Photo Canvas

I like canvases and photos. I love to have photos on my walls at home, but I tend to move a lot so it’s convenient to have photos in frames on canvases so they are easy to transport and decorate a new space.

I ordered pictures a few weeks ago and just decided to Mod Podge them to a canvas. First I painted the canvas purple, just so the background would not be white in case there were any blank spots.

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Spam McMuffin with Fruit & Granola Yogurt Parfaits

This was one of the first things Jon made for me when we were dating and let me tell you  I was not so sure while he was making it as I had never eaten Spam before. But after my fist bite I was hooked and now it’s one of our family’s favorite breakfast.

Spam McMuffin with Fruit & Granola Yogurt Parfaits

Spam McMuffin

Prep Time: 5 minutes   •   Cook Time: 10-15 minutes   •   Servings: 5

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Frugally Organize Your Workspace

It seems no matter how hard you try, drawers and desks always get messy. You have pens, highlighters, post-it notes, notepads, rules, scissors and paperclips just floating around on your desk or in your drawers with no real home for them. Now, you may be like me and walk by the organization section at your favorite store and go “That might work, but maybe if it had ___” or “if it didn’t have ___ it would be perfect.” I can never find an organizer that has exactly what I need and at the right size or price. So, my solution was to make my own organizers using only items around the house (or office).

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Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Every Saturday morning my daughter and I watch the Food Network and our favorite show happens to be Pioneer Woman. Well, on one of her shows she made BBQ Chicken Thighs in the oven. So when I asked Tasha what she wanted for dinner on Sunday, her response was Pioneer Woman BBQ Chicken. So not having chicken thighs in the freezer I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts with Rice-a-Roni and veggies

Prep Time: 10 minutes   •   Cook Time: 40 minutes   •   Servings: 8

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Fall Fashion Ideas

Its no secret that I’m super frugal when it comes to fashion, so lately I’ve been on a mission to incorporate the new beautiful fall colors & trends into my existing wardrobe without having to spend a dime.
One quick & easy way was to hit that box of nail polish I’ve been adding to over the years.
I also checked Pinterest first for some inspiration and found this cute idea:
Here’s my version:

Fall Candle Holder

With pumpkin spice scented everything slowly taking over the shelves, school being back in session, football starting and the weather starting to cool down, I felt it was appropriate to start with a fall inspired craft.

After searching on Pinterest for several ideas, some duable and some a little extreme. I am definitely a simple crafter and I don’t often try many crazy ideas.

I was inspired by this.

Looks pretty simple, get a jar and use Mod Podge to stick the leaves on it. This will maybe take an hour. After a quick trip to the craft store and I was ready.

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3 meats, 7 meals: The recipes

In the Fall issue of in, Larisa Severson, a member of the in consulting committee, shared with readers how she likes to work on Sundays to prepare the bulk of the meals she will feed her family throughout the forthcoming week.

We published much of that information in this Fall issue, but we couldn’t include all of it. Below, you will find the full grocery list and the complete recipes.

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Color Dash

I covered the Blackduck Backwoods Bash in August and it hosted a Color Dash for the first time ever. The event was super fun to shoot and to cover for the paper. I have so many awesome extra photos that I wasn’t able to run in the paper, including these gems.
When the Dash was over, each color station had leftover confection paint. So they came and dumped it on the kids that were playing and they absolutely loved it. (Maybe a little bit too much.) :)
Did you attend the Blackduck Backwoods Bash and/or run in the color dash?