flapjacks

This homemade pancake recipe is one that we use on Sunday mornings for a big family breakfast. However, if this one doesn’t suit your taste buds, I have some recipes that are totally noteworthy for other fluffy flapjacks.  Sunday mornings are a time for togetherness for us. We like to start the day off a …

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Candy Santa Sleighs & Personalized Stockings!

‘Tis the week of Christmas! Can you even believe it? I know that I cannot. It came so quickly! I know one thing though….my girls are thrilled for holiday festivities! We have been going nonstop since the beginning of December with holiday crafts, happenings and cooking. This week we made personalized stockings (a tradition) and …

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Our Vermont Family Holiday Traditions

Moving into December means letting the month of Christmas traditions commence! It is, after all, the most wonderful and magical time of the year! Being a family with young children makes it all that much more special because we get to witness it all through their eyes. There are so many festive holiday traditions…some popular …

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10 Easy Christmas Treat Recipes Your Family Will Beg For Every Year

Looking for something sweet to serve at your holiday party? Here’s 10 Easy Christmas Treat Recipes your family will beg you to make…year after year! Today is sweets day in our Christmas party and I’m sharing some really EASY Christmas treat recipes in this post! I make A LOT of Christmas cookies and candies throughout …

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7 Decadent Christmas Dessert Recipes

Today will be the last stop in our Christmas party. So, I thought it was high time we visited the sweetest part of the holidays…Christmas dessert recipes! Because…who doesn’t love Christmas dessert? I know I do! My favorite is this incredibly creamy and delicious Chocolate Chip Cheesecake that my stepmother makes every year. It is …

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9 Free Printable Christmas Cards for Friends and Family

In case I haven’t already mentioned it a bazillion times, the holiday season is my favorite time of year. And since we’re celebrating, I thought it would be a great time to give you some free printable Christmas cards for friends, family and everyone else, too. To be honest, I’ve been really lazy about sending …

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10 Best Christmas Gifts for Coffee Lovers Under $50

Looking for an awesome gift to give your favorite coffee junkie? You’re sure to find the perfect one in this list of the 10 Best Christmas Gifts for Coffee Lovers! We’re quickly headed toward Christmas mode here and it’s time to start thinking about shopping for gifts. Since it’s almost the shopping season, I thought …

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Homemade Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce & More

This homemade orange zest cranberry sauce is a crowd pleaser…even for the folks that claim to dislike cranberry sauce. It is so incredibly different than your canned cran that people either love or hate. My family doesn’t enjoy the canned version although I don’t mind it! It brings back many childhood memories as there wasn’t …

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11 Homemade Christmas Gifts for Kids: You Can Make These In Just 1 Day!

Looking to save a little money on holiday gifts for your children this year? You’re sure to love these 11 homemade Christmas gifts for kids that you can make in just 1 day! With the average family spending around $992 for holiday gifts, I’d say it’s high time we go back to making homemade presents …

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Easy Creative Holiday Treats For Your Kids Classroom

Believe it or not we only have just over two weeks before Thanksgiving and then the official Christmas season begins! I know…kind of hard to believe. If your family is anything like mine the entire month of December is filled with festivities from work to school to tradition and family. That is why I already …

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The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Pepper Steak Recipe: 5 Ingredients + 5 Minutes of Prep Time!

Take a step back in time to Grandma’s house with the delectable scents of Sunday dinner and the best garlic pepper steak recipe you’ve ever had… So many of my favorite recipes began in my Gram’s kitchen. It was a special place that always smelled like some amazing concoction she was cooking up. There are …

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Delicious Signature Thanksgiving Cocktails

I love to host Thanksgiving dinner. I always cook for the masses even when it is just my family of five on an average night, so Thanksgiving dinner gives me the excuse to go all out without feeling like I’ve cooked too much. Aside from cooking, coming up with and wow’ing my guests with one …

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Meaningful Ways To Celebrate National Gratitude Month

November is National Gratitude Month! So instead of just being thankful on Thanksgiving we spend the entire month incorporating ways of gratitude into our days. It is a great lesson learned for our children and truthfully a really good reminder for us as adults as well. With this list of meaningful ways to celebrate national …

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Self Care With Homemade Body Scrubs and Face Masks

Self care with homemade body scrubs and face masks is not only rewarding for what they do for your skin but also for your health! You are eliminating all of the exposure from chemicals that they pack into a lot of store bought products. I am here to share with you some of my all …

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Cute Christmas Gifts for Teachers That They’ll Actually Use!

Need some cute Christmas gifts for teachers? Why not get her something she’ll actually use this year? Here’s a list of gift ideas for teachers…you’re sure to find the perfect thing on this list! With my oldest daughter a high school graduate (still tears!) and my youngest entering the 11th grade this fall, I don’t …

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Heartier Meals, Earlier Bed Times & Fun Fall Things!

This week we had a shift on the homestead by moving into the colder months with heartier meals, earlier bed times & fun fall things! I am a firm believer that instead of fighting the impending dread of those incoming cold season blues I set my family up to embrace hibernation and use the time …

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Decorations

Why waste a bunch of money on Thanksgiving decorations when you can find so many online for free? It doesn’t make sense to me! Between the appetizers, the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the cranberry sauce, 150 different side dishes and 470 desserts, we spend SO.MUCH. money on Thanksgiving food. So, why should we spend so …

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A Night Of The Jack-O-Lantern

We just had our annual “Night Of The Jack-O-Lantern” and it consisted of pumpkin carving and a fun Halloweenie themed dinner! I thought I’d share it with you all because I have some incredible pumpkin carving hacks that will make the experience that much more enjoyable and make your carved pumpkins last longer too.  Plus, …

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No Bake Chocolate Cookies & Other Peanut Free Desserts

I say this with sadness because I LOVE peanut butter. Like….gravitate towards it 100% of the time. So what did I go and do? Fall hopelessly in love with a man who is deathly allergic. With lots of trial and error and patience I have come to find a couple of recipes that are still …

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36 FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils for Spooky Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns

Need some pumpkin carving stencils for your Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns? You’re in the right place! Here’s 36 FREE pumpkin stencils that you can download and use right now! It’s almost that time, you guys! Halloween will be here before you know it and it’s almost time to make Jack O’ Lanterns! So, what better …

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