fall chocolate chip cookies recipe

Put Fall into Your Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s fall! While pumpkin spice is popping up everywhere, there are other yummy fall flavors. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice! And all those spices put me in a baking mood. I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies, but I’m adding spices and apples, to make awesome fall cookies! This fall cookie recipe has a checkered past in my family. My grandmother swears it’s her recipe, and so does my mom, but the only person I can remember making…

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Awesome Back To School Organization For Moms

The new school year is here! Every store has their back to school display fighting with fall decor and your tween is begging for the latest you Youtuber’s backpack. (seriously, $60 for a kids backpack… have they lost their mind?!?). Being a teacher is a double whammy on stress, because, in addition to getting the kids ready for a new school year, I’m busy preparing everything for my other “kids”! Before you head out to fill…

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DIY Weathered Plank Accent Wall The Easy Way

One of the more popular trends these days is a weathered plank accent wall. They’re almost as popular as the shiplap wall. I’m not too big on following fads, but I have a very small and very ugly wall that is perfect for trying out something new in decor.  It’s a wall at the end of the upstairs hallway between two bedrooms and it’s the only wall with a texture. I dunno if a previous…

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Achieve Your Goals and Dreams Using the Living Well Planner

Do you want to achieve your goals and dreams? Sure you do! Remember those resolutions you set in January? Me neither! Seriously, though, over 70% of people fail to achieve their goals or resolutions. My biggest resolution this year was to work towards achieving my goals… and accomplish a few!   Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. Meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click…

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The Best Guide for Thrifty Back to School Clothes

  It’s August and for kids, the school bell will be ringing in a matter of days! Before they go, we have to go back to school clothes shopping. Now that my kids are tweens, it’s even more complicated because “fashion matters”. There’s now a list of “nu-uh”, along with “yah”, on what they will wear and won’t wear. Plus all the growing.  My shoes are now safe from my daughter because her feet are bigger…

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10 Reasons Why I Love Amazon Prime and You Will Too!

I’ve written before how much I love living in a small town. It’s safer, it’s cheaper and we have so much more control over our lives. There is a downside, however. The biggest one is access to all those fascinating things big-city people take for granted. Like shopping, new movies and people who know to pronounce “tahini” correctly (and have it in stock). Luckily, we do have the internet and Amazon Prime.  With it, I can…

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Top 10 School Supplies Teachers Love

Top 10 School Supplies Teachers Love

It’s nearly time to start purchasing all those back to school supplies. Summer goes by t00 fast! I teach high school (cue sympathy sighs). It’s a great job, but I’m sure you know that teachers spend a lot of money on supplies. I don’t have a lot of money, so I’m always looking for what lasts. While I’m always ready for a bargain, I hate wasting money on something that won’t last through September. Plus, paying…

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Make the Most of Space With a Small Closet Makeover

One of the things I that sold me on this house was all the storage space! Two of the bedrooms had ginormous closets! Two bedrooms have smaller closets. Guess whose closet is the smallest? Granted, it’s twice the size of my previous closet and you can walk into it, it’s still the smallest. (Yes, my previous closet was tiny!). Not only was it small, but the layout just felt cramped and I almost never used…

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How to Do Home Canning and 12 Other Food Preservation Recipes

Harvest time is here! In fact, the peak time for some fruits has already past. Now is the time to get to preserving foods for the coming winter, even if you don’t have a garden. Those peaches you can buy right now for 65 cents a pound will be over $3/pound in December! A small can of peaches will be over a dollar on sale! A little time home canning, freezing or drying foods will…

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We Have Eggs! – Raising Backyard Chickens

We started last February with tiny baby chicks and now we have full sized chickens laying eggs! It’s very exciting for the kids to go out every day and check for eggs in the nesting boxes. Since my last post about moving the chickens to the coop, there has been a lot of growing and many adventures! We were away over Memorial Weekend for a family function. When we came back, our neighbors told us…

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