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Slightly ridiculous food, recipes, style and decor ideas to destroy a life of ho hum same same. Ordinary will not be tolerated.

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You don’t need more stuff. Discover tools and articles that inspire fun, exploring, experimenting, and trying new things.

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Quirky lifestyle blogging without all the mommies and babies. Get grown up food, style, and art ideas worth exploring.

Apr20
10 Incredible Etsy Shops With Fewer Than 100 Sales
10 Incredible Etsy Shops With Fewer Than 100 Sales
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I really don’t get it sometimes. Artists with incredible products not killing it on Etsy. These shops below represent what I’m talking about. Interesting niche items in all price ranges…

Apr16
How to Redesign a Mudroom for Fun, Function, and Lightness
How to Redesign a Mudroom for Fun, Function, and Lightness
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Moving into this house was 10% more exciting because of the presence of a mudroom. I don’t where you live, but here in Colorado having a mudroom can mean the…

Apr09
How Even An Idiot Can Make 2-Ingredient Paleo Banana Egg Pancakes
How Even An Idiot Can Make 2-Ingredient Paleo Banana Egg Pancakes
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Part of me wants to punch the people who post this recipe on their perfect food perfect person blogs. Though I’m not Paleo, I do try to eat real food 90% of the…

Apr07
Yummy & Easy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna Boats
Yummy & Easy Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna Boats
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Sometime in the last few years, J and I became slobs. Truly proper slobs, really. Sweatpants or leggings. T-shirts. Uggs. Scary food like Taco Bell. Fifteen years ago I hardly ever ate…

Jan29
A Black Bean Brownies Experiment via Dr. Fuhrman
A Black Bean Brownies Experiment via Dr. Fuhrman
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When J said, “That sounds absolutely disgusting.”  I knew I had to make these black bean brownies.  I remember hearing about black bean brownies over a decade ago and being curious. …

Jan05
Spinach Pasta Recipe from Unused, Leftover Spinach Dip
Spinach Pasta Recipe from Unused, Leftover Spinach Dip
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Periodically, J and I host an open house on New Year’s Day.  You know, a daytime party with food and drink and chatter with people you may not have seen…

Dec06
Replacing A Fireplace and A Wall: A DIY Project
Replacing A Fireplace and A Wall: A DIY Project
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This house came with turn of the century cubbyholes.  Holes that said, “Hey, you wanna put that giant television somewhere?  We’ve got your spot right here is this enormous finished…

Nov04
Chicken Cordon Bleu Balls: A Delightful, Easy Appetizer
Chicken Cordon Bleu Balls: A Delightful, Easy Appetizer
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We were in line to host game night, a quarterly get together with some old friends who are rude, crude, and socially unacceptable enough to regularly play “Cards Against Humanity“.…

Aug10
Pinterest Vs. Reality: Zucchini Sandwich From Honestly Yum
Pinterest Vs. Reality: Zucchini Sandwich From Honestly Yum
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When you manage to grow zucchini the size of a small man’s arm, it helps to find a few recipes that use a lot of squash, are tasty, easy, and interesting.  When…

Jun08
Fast, Easy, Healthy Chicken Mole Recipe
Fast, Easy, Healthy Chicken Mole Recipe
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Have you ever tried the gloriousness that is mole?  No, you freak. I don’t mean the rodent.  I mean pork or chicken mole, a Mexican dish.  Peppers, cocoa powder and…

May20
Easy, Healthy Lunch Idea: Avocado Feta Lettuce Wraps
Easy, Healthy Lunch Idea: Avocado Feta Lettuce Wraps
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As someone who works from home running my own tiny little business, I have the luxury of making lunches just as complicated as I dare.  I’ve been known to make…

Apr17
Mad Quest: Quirky Modern Coffee Mugs
Mad Quest: Quirky Modern Coffee Mugs
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It started innocently enough.  A cup of coffee in Florence, Italy.  A sip. Delicious.  But no addiction.  No quaking at the prospect, the very notion, of not having coffee every…

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