Fall must dos for a healthy garden next year.

  The most romantic season of the year is finally here.   However, your garden is not quite ready for this lovely autumn, not to mention the harsh winter time that awaits us. There are many chores that remain unfinished due to lack of time or energy during the summer.   That is why this…

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Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini | Belle of the Kitchen

The only way you’ll ever catch me cooking anymore is with a microwave or crockpot. At 58 and living in an empty nest, there’s no reason for anything else.   This Cheesy Crockpot Tortellini recipe caught my eye and is one I’m sure to give a try very shortly.   It’s been pretty busy in…

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The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

The generation gap: Bringing your kids and your parents together.

  Your parents are an important part of your life, and thus, an important part of your children’s’ life. Helping the two connect and eliminating the generation gap is a critical role you play because you, as a parent, are what the two generations have in common.   There are some guidelines you should follow…

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Grandkids coming to stay? 4 activities they’re guaranteed to love.

Grandkids coming to stay? 4 activities they're guaranteed to love.

  Parenting and grandparenting are two different things.   As a parent, it’s your job to raise children who become good-hearted adults who contribute to society.   When you’re a grandparent, your role is more about nurturing and a lot less about discipline. You get the affection and the entertainment all while you spoil your…

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Costco vegetable tray: Low cost way to stock a fridge with fresh veggies.

Costco vegetable tray.

Mark and I have shopping at Costco down to a science. I’ve written before about how we feed our family very cheaply using the deli roast chickens. It also pays to buy the large vegetable trays with dip for a low cost way to stock a fridge with fresh veggies.   We used to buy each vegetable…

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Taco Casserole: A delicious meal made with leftover taco ingredients.

Taco Casserole ingredients.

  This spur of the moment Taco Casserole was such a hit with my family that I decided to post it here.   Taco Casserole   A couple of nights ago, we had tacos using the following ingredients: tortillas ground beef (prepared per taco spice package) diced peppers diced tomatoes chopped onions grated cheddar cheese…

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Be your own best friend: Live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Be your own best friend - Live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

  We want the world to be the best place possible for our children and children’s children to grow up in. There are so many things to worry about, but climate change should be topping our list.   Environments around the world are changing at a rapid rate. Polar ice caps are melting, sea levels…

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