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Simply Yummy Cobbler

How can something so decadent be so crazy simple to make?  Looking closely at cobbler and all its fruity, doughy goodness, it's really hard to believe it doesn't take hours to create.  

But, looks are definitely deceiving in this case.  Before we go any further, I must warn you ... this recipe contains good, old fashioned butter.  I'm from the South, did you really expect anything less?  :)

A little twist on traditional peach cobbler is the addition of pears.  This combination was an accidental discovery - when I discovered I didn't have two cans of peaches in the pantry!   

If you're still with me, these are the ingredients:

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter1 can sliced peaches (15 oz.)1 can sliced pears (15 oz.)1 cup self-rising flour1 cup sugar1 cup milk1 tablespoon ground cinnamonVanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt butter (I used salted butter because it's what I had on hand) and pour into a 13" x 9" glass baking dish.

Add 1 can sliced peaches w…

Laundry Room Clothespin Decor

Recently I devoted time to deep clean our laundry room (click HERE to read all about it).  Now with the room shiny and fresh, it was time to add a new touch of bling!

With no spend decor in mind, I "shopped" our home for items on hand.  When I spotted wooden clothespins, I was reminded of all the clothespin repurposing projects and decor that I've seen online over the years.  

The result ... I combined a gold trimmed black picture frame with white mat (glass removed), and three gold spray painted clothespins mounted with hot glue onto black card stock.  

So sorry that I don't have photos of the "how to" to share but honestly this project went very quickly and is so simple!

First, I removed the glass from the picture frame and added a piece of black card stock, attaching it to the back of the white mat with two rows of double-stick tape on each side.

To spray paint the clothespins, I placed them in a cardboard box, sprayed one side and flipped them until all sid…

Organizing Cleaning Supplies

Today I wanted to share a few tips for organizing household cleaning supplies.  I am fortunate to have a closet for cleaning-related supplies and equipment and it's a real luxury to find almost everything I need in one space. 

The closet is just large enough to store our full-size vacuum and floor cleaner, along with stackable drawer units. 

To the left is a wall mounted organizer that holds a broom, feather duster, dust pan, bag of vacuum attachments, flexible static duster, and a manual mop (the kind with reusable, washable cloth mop heads).  Having these items hanging neatly on the wall, rather than leaning in a corner, has been a real time saver.

A key to keeping this closet organized and having items readily accessible is the stacking drawer unit.  There are two of them and each provide two shallow and two deep drawers.  Without them, this area would be a cluttered mess with an "enter at your own risk" sign on the door!

The upper unit contains glass cleaning supplies, …

Laundry Room Clean Day

Everyone enters our home via our garage which takes them through the laundry room.  I jokingly call it our "entry" because I don't recall our front door/foyer ever being used.  

Our laundry room contains our washing machine, dryer and an extra fridge (where we store drinks).  Though the room is small, storage space is very adequate thanks to two sets of upper wall cabinets that are ceiling height.    One set of cabinets is located above the washer and dryer (for storing laundry products, extra light bulbs, etc.) and the other is above the fridge.

Because the space also serves as an entry, I keep the decor simple.  There is limited wall space, so a few small wall art items are all that's needed.  

If you have gas appliances or are unsure how to safely unplug your electric appliances, please consult your utility company before proceeding.

To begin this cleaning project, I unplugged the washing machine and dryer and moved them away from the back wall - sounds difficult bu…

Favorite Cleaning Products - Furniture & Glass

When it comes to cleaning products, I have a few tried-and-true favorites, yet I can't pass up new ones as well.  What is it about the lure of a new scent or formula that makes them irresistible?   Yes, I'm a sucker for the pretty packaging - but, if a product doesn't live up to its claims or, at a minimum, get the job done, it's not a keeper.

Through the years, my favorite products have changed a bit.  At present, following are a few of my favorites for cleaning furniture and glass ....  

PLEASE NOTE:  These recommendations are purely my own - this is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated in any way by the makers of these products.  

Now that that's out of the way, on to the fun stuff ...

Furniture Cleaner
For general cleaning of all furniture types (stained, painted, laminate, natural wood, etc.) my "weapon" of choice is Murphy's Oil Soap.  It's gentle, nonabraisive and has a light, fresh scent.  Just follow the container's directi…

Fun & Glitzy Holiday Pumpkin

Decorating pumpkins is such fun!  They're like round blank canvases ... ready and willing to be painted, covered and embellished in virtually any materials we impose on them.  

Materials used:

(Click on individual items below for additional info)
Large pumpkin PrimerDisposable chip brushStencil - frame designPencil Patterned tissue paper (for center of frame)Black permanent markerSoft artist's paint brushWhite glueGold metallic craft paintTissue paper with shiny gold dots2" Scallop circle paper punch

This beast is huge - at 30# and a diameter of 50", it's a LARGE canvas!   Hubby brought it home to me after a recent trip to Sam's Club.  He jostled it into the house, stating that it just looked like something I should have!   :)

My goal was to create a design that was not occasion specific and would be appropriate to display thru all the Fall/Winter holidays.  

Last year, I painted our Fall pumpkin with black chalkboard paint and it lasted for months and months - th…