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Making Smoked Barbecue in a Big Green Egg

Big Green Egg

Welcome to the 517th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning! Hope you're having a great Christmas Eve! I'm spending time with family this week and I don't have my usual "Before and After" to share, so I thought I'd share something my son, Chip, was working on throughout the day, yesterday. In the wee hours of the morning, he got a Boston Butt/Pork Butt going in his Big Green Egg smoker-grill. We spent much of the day out shopping and playing while the grill did … [Continue Reading...]

The Big Present Puzzle & Making It All Fit

Load Up the Sleigh for a Christmas Trip

Thanks so much for sharing in the comments on yesterday's post how you keep track of recipes you find online that interest you and that you may want to make some day. I learned so many new things from you and I'm impressed with the systems you have devised for keeping up with recipes! One of the reasons I asked that question is because I was contemplating adding a recipe Plugin to BNOTP that would let you easily print out a recipe if you wished. I used to have a … [Continue Reading...]

5 Christmas Recipes That Will Having Them Coming Back for 2nd’s and 3rd’s

Coconut Cake Recipe

Welcome to the 533rd Tablescape Thursday! A Question For You So I've been wondering, what's your favorite way to keep up with a recipe you find online and would possibly like to make one day? Do you pin the recipe post to Pinterest? Or, do you have a recipe file on your computer where you just bookmark the post or website? Or, do you print it out right then and there? What is your favorite way to save those recipes you come across online? I have a … [Continue Reading...]

Oh, The Surprising Things You’ll See Through a Ring Doorbell!

Location of Extender for Ring Doorbell

Back on November 28th, I blogged about my intentions to add a Ring Doorbell to my home for increased security and convenience. If you missed that original post, you'll find it here: Finally Doing It-I'm Adding a Security Camera to my Front Porch. Today I'm sharing how the installation went along with one hiccup I encountered and how I solved it. If you have any questions after reading this post,  leave it in a comment below the post and I'm happy to answer those … [Continue Reading...]

A Wreath Switcheroo: Staying With a Natural Green Wreath From Now On

Christmas Porch, Lit Garland and Natural Christmas Wreath 4

Welcome to the 516th Metamorphosis Monday! A week or two ago I shared how the porch was decorated for Christmas. You may remember I wasn't thrilled with how this ornament wreath looked against my red door. I'm using it elsewhere, it looks great out on the screened porch.   So, here's how the porch looks now.   I was a little worried at first about the performance of battery-operated lighting on the lit garland I purchased this … [Continue Reading...]

Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages, I Want Some of These!

Stars for Bedroom Ceiling, Children or Adults

Update: If you have trouble seeing links below, please exit out of the post and load it again to see if that corrects the problem. This will be my last gift idea post and this one is geared toward the little ones who steal our hearts every day. I will continue to add gift ideas to this post as I've been doing with the other gift posts I've put together, so be sure to check back if you're still looking for additional ideas. Note: I've tried to choose gifts that … [Continue Reading...]

Favorite Gift Ideas for the Men in Our Life

Awesome Christmas Gifts for Men

Update: If you have trouble seeing links below, please exit out of the post and load it again to see if that corrects the problem. Recently, I shared a few gift ideas that would make great stocking stuffers. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Stocking Stuffers They'll Love on Christmas Day.   A few days later I shared suggestions for the ladies in your life. That post can be found here: Gifts Any Woman Would Love, Even the Picky … [Continue Reading...]

The Star Was Too Big, But at Least the Presents are Wrapped

Christmas Tree & Plaid Wrapped Gifts

Christmas is just 11 days away! Wow, this month is flying by! I have the presents all wrapped, but I'm doing something a little different this year. I don't think I'm going to add bows to the presents, well at least not right now. If I do, they will all get crushed when I pack them into my SUV to head north for Christmas. Maybe once I arrive, I'll add some bows then. That sounds like a good plan!   This year I came across this cute "red truck" gift … [Continue Reading...]

A Christmas Vacation Table Setting with Dept. 56 Lit Houses

Boss Shirley's House, Christmas Vacation Movie, Dept. 56

Welcome to the 533rd Tablescape Thursday! This has been such an interesting, busy week. Yesterday I was awakened at 4:15 in the morning by a trembling bed. Having experienced two earthquakes during the last 10 or so years, I was pretty sure we were having another one. A quick check of Twitter confirmed it. I rarely visit Twitter but it's a great place to go if you're wondering if an earthquake has just happened. Everyone seems to go there immediately to ask, "Did … [Continue Reading...]

Gifts Any Woman Would Love, Even The Picky Ones!

Best Clothes Steamer for removing wrinkles

Update: If you have trouble seeing links below, please exit out of the post and load it again to see if that corrects the problem. Recently, I shared a few items that I thought would be much-appreciated stocking stuffers this year. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Stocking Stuffers They'll Love on Christmas Day. Today I thought I'd share a few goodies that I think would make wonderful gifts for the women in your life. Many of these I have, some I … [Continue Reading...]