March, 2011

Marshmallow Fondant and Decorating Glaze

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2011 | 16 comments

Yesterday, I posted the recipe for these delicious sugar cookies…….. And today, as promised, I have the recipe for the Marshmallow Fondant Frosting and the Decorating Glaze. What is Fondant Frosting? Fondant frosting is the very smooth frosting {icing} you often see on wedding cakes. Fondant frosting is often rolled out just like cookie dough, and then cut to fit the shape of the cookie or cake. {I use the same cookie cutters for the cookie and the fondant} Fondant frosting […]

Free Printable Password Worksheet

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2011 | 47 comments

Do you have Too Many Passwords?? Over that past few months, I’ve been asked numerous times if I could create a simple way to track and organize all the passwords, usernames, account numbers, and other information that is SO easy to forget. Well, since “simple” is my specialty — I quickly whipped one up! Actually, I already had a really cool spreadsheet that Dave and I have been using for the past several years. It helps us to organize all […]

Fun Basketball Sugar Cookies

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2011 | 15 comments

Aren’t these cookies adorable? Believe it or not, I actually made them…from scratch…all by myself! It took a bit of time, but it’s the ONE thing I do every year for Dave’s basketball team {he’s a coach at his high school} His team was 18 and 1 — a great season. But now that the season is officially over, we celebrated with a team party last week.  All the parents bring food {yay for a night without cooking} and I […]

Make Your Own T-shirt Bag!

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2011 | 7 comments

I’m always looking for ways to reuse old T-shirts — because we have SOOOOO many of them! I swear, we get a new T-shirt every other week, but they’re all free from sports camps, church groups, random organizations, school, etc. And I hate to just throw a perfectly good T-shirt away! So, I started making lots of multi-colored rags. But honestly, how many rags do I need? Then, I set some T-shirts aside for a T-shirt quilt {that I still […]

10 Reasons People Don’t Use Budgets

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2011 | 16 comments

A few reasons why people hate budgets; and what you can do to set up your own budget and get started down the road to financial success.

Easy Vegetable Bake

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2011 | 15 comments

Do your kids eat their vegetables?? Do you? What if I told you I had a recipe that might just get everyone to eat their veggies? A few weeks ago, I had a bunch of friends over to see our new house and eat delicious food. All the recipes turned out great {at least that’s what my friends said} but the over-all favorite was this Easy Vegetable Bake. I actually added a bunch of chicken to it for my party — but […]

The Difference Between Ingredients

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2011 | 4 comments

Have you ever been in the middle of baking or cooking and realized you were out of one of the ingredients you need? I’ve had this many times, and I often just go ahead and substitute another “similar” ingredient. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t! So instead of wondering all the time, I went ahead and did a little research on the difference between similar ingredients. I was pretty surprised with what I found. The difference between powdered and superfine sugar. […]

Simple, Delicious Homemade Bread

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2011 | 42 comments

I bet you never thought the words “simple” and “homemade bread” would go together in the same sentence. I didn’t think so either, until now… For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making ALL our bread and rolls — from scratch. This was something I always wanted to do, but never thought I would have the time to actually do it. I’m mean, who has hours and hours to mix bread dough, let it rise, bake it, and then clean […]

Quick Tip to Save Time While Decluttering

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2011 | 10 comments

Have you ever started to clean, organize, and declutter an area of your home, only to realize there were a bunch of things that needed to be brought to the basement, the garage, the trash, or another room? ….so you bring those items to the other room, and realize THAT room could use a little organization… …so you start organizing that room, only to realize {once again} there are a bunch of items that need to be returned to their […]

I’m Cleaning Out My Cleaning Supplies!

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2011 | 47 comments

If you’ve been following along for the past couple months, you know that I have experimented with a few different types of natural cleaning and beauty products. And since it’s official spring cleaning season, I thought it might be nice to compile all these posts into one location so you can see what I’ve been up to. So far, I’ve tried: 1. Homemade window/glass cleaner 2. Homemade face-wash 3. Homemade fabric softener / static cling remover 4. Homemade drain cleaner 5. […]

How to Peel Difficult Fruit

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2011 | 5 comments

Have you ever tried peeling an orange but the skin didn’t come off as well as you planned? That’s because cutting fruit is one thing — peeling is another. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to get to the “meat”, but knowing a few tricks of the trade can make life a lot easier. First, before trying to peel anything it’s a good idea to wash the fruit since small insects, pesticides, dirt, or other residue may be on the […]

10 Things I’m Willing to Splurge On

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2011 | 24 comments

It’s true, I’m one of the most frugal people I know — in a good way! Fortunately, Dave is totally “on board” with my scrimping and saving mentality because by not spending money on some things, we are able to save up for other more important things. Now obviously “the important things” are different for every person and family, but I’m convinced that even if you’re serious about saving money, there are probably still a few things you are just willing to […]

Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2011 | 52 comments

It’s almost Spring, which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning — and that involves cleaning the windows! I’m actually not even dreading this task now that we have new windows that conveniently pop out for easy cleaning.  However I did want to try to find a more natural — or homemade window-cleaning solution this year. I was told to try vinegar and water, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied — it was too streaky. So I did some more research and found about 48 […]

Strawberry Shortcake Cups – Think Spring!

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2011 | 5 comments

The weather here in West Michigan has been in the 50’s and sunny — spring is almost here! Yes, I know this warm weather won’t last, but I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity for strawberry shortcake. It’s my official “spring-time dessert”… and I just love how simple it is. For the first 24 years of my life, I ONLY ate strawberries with baking-powder biscuits…period. None of that store-bought pound cake, angle food cake, or any other inferior substitutes. It had to be baking-powder […]

Credit Cards — How to Use Them Wisely

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2011 | 19 comments

Do You Use Credit Cards? If you don’t use credit cards — good for you {especially if you have a tendency to over-spend}. I think using cash is a great budgeting tool and one of the best ways to stay in-control of spending. However, if you’re like me and use a credit card for every single thing you buy…then listen up! But before I begin, let me just remind you that I am NOT a trained financial advisor. I’m simply a really […]

Keepsakes and Family Heirlooms

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2011 | 32 comments

Over the past few months, I’ve received several emails asking how I deal with keepsakes, family heirlooms, and emotional clutter. Well, to be perfectly honest — if I don’t want it, I don’t keep it. I’m not emotionally attached to anything so it’s really easy for me to toss {sometimes too easy!}. However, I know most people are not like me, so I thought I’d share a few tips…and a recent experience with one of my clients. Earlier this year, I worked […]

Favorites New 2011 Housewares Products

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2011 | 18 comments

Last week at this time, I was in Chicago for the 2011 Home and Housewares Show. I was there to learn all about the new Hoover products, but I also had plenty of time to brows through the THOUSANDS of other companies and products. There are SO many cool new products hitting the shelves this spring — I can’t wait to try them all out. In the meantime, I’ll just tell you a little bit about my favorites…and let you […]

Daylight Savings – “Add” Hours to Your Day!

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2011 | comment

If only you could add a few more hours to your day — think how much you could accomplish! Unfortunately, many of us will actually LOSE an hour tonight, as we push our clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings. And even though we can’t create more hours, there are a few things we CAN do to better utilize the hours we have. 1. Play to your strengths — If you hate cleaning but love to cook, trade services with a […]