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Plastic bags from groceries have been piling high in our house lately as we've used grocery curbside pickup. Inevitably, we would find them falling out of our cabinets, hanging on our coat rack hooks and hidden on random shelves in our garage. It was driving me crazy because every time I went to open the cabinet above the microwave, I was met with an avalanche of plastic. Also, I just found it to look tacky to have grocery bags hanging out everywhere. I have seen plastic bag holders before, and every time I was hit in the face by more bags, I'd tell myself I'm going to make one of those bag holders one day! Well, I finally did it...and it's made a HUGE difference. This took me less than 20 minutes to make, and I would rate difficulty at "beginner level". Keep reading for a tutorial on how to make your own!
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew but felt too intimidated to begin the process? I felt that way when I first took an interest in sewing. Luckily for me, my mom is a former Family and Consumer Sciences (aka Home Ed) high school teacher and for my birthday, gifted me everything I needed to start sewing. The rest was history. In a short amount of time, I went from knowing absolutely nothing about sewing to making curtains, rope baskets, pillow cases and more! To be able to create something from scratch that I was able to design with my own personal touch has been such a satisfying feeling. I won’t say that sewing is “easy”, but you can absolutely pick up the hobby at just about any point in your life and begin creating in no time! Below, I've compiled a list of supplies you need to get started based on what my mom gifted me and what I found to be helpful:
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Kentucky has been experiencing a heat wave with indexes as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. July and August are particularly sweltering with temperatures like these combined with high humidity- a combo that makes your clothes stick to you like you just climbed out of a pool. Sandwiches and salads are on lunch rotation for me during the summer because I prefer to heat cold foods during the heat of the day. Chicken salad has been my go-to lately. It’s easy and refreshing. Keep reading for the recipe!
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I’m a snacker. The occasional dessert is nice, but my vices are typically savory and rich. One of my favorite snacks happens to be hot spinach artichoke dip. I tried buying various pre-made and frozen dips, and most were disappointingly watery and nothing like what you would order at a restaurant. I probably should have expected that, but…oh well. So, I came up with my own recipe and began making it at home. Not only is it a winning appetizer for any occasion, it serves as an excellent filling for stuffed mushrooms or phyllo cup bites. I would have posted the recipe much sooner, but I always eat the dip before I get the chance to take pictures. Here is what you will need to recreate this creamy appetizer fit for any occasion or event: