Showing posts from July, 2019

Hassle-Free Home Renovations

When someone suggests doing a renovation to your home, you will no doubt instantly think about the cost that’s going to come with it. You’ll also think about the kitchen or the bathroom first because if there’s going to be a room in the home that’s renovated, it’ll be those two first. They hold a lot of value, they’re used the most, and boy does it make a difference to your home when you renovate them. But this article isn’t aimed towards the expensive renovations that you can do. Because we know you’d have to spend months, maybe even years, saving after reading this. We’re all about the low key renovations that you can do, that will add that pretty vibe to your home, without causing you all of the hassles that are known to come with renovations. So, if you’re interested, keep on reading to see if your home could do with any of these additions!
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Christmas in July

I love Christmas! Each year I am so excited to start my Christmas planning with Christmas in July. Here's what I do each July:

The Ultimate Taco Burger

We love tacos and we love burgers, so when we saw this combination at our favorite restaurant, Hi Point Drive-In Burgers in Saint Louis, we knew this was something we would want to try at home.  We did add our own twist to this burger by adding the sauce we use for Mexican Street Corn. So amazing!

Stay Cool Tips for Summer Heat

The sun is shining, the days are balmy, and your back is getting stickier as we delve deeper and deeper into the summer months. Your home should be a sanctuary where you can keep cool and remain relaxed even when the weather is trying to induce sweat ridden moments. To have a home in working order this summer, you need to ensure that your home maintenance is up to date, that your garden is ready to be enjoyed, and that you have temperature lowering equipment within your home. Take a look at the best ways of ensuring you remain cool in your home during the summer. AC Units Many AC units get used for a month or two every year never to be switched on again. As such, they can become faulty and require maintenance just to make sure that they are still working. A simple service every now and then should suffice and if you have a couple of warranties , you may even have your annual maintenance covered. AC units are worth their weight in gold when it is like a sauna outside. Venture i
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4 Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Isn't Cleaning Your Dishes Properly

If you want your home to be a nice, welcoming environment, you need to keep it clean and tidy. It’s particularly important that you clean the kitchen properly because if there are germs and bacteria around, it could make you sick. If you’re lucky, you might have a dishwasher to do all of the hard work for you. However, dishwashers aren’t always as great as people think and sometimes, they find that things are going in dirty and coming out a bit less dirty, rather than coming out sparkling clean. If you’re having the same problem, you should look into some of these reasons why your dishwasher isn’t working properly.   Image From Pixnio
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Blueberry Refrigerator Jam

When blueberries are cheap, that's the time to make Blueberry Refrigerator Jam!

The Problems Our Homes Like to Spring on Us

Our homes definitely have given us a few things in life, and have more than sent us on a rollercoaster of a ride. If you think about all of the emotions that you’ve felt within your home, even if you’ve been living in it for only a short amount of time, they probably are so wide and varied. But if there’s one emotion that our homes love to give us, it’s stress. Stress in the home is one of the leading causes of major stress, which can then lead to anxiety. When you think about owning your own home , you most likely will have thought about how you would come home to a loving partner, perhaps a bouncing dog or a placid cat, and settling in for the night to have a lovely dinner. But we all know that life is just not that easy, especially when our home springs a problem or two on us. So, we’re going to talk you through some of the problems that people don’t think about, but our homes love to spring on us when we least expect it.
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Goat Cheese Ice Cream

July's Fantastical Food Fight is all about ice cream!  Churned, no-churn, spinned... however you make it let's talk about ice cream!

Breakfast Blueberry Banana Split

There are a ton of great fruit combinations in this world, but if you haven't tried blueberries and bananas, well, please do!  It is a delightful combination in muffins, coffee cake, and smoothies.  I also think it makes a wonderful breakfast: Breakfast Blueberry Banana Split.

Blueberry Bubble Tea

Just in time for all the blueberry sales is Blueberry Week for Festive Foodies!  All week long you will be presented with blueberry recipes!  I'm starting off the week with Blueberry Bubble Tea.

Blueberry Lemonade Lollipops #summersweetsweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek ! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” I love this quick, easy lollipop treat that looks like summer! I made these treats in about 30 minutes, including the hardening in the refrigerator.  They are super cute, too.  👌  I used the DIY-Lish Candy Lollipop Kit from Wilton's.  It does come with candy melts, but I wanted to do something a little bit different!

KiPin Mojito

This month for the Improv Cooking Challenge we were challenged to use kiwi and pineapple. The first thing that pops into my mind when we talk tropical fruit is cocktails!  Thus born the KiPin Mojito!

Cheesecake with Key Lime Stars and Orange Cream Mermaids #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek ! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” I think cheesecakes should be decorated, too!  I make this simple, baked, vanilla cheesecake with the idea of decorating it for a summer mermaid bash!  Let me show you how simple it is!

The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe were created for #SummerDessertWeek ! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” The perfect vanilla cupcake is here!  I have worked on this recipe off and on for about 40 years, tweaking it until I believe I have what is the perfect vanilla cupcake!  I've used cake mixes and homemade recipes, but this one is my all time favorite.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

My mother has always made what I think is the best potato salad ever. Isn't it funny how no one's cooking can take the place of mom's?  I think that is so sweet. I think I was 4 when I discovered my mom's potato salad. I remember watching her boil the potatoes in their skins, chopping onion, peeling the potatoes and hard-boiled eggs.  When the potatoes cooled, we always got to share a small potato (just plain, we loved them!)  This does have mayo, so you do have to be somewhat careful when you take it to your picnic.  I like using this serving dish, it helps keep the food old. If you decide to purchase this, please consider purchasing from me using the link below. I will make a small commission! Yield: 12 Author: Terri Steffes Print With Image Without Image Deviled Egg Potato Salad An old-fashioned potato recipe that goes will all types of picnics! prep time: 40 M cook time: 30 M total time: 70 M ingredients: 4 large boiled white potat

Fourth of July in New Town

We live in a new urban community called New Town at Saint Charles. We love all the walkable features, pools, lakes, canals, stores, restaurants, bars and all the fun annual events.  We particularly love the Fourth of July in New Town!  Our first one was in 2012 when we first moved here.  Our day looks a lot different than it did in 2012.  Our town loves the Fourth of July, and you will see that through the photos I am sharing some of the house decorations around town!

The Wanderers #ourgoodlifebooklist

Today is the day that The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is released to the public!  I have to say, I am not a person who would pick up a "doomsday" book, but I will tell you that the story kept me riveted until the very end!

Things to Know When Planning Your Retirement

There comes a time in life where you’ve worked hard enough and long enough to retire and live out the rest of your life being able to enjoy more of the finer things in life. My husband and I have been retired  Here are some things to know when planning your retirement.

Fireball Glazed Fruit Kabobs

Welcome back to the July episode of Taste Creations!  We are a group of bloggers who share recipes with you based on a monthly theme. This month we are sharing Summer Produce Recipes with you!