Author: Debra

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11 Inspiring Places to Visit When You Go Camping

Camping season is coming soon, my friends!  Are you starting to think about places to visit this summer?  Well, I put some ideas together for you of beautiful, fascinating places to see that have camping on site or nearby.   I am not recommending any particular campgrounds in this post…I just want to give you ideas of amazing places you could camp near so that you can check them out.  Get your paper and pen and take notes!       11 Inspiring Places to Visit When You Go Camping         Camping Destination Ideas   Yellowstone National...

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How to Get Organized with the Amazon Echo Dot

This posts contains affiliate links that help support this site. Not only is the Amazon echo dot a lot of fun, but did you know it can help you get organized?  The Amazon echo dot has a virtual personality named Alexa.   She can do fun things like tell you jokes, play music, and answer random trivia questions, but she also can really help you get organized and save time!  You can ask her to help you with all sorts of things!  I want to share with you some of my favorite tips for using Alexa and the Amazon Echo Dot...

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How to Make the Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

With so many delicious recipes for Rice Krispie Treats out there, you might wonder what makes this one so “perfect”.  Well, I’ll tell ya.  I have certain standards when it comes to rice krispie treats.   I don’t like them dry and crispy.  I don’t love the flavor of the store bought ones.  I like them to be a little gooey, but not so gooey that you end up with it all over your hands.  I don’t like a lot of extra stuff on them or in them.  This is even one of my Christmas recipes that I use when...

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Bacon, Avocado, and Salsa Cheese Ball Recipe

Oh, my goodness, you guys!  The holidays are creeping up on us!  Are you ready?  I’m not quite, but I am getting there.  The holidays mean having company and company means that we must make amazing recipes to share, right?  Of course it does! In the spirit of yummy food, I created this bacon, avocado, and salsa cheese ball recipe that I know you are going to love!   This recipe is quick and easy to throw together and it has some of my favorite flavors all wrapped up in one delicious cheese ball.  Pair it with some crackers and you’ve...

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How to Save Money on Food

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site. When you go to the store to get your groceries, do you put some planning into it?  Do you know how to save money on food or do you just grab your purse and go?  Did you know that if you take a few minutes and plan your grocery shopping you can save BIG money? Today I’m going to share some tips with you to help you do just that!         How to Save Money on Food               Plan your grocery list...

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How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Sometimes the pumpkins you grow in your garden aren’t big enough to be your Halloween jack-o-lanterns, so what should you do with all of those pumpkins?  Make homemade pumpkin puree!  It’s so easy to do and it can be used to make lots of yummy recipes!   Give me five minutes and let me show you how to do it!  (And stick around — at the end of the post I’ll share a few of my favorite pumpkin puree recipes!)       How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree           When pureeing our homegrown pumpkins, I...

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Santa Cookies and other Christmas Traditions

This post contains ads. Since Christmas traditions are really on my mind now, this past weekend I made these cute Santa Cookies.  They are one of the traditional Christmas recipes his family loves.   You might be thinking, “Christmas traditions?  Already?”  Yes, I know Thanksgiving comes first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, too, but it doesn’t take THAT long to get ready for.   Christmastime is magical and to make it magical takes time and preparation.  I have told you before how I like to make Christmas treats ahead of time and freeze them so that December isn’t so crazy. ...

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My Daughter’s Mission Farewell

I am going to be real here for a minute and tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly of preparing to send your child on a mission. This past week has been full of emotions.  My daughter, Kira, is preparing to depart for the Arizona Tucson LDS mission [for 18 months] on November 8th, so yesterday she gave her farewell remarks at church and then we had a luncheon for her afterwards.  The week was full of stress trying to estimate how many people would be there, how much food to plan for, making the food, and shuttling...

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Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

This post contains ads. This weekend I have been dehydrating apples with cinnamon and sugar.  It is such a yummy and (relatively) healthy snack.  You may have figured out by all of my recent apple recipes that we have lots of apples at our house right now, so we are doing lots of  food preservation!       Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar             Let’s get started!     Cinnamon Sugar Apples Ingredients   Fresh apples Cinnamon and sugar shaker (if you don’t have one you can mix it in a bowl and pinch it...

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Christmas Recipes That Your Sweet Tooth Will Love!

Right around this time of year is when I start making my Christmas treats.  What?  Christmas recipes already?  That’s right.  You heard me.  I start making my Christmas treats in October.   Why?  Well, my personal experience is it gets close to Thanksgiving life gets insanely busy with family get togethers, Christmas shopping, and holiday activities, so why not get them done early???  All that I do is put my Christmas treats in  freezer storage bags, press out the extra air, seal them, and then they are all ready!   I take them out the day before whatever event I...