Posts from the ‘diy projects’ Category


Our tiny home, 352 square feet is set in a mobile home park. We moved in January of 2016. First order of business, hook up to utilities, sewer, water. Next: skirting and steps, gutters on both sides, deck, landscape. Inside, the choices for flooring and counter tops were dark for our Park Model home. We changed out the kitchen floor to a blue/green tile to lighten it up, then changed out the counter top to white with blue/green tile back-splash and trim, changed out the double well sink for a single well allowing us more counter space. The bathroom, very small, too much dark, changed it out, new sink in the corner to give more floor space, and lightened counter and added more storage shelving. In the kitchen, we opted out of having a full sized oven and range and went with a two burner hot plate and a very nice, efficient convection oven that broils and toasts. We also purchased a small sized refrigerator with a bottom freezer.

Our reasons: We no longer wanted to carry a mortgage, as we are both collecting social security and on a fixed income. We did not want to live in an apartment as you have neighbors above, below and to the side of you. And we have a dog and a cat and we wanted a yard, a small yard for a garden and a place to relax and hang out on warm summer days. Also, Mike likes to build things and he needed a small work shed and room to set up saw horses and plug in power tools.

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mother to mother recipies

Christmas cookies/ heartburn free, practically

1 cup but5ter or margarine softened

1cup sugar

1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1egg yolk

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups unsifted flourj

combine all ingredients except flour, beat with mixer until well blended then add flour.

Roll out balls of dough onto floured surface and cut into shapes.

Bake  at 375 until edges are golden brown. Frost and decorate at to suit.

Grandma Dickinson’s carrot cookies

Really? Yup, made with actual carrots.

1 cup of cooled, cooked and mashed carrots.

Cream together-3/4 cup margarine, 3/4 cup sugar, add carrots, 1 teaspoon vanilla, then add in 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon grated orange rind. Spoon onto baking sheet. Bake at 375 for approximately 12 minutes. Frost. Suggestions: top each cookie with half of a maraschino cherry before baking and add some grated orange rind to the frosting.

Grandma Cynthia’s Apple Dumplings

3 medium apples cut in half or 6 small apples pealed and cored. (Save peelings for syrup).


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup margarine or butter

5 and ½ tablespoons of ice water

Cut in ingredients as you would a pie crust dough. Roll dough out on floured surface–thin; cut 6 squares and place apple on the dough adding cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon or lemon rind or both. Add sugar, a tablespoon approximately, and a dot of butter, wrap ½ or small apple in each square and place in a greased, deep baking dish and chill while preparing the syrup.


Bring 1 and 1/2 cups of water to a boil, reduce heat, and add peelings, allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375, remove peels, add to liquid 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of margarine, allow to sit until sugar is dissolved.

Brush the dumplings with a slightly beaten egg white; sprinkle with sugar and pour the syrup mix over the dumplings. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender

Serve warm with cream, or ice cream. Peaches may be substituted for apples.

Peach Kuchen

Sift together 2 cups flour

¼ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoons salt

1 cup sugar

Cut in ½ cup butter, spread in bottom of baking pan forming around sides, saving back some to sprinkle on top of 12 peach halves arranged on the bed of sugar flour mix. Cook 15 minutes then pour a cup of heavy cream, (or sour cream) mixed with 2 beaten egg yolks over the top and cook 30 minutes more at 400 degrees.