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How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Good

Learn how to make your bathroom smell good all the time.  No one likes cleaning the bathroom, but these tips will help you keep it smelling fresh all the time. Keeping a clean house is much more than sweeping, mopping and reducing clutter; a clean house has to smell nice, too.  One of the most difficult rooms in the house to clean is probably your bathroom. And of course, it gets even harder to maintain cleanliness in the bathroom with little kids running around.  Moms of boys, you know what I'm talking about, right? I'm really paranoid about my bathroom because we have in home therapists several times a week.  At our old house, I didn't let the kids use the guest bath downstairs.  Now we only have one bathroom, so I can't do that anymore.

Simple Mulled Wine Recipe Slow Cooker

How to make an easy and simple mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker.  Whether you're having a big party or a family get together, this wine is perfect for any holiday party.  Using the slow cooker means you have time for other part preparations while this cooks. The holidays mean alcohol.  Wait, is that just my family?  If your family likes to sip some adult beverages for Thanksgiving or Christmas, try this simple mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker. My slow cooker is my best friend as a busy working mom.  If it weren't for my slow cooker, we probably wouldn't eat most nights.  I love them so much, I have three of them. I like using the slow cooker for the mulled wine because I can make it hours before I need it and not have to worry about it.  I don't have to watch it and make sure the alcohol doesn't burn off because it gets too hot. Wine is almost always appreciated at parties, but this takes it up a notch.  It's a nice twist on a classic drink

How to Make a Mulling Spices Recipe

How to make a mulling spices recipe.  Use this blend of spices to make mulled wine or mulled cider.  You can also simmer these spices to make your home smell wonderful. I have a bucket list of sorts that I'm working on.  These are things that I've wanted to make, either a DIY, craft, or recipe, that just kept getting put off. When I decided to revive this blog, I decided to finally tackle that bucket list.  One of the things on that list was learning how to make a mulling spices recipe. Then I wanted to use the mulling spices to make mulled wine and mulled cider.  This is the first post in a series, and I'll be posting the mulled cider and mulled wine in the coming weeks. How to make a simple mulled wine recipe in a slow cooker. Since it's November now and almost Thanksgiving, I do want to mention that if you're looking for creative gift ideas, a jar of homemade mulling spices makes a great gift, especially for friends who love wine. Mulling spices c

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Whole Berry or Jellied

Put a new twist on this classic with apple cider cranberry sauce.  This easy recipe can be made in about half an hour on the stove top. My oldest son is a very picky eater.  When he was 7 to 10, he ate 7 different foods.  He was even brand specific as far as most foods were concerned. Imagine my surprise when he ate cranberry sauce at a family Thanksgiving dinner.  I couldn't believe it! When a kid is that much of a picky eater, you let them eat new foods, even if they aren't the healthiest. He's 17-years-old now and eats a few more foods, but he's still a picky eater.  Most canned cranberry sauce is made with high fructose corn syrup, which is typically a no-no in my house.  My younger son has hyperactivity problems with HFCS, and it's not very healthy. So I started making my own cranberry sauce.  It's so easy to  make, I'm not sure why I waited to long to make it. Last year, I put a spin on the classic cranberry sauce and made this apple cide

Easy Rice Pudding Recipe With Cooked Rice Stove Top

How to make an easy rice pudding recipe with cooked rice on the stove top.  This dessert is delicious and creamy without using condensed milk.  When I was a kid, my grandmother always took rice pudding to pot lucks.  She usually did that so she could make it the day before and have it ready to go for Saturday afternoon or for Sunday after church. Her rice pudding was so delicious.  She baked it, and I remember it taking quite a while.  She would cook the rice, then make the pudding and bake that for at least half an hour. Sadly, I don't have her recipe.  I tried to find it after she passed, but the recipes were divided.  I'm not sure who got it, so I don't have her exact recipe. I do remember that she would put it in a pan and put that pan inside a pan of water.  It had eggs in it, so it was more of a custard. It was delicious. I have made baked rice puddings, trying to get her recipe or as close to it as a I can.  Usually when I want rice pudding, it's l

How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves (Without a Heat Press)

How to make Dollar Tree personalized elves without a heat press.  These elves make great gifts, or you can add them to your shop to sell. I volunteer at a nonprofit, and being a nonprofit, they always need more money.  Since I have a Silhouette die cutter and a heat press, I make shirts and other things for them to sell. Last spring, I made personalized Easter Bunnies.  This year, I added personalizes elves.  They are quick and easy to make, and they sell really well. I was trying to figure out how to make without completely squishing them in the heat press.  Then I thought...what about a flat iron? A flat iron works great! How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves These make great little crafts to add to your shop or give as small gifts.  They have a great profit margin if you're selling them. I sell them for $7 for the nonprofit, but most people sell them for $6.  Considering the elf only costs $1, that's a decent markup. Dollar Tree Elves I got my el

How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to make perfect rice.  No matter which model you have, you can have perfect rice for a side dish or for dinner in about 30 minutes. I'll admit that I'm not a rice snob.  For years, I made it on the stove top by simmering water and rice for 15 minutes.  It was an easy way to cook it, but the rice was mushy. We were content with our mushy rice mostly because we didn't know any better and partly because I didn't have a rice cooker.  Most people who have a rice cooker love it, but I don't have a big kitchen.  I just can't do one function appliances unless I use it all the time. I got an Instant Pot a few years ago, and I love it.  The first time I tried rice, I knew it was a game changer.  Now it's the only way I make rice. Learn how to cook perfect Instant Pot rice for your dinners. How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice I have the Instant Pot Duo 6 quart model.  The 6 quart is a great size for a family of 5.