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How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar.  This inexpensive cleaner works well to remove dirt and odors from your floor.  Learn the best way to mop your hardwood floors so you don't damage them. When we moved to the farmhouse, I was thrilled that I would finally get hardwood floors.  The dining room and living both have hardwood floors, and the kitchen is a wood looking laminate. Hardwood floors are easier to keep clean than carpet, at least I think so anyway.  We aren't supposed to wear shoes in the house, but I have caught a kid—or husband—walking across the dining room and into the kitchen to grab just one thing more than a few times. We have a farm.  We have dogs and cats.  I do not even want to think about what they track in on their shoes. With hardwood floors, I can mop them with hot water and remove dirt and kill germs in less than an hour.  With carpet, you can only scrub it a few times a year and then you have to wait hours for it to dry. When we moved,

31 Dog Treat Recipes

Spoil your pup with these 31 dog treat recipes.  These recipes are simple to make, and your dog will love them more than store bought treats. When Nacho went grain free a while ago, I was shocked at the price of food and treats.  He really loves his sweet potato and salmon dog food, but he doesn't care much for the grain free dog treats. I've always made him different dog treat recipes off and on since he was a puppy.  He really prefers homemade to what I get at the store. He's not too crazy about store bought grain free treats, and my other dog won't even eat the ones I've bought. So now I make my own dog treat recipes.  The boys love them.  They run to the kitchen in hopes of getting a good boy snack as we call them. Not all of these dog treat recipes are grain free.  I've found that I can use coconut flour for most recipes to make them grain free. Actually, it's worked in every recipe that I've tried and the dogs love them.  But I have

How to Make Your House Smell Good

How to make your house smell good all the time with these fresh smelling home tips. One thing that I can't stand is when my house doesn't smell good.  I have three kids, two dogs, and two cats.  I have two teenage boys sharing a bedroom.  Trust me.  There are smells. I also have my ADHD kiddo in charge of trash and recycling.  Perhaps that wasn't the best choice, but it's his daily chore for now. My princess cat, Chloe, is picky about her litter box.  She won't share with her sister, so she has to have her own in a different location.  So I'm dealing with two litter boxes. Then I have the dog and his huge bed that wouldn't fit in my washer even if I wanted it to. Did I mention that my son has in home therapy three or four days a week, so I constantly have therapists in and out of my house? I have a pretty good sniffer, but I'm super paranoid about smells.  Here's how to make your house smell good all the time and some fresh smelling

What Foods Can Be Frozen? This Might Surprise You!

Do you know what foods can be frozen?  It might surprise you!  I use my stand up freezer to save both time and money, and here's how you can too. When we got married, my husband already had a stand up freezer.  Even though it was just us and then our oldest for the first five years, the freezer was invaluable. It eventually died, and we went without one for a while.  It stunk.  By then, I had three little ones and only the freezer in my fridge. My dad gifted us a stand up freezer one year for Christmas.  It was a huge blessing for us.  I was able to stock up on food when it was on sale to save money.  I could also make freezer meals so I could save a lot of time. Even though my parents had a freezer when I was growing up that was always full of food, I didn't know what foods can be frozen. Freezing foods save a lot of time and money, so here are some tips for knowing what foods can be frozen and how to use your freezer effectively. What Foods Can Be Frozen? B

Easy Pumpkin Butter Recipe and Uses

This easy pumpkin butter recipe is made with fresh or canned pumpkin puree.  You can make it in under an hour on the stove or in a slow cooker. The first year we had a big garden, we planted both carving pumpkins and pie pumpkins.  Making pumpkin puree is truly a labor of love. It can take hours to make, and you don't get that much from each pumpkin.  I only make pumpkin puree every other year because it takes so long. Since you can't can pumpkin puree, I freeze it to use in recipes like this easy pumpkin butter recipe.  I've used for pumpkin pies and other desserts.  It has a brighter orange color and a slightly different flavor. You can use homemade pumpkin puree in this recipe, or you can use canned pumpkin.  Both work well. This easy pumpkin butter can be made on the stove in under and hour or in a slow cooker in about 5 hours.  The slow cooker version is thicker and I think melds the flavors better, but the stove top version is still very yummy.

Easy Hot Apple Cider Recipe Crock Pot or Stove

This easy hot apple cider recipe can be made on the stove or in a Crock Pot or slow cooker.  It's easy to make and perfect for a crowd. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of the pumpkin spice latte, but I'm over here wondering if it's too early to have an easy hot apple cider. I love me a good PSL just as much as the next basic girl, but I prefer a spiced apple cider drink.  We have a lot of bonfires on cool autumn evenings, and there's just something about sitting around the fire in a hoodie sipping on a warm cider drink. This recipe is easy to scale up, so you can make it for a crowd or just for yourself.  Store leftovers in the fridge to enjoy for a few days. I love using my slow cooker, so I use that if I'm making this for a crowd.  You can also use the stove if you're in a hurry. The nice thing about the slow cooker is that you can start this hours before you want it.  If you're in party prep mode, that's a big time saver as it get

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe

This pumpkin yeast bread recipe makes a wonderful loaf that's perfect for eating plan or with sandwiches.   I love a good pumpkin quick bread because it's yummy and, well, quick.  But there's just something about a pumpkin yeast bread. This light and fluffy bread is like it's cousin the quick bread with real pumpkin puree and similar spices, but it's firmer and perfect for making toast or sandwiches. When I saw this recipe for the first time, I wasn't too keen on trying it.  But then I thought about how yummy cinnamon bread is and decided it was worth a try. This bread tastes just like fall.  It's full of savory pumpkin flavor the complements other flavors like turkey and ham. It's pretty quick to whip up, too.  Make an extra loaf to freeze for your Thanksgiving leftovers. PUMPKIN YEAST BREAD RECIPE Pumpkin yeast bread is pretty similar to regular sandwich bread.  Substitute the water in the recipe for pumpkin puree, and you've got