Category: Ideas

Coming up with ideas is the easy part for me, making them work is another thing. So when I do come up with something that works well, I’ll post it here. I’m also including a few experiences with some of my not-so-stellar plans.

Quick Candy Nests

A simple twist to your basic marshmallow crispie treats will have the kids chirping in a matter of minutes. Perfect for spring or easter treats. They’re even made with whole grains (and some fat and sugar ;-)).

Try this at home!

Remember the ‘stained glass‘ project? I just thought you might like an update from someone who decided to use this technique in her apartment. Only Eva has a way of taking a pretty good idea and making it much cooler. Have a look.

First Aid for Icy Hot Burn

Immediate relief for Icy Hot burns or chemical burns from other Methyl Salicylate ointments such as Bengay, Bayer Muscle Joint Cream, ArthriCare Ultra Cream, and Tiger Balm:

To cool the burn, carefully wipe off excess cream with a kleenex, apply olive oil with a cotton ball, wipe off with another kleenex, and THEN wash off with water. This stops the burn within minutes. I am not a doctor, just a mom who prayed for help and is sharing the answer she got, because it really works. Let me know if it works for you too.

*IMPORTANT* IcyHot now makes a “no mess” roll on formula which leaves a film over the the active ingredients (I guess to keep it from getting on your clothes? ) If you’re burning with this formula or any other brand like it, you WILL need to wash off the film first with soap and water, and then use the olive oil trick to stop the burn. (Update: that isn’t completely stopping the burn for some people, though most say it helped somewhat. Avoid the roll-on stuff!)

A Christmas Carol

Those of you who know me know I love to sing at Christmas, but not everyone knows why. As a kid I could relate well to the Little Drummer Boy. Our neighborhood had a tradition of giving each other gifts as Christmas approached. And I remember several years where some unknown neighbors sent all sorts of goodies – oranges, turkey, clothes, and even toys for the youngest children. Being large family on an educators income, we didn’t have much to give back. But we could sing together, so sing we did, to as many neighbors as we could reach every year.

“Kool” colors for icing

From your favorite cake-decorating fanatic (at least fanatic for being as crappy as I am with an icing-bag): here’s a great trick for your next batch of frosting.

Caterpillar Cake & the Buggy Birthday Party

Our first ever “friends” birthday party was buggy in more than one way. Some things certainly didn’t turn out as planned, but I’ll share my experience anyway. And the caterpillar cake was adorable.

How to Crumble Cheddar

I thought everyone knew how to do this. I was wrong, so I’ll post it. Why would you pay premium price for a bag of cheese crumbles, or bother with the shredder ever again?

How (not) to save a drowning cell phone

Last night I was cleaning the bathroom when my Dad called. Just as I was able to explain that I couldn’t talk at the moment and would call back, the phone fell out from under my neck and into the toilet full of chemicals and whatever the chemicals were trying to remove. Yuck!

The odd thing was, it still worked. My first thoughts were that the chemicals would melt the thing, not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t want my mouth or ear anywhere near something that had fallen in the toilet, so I shut it off and rinsed it thoroughly. Then I ran downstairs to find information on what to do next.

Teach your children to read

People ask me how my kids learned to read before starting school. The answer is of course that I read to them and with them every day (And let them play Game Cube!). Here are some tips and a few great resources.

Black & White Colorized Effect

It’s doubly or maybe even triply retro, and everyone’s asking me how it’s done. So at long last, here’s how to apply that “hand-colored” look to your digital or scanned photos.

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

*note* – This tutorial requires Photoshop. You could try to adapt the steps to Paint Shop Pro or the Gimp with plugins.


I made this recipe up for the Pillsbury Bakeoff.  I didn’t win anything, but they ARE good.    You can add chopped Jalapeno too, if you like it spicier. 1 8oz package softened Neufchatel or cream […]