Carefree Poly Furniture Review: Quality Long Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Colorful Adirondack Chairs from Carefree Poly Furniture

It’s not often that you get to buy a great product and do something that’s truly beneficial for the planet, too. But that’s what we found at Carefree Poly Furniture – a ’net-based company that sells Amish-made poly lawn furniture. If you’re not familiar with poly lawn furniture, which many consider to be the “next…

Summer Gazpacho Soup is Refreshing Served Cold

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If you like tomatoes whether cooked or cold, this cold summer gazpacho soup would be a good choice for you to try. There are so many really good recipes for gazpacho, but they all use just about the same ingredients.  Sometimes the type of tomato used changes, for instance this calls for plum tomatoes but…

Use Paints to Dress Up Your Clay Pots

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You can use both spray paints and paint pens to dress up your clay pots to match or coordinate with your outdoor furnishings. One of the fastest ways to do any type of painting that I know of is spray painting, especially for craft projects.  For this project we are using Design Masters Color Tool Sprays. …

Try These Simple Summer Floral Centerpieces

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Add style to your summer table settings by gathering up flowers of the season and putting them in single center vases or using a variety of small ones together in a grouping. Summer is a great time for entertaining.  Somehow food just seems to taste better when it is served outdoors.  But you don’t have to…

Add 4th of July Flair to Baked Goods

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Cookies and brownies are 4th of July staples - spice them up with holiday decor and make them the hit of the party. I have a sugar cookie recipe that I love but I know that the store bought sugar cookie dough is certainly fast and easy.  In either case, if you are making sugar cookies…

You’ll Love These Patriotic Jell-O Recipes

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Everyone loves Jell-O so why not try these special recipes from the manufacturer – I did and was very satisfied! Patriotic Jell-O Recipes?  I know it sounds silly, but my family really does enjoy good old fashioned Jell-O!  About this time of the year I start seeing all the creative things you can do with Jell-O…

Awesome Summer Grilling Tips & Techniques

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Looking for some helpful tips and techniques for grilling out?  Well, here are 10 that will keep you busy for weeks. Hey folks, these grilling tips are from our favorite Tupperware consultant, Chris! Although Matt is a real grill master, even he was impressed that there were things he didn’t know about grilling.  Chris has offered up…

Shrimp and Sausage Boil Feeds a Hungry Crowd

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There’s something for everyone in a shrimp and sausage boil from a variety of meats to potatoes and veggies too! I found a recipe similar to this in one of my old magazines and had it clipped out and saved forever!  So, this Fourth of July I decided to give it a try.  It was…

August is a Birthday Wishes Tree with Hats and Gifts

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During the course of a year, there has to be a tree to celebrate special ocassions like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or new babies, and the month of August holds all of my family’s birthdays! Believe it or not, I’m still creating trees for the months of the year.  Actually for August you might say I’m…

Blueberry Pouch Pie is the Easiest Pie to Make

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Everytime I look at the blueberry pie photo I want to make one, and they are easy enough that I can! I think by now you know that many of my recipes come from my local grocery store, Publix. I love them. Publix has a service called “Apron’s Simple Meals” and it is all part…

Create a Star Studded 4th of July Table

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Stars hung from the chandelier are the hero in this inexpensive table decor, adding class to simple paper plates and paper napkins. This festive table setting gets it’s charm from layering and attention to detail. However, it isn’t complicated, it is put together with three easy pieces.  The center piece, number 1, is nothing more…

Your 4th of July Table Needs Red, White and Blue

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Don’t go out and buy all sorts of decor when you have everything you need right in your own cupboards and closets. Interesting centerpieces can be inspiring, and this table setting gets most of its interest from the items sitting in the middle.  Tall things are always noticed, colorful items bring attention and regular household items…

Use a Flag Theme for a 4th of July Table

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This is the fastest 4th of July centerpiece idea around. Just grab a white vase, red tissue paper, a dozen flags and you’re done! A great centerpiece is a good start to a pretty holiday table.  For 4th of July, one of our more casual holidays, I like to keep things inexpensive, simple and quick.  Here’s a…

How To Make a Patriotic 4th of July Wreath

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Nothing says 4th of July like our national flag, and this wreath displays them proudly but adds a bit of sparkel as well. This patriotic wreath was easy to pull together and I’ve used it as a wall hung wreath with the flags, without the flags and even as a centerpiece on a table! To…

Create a 4th of July Ribbon Bouquet Centerpiece

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Looking for a dramatic centerpiece for this year’s 4th of July celebration?  Try this ribbon bouquet and create your own fireworks! This adorable little ribbon bouquet centerpiece can be on a dining table or even just set on your outdoor coffee table to spread the holiday cheer.  The ribbon flowers take just a few minutes to…

July’s Tree is All Red, White and Blue

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There’s no question what July’s tree should look like so the flags, stars, and red, white and blue ornaments are no surprise.  If there was ever a month that could stand a holiday tree, it’s July.  We are celebrating the birth of our country on the 4th and it’s been so long since we had a…

Best Ways to Clean and Maintain Your Gas Grill

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Ahhhhh!  The coming of summer, boating, swimming hiking, cleaning your grill, yes you heard me cleaning your gas grill.  I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but if you are anything like me you love to cook out.  Well at least you like the results, brats, steaks and burgers, now I’m talking your language.  But…

Summer Pasta Salad with Pepperoni and Pesto

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This pasta salad takes alittle more effort than most, but believe me it is worth it with the combination of flavors  and textures it’s sure to be a hit. My first couple of years working at Sherwin Williams, I was starting a new color marketing department, and I was located in the laboratory with the…

Ideas on What to Do for Entertainment This Summer

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These are simple ideas for saving money, reducing stress, and just enjoying the simples pleasures of summer for a change. Not long ago I wrote a story about the “Perfect Thanksgiving”.  It was mostly about the pressure I was putting on myself to recreate the perfect Thanksgiving that my Grandmother had made for us all…

Craft These Nautical Flag Coasters and Placemats

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Summer is the perfect time to grab your crafting tools, set up a workspace outside, and create accessories for your home. During the summer months I am always looking for projects to keep my kids busy.  Here’s a great project that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, it’s pretty easy, and in the end you…

June’s Tree is Filled with Nautical Flags and Sailboats

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June’s tree needed to really say summer is here, and nothing says carefree summer than sailing, ropes and white lights. A holiday tree in June?  Yes, you can stop laughing; we’ve been through this several times now.  Why not celebrate the entire year with a pretty lit tree inside your home?  It doesn’t have to be…

Check Out Our List of a Dozen Summer Essentials

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Matt and I started having a discussion about what makes a summer great. Aside from the gathering of family and friends and good eats from the grill, there were certain summertime “props”, if you will, that kept coming up in the conversation.  We decided it might be fun to put this list of a dozen…

Summer Decorating Ideas to Lighten Your Rooms

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Looking to bring a little summer to your home?  Here are a few suggestions that are economical, easy to do, and are quick so you have more time for summertime fun! Big bold summer color striped fabric make great pillow covers for your current sofa pillows.  Make them out of washable cotton canvas for easy…

Decorate Your Door and Table for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day decorations can be very cost effective if you keep them around for all the summer holidays like 4th of July and Labor Day! This Memorial Day I decided that I didn’t want to go crazy with the red, white and blue because that to me is The 4th of July!  Instead I wanted…

Mix Flowers and Flags for a Memorial Day Centerpiece

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Simply select your favorite summer flowers and ceramic pitcher, then drss them up with the addition of holiday flags and your centerpiece is finished! As I often enjoy doing things differently, I wanted to bring new colors into my Memorial Day décor, and when I found these orange and yellow mums, I knew I had something going…

A Five Ingredient Healthy Summer Salad

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This very colorful salad can be made up ahead of time because adding the dressing and allowing it to soak into the vegetables gives it a nicer flavor. There is a fine line though between nice flavor and mushy veggies, so give it a try and judge for yourself! Our veggies were still crunchy 24…