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Friday, April 16, 2021

Roasted Apples and Onions with Thyme and Bacon

Roasted Apples and Onion with Thyme and Bacon is not a recipe for the faint of heart! Because you will fry bacon in butter, but simply put on your chef's hat and fry away! This is not a recipe to miss, and perfect for a weekend breakfast...

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Funtastic Friday #328

BLOOM from Coastal Bohemian, Tips for Printing Graphics at Home from Comfort Spring, Easy Sonic Slushies from Mommy Hates Cooking, Maple Ricotta Flan from Confessions of an Overworked Mom, French Onion Meatball Sub from Homemade on a Weeknight, DIY Faux Brick Wall from Makable Crafts, and Quick and Easy 5 Minute Topiary from The Crowned Goat are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 04.15.2021

30 To-Do List Items to Keep Your Home in Order, DIY Dog Bone Neck Pillow, 5 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes to Make Tonight, and a Quick and Easy Bright Floral Wreath are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How to Make The Best Homemade Pizza Sauce!

How to Make The Best Homemade Pizza Sauce! This pizza sauce is so easy to make, with just one can of tomatoes or sauce. Plus you choose, make a chunky sauce or a smooth one. But each is perfect for pizza night...

Monday, April 12, 2021

Alabama Style Split Pea Soup

Alabama Style Split Pea Soup is the easiest soup ever! Dump the ingredients into a pan, bring it to a boil, reduce to simmer, and let cook, while you do other things, like relax! You are going to want to make this soup...

Sunday, April 11, 2021

How to make A Bird Habitat from recycled/repurposed items.

This Bird Habitat has been made completely from recycled materials, free used materials, and repurposing used free items posted on our local free-for-the-taking board on social media. Except for the bird food and suet blocks, which we always keep on hand, along with a bucket of deck screws nothing was purchased for this project. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ham Divan, a delicious riff on the classic!

Such a simple name for a delicious dish! Ham Divan is a delicious riff on the classic Chicken Divan, originally created at the Divan Parisien Restaurant at the Chatham Hotel in New York City. Ham, rice, and broccoli under a blanket of Parmesan Cheese sauce...what's not to like!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Funtastic Friday #327

Homemade Ranch Dressing, DIY Pin Cushion, Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade, Small Yarn Balls Storage Options, How to Paint a Flowerpot to Coordinate with Your Dinnerware, and DIY Easter Carrot Banner are this week's featured posts! 

Encouraging Hearts and Home 04.08.2021

Spring Cleaning for the Heart, the Best 15 Sewing YouTube Channels, Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries, and Why and How to Sift Your Compost are this week's featured posts!


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

One Bowl Carrot Cake

Are you looking for a cake that is just as delicious plain, right out of the pan as it is with frosting or a sauce? If so, One Bowl Carrot Cake is just what you are looking for! Perfect as a snack cake right out of the pan, but for dessert, upscale with a bit of frosting or a creamy dessert sauce...

How to make a whole wheat One Bowl Carrot Cake!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Buttermilk Creme Dessert Sauce

It is dessert season all the time, but it is going to be berry season very soon! And not just strawberries, but all berries! Buttermilk Creme Dessert Sauce is the perfect (and oh so easy to make!) solution for a quick, delicious dessert for family and friends. Buttermilk Creme Dessert Sauce is delicious, think liquid cheesecake poured over berries, or cake, or whatever you want!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Celebration Menu Suggestions!

Ham is the big seller this week at the marketplace! And my guess is deviled eggs will be offered at most gatherings as well. It is not just springtime, Easter and family gatherings are in the air! We have a delicious list of suggestions to go with that ham that you will put in the oven...

The star of the show, right after the Ham in the oven!

Mary's Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham is a must!  Ham dinner isn't complete without this delicious sauce. Recreated with love. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Funtastic Friday #326

Easter Bread Wreaths with Quail Eggs, Marshmallow Bunny Peeps Pudding Cups, 10 Fabulous Uses for Dandelions, Delicious Easter Puppy Chow, How to Make an Easter Village using Yard Sale Ceramic Houses, and DIY Bunny Slippers are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home 04.01.2021

Vanilla Easter Egg Cupcakes, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Air Fryer Asparagus, and Homemade Plant Food, 7 Easy Fertilizer Recipes are this week's featured posts!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Steak Pizzaiola

Chuck steak never tasted so good! Steak Pizzaiola is a delicious dish of braised beef in tomatoes and seasonings. Simple preparation on the stove, with braising completed in the oven, you will have a fine meal on the table without much fuss!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Pear and Cranberry Crumble

Late winter and early spring still call out for dessert! Make this delicious Pear and Cranberry Crumble from pantry ingredients. Perfect anytime, while we wait for the fresh crops of spring! Canned pears never tasted so good!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Restaurant Style Enchilada Sauce, easy and so delicious!

Do you love the enchilada sauce at your local neighborhood cantina? Well from here on out, you can make it yourself! Because a delicious restaurant-style enchilada sauce is now at your fingertips...

Homemade is best! Restaurant Style Enchilada Sauce.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Funtastic Friday #325

Lovely Easter Mantel, Hello Spring Holiday Board, Dutch Crunch Sourdough Bread, Spring Wreath with Succulents, Painted Drop Cloth Bunnies, and a Macrame Bunny Ears Teething Ring are this week's featured posts!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Encouraging Hearts and Home 03.25.2021

Fairy Garden Cupcakes, 30+ Spring Recipes, Free Tea Cozy Pattern, and Beer Marinated Italian Sausage are this week's featured posts!  

Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal

Looking for more vegetables on your dinner plate? How about this one-pan Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal, it is easy, delicious, only takes one pan, and you get vegetables!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

From Photographs to Garlic! Or how to transform a small wooden box!

Welcome! This project will be my entry for the Thrift Store Challenge, for March 2021! We thought we would start with a photo from the finished end of the project, and take you back to the beginning and the process! 

From Photographs to Garlic...
Monday, March 22, 2021

Anasazi Beans and Rice

Anasazi beans might be new to you, but if possible source them out and cook them up! Anasazi Beans and Rice is the perfect side dish, but substantial enough to be the main dish for meatless Monday! Remember, cook a pot of beans weekly...
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Funtastic Friday #324

A Link-up of Weight Watchers Recipes, Homemade Peeps, Carrot Garden Pudding Filled Cupcakes, The Cutest Rabbit Transfer Craft, U.S. National Park Coloring Pages, and Crock-Pot Cheesy Beef Spaghetti are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 03.18.2021

Florida French Toast, Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Mashed Garlic Rutabagas, and Easy Homestead Livestock, all about Chickens are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Blueberry Breakfast Cheesecake

With spring coming right around the corner, this Blueberry Breakfast Cheesecake is perfect for a weekend breakfast or a brunch with family and friends. Not too sweet, and purely delicious!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Italian Sausage Polenta Pie

Super easy, and so delicious! Bake up a pie pan of polenta with sausage, onions, and garlic for Italian Sausage Polenta Pie! Add a ladle of red sauce (and I know just the right one!) a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan Cheese for homemade on a weeknight!

How to make Italian Sausage Polenta Pie.

Friday, March 12, 2021

How to make, Blueberry and Coconut Water Switchel

Switchel is a mildly probiotic beverage that has been made and enjoyed for centuries. It is easy to customize and you won't need to keep a large supply of hasp-type bottles for storage...why not give Blueberry and Coconut Water Switchel a try? 

Make your own Blueberry and Coconut Water Switchel!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Funtastic Friday #323

Saint Patrick's Day Postcards, DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Wreath, a Denim Pocket Organizer, Leprechaun and Laterns Tablescape, Saint Patrick's Day Table Decor, and a 3D Shamrock are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 03.11.2021

March Monthly Goals, Cookies for Breakfast, Oven Baked Honey Ginger Wings, and a Trip Down Memory Lane are this week's featured posts!  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A Big List of 29 "How To" Posts to Run Your Home with Ease!

Are you looking for more ways to run your home with ease? How about actual working recipes for how to make more of the foods you want to eat? How about kitchen tips and tricks that will make your life easier? 
Monday, March 8, 2021

Golden Pork Chops over Corn Pudding

Golden Pork Chops over Corn Pudding. My husband Terry picked a winner with this dish! It pays to have your family take a look at the cookbooks on the shelf for new ideas for dinner! Honestly, I would have passed this one right by...but I am glad we didn't!

Golden Porch Chops over Corn Pudding, a delicious one pan meal.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad another delicious non-lettuce salad to enjoy. With good quality organic carrots available year-round making this salad is so easy! Feel free to adjust the spices listed to satisfy your own tastes. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Funtastic Friday #322

Outstanding Blogger Award, a Curbside Table Makeover, Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins, a Colorful Frankenyarn Blanket, Tips for Living an Intentional Life, and Zen Garden De'Cor are this week's featured posts!

Encouraging Hearts and Home March 4, 2021

Books I Read in February, The Art of the Collection, How to Build an Outdoor Dog Ramp, How to Make a Fabric Book Cover, and a DIY Fabric Cord Keeper are this week's featured posts!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Our Favorite Cornbread

Our Favorite Cornbread has been our favorite for many years! It has stood the test of time, along with our conversion to whole-grain cooking, with absolutely nothing lost in translation! It is still our favorite crunchy, delicious, lightly sweet, family favorite cornbread. 

Traditional cast iron baked, Our Favorite Cornbread.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Broccoli Salad, with a Curry Dressing.

Do you love mild curry dishes? Are you looking for a new recipe to introduce your family to the delicious flavor that curry can bring to food? This Broccoli Salad with a Curry Dressing is just the recipe to try! Not too hot, and yet with all this flavor being presented, definitely not too boring!

Broccoli Salad with a Curry Dressing.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread, whole grain, fruit sweetened

My hubby loves chocolate whether it is, candy, cookies, or ice cream! Usually, he prefers ice cream in the evenings, and with our current busy schedules to be honest I let the baking go...Since I had not baked something for him in a while, I baked up this loaf of Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread

Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread. 
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Funtastic Friday #321

Spring Home Decor from Target, shop the displays, Crocheted Flower Numbers, Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies, Mason Jar Leprechaun St Patrick's Day DIY, Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce, and Thin Mints Easy Brownie Recipe are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 02.25.2021

Chocolate Whoopie Pies, 20 Things to Buy at the Dollar Store, Copycat Jiffy Muffin Mix, and a DIY Soap Saver Pouch are this week's featured posts!  

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How to Make Your Own Bread Crumbs and Creative Ideas for Use.

Got bread crumbs? You probably do! Not only do they happen naturally, in the bottom of the bread bag, but they a great use for that last slice or heel of bread. As far as frugal recipes go, after bread pudding or french toast for breakfast, it is time to use that bread (or even sandwich rolls!) to make a batch of bread crumbs. Let me show you everything you need to know!

How to Make Your Own Bread Crumbs.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, a small batch recipe!

Looking for a delicious single-layer cake that will satisfy your dessert needs? Well, you have come to the right place! This Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake is moist, flavorful, and oh yes, has chocolate chips! Serve it plain or glazed, and offer whipped cream for those that are really celebrating!

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, a single-layer cake perfect for smaller families.
Friday, February 19, 2021

How to Cook Brown Rice in your Instant Pot. A soaked rice method.

Is brown rice on your table often? It is on ours! Since we eat a lot of long-grain brown rice, I wanted to learn to cook it perfectly in my Instant Pot. After a while, it became simple to do, and so delicious to enjoy with meals. Presenting, How to Cook Brown Rice in your Instant Pot, A soaked rice method! Instructions included for both long-grain and short-grain brown rice. 

So easy, How to Cook Brown Rice in your Instant pot!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Funtastic Friday #320

Heart Box, Valentine's Day Marbled Heart Garland, Blueberry Cream Pie, Zuppa Toscana, Ultimate Chocolate Loaf Cake, and 50 Cool Upcycling Ideas for the Garden are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 02.18.2021

Cheesesteak Lasagna, How to Make Journaling Part of your Daily Routine, Tasty Orange Cake, and Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Mug Stand are this week's featured posts!  

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

White Beans with Ground Beef and Tomato Sauce

White Beans with Ground Beef and Tomato Sauce, a delicious ground beef and navy bean dish from my childhood. Simple to make, this hearty pot of beans will satisfy your hungriest of eaters! Once prepped, White Beans with Ground Beef and Tomato Sauce simmers until dinner time! Feel free to use navy or great northern beans. 
Frugal and delicious, White Beans with Ground Beef and Tomato Sauce.
Monday, February 15, 2021

Root and Stem Salad, a delicious celery salad dressed in a lemon horseradish vinaigrette!

Root and Stem Salad a delicious celery salad dressed with a lemon horseradish vinaigrette. When you think of serving a salad for your next meal, step out of the box. Try a non-lettuce salad for a change of pace and see how fast you will get your family to eat more vegetables...

Root and Stem Salad, another delicious "non-lettuce" salad to enjoy.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Bread Crumb Muffins!

Bread Crumb Muffins are unique! They are also frugal, delicious, and fun to make. They are a fun recipe to make with your young kitchen helper. Plus Bread Crumb Muffins make a great snack, spread with some nut butter and jelly.
How to Make Bread Crumb Muffins.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Funtastic Friday #319

Easy Valentine Day Sugar Cookie Recipe, Winter Whites and Frosty Greens Tablescape, Fun Pictoral Maps of Love and Marriage, Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning, DIY Heart See-Through Pouch, and Easy Valentine Day Sugar Cookie Recipe are our featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 02.11.2021

February 2021 Dinner Menu, How to Corner to Corner in HDC, Mix and Match Instant Pot Minestrone, and Green Chili Mac and Cheese are this week's featured posts!  

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Gingerbread and Ginger Snap Cookie Mix

Gingerbread and/or Ginger Snap Cookie Mix. Gingerbread is one of my favorite treats to enjoy. And right after Gingerbread comes Ginger Snaps! But not just any gingerbread, this recipe for Gingerbread and/or Ginger Cookies is a homemade mix that can be used to make both...and both are delicious! 

Gingerbread and Ginger Snap Cookie Mix.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Simple 3 Ingredient Beet Salad

Simple 3 Ingredient Beet Salad is delicious! It is also quick to put together, is small-batch sized for smaller families, and goes great with just about everything! Beets are available now, so what are you waiting for? Try Simple 3 Ingredient Beet Salad with different colored beets, they are all good for you! 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Salmon Cakes with Bacon

Salmon Cakes with Bacon are so delicious! You would never believe that a can of salmon from your pantry could be turned into such a delicious dinner, but it can, and I will share with you how to do it! Salmon Cakes with Bacon, these cakes should be on your dinner table...

Delicious, frugal and easy. Salmon Cakes with Bacon.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Funtastic Friday #318

How to Make Your Own Putz House, DIY Burlap and Ribbon Valentine's Day Wreath, Free Paper Lantern Template For Tea Lights, 20 Best Healthy Travel Snack Recipes, Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes,  and Marshmallow Valentine Pops are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 02.04.2021

A Day of Discovery, Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Muffins, a Crocheted Heart Bunting, and Instant Pot Eggs En Cocotte are this week's featured posts!  

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Date and Walnut Bars

Date and Walnut Bars, are chewy and delicious! Plus they only call for 5 ingredients! These light and chewy cookie bars are a classic. If you are a fan of dates and walnuts baked together, you will want to get a pan of these in the oven right away...

Monday, February 1, 2021

Red Beans with Garlic and Red Wine

A few simple pantry ingredients quickly combine to make Red Beans with Garlic and Red Wine. Perfect with rice as the main course, or serve these red wine-infused beans as a side dish that everyone will love!

Easy and delicious Red Beans with Garlic and Red Wine.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

Have you met this sauce yet? Marcella Hazen's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. Easy, quick, delicious, and only four ingredients. Who needs jarred sauce when you can have a sauce this delicious? 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Funtastic Friday #317

Valentine Vignette and Recycled Heart Box, No-Bake Heart Rice Krispy Treats, Framed Vintage Valentines, a Mid Century Modern Dresser Make Over, A Wedding Soiree Blog, and Nutella Filled Sugar Cookies are this week's featured posts!

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Encouraging Hearts and Home 01.28.2021

The ThirtySix in Leather, How to Make a Teapot Cozy, Hearty Minestrone Soup, and Tricks and Tips for Getting Artwork on Your Walls are this week's featured posts!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Simple, Sweet and Sour, Salad Dressing

Quick and so easy to put together, Simple Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing is one delicious salad dressing! Simple ingredients come together to create a dressing that is exactly as the name implies, simple, sweet, and sour...

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread, whole grain and no refined sugar

Carrot Raisin Banana Bread is a delicious whole-wheat quick bread with no refined sugar. Made with whole food ingredients, it is also 100% delicious! Which is the most important part, because if it doesn't taste good, no one will eat it...

Monday, January 25, 2021

Crunchy Tangy Jicama Waldorf Salad

Are you looking for a new salad to enjoy and offer another delicious way to get more vegetables into your meal plans? If so, give this Crunchy Tangy Jicama Waldorf Salad a try! Only six ingredients and about 5 minutes time, and you will have a crunchy tasty salad to enjoy!
Friday, January 22, 2021

White Bean Soup, with Cilantro Broth

Easy, delicious White Bean Soup with Cilantro Broth is perfect to enjoy just about anytime, but especially when you desire something fresh, frugal, and full of vegetables! With already cooked beans on hand, this easy delicious full meal soup comes together quickly!

White Bean Soup with Cilantro Broth.