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 […]

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 […]

Please read! Changing feed and email subscriptions

For the past few years, SnappyLiving has been using a paid service to deliver RSS feeds and email subscriptions. With more and more people choosing to follow the site through Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, it doesn’t really make business sense to keep paying for that service. I’m changing over to a free system. If you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get a great workout without going to a gym

Get a great workout without going to a gym

You don’t need a gym to get in shape or stay that way, and there are a couple of advantages to going gym-free. First, you save the cost of your membership and any special training or classes you pay for, plus any associated costs like buying nice exercise clothes or tending to buy convenience foods […]

How to clean sponges

How to clean sponges

Sponges can get really gross really quickly. That’s the short, sweet way of telling you something you already know. There’s also a longer way of saying it, which is that bacteria just love little damp cavities to grow in, and sponges are full of that. That’s why they’re so good at cleaning up other things. […]

Free knitting pattern resources

Free Knitting Pattern Resources

I put together this link collection because when you search for “free knitting patterns” in search engines, you come up with a lot of sites that just lead to other sites, force you to register to get any of the patterns, etc. And sometimes, even if you do register, the sites are so badly organized […]

40+ homemade salad dressing recipes

40+ homemade salad dressing recipes

Making your own salad dressings is more than just a money saver. It lets you control exactly what’s in the dressing – no mystery chemicals or preservatives! You can go all organic. You can tweak the flavor so it’s exactly how you like it. You can make it fresh every single time, or close to […]

Infused water recipes – refreshing non-alcoholic summer drinks

Infused water recipes – refreshing non-alcoholic summer drinks

Spanish cuisine brought us aguas frescas, water infused with fruit juices or juices from veggies like cucumber. They have a very light, refreshing flavor that’s definitely not just water, but they’re much lighter than a smoothie or even a soda. While many recipes load them up with refined sugar, making them not much of an […]

Fixing smelly garbage disposals

How to fix smelly garbage disposals

Garbage disposals are awesome things. In theory, they prevent odor from decaying food because they chop it all up to the point that it can safely go down the drain. But once in a while, they smell. There are several reasons for this, and plenty of easy solutions. I’ve focused on ones that don’t involve […]

Chicken Noodle Soup the Quick ‘N’ Easy Way

Mom's Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup that my mother created. It has a really fresh, savory, home-cooked taste, and the total time to make it is only half an hour – a prep time of 10 minutes and a cook time of less than 20. It’s almost as quick as a can […]

Superbowl Snacks, tons of ’em!

Superbowl Snacks, tons of 'em!

‘Tis the season for Superbowl parties! Whether you’re watching the game with friends or enjoying it all by yourself, it’s a tradition to have some great munchies on hand. We’ve compiled a list of snacks that are ideal to chomp on while you’re watching the Superbowl. We’re starting the list with a few dips and […]