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Russian Stuffed Peppers #Recipe

This is part two in the Russian Dining At Home "series", and as promised, I'm going to tell you how to make a meal that both looks and tastes amazing! This meal does take a little prep time, but it's pretty simple, and you and your family will enjoy the results. So without further ado, let's get started! Russian Stuffed Peppers Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups cooked Rice (I used brown, but you could also use white) 8-10 Bell Peppers (red, yellow, or green will work) 1 lb. Ground Turkey 1 lb. Ground Pork 2 Eggs 4 Carrots, grated (I was out of regular carrots, so subbed about 32 baby carrots and it worked great) 3 Tbsp Oil 1 Tbsp Butter 1 Jar Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce 2 Tbsp Vinegar 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional; not in the original recipe, but our family loves cheese!) Podliva Sauce Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Oil 2 Carrots, grated (or about 8-10 baby carrots) 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Seasoning 1 Tbsp Sour Cream 3/4 cup Tomato Sauce Directions: Cut off

Easy Steps For Refreshing Your Garden

Like any part of your home , there are times when you can feel that your garden isn’t looking its best. Whether it's rough turf or a total weed infestation, there are many things you can do to refresh the look of your garden. Even if it’s looking like a jungle out there, don’t let it get to you! Here are some easy ways you can get your garden looking like a mini paradise again! Image from Wikimedia If you know your garden looks off, but you can’t quite put your finger on the issue, you might be looking in all the wrong places! A totally refreshed look to your garden could be as simple as repairing your fence. When the paint’s peeling and nails are coming loose, it can have a profound negative effect on the whole area. A fresh lick of paint could be just what you need. If your fence is looking really terrible and money’s not an issue, then you might want a new fence altogether. After a service from a firm like Fencemakers fencing & gates , you’ll be amazed at how much

How to Make Your Son's Birthday Extra Special

Every parent wants their son’s birthday to be extra special. But it’s not always easy meeting those high expectations that you set for yourself. If you’re struggling for ideas, here is are some ideas how you can make your boy’s day the most special birthday they’ve ever had. Start the Day Early Make sure everyone gets to bed early the night before the big day. We all know that the day has to start early when it’s your son’s birthday. They will be up and getting you up not long after the crack of dawn as the excitement of the day gets the better of them. Make sure you have the morning planned out. Depending on what your birthday routines and traditions are, you might want to make a special breakfast to start the day. Or you might let them open their presents and birthday cards before you do anything else. The key to success is having it all planned out in advance. Spend the Morning Doing Something Fun Together If you ask me, the morning of your son’s party should be spent

Prepare Your Home For A Pet With These Super Tips

Bringing a new pet into your home requires quite a bit of careful planning and organization. For a start, your pet will be nervous and excited. A new environment can be quite daunting for any animal. And if the pet has not met you or your family before, it may take a little time for your new pet to settle in. To make sure the first few hours go smoothly, plan your introductions carefully. If it’s just you in the home, then it should be a little easier to manage. If you need to introduce excitable children to your new pet, it’s best to do this one at a time spread out over a few hours. Start by preparing the areas where your pet will be sleeping and eating. Your pet will need a cozy bed that is out of the way of the rest of the family. It will help them feel more comfortable and secure. And we all need somewhere to sleep where we won’t be disturbed! The eating area should also be out of the way of family activity. Some animals can become quite possessive about their food. If there

Ideas for Building a Multi-generational Home

Multi-generational living would have been common not too long ago. It's still a very popular thing to do in many countries where there's a great emphasis on family values. And it's now coming back into popularity in places like the USA, Australia and the UK. People who need to look after elderly parents are considering bringing the whole family together. There could be two, three or even four generations in one property. It can mean being able to pool together funds from four or more adults. The larger funds make it possible to consider building a custom home, instead of buying. If it's something you're considering, here are some of the things you could do. via Dennis Jarvis Separate Buildings Even though you love and care for your family, you don't necessarily want to be living on top of them. For many families, it's practical to be close, but they don't need to share living space . One of the options you might consider is living on the same p

How Can You Tell When You're Really Ill?

Anyone who has battled with weight over the years, is often a little more cautious when feeling rundown. There are so many conditions you have to be wary of when you’re not slim and fit. This is one reason why I work so hard to push myself to improve my health and fitness. I don’t want to get sick, and I don’t want to feel like I can’t do the things I want to do. Let’s face it, we all get run down or feel poorly once in awhile. Coughs and colds are certainly the worst offenders in my house. However, there are times when you might feel like you just can’t shift that tickle, or maybe that pain in your sinus has been there a little too long. And how long is flu supposed to last for anyway? It’s so difficult to know when there is a more serious problem going on. Alvimann provided the photo Very high temperatures shouldn’t be ignored, especially in kids. The higher your temperature, the less likely you’re going to be thinking straight about what action to take next. Often, para

Photography Fun!

Hey neighbors! My daughter and I are working more on our camera skills this year.  She has a really good eye for pictures.  I on the there hand enjoy taking pictures.  We both now have Lightroom on our computers to edit our photos.  We both have the Canon T3i and I also own a Canon T5.  We have picked up and few extra lenses and are now taking a huge amount of photos one day and then spending a couple of days, many hours, editing.  We compare pictures and of course help each other.  Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of photos here to show you how it is going.  They will only be my photos, as she puts most of hers on her own website: . Here is the first one I want to share.  I will post the original, and then show you what it became after editing. Here is another that I took of Modesty while we were out. And here is an older eagle picture I pulled in to Lightroom. And here is one more of some pelicans. Please leave

Top Home Improvements To Raise The Value Of Your House

If you’re thinking about selling your home later in the year, you might want to consider what you can do to make sure you hit that ceiling price. It’s not always easy to get the price you want for your home. Many people take on home renovations as a way to boost the value and appeal when the property goes on the market. Some renovations can be more appealing than others. And some will add a lot of value too. Think about when you look around people’s homes. If you’re buying a house soon, you will probably be most interested in the size of the rooms, and the quality of the kitchen and bathrooms. These are the three top things to consider when you want to put your own property on the market. Real estate can be tough to sell if you don’t have an attractive offering. Kitchens should be practical, especially in a family room. There should be space for an island or a breakfast table. Cupboards should provide adequate storage solutions. Built in appliances are very popular too. If your

Tap My Trees Maple Sugaring

Hey neighbors! I am so excited about this review this Starter Kit with Aluminum Buckets from Tap My Trees .   have always thought that tapping trees  and making maple syrup always looked interesting, so when we had the option to do a review for Tap My Trees, I jumped at the chance. We received the entire starter kit that basically comes with everything needed for tapping 3 of your own trees.  Included are: 3 - Aluminum 3 Gallon Buckets 3 - Metal Lids 3 - Spiles (explained later) 3 - Hooks 1 - Maple Sugaring At Home Book 1 - Drill Bit 7/16 1 - Cheesecloth The very first thing we did was read through the book.  It is about 44 pages long, so you could even if read it aloud with your children over a couple of days.  If you have older children you can assign them to read the book.  The book covers each step of the Maple Sugaring Process.  One of the most important steps of course is making sure you have a maple tree in your yard or perhaps in a friend or family member

Never Forget Those Baby Moments

They say the real precious baby moments are unforgettable. The trouble is they are replaced with another unforgettable moment straight away and so on! There is no way to remember and hold onto everything. The truth is every moment you share with your baby is precious. You have been looking forward to this time for so long and it passes by so quickly. You really have to be proactive to capture the whole beauty of your baby’s early days and months. Here are a few thoughts on preserving the memory in ways that will allow you to revisit them again and again. image source Start a Memory Box This will be a treasure trove of the future. You will love to come back to this again and again. Start it as soon as you can! You could even hold memories here of the baby shower . Make it more than a list of guests. Start to save cards and mementos. Save as much as you can. Many mothers to be like to have a copy of their scans. It can be incredible to think what a tiny precious person you ha

Preparing The Home For Wheelchair Accessibility

When someone who is wheelchair bound comes to live in a home, there are lots of changes that need to be made. It is their home, so of all places, it should be the one where they do not feel like they have to sacrifice any comfort or ease-of-access. There are lots of ways to make the home easier to live in, from mobility to accessing all parts of the home with ease. There are also others that can increase the level of independence a physically challenged person feels within the home. This article looks to cover all the ways that a home can be made more accommodating for those bound to their wheelchairs. Image from Public-Domain-Images Widening door ways One of the considerations that needs to be made straight away is widening any doorways within the home. Of course, all doors should be able to be accommodate the width of a wheel chair. It has the added benefit of making the house feel like it has more space, too. Image from Public-Domain-Images More floor space In