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Go-To Recipe: Refried Beans

Go-To Recipe: Refried Beans

Dad Cooks Dinner is a great resource for simple, delicious, meals and this refried beans recipe is no exception.  I love that it uses my pressure cooker because I never remember to soak beans. I cook a pound of beans and freeze the extras.  We like to eat refried beans...

Bruce the Yellow Lab Puppy: 10 Weeks

Bruce the Yellow Lab Puppy: 10 Weeks

Thankfully the point of this series is to chart growth, not to demonstrate how well Bruce can sit.  He’s in the chair, he’s with the sock monkey, so we can consider this week a success.

More Funny Antique Baby Pictures

More Funny Antique Baby Pictures

Text message from my friend Liz this morning: This made me thing of you and your collection of awkward baby pictures collection:) http://9gag.com/gag/aOqmWmr?ref=mobile It’s true, I love awkward antique baby pictures.  I’ve recently added to my collection: With digital cameras people just delete the bad pictures!  That is why I...

Go-To Recipe: Pizza Crust

Go-To Recipe: Pizza Crust

Spencer and I have managed to avoid our Happy Joe’s habit since I found this pizza crust recipe from MomAdvice.  It uses baking soda to make a light, fluffy crust like our favorite pizza restaurant.  It is also quick to get together unlike other yeast breads. This recipe makes a...

Pickled Beets and Slow-Cooker Steamed Greens

Pickled Beets and Slow-Cooker Steamed Greens

Two weeks I picked a few of my favorite beets for the county fair.  They were the perfect size for showing- about 1 1/2″ in diameter or the size of a ping-pong ball.  I let them grow a little bigger and picked the rest today. My parents never had to...

Project Write-up: Simple Cotton Cafe Curtains

Project Write-up: Simple Cotton Cafe Curtains

GoalsAfter three months in our new home with quilts for curtains, it was high time to get crafty.  I like the look of half-cafe curtains and the kitchen windows are at the perfect height for them.  We can enjoy privacy and natural light at the same time. My new curtains...

Bruce the Yellow Lab Puppy: Nine Weeks

Bruce the Yellow Lab Puppy: Nine Weeks

 Bruce is 9 weeks old! At his appointment today the vet confirmed our suspicions: He is going to be a big guy (30 lbs already), he is very feisty, and that we will have to work very hard to train him.  As Dr. Sprank said, labs can either be couch...

Meet Baby Bruce!

Meet Baby Bruce!

We’ve been driving everyone we love crazy for last two years, hemming and hawing over whether to add to our furry brood.  Yesterday we finally jumped in! This is little baby Bruce.  He is a 7-week-old yellow labrador retriever.  I say “yellow” but he’s actually Tony’s color.  Tony started out...