Spilled Potion Cake

It’s September, which means it’s officially spooky season! To kick off the holiday right, I made a devil’s food cake with pistachio buttercream, decorated to look like a spilling cauldron of a suspicious potion.

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Oktoberfest Gingerbread Hearts

Oktoberfest may be canceled this year, but it always holds a special place in my home. That’s why I couldn’t let the festival go by without doing something. I’ve made traditional Oktoberfest gingerbread hearts as an easy, fun, and delicious way to celebrate.

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Split Level Living Room Refresh

I’ve lived in my house for more than six years, and I’ve been stumped by my split level living room the entire time. I’ve had nothing but time lately to sit and stare at my living room, plotting how to fix it, and I think I’ve finally done it.

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Fruity Pebbles™ Cake

When a simple bowl of cereal isn’t enough to curb your Fruity Pebbles™ craving, you have to make this massive, wonderful, amazing cake.

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Jalapeño & Cheddar Scones

Anyone else have a new hobby to while away the hours during quarantine? I do! I’ve taken up gardening, and I say that modestly. I’ve got two little plant pots on my back deck, and I go back and forth between drowning and dehydrating them. But they’re still growing their hardest, and now I’ve got a nice hoard of jalapeños.

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Safely Removing Lead Paint from Furniture

Late last year, I was strolling through an antique store and spotted this gorgeous, turn-of-the-century fireplace mantel, and I had to have it. It was chipping and in pretty bad shape, but I knew I could bring it back to life. Of course, that meant I’d likely have to deal with removing lead paint.

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Fixing Laundry Room Problem Areas

Living in a house that floods often, we understandably ignored the basement for the first few years we lived here. What’s the point in crafting the perfect aesthetic when it’ll be washed away in a year or two? But there was something about the laundry room remaining unfinished that felt yucky.

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My Perfect Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We’ve all got a recipe — or three — for banana bread floating around our kitchens. There are so many ways to make this baking staple, and this is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip banana bread.

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Updating Your Kitchen Floors: A Review of Style Selections Laminate Flooring

When it comes to flooring, there are several options that can make your kitchen both functional and beautiful. Tiles arranged in an intricate pattern, durable hardwood, or sleek concrete. Nearly any choice you make will be the right one.

Except if you choose carpet, like the previous owners of my house did.

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How to Remove and Convert a Drop Ceiling

Back in the ‘80s (or ‘70s or whenever my kitchen was first remodeled), I’m sure they thought this drop-ceiling and giant fluorescent lights were the coolest additions to the room. Of course they wouldn’t think it was ridiculous to drop the entire ceiling by almost two feet, forever making the room feel like it was caving in.

Good thing I know how to convert a drop ceiling.

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