15 Citrus Recipes for Fall

In the South, citrus fruits are thought to be primarily Summer fruits. However, our Northern friends tend to enjoy citrus more in the Fall months. Little did I know, as a Southerner, that there are so many Fall recipes that feature citrus fruits as a main ingredient or, at the very least, a complimenting ingredient. Today I have quite a few recipes that include a piece of citrus fruit in its repertoire. From breakfast to dessert, you're sure to find a recipe here that will delight your taste buds! /1/ Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Pistachios - The flavor of this grapefruit will explode in your mouth! Coupled with honey and pistachios, you're sure to have a delectable breakfast with this recipe. /2/ Cranberry Orange Muffins - Muffins are never a bad idea for breakfast. Make … [Read more...]

11 unique back to school lunch ideas

11 unique back to school lunch ideas to get you through the school year! It's hard to believe that it's back to school time.  I feel like summer just started and we were excited to stay up late and play in the pool.  It's time to switch gears and focus on getting prepped for the new school year though.  One of the big things is back to school lunches.  If you are looking for unique back to school lunch ideas, you're in luck!  I have gathered 11 great ideas that go beyond the plain ham and cheese sandwich. Easy baked mac and cheese cups  // I love that you can make a big batch of these and have them ready for the week. Pizza pasta salad // Have a picky eater?  I bet they will LOVE this yummy pizza pasta salad! Baked corn tortilla cheese dogs // I love the combination of … [Read more...]

Mastering Manual Mode – Part 1: Aperture

Do you have an interest in photography but don't know where to start? Do you want to have more control over the photos that your camera takes? Are you looking to take the next step in your photography but are, perhaps, a little intimidated? Then this series is just for you! We will take a closer look at shooting in manual mode in this four part series: Aperture Shutter speed ISO Hints & Tips. At the end you should have a better understanding of how to shoot in manual mode. But do't worry - no fancy jargon here (or the least amount possible!) and we have plenty of photos to help you out along the way. Ready to get started? Aperture The easiest way for me to define "aperture" is, it is the size of the hole that allows light in when you are taking a picture. Aperture … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids at Restaurants. (Do I dare say without a screen.) GASP!

We’ve all been there! Your child is hungry and fussy and the food has not yet arrived. What should you do? Yes, it’s tempting to pull out our cell phones or tablets to quickly keep our child occupied, but this doesn’t teach them to sit and behave properly at a restaurant. Teaching our kids how to behave in a restaurant setting is an important part of parenting. We know it’s hard for them to sit still so we need a plan. A go to restaurant plan to help hold their attention span – quiet games and activities to keep them happy and entertained – and yes all screen-free. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them busy at restaurants without the screens: Napkin Decoration! I love crayons because it only takes a few and a napkin and you are all set! Challenge the kids to a … [Read more...]

10 Free Knitting Patterns For Baby Shoes!

Is there anything more precious than itty bitty baby feet? Especially when they're covered in soft, adorable hand-knit booties? Of course not! If you're a knitter and you have any small folk in your life, pull out your needles and half a skein of yarn. These ten free patterns for knit baby booties are perfect for the next set of crinkly little baby toes you'll meet. 1/ These simple cable knit booties are almost too perfect! (Cable Knit Booties from Epipa on Ravelry) 2/  With their tiny strap and button, these Mary Jane baby shoes will look precious with that baby girl's new little dress. (Mary Jane Button Strap Shoes at Domesticspace) 3/ These folded shoes from renowned fiber artist Susan B. Anderson can be made in a jiffy, and they're absolutely precious. Folded Cotton Booties at … [Read more...]

7 DIY Fire Pits You Can Build

It's s'mores season! That yummy, sweet, crunchy, ooey-gooey treat that has made many a childhood memory. Summer evenings are made for s'mores. When the temperatures begin to dip, it's time for melting marshmallows over an open flame...getting them ready to smoosh up next to a chocolate bar in-between graham crackers. OH THE YUM. Don't have a fireplace or regular access to a bonfire? How about a fire pit? There are many commercially available at hardware stores, but why not consider building your own? We've got seven great DIY projects, from simple to complex; all would be awesome s'more-makers. In-ground fire pit with a gorgeous organic perimeter. Tutorial by Laura Catherine.  Concrete fire pit bowl tutorial by eHow. Would be great in a modern or rustic setting. Lovely tabletop … [Read more...]