Planting Trees for Earth Day

Planting Trees for Earth Day

If you make a small donation to the Arbor Day Foundation, they send you 12 tiny trees and bushes - all carefully chosen for your area - to plant and also plant an equal number in a place that's lost trees to wildfires or similar disasters. Last year, I made my donation, and the trees arrived this spring - at the right time for planting. This is a really cheap way to get some … [Read more...]

Salmon cake (or burger) family recipe

Family recipe for salmon cakes (or burgers)

This is a really simple recipe for salmon cakes that my family makes. It's very quick to make, maybe 15 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cook time. While the salmon cakes are cooking, you can cook some quick side dishes, and you've got a quick, easy meal that's filling. You could dress these up anyway you like. We've always eaten them with applesauce, which goes surprisingly … [Read more...]

How to make homemade butter mint candies

How to make Buttermint Candies

Butter mints are those little guys you used to find in a bowl by the cash register at restaurants. They were soft enough to melt in your mouth, and they tasted like buttercream with mint flavor. They're pretty rare these days, now that everything has to be wrapped individually lest someone catch a germ. But they're delicious, and wonderful to serve to guests at a party, … [Read more...]

Get every last bit of lotion with a lotion coupler

Get every last bit of lotion with a lotion coupler

Sometimes as you get toward the end of a lotion bottle, you realize there's an annoying amount of product that the pump can't reach. The traditional way to deal with that is to turn your old bottle of lotion upside down and try to pour the remaining product into a new bottle. But with thicker lotions, this can be tough - sometimes it just won't flow, and it often tends to go … [Read more...]

Get a font made from your own handwriting

Get a font made from your own handwriting

There's nothing more personal than a handwritten letter, but few of us can find the time to write these days - especially if you can type quickly. So what's the second most personal touch you could put on your correspondence? A font in your own handwriting. It's also perfect for digital scrapbooking, so you have the look of  your own handwriting on the digital … [Read more...]