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DIY Built-In Electric Fireplace

A fireplace is something that helps make a house feel like a home - especially during the holidays.  When we first bought our house, I was really bummed to find out that our house didn't have a fireplace.  It used to have one, but the previous owners removed it in…
Michelle Tucker
November 14, 2022
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Skull Cakelets

Sometimes an idea rattles around in your skull and you just have to get it out... irony intended! Skull cakelets are the perfect spooky treat for any Halloween celebration.  As if by some sort of Halloween magic, no sooner did I have the idea than I came across this skull…
Michelle Tucker
October 11, 2022
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Disney’s Oogie Boogie Bash

If you've ever been to Disney during Halloween time, you know the entire experience is pretty "spooktacular."  Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Disney parks. This year we decided to enhance our entire Halloween experience and buy tickets to the Oogie Boogie Bash.  This…
Michelle Tucker
October 7, 2022
Pumpkin SpiceEatsFeaturedLifestyle

Pumpkin Spice Steamed Milk

I usually don't like pumpkin spiced drinks. The ones that I've gotten at coffee shops are always too thick, too syrupy, and leave a weird after-taste in my mouth. So, I have to admit that I wasn't super excited when my daughter, Audrey, asked me to try her pumpkin spice…
Michelle Tucker
September 15, 2022
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Bonding with my Teen and Tween

I often feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to parenting. This is especially true (and painful) when it comes to parenting and bonding with my teen and tween son and daughter.  My kids are currently 11 and 14, and I'm learning that parenting these…
Michelle Tucker
August 30, 2022
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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup This is the time of year when my garden is exploding with fresh vegetables.  When I have more veggies than I know what to do with, I make Minestrone Soup.  It's my go-to dish because it is so easy, hearty, and delicious. Use what you have The great…
Michelle Tucker
August 23, 2022
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Safari West

An African Safari has always been high on my bucket-list.  Africa isn't exactly right down the road, so I know that it might be a while before the family makes it over to that magical continent, so I decided to do the next best thing -- I booked a safari…
Michelle Tucker
August 2, 2022
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Chunky Gazpacho

Editor's Note: This post was originally published July 8, 2019, and has been largely revamped with new photos and rewritten for better clarity and comprehension. -- Michelle When ever I have fresh garden vegetables, I love to make this chunky gazpacho.  It's one of my go-to recipes when I have…
Michelle Tucker
May 23, 2022
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Thinking of a Family Road Trip? Just Do It

We had always wanted to take an epic, cross-country, family road trip.  Unfortunately, there was always some reason we didn't plan one.  We had other obligations or some other lame excuse. In the end, I think we were nervous about spending too much time together in an enclosed space. Is…
Michelle Tucker
May 16, 2022