The Best Knife Ever!

Tomato Knife

A couple of years ago my mom offered me a tomato knife that her TOPS group was selling.  I declined and suggested she give it to my daughter-in-law.  My daughter-in-law gladly accepted the knife and all was forgotten -until David and I moved in with my son and daughter-in-law for three months while we were looking for another house (Our house sold and it took us longer than we expected to find … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Re-Do: Why We Did What We Did

Master Bedroom Remodel

Last week I mentioned that I was going to share why we made some of the decisions we did when we remodeled the master bathroom. So here we go. We changed the door so it opened toward the tub instead of toward the toilet.  I preferred having the door open toward the toilet, but in order to have a shower (previously just a bathtub), we had to move the light switch to the toilet wall. You know – … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 165) & Cooking Tips, Too

place setting

I learned a lot while I was making dinner this week.  I learned how to make chicken stock.  Believe it or not, I’ve never made it before.  I learned that Brussels sprouts can be bitter.  I learned how to make homemade Rotisserie chicken.  It wasn’t cheaper but it was probably better for us.  I realized I don’t really love pork chops.  And finally, I was reminded that bacon makes everything better … [Read more...]

The Three Levels of Mopping

Levels of Mopping

Mopping isn’t something I love to do but it’s something that needs done regularly – especially in my house where I have young grandchildren, a black lab and a couple of high traffic areas that are always dirty! I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to mopping – I have a three-size-approach, depending on the situation. Touch-Up Mopping. When I’m on my game, I touch-up mop the kitchen … [Read more...]

Planner Use: It’s Okay to Break the Rules

planner rules

There’s no handbook on the right or wrong way to use a planner.  There are a few good books about time management that discuss planner use, but it’s mostly all about experimentation and making it work for you. That means – there are NO rules!   You can do whatever works for you and nobody can tell you you’re doing it wrong.  That being said, here are a few things I do that could be considered … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Remodel – Almost Done!

Master Bedroom Remodel

The master bathroom remodel is almost done.  All that’s left is a hand towel bar and a threshold.  Oh, and some organizing and cleaning.  I’ll do that this week. In the meantime, here’s how it’s looking: Vanity Medicine Cabinet This medicine cabinet is GIGANTIC!  Seriously, I put SO much stuff in there.  The shelves are a little deeper than your average medicine cabinet which … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 164) & Cooking Tips, Too


It was a pretty normal week for cooking.  Nothing exciting, but several new recipes that were all keepers. Monday Jack’s Pepperoni Pizza for me Homemade GF Pizza for David Notes:  I discovered Udi pre-made GF pizza crusts in the frozen section of Wal-mart and they’ve been working well for homemade pizza for David.  You just pull one out of the freezer (they come in packages of two), put on … [Read more...]