Macaroni Skillet

Macaroni Skillet

If you’re as tired of cooking as we are, whip this up for a yummy dinner! This is a great and EASY comfort food recipe! My family LOVES it!!

1 pound ground beef
1 tsp onion powder (or 1/4 cup chopped onion)
3 cups tomato juice
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS vinegar
1 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup macaroni

Brown ground beef in like a 5 quart pot. (if you’re doing real actual onion, put it in when you’re browning the burger) Once it gets going, sprinkle the onion powder in and let that fry into the beef. Once the ground beef is no longer pink, drain the fat and keep the beef in the pot. Add everything else right into the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks to Gerrit’s Appliance!

IKEA Shares Blanket Fort Blue Prints for Quarantine FUN

IKEA Shares Blanket Fort Blue Prints for Quarantine FUN


After spending several months in self-isolation with their kids, some parents might be running out of ideas on how to keep their kids entertained for the remainder of quarantine.

Thankfully, IKEA has published a set of how-to guides for the perfect family activity: building blanket forts.

Now just like every other set of IKEA furniture, there is some assembly required—but the Swedish company made sure to include illustrated instructions for each of their designs.

Check them all out! 

Sweet and Savory Pasta Salad

Sweet and Savory Pasta Salad

Everyone loves pasta salad, right? But I’m telling you, this one (which apparently came from a mistake) is my absolute favorite. I crave this more than any other pasta salad I’ve ever had. The ingredients are so unique that it gives it a sweet and savory flavor. But my mom swears she never made it the way I make it. She said her original recipe did NOT have green olives in it, but she can’t remember what it had instead. So I just make it like this. And since Memorial Day weekend is coming up, it’s about to be pasta salad season! Enjoy!


2 boxes of tri-colored pasta (cooked and drained)
2-3 cups of red seedless grapes (washed and loose)
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast (or pulled rotisserie chicken)
6 oz jar sliced salad olives drained (I know it’s weird, but I pitch all the pimentos)

Hellman’s Light Mayo – 4-6 spatula dollops
2 Tbs or more Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder

Put first 4 ingredients in large bowl and chill
Whisk sauce ingredients together until it looks like salad dressing
Fold into pasta salad
Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight. The longer the better!


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Make Up While You Mask

Make Up While You Mask

Our Fashionista Andy Paige has some advice for how to do your make up while you’re masking!


So this week I started leaving my house a bit. I had a few things that I needed to get accomplished and I was faced with the fact that I had to wear a mask for several hours at a time. I have no problem with this mind you, but my new accessory caused me to completely change my cosmetic routine!

Let’s face it, when 2/3rds of your face is covered, and all you have is your eyes to show your smiling, your eye makeup takes on a whole new level of importance! You want to play up what people are seeing. Add some happiness, visual interest and unexpected color! So I did!

Blush, lipstick, contour??? They are no longer really relevant when sporting a Covid cover. So I simply wore a nourishing tinted moisturizer and some chapstick and focused all of my cosmetic attention on my eyes.

Colorful eyeshadow, an extra coat of mascara, great brows, highlighter and a fabulous concealer is what mask makeup is all about. So, take a little more time, practice your eye makeup and experiment a bit.

Make your peepers sing atop your mask and make it count.

As we return to our public life in a mask, we can actually enjoy this opportunity to play with your eye makeup. Remember, to most people you’re anonymous under there, so don’t be afraid of making a mistake. Just a play a little.

You can do this!


At Home Facials

At Home Facials

A professional at home facial from our Fashionista, Andy Paige!

She writes; I am missing my beauty services…how about you?  Hair cuts, waxing, Botox!!!  Oh my goodness, when I look in the mirror I have to remind myself that this is only temporary!  Ha!  I will live to be groomed again!!  Hahah!

The one thing I’ve been doing for myself is complete spa level facials!  I love the relaxation and results of a thorough facial and with more time on my hands I’ve been enjoying the relaxing detailed work of tending to my skin.

There are about 9 steps to a thorough facial, and when you truly take the time to do them all, the results are noticeable. Carve out an hour and do this for yourself. It’s worth it.

  1. Remove makeup
  2. Thoroughly cleanse
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Steam your face
  5.  Extractions
  6. Apply a mask (see recipes below)
  7. Tone
  8. Moisturize
  9. Message or use a face roller.

Professional facials can cost $100-$500 dollars depending on the masks and treatments, so learning to do them for yourself right now can be both good for your skin and wallet. It’s not that hard and you’re definitely worth it.

Mask recipes: To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing homemade face mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.

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