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Weekend Shopping at Kohl’s

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Doing Some Weekend Shopping?


How about treating yourself to a Garbage Bowl from Rachael Ray?

We have the orange/red one.  And we use it A LOT!

No need to mess up your kitchen sink.  Simply chop and plop your produce scraps into the bowl.

Then, when you’re all done, just toss the scraps in your compost bin or the trash.

Easy. Cheesy.

Here’s a link to the “GB” as Rachael calls it.  Yes, it’s an affiliate link.  But don’t sweat it.

I simply make a small commission if you buy it.  You certainly don’t pay any more for it.

In fact…it’s on sale.  Online only.

Go ahead — check it out!
15-50% off Cookware and kitchen prep. Select styles. 9/4-9/7


Have an AWESOME weekend!

Back-to-School Goodness

Back-to-school time is in full-swing at our house. My youngest son started his first year of high school last Friday (Yikes!) and my oldest son heads back to college in just a few days to begin his sophomore year.

It’s a crazy-busy time of the year, for sure.

And yes, it’s totally true what they say: time flies. At warp speed!

Check out these four (4) great products that might just make the academic year a little easier for you.

Easy is good, right? Heck yes!

Read on.

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A Quick Tutorial: Salad-in-a-Jar

three canning jars


Several of my Instagram followers have asked me about the photos of I post with food in canning jars.

First, as much as I’d like to claim to be the original “food jar guy”, I’m not.  Hey, honesty is a virtue.  Just being straight up with you, okay?

I also know a good thing when I see it.  So…I want to share some food-in-a-jar ideas with you.

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Nesquik Ready-to-Drink Makes a Great Addition to a School Lunch


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.

lunch on kiddie picnic table

Back to school time is (Ugh!) only a few weeks away.

Summer goes by way too fast, doesn’t it?

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Coming Up on Crafty Dad dot com





Lots of things are planned here at Crafty Dad dot com.

Here’s a quick list of some upcoming blog posts:

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Low-Carb Recipe :: Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s summertime.

It’s grilling time.

No one wants to stand over a hot stove.

Turning on the oven is a no-no on a hot summer day.

Solution:  Grilled Chicken Salad.

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June was National Safety Awareness Month

safety cones


Did you know that June was National Safety Awareness Month?

It’s true.  And although summer is speeding by and we’re already into the month of July, I wanted to share some safety tips with you.

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Book Giveaway: “Crockett’s Victory Garden”

Gardening has been in my blood for many years.  Probably more than 50 years if I think hard enough about it. My grandfather taught me everything he knew – from soil preparation to harvest.

And all the sweat-filled, mosquito-swatting tasks in between.


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Wednesday Wipe Down

Wednesday Wipe Down


What day is it?

Well, yes, it’s Huuuuuuump Day.

No doubt about that.

It’s also Wednesday Wipe Down at the Crafty Dad house.


It’s quick, easy, and effective at keeping your home looking good.

(And it’s a great way to keep clutter from taking over too!)


Here’s the Rub:

1.  Deal with the mail.  Put it away.  Trash it. Recycle it. Shred it. Whatever you need to do. Just DO IT.

2.  Wipe down the kitchen counters, sink, stove top, and refrigerator.  Nothing fancy.  A damp cleaning rag is really all we’re talking about here.  Wipe off the grime and fingerprints.  Make your sink shine.  Done.

3.  Bathrooms.  We have three of them.  I was done in less than FIVE minutes.  It’s easy.  A damp rag takes care of the sinks and counter top area.  A second damp rag for wiping off the toilet.  Toss the dirty hand towels in the laundry.  Put out fresh ones.  Boom!  Done.

4. De-clutter.  Find all the TV remotes.  Put them in their basket, or bowl, or whatever you use to corral them.  Make sure the kids’ toys are put away.  (Strongly encourage them to help you with this task.  I mean really.)  If things are really a mess, I put all the clutter in a laundry basket and then ask each family member to deal with his/her stuff. PUT IT AWAY.  We all have trouble with that one, don’t we? Oh, it’s SO easy to get it out. But putting things away seems to be an ageless shortcoming.


That’s it!

It only takes a few minutes.  And, if everyone pitches in, it goes WAY faster.  And the grumbling is minimized too.

Ask me how I know!







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