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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All-American Apple Pie

Nothing says summer to me like apple pie.

Not the most difficult recipe in the world, and to be honest, I don’t have any tips or tricks to go along with this bad boy. I just really wanted an apple pie, and figured you all might want easy access to a classic recipe.

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Crystal Ball Halloween Cupcakes

Hello, my goblin friends! With my kitchen being under construction, it’s been very difficult for me to bake. This has taken quite the toll on my seasonal celebrating. Luckily, we finally hooked up my stove the other night. What recipe did I christen my new stove with, you ask?

I sort of cheated, actually. Hey, I still don’t have any countertops or sink! Instead of creating a new recipe, I revamped one from spooky seasons past. These crystal ball Halloween cupcakes are perfect for your next party, and this new version is even easier than the last.

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Cookie Soldiers and Candy Dippy Egg

Happy day after Easter, everybody! You know what I love more than holiday candy? Holiday candy on sale. The day after a holiday is the best day for hitting up those candy aisles, filling your cart to the brim, and inducing a sugar coma for less than $10. It’s awesome.

Easter candy is a little rough, though. Have you noticed it’s all the same things, over and over? Lots of plain chocolate shaped as different animals. Lots (and I mean lots) of jelly beans. And of course, marshmallows (a.k.a. Peeps). It gets a little boring, especially when trying to eat my entire weight’s worth.

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Sugar Cookie Layer Cake & Edible Cookie Dough

It’s birthday season in the Faust house, which means I’ve been busy in the kitchen! I love this time of year, when all the birthdays in the family clump around the same months. I think I’m at my most creative about now.

There’s nothing more depressing than having the same dessert, night after night, and the same can be said about birthday cakes. Birthdays are about celebrating the individual, so a generic cake simply won’t do!

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How To: Beef Jerky Bouquet & Valentine Napkin Fold

My husband is always a pain to shop for around Valentine’s Day. As I’ve mentioned before, he doesn’t like sweets very much. To make matters worse, right now he’s on a diet. I had to get very creative with his gift this year, and that’s when I stumbled upon beef jerky bouquets.

Have you heard of these? They’re amazing. Intricate flowers made out of various types of jerky. I saw a perfect bunch here but was shocked at the price. Jerky is expensive, I understand that, and bouquets take a lot of jerky, but I just couldn’t justify $70 plus for a Valentine’s treat.

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Galentine’s Day Waffle Fries Bar

It’s February, and while for most that means Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, for me it means Galentine’s Day is coming!

Galentine’s Day is a celebration on February 13 where girls get together and wallow in their love for one another. I heard about it for the first time on “Parks and Recreation” and absolutely fell in love with the idea.

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