Family Joy Blog Linkup #51

Family Joy Blog Linkup #51

Hmmm. So what’s new with us this weekend? Well, I rented a rug cleaner and cleaned my carpets. One of the downside of pets is the extra dirt and other mess they can make in the house. I love looking at my freshly cleaned carpet…until one of the kids allows a muddy-pawed dog into the house before we even had returned the machine. So the hallway may have needed a retouch…. On Monday our pigs are scheduled to be taken to the butcher shop. My husband did some figuring and it…

Some Basic Instant Pot Information

Some Basic Instant Pot Information

The Instant Pot seems to be the “it” item in kitchen appliances right now. But not everyone knows what an instant pot actually is.  In fact, there are some common questions that come up when telling someone about this popular gadget. People want to know, “What is an instant pot?” And the other question is, “What can it do?” I just acquired an instant pot very recently myself, and am still learning about it. But the best way to gain knowledge, at least according to my preceptor when I was…

Family Joy Blog Linkup #50

Family Joy Blog Linkup #50

Brrrr! It’s getting cold outside! Let’s have a party to warm up! What are you doing to keep busy, entertain your family, or just currently interested in? We want you to invite a friend and come share those blog posts at Family Joy Blog Linkup #50! It’s a New Year after all. Are you trying to be more healthy? Have you set some goals for this year? Come let us know about it!     Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Samantha @…

Want to Save Money On An Instant Pot? Try Ebay!

Want to Save Money On An Instant Pot? Try Ebay!

There is a popular new kitchen appliance that was a hot item this past holiday season. Actually, it’s popularity seems to be still going strong. Have you heard of the Instant Pot? It’s also known as an electric pressure cooker. Amazon was having some great sales on a particular 6 quart model during the pre-Christmas shopping season. Everyone loves to save money on a hot item. But maybe for whatever reason, you weren’t able to take advantage of these sales and get an Instant Pot. Here’s an idea for you….

Family Joy Blog Linkup #49

Family Joy Blog Linkup #49

Well, well, well! Here we are with the first Family Joy Blog Linkup Party of 2017! I hope all of you had a lovely time over the holidays with family and friends.  Our hosts have some posts to help you get your new year off to a good start. Be sure to check them out. But you probably have some ideas to share as well. Here’s to a great New Year 2017! Now Let’s Party!   Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog Samantha @…

DIY Child’s Wooden Toolbox From Pallets

DIY Child’s Wooden Toolbox From Pallets

I have another DIY project for you! And it’s made from discarded pallets! I know a lot of people enjoy making new creative projects from pallet wood. My husband made an adorable wooden toolbox for our youngest child as a Christmas gift in 2016. It came out really cute. In fact, I thought it could easily work as a decorative box to hold items in a kitchen or other area for Mom! So whether for a child or adult, you might want to check out the instructions for making this wooden…

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift Store Shopping and What You Might Find

Thrift store shopping is cheap treasure-hunting for a frugal shopper. It’s kind of thrilling, coming upon an item that you know is worth much more, but only costs you a fraction of that. Even better if it is an item you have been wanting, but weren’t willing to pay the cost to buy it brand-new. I personally find it interesting to even just browse, without buying anything. It’s neat to see what all they have available. One time I saw an antique baby stroller at one of our local thrift…

Tips for Hosting A Cookie Baking Party

Tips for Hosting A Cookie Baking Party

Have you ever wanted to host a cookie baking party? Do you feel a little intimidated by the thought of how to manage the logistics of it all? You don’t have to be. Hosting a cookie baking party can be a fun holiday tradition for you and your friends or family. Plus, you don’t have to mix and bake a bazillion kinds of cookies all by yourself this way. Today, I’ve got some tips for you to help you plan and organize your cookie baking event. *This post contains affiliate…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #48

Family Joy Blog Link-up #48

Wow! This is our last link-up party for this year! Family Joy Blog link-up will be back in January, but we hosts will be taking a break over the holidays. So the next two Sundays which are Christmas (already!), and New Year’s, there won’t be a link-up. Of course you are welcome to still visit our blogs and see what other posts we might have. Our family had a full week this week. Two kids with birthdays, one on Tuesday, and the other on Wednesday. My husband was picking up…

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn For Christmas

Holiday Spice Popcorn will delight your taste-buds. Imagine the sweetness of white chocolate, followed by the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and combined with the satisfying crunch of popcorn. I took the ordinary caramel popcorn recipe I use, and raised it to another level. I had been considering this idea for a little while, using a cinnamon roll as inspiration. But the spices I used didn’t quite turn out to taste like a cinnamon roll. My husband says it tastes like a cross between a cinnamon roll and gingerbread. Plus there are…