{berries for jam}

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One of our family's most-loved books is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen.     It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, after reading this book, what do we want to make?  Jam, of course! Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh-so yummy.  In less than an hour you can have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an … [Continue reading...]



I've resisted Pinterest.  Until now.  At first it was just one more thing to keep me on the computer, but from a purely organizational standpoint, it is fabulous, and I finally gave in. See a project you really want to do?  Love a kitchen that you see? Find gift ideas you want to remember?  Instead of bookmarking a link, you "pin" the picture (and link) to one of any boards, or categories you've set up.  I {LOVE} it. It even rivals pages torn from magazines and placed in a binder--which I still do and love--but it's just one more way to have everything in front of your eyes, nice and neat.-  Many times I've bookmarked different things, and than I've totally … [Continue reading...]

{sNeak pEEk}


After the tremendous devastation in Japan, I really felt like I wanted to help in some way, but I wasn't quite sure how to do it.  So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance.And guess what, so can YOU!The ladies over at How Does She? had a wonderful idea, then teamed up with the American Red Cross to make it a reality. The talented Heather from Chickabug did all the design work, and all of them volunteered 100% of their time. What is it you ask?50+ Bloggers’ All time FAVORITE recipes combined into a BEAUTIFUL recipe e-book! I am feeling so lucky and honored to be a part of the book, and I shared one of my most favorite recipes ever!!!100% of the proceeds from the sale of … [Continue reading...]

{a place for everything} portable toy baskets

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We have a perfectly good basement playroom. The only problem?  I'm not always down there. If you have little ones, you can probably relate to the fact that they want to be where you are, and that usually means they bring all their stuff with them.  Toys get dragged from the basement to the main floor up to a bedroom, then back down again, with the end result being toys scattered everywhere (and no one wanting to pick them up). My darling friend Emily gave me the greatest idea--she bought a cleaning caddy for her little boy, and he could carry around his toys in it as he went from room to room.  With a handle that's easy to hold, it's a brilliant idea to keep toys together, and then … [Continue reading...]

{love at home} subway art


 UPDATE!!!!I've had problems with the site I was using to download these from.  If you would like one, please e-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com, and I'll happily send you the file you want.  Thank you! .....I was playing around in Photoshop last night (at 1am--couldn't sleep), and decided to try my hand at subway art.  Can you believe I've never done anything with it before? I'm not sure why, but I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with.  I think I might be hooked.  :).....These files were created as 16x20 images, but you can easily print them in 11x14 or 8x10. .....P.S.  If you really want a different color than I have here, … [Continue reading...]

{free slurpee day!}


Is it as hot at your house as it is at mine? Well, it's your lucky day, thanks to 7-11!  Today marks the day of their 84th birthday, and they are celebrating by giving away free 7.11 ounce Slurpees.I know where we're going tonight!  Perfect for a Family Night treat! … [Continue reading...]