Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

The dog days of summer are upon us and we're home with the kids wondering how to keep them busy.  Listening to kids complain about how bored they are, or worse yet seeing them spend half the day playing video games is making me crazy. I know I'm just about ready for school to start again and for football practice to begin.  So I decided it was time for some homemade slime! Kids of all ages love homemade slime, even my grandson's ever complaining friend Chase!  They think that making ...

Baby’s 1st. Birthday – A Baby Luau

These days many people think a "Luau" is one of those must do things when visiting Hawaii.  It has pretty much turned into a commercialized tourist attraction that includes "Hawaiian" food, music, and of course dance, namely the hula. And of course a luau is where one can consume copious amounts of maitais, blue Hawaiis, and other tropical concoctions. All this is fine for the millions of tourists who visit the islands each year.  Of course they should attend a luau at many of the local ...

Easy 4 Ingredient Doggie Biscuits

I love making doggie biscuits for our dog Cannoli.  She's a very spoiled Siberian Husky.  I'm always trying out new recipes. This time I decided to combine her 2 favorite treats, peanut butter and carrots.  I mixed it up with organic flour and rolled oats and came up with a new treat which she just loves. The recipe yielded 12 bone shaped treats and a bowl full of the smaller 1" rounds I'll use as training treats. Here's my new recipe it's ...

Bolzano -Italian Alps or Dolomites? – Winter or Summer?

You might as well admit it.  When you think Italy you probably don't think of tall snow capped mountains, skiing, or other winter sports, right?  Well you should.  Italy has some fine winter resort towns complete with ski runs, awesome mountain views, clear mountain lakes, and fresh Alpine air.  One of those towns is Bolzano, or Bozen in German. Where you may ask is Bolzano.  It's the largest city in northern Italy's province of Sudtirol or South Tryol.  Now is that part of the Italian ...

Easy Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry – Better Than Take-Out!

Beef Broccoli is probably the most ordered type of Chinese food.  I mean who hasn't had beef broccoli? You know that dish with thinly sliced pieces of beef and crunchy broccoli in savory soy sauce, yes that's beef broccoli.  It's such a popular dish that I'm pretty sure all Chinese restaurants in the US and possibly around the world have it on their menus. Beef Broccoli, or as others say Beef with Broccoli, is arguably the most popular stirfry around.  It's the first thing that pops in our ...

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

As you may know by know my youngest daughter will be having her second child this summer and she's kept me busy with all sorts of baby projects.  She's been searching the internet for all sorts of cute and adorable things that I can make.  One of our favorites are these adorable crocheted jellyfish.   They're very easy to make, beginners will catch on real quick!  And those curly tentacles, well think of them as free form crochet, you can make them as long as you want and as ...

Good Financial Planning Has Positive Effects on Families

We make financial decisions every single day - from planning a birthday party to setting aside money for the children’s college education, among other important life choices can affect the whole family. With debt per capita increasing from $51,810 in 2005 to $67,010 ten years later, healthy financial management has never become more relevant. According to the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, financial planning and money management plays an important role in ...

Mushroom & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts In Creamy Sauce

Are you searching for that perfect dish to impress your guests with this summer?  I know you want something that looks impressive but is fairly simple to make.  You just want them to think you spent hours slaving away  in the kitchen; but you really just want to pop something in the oven while you snuggle up to a good book.  Well I've go the perfect dish for you!  ° Well perhaps super easy is a bit of a stretch.  You do have to put some effort into making stuffed chicken breasts, but ...

Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

The steamed or baked asian bun.  What exactly is it.  Well Filipinos call it "Siopao", in China it's called a "Bao", and in Hawaii we call it "Manapua".  These names all refer to the same thing.  That soft spongy ball of dough filled with a variety of fillings like sweet char siu pork, chicken curry, Chinese sausage, or sweet black bean paste; then steamed or baked to perfection. Siopao, Bao, Manapua, or whatever you want to call it is a family favorite.  It can be an appetizer, a snack, ...

Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

As you know my daughter is having her second baby this summer.  That means she's kept me busy making cute baby items she's finding on Pinterest and Instagram!  So of course she came across these crocheted hightop sneakers that look like the ever popular Converse Chucks. I searched high and low (no pun intended) for a pattern to make these crochet hightop sneakers.  There are actually several out there for free and for a fee.  The patterns run about $5 on Ravelry where even I post some ...