favorite breakfast muffins

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Yesterday I made a double batch of these delicious and healthy muffins to freeze for breakfasts after the baby arrives.

They are packed with whole grains and whip up in just a few minutes. I’ve adapted the recipe below from the Taste of Home Cookbook.

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. In another small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. (I usually fill them a little fuller–the recipe makes exactly 1 dozen.) Bake at 400 for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Makes 1 dozen.

Pirate Ship Curtains

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I’ve been trying to work out in my head how to make curtains that are easily raised and lowered without using a bunch of fussy (and expensive) hardware.

Well, obviously, this idea worked in my head but not in real life. When I pulled them up, it so closely resembled the sail of an evil pirate ship that I started laughing uncontrollably.

I still haven’t figured out how to make these curtains work.


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I made these wall hangings by covering cork board tiles with leftover fabric from the big wall hanging I put up on the opposite wall. I used hot glue to stretch it tight–a quick and easy project!

Norwegian Table Prayer

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This plaque is a fond reminder of our Scandinavian roots. It has been a familiar fixture at parents’ and grandparents’ houses in both of our families.

curtains for baby’s room
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I recently finished these curtains for the office/ baby’s room. I got the bird print fabric on sale and sewed it onto the front of white tab curtains that someone gave me. I lined them with a yellow sheet (also free), so they cost me under $10!


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A closeup of the fabric.

maple syrup

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Here is a recipe I use to make delicious pancake syrup. Of course, it’s not as good as real maple syrup, but it is MUCH better than the cheap syrup you buy in the store, and costs about the same (if not less).

The recipe is from Dining on a Dime, which has lots of other great money-saving recipes.

I usually make 5 times this recipe, which makes 33-1/2 oz. (and fills the two bottles shown.) 5 times the brown sugar is a whole bag, which is nice because you don’t have to measure it out.

Grandma’s Maple Syrup
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. maple flavoring
1/2 cup water

Stir ingredients together. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and cool. Pour into serving container. Makes 1 cup.

before & after

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This is one of my numerous “must-finish-before-baby-arrives” projects currently in progress. My sister-in-law has been helping me, and we finished today!

This antique crib belongs to my mother-in-law and one by one it held most, if not all, of her sleeping babies. It’s a very special feeling to be preparing to use this crib now with our little one (and her first grandbaby! )  A nice side perk is all it cost us was the price of a quart of paint and a couple brushes.  What a deal!

painting in progress

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painted crib

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