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BBQ and Grilling Recipes Round Up

Y’all, I love a good barbecue. For real. It’s a good thing that I have a husband who loves to grill – like love, loves. And he’s really good at it. We’ll definitely be grilling on Monday, and I can almost bet you or someone you love will be grilling too! So why not get some yummy new recipes to try out, if not on Memorial Day, then throughout the summer. Lucky for you I’ve pulled  together some amazing recipes from some amazing bloggers around the net that I’m eager to try and I know you will be too. Um, is there anything better than bacon? Yep! Bacon wrapped pork. Oh yeah! So I knew when I saw this Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Pork Loin from Miss Information it had to go on our “to make” list. Sometimes, I want the barbecue flavor without having to heat up the grill and these Buffalo Wild…

So Why the New Blog, Anyway?

So, why a new blog? I wish there was an easy answer for that. Instead, it’s somewhat complicated. For awhile now I’ve been unhappy with blogging and to an extent, the blogging community. Let me be clear though, through blogging I’ve met many wonderful people, who I consider now to be good friends. But as with anything (like say, high school) there are also cliques, mean girls, and the popular crowd you never quite seem to be a part of. Maybe that’s just me. Either way it felt really disheartening. It was hard to never feel good enough. “Don’t compare yourself to others.”, friends said. Easier said than done. When I began blogging it was a way to share my adventures in being a new housewife. It gave me an outlet as I transitioned from full time teacher to full time housewife. That was a big switch, let me tell you. A…

Sunday Drives

I’m not sure how it happened, but the last three Sundays Adam and I have taken an hour or so for a quiet drive in the country. It’s been a nice time to catch up, talk, and just relax. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some of the pictures I’ve posted of the things we see along our journey. In this year of simplifying and embracing peace I’m really enjoying stepping away from things, even for an hour on Sunday and just “being”. Here are some of my favorite pics:    It’s not so much about where we go, or what we talk about. It’s just a time to de-stress before the new week starts. With an anxiety disorder, sometimes relaxing is a hard thing to come by, but this seems to help. It’s just one more thing I’m attempting to make a habit for better…

Repurposed Halloween Lanterns from Susan at Organized 31

Hi, you Scrappy Housewife fans. I’m Susan from Organized 31. I met Christina almost a year ago and treasure her friendship and sense of humor. I’m so happy to be here sharing one of my repurposed projects with you.The first thing you need to know about me is that I hate to throw away (whether in the recycle or in the trash) anything that can be repurposed. The second thing you need to know is that my family loves Halloween. And the third thing to know is that I enjoy doing easy craft projects with my kids. So, I’m a happy, happy mama when I can combine the three in one project.With a family of 5, we produce a lot of empty food containers. I really hate to just throw them away if I can find a way to repurpose them. I do save some glass jars, but I prefer…

Simple

I don’t know what it is lately, but I’m craving simplicity. I want – nope, I need – things to be as simple as possible. There are a few reasons for this.One of those reasons is this guy:Our little Scrappy Dog has begun having very big, very scary seizures. In the last two weeks we’ve been faced with putting him to sleep, giving him up or spending massive amounts of money on specialists. Money we do not have.We have lost a lot of sleep in the last two weeks. Luckily we’ve found a wonderful vet that’s willing to help us and give our little guy what he needs right now.In the course of those two weeks we’ve also discovered our dishwasher leaking and we had to buy a new one last Saturday. (And before you ask – fixing it wasn’t an option. It’s the one the builders installed in 1996. It was time…

Your Tips for Cleaning the Shower

Hello Ladies! (And gents if you’re out there!) From time to time I post a question on my Facebook page seeking help with a household problem and you’re always ready with great advice! So I thought it might be fun to highlight your tips and tricks that have come in handy for me and helped make me a more productive housewife. I’m calling it “Readers To The Rescue” and today marks the first installment. :)A couple of months ago I asked you all if you had any tips to make the chore of cleaning the shower easier. It’s a chore I hate. The shower at our house is small and old and a pain to clean – unlike that gorgeous shower in the picture above – that’s my good friend Jane’s shower.Anywho, you guys really came through with some awesome time and mess saving tips. Check ’em out.Clean the shower before…

Our Free TV Update

Last month, I outlined our crazy plan to get a free TV by using “free gift card with purchase” deals at Target. We’re still going strong!The last few weeks have been hit or miss on gift card deals, and true to our plan, we haven’t bought anything just to get a gift card. Which is why you haven’t seen any updates.BUT…I’m happy to announce we’ve hit $50 thanks to deals on shampoo and deodorant that we needed. Our full total as of 7/25/2013: $50.83That’s 10% of our total goal of $500.As long as our TV holds out we’re going for all $500, but we’re hoping for at least $250.Think we can do it? Stay tuned for more updates!