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How to Make Grape Jelly out of Grape Juice

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  My mom grows concord grapes in her backyard. Growing up we would juice them together each year. She would then make a few dozen batches of delicious grape jelly from her homemade grape juice (post here). This is my favorite jelly! It is so flavorful, sweet, and delicious! It is easy and quick to make especially considering

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

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My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

Zucchini Cinnamon Sugar Bread Recipe

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My good friend called me and said that she had a giant zucchini from her garden that I could have. I was so excited and grateful as I love garden zucchini. I drove over and sure enough it was over a foot and a half long! So, I got out my mom’s moist and delicious Zucchini Cinnamon Sugar

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipes

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My son responds really well to Desitin for his diaper rashes. My daughter does not. It’s been a struggle finding something that works for her as well as Desitin works for my son. Through this experience, I’ve learned that little ones respond differently to diaper rash creams. They are not a “one works for all” type

Frodo Halloween Costume for a Toddler

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I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. So, I am having my son (who looks kind of like Frodo) dress up like him for Halloween. My daughter was a Baby Girl Hobbit (photos here) and their friend Asher was Samwise Gamgee (post coming in the next day or two). Overall the costume

11 Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

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I love great homemade costumes. It is even funner to see handmade costumes for couples. I hope you enjoy these 11 as well… 1. Bob Ross and Happy Tree – The best part is the costumes are pretty dang easy to make. 2. DIY Minnie and Mickey Mouse – A classic! 3. American Gothic – Re-create the famous

23 Genius Family Costume Themes

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Halloween costumes are one of my all-time favorite things to see and make! Here are 23 genius family costume themes—impressively, many are homemade. Enjoy!! Napoleon Dynamite– One of the funniest movies brought to life. It really makes me so happy seeing these costumes! 2.   Angry Birds Costumes – These costumes turned out great. 3.  Monster Family

19 Fun Homemade Halloween Costumes for Ages 2-5

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If you caught my Halloween costume post for babies and toddlers that I published a few days ago, you know how much I love making homemade Halloween costumes. I’ve rounded up some great ones that are not only darling, creative, and cute but are also inexpensive (and a few of them quite easy). Enjoy! 1. DIY

19 Darling Homemade Baby/Toddler Halloween Costumes

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I love dressing my kids up for Halloween. It is so much fun for me. I admit that I begin thinking about ideas of what they should be months before Halloween. I also love Trick-or-Treating and seeing the creativity of other parents and kids. This next week or two on my blog I’m having a

Baby Apple Blueberry Puree Recipe

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I really do love the convenience of pre-made baby food because I’m usually very busy. That said, if I can make a large batch easily, I like to make my baby’s food because it is more affordable and often more nutritious and fresh. For this dynamite combo (apple blueberry puree), I was able to make it in a

17 Darling, Practical, & Custom Handmade Baby Gifts

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There are so many fun ways to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby. Making custom gifts is one of them. Here are 17 great homemade baby items/gifts to show your excitement for a new baby. Further, many of these are less expensive than buying store bought presents (which saves you money). I know quite a

Simple Homemade Buttermilk Syrup Recipe

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While I was on my mission in Hamburg Germany I had breakfast a few times in the Mission President’s home. His wife made the most incredible Buttermilk Syrup. It was truly so amazing that here 10 years later I still remember how good it was! She gave me the recipe. Unwittingly, I wrote the ingredients

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing or Dip

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When I started cooking and especially when I worked in fine dinning restaurants I found that things taste better (for the most part) when made from scratch. Fine dinning chefs (the good ones) make even staple products like ranch from scratch. Sometimes it can be a bit intimidating for me to make a food from

No Bake Homemade Banana Cream Pie

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This banana cream pie is super easy, convenient, and delicious! I make it for family gatherings and special occasions (like my son’s birthday). Everyone loves it. First, make the crust (instructions below). Just a tip: if you don’t have a blender, or if you didn’t buy the crumbs pre-crushed at the store. break the graham

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