Grandma Shirlie’s Monster Cookies

Fall colored M&M's and chocolate chips for monster cookies

With Halloween upon us, it is time to make one of my favorite treats from Grandma Shirlie...Monster Cookies.  Not only does the name scream Halloween, it is also delicious.  How could you not like a cookie that has peanut butter, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and M&M's? First step is to mix the sugar and butter together... Then you add an egg and mix this in... Next comes the fun part of adding the oats, peanut butter, ... read more

How to Make Skeleton Leaves

The skeleton leaves are drying

Today, I wanted to share with y’all how to make skeleton leaves. When I was about 12 years old, I got to visit my grandparents for two weeks.  During this particular visit grandma and grandpa took me on a picnic lunch at an isolated spot on the St. John's River. While exploring I found a pretty leaf that I wanted to keep but wasn't sure how I would get my treasure home. Once back at the house my grandfather handed me a bible and told me to put ... read more

Entryway Shelf


I found another great find recently that I just couldn't pass up. I've been looking for something to go in my entry because for quite some time now it has been bare and looks sad. So when I saw this great shelf at an antique store, I knew I could make it my own.  Plus it had recently been reduced from $45 to $15! The first thing I had to do was prime it because painting over the red would be difficult.  I also wanted to take the backing ... read more

Fall Front Porch


I'll be the first one to tell you that for Christmas I start decorating Thanksgiving weekend.  But for fall, I typically just put out a wreath and a pumpkin or two.  My mom is usually the one to spruce up the front of her house with fall decor. But this year I thought, "I should totally decorate my house !  I love the season, so why haven't I decorated the previous years?" I knew I wanted to incorporated mums, pumpkins, and hay into my ... read more

Creamy Thai Carrot Soup


I am always on the hunt for recipes that are healthy and tasty.  The foods I eat must be flavorful and easy to make in order to stay successful on my weight loss journey. This Creamy Thai Carrot Soup is packed with unbelievable layers of flavor.  In addition to the great taste it is also very healthy.  I found the original recipe on Weight Watchers (of course) and changed it up a bit to my taste. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:8]The grated fresh ... read more