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More Than a Thrift Store

Here's a shout-out to all of Southwest Idaho... Trust me, don't miss the Grand Opening of the new Deseret Industries Store in Nampa, Idaho.  You will swoon when you see this beautiful facility, and want to shop like crazy. It's filled with the most amazing merchandise.  Find out why DI is so much "more than…

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Winter Car Kit

We just returned from a road trip with our kids to Washington for Thanksgiving.  I was extra grateful that the mountain passes were clear and we had an uneventful trip, but that hasn't always been the case.  Several years ago we were traveling home on New Year's Day when a car of coeds pulled into…

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DIY Hummingbird and Oriole Nectar

One of the great joys of summertime is birdwatching.  Sweet bird nectar, if you make it, feathered friends will come, providing wonder in your garden.   5 from 1 reviews DIY Hummingbird and Oriole Nectar   Print If you are a bird-watcher, bring flocks to your garden and save all kinds of money by your…

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Peace, Love & Party Tips!

 Planning a Summer Barbeque Dinner Party?   I'm ready to throw a party.  How about you?  Here are some great tips from the Reluctant Entertainer 1. Get your outdoor entertaining space cleaned and ready for summer. 2. Set the date and time; invite the guests. 3. Plan the menu, choosing recipes that you can make…

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Dishwasher 101

 Wow, I love these tips for stacking things up, Dishwasher 101!  Here's a list from an insightful article, WD's Guide to Dishwashers.  Yes, I have been doing it wrong and learned all kinds of things.  Here's just a small segment on how to save a dollar or two! 6 Ways to Save Money  1. Use…

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Spring Cleaning Closet Checklist

It's time for a Spring Cleaning Closet Checklist, lightening up our closets.  I agonize about what to keep and what needs to go.  Yes, "parting is such sweet sorrow!" I'm working to have my closet look like this.  Like me, do you suffer from "garment  guilt?" Spring Cleaning Closet Checklist Do you recognize any of…

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How to Boil the Perfect Egg Every Time

How to hard-boil eggs. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer.   ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch.   HEAT over high heat just to boiling.   REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.   LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (12 minutes…

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How to Easily Clean Silk Plants

Moving in frigid temps is challenging enough!  I passed along my beloved fern to a special friend who has a green thumb and packed baskets of silk foliage, easy as 1-2-3.  No bugs, soil or watering to contend with.  I love a little green on shelves and in displays.  The only part I dislike, the…

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We're Alison and Renée, and we're so glad you've joined us! Our kitchens are our happy place, where we're whipping up memories. Get comfy and check things out. We hope you find inspiring dishes and ways to better your life. Feeling optimistic, trying new things and sharing with those we love brings joy in all we do. It's time to cook, create and celebrate. CHEERS! Read More…


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