STOUFFER’s® Fit Kitchen to the Rescue!

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While I love to cook, there are those days when it’s the last thing on my mind.

Know the feeling?

I come home from work, change into a pair of khaki shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops and begin “part two” of my day.

Some nights the grass needs cut. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, and now the hot temperatures, the grass needs cut two (sometimes three) times each week! Some nights it’s ‘work in the garage night”.

College Kid and I are putting together a sweet little woodworking shop. We had a good assortment of benches and tools when we started. And, we’ve added a few more tools (you can never have enough!) and another workbench to the mix.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here on the blog, but my dad passed away back in April.  He left us a ton of power tools, hand tools, and a lot of other items that belong in a home handyman’s shop. We’ve tossed and donated and sold a lot of stuff he had, but there’s NO way I was going to part with the woodworking stuff.

No. Freaking. Way.

So, my brother and I are dividing up the tools. His son doesn’t have much interest in the tools, but College Kid was excited to hear that we were bringing home a lot of new-to-us stuff from my dad’s big workshop.

The past several days have been really hot and humid.  Working in the garage has been torture.  Even with the doors open and a fan running.


When it was time to think about making dinner, standing in front of the stove or even the gas grill on the patio was the last place I wanted to be.

“If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen – use the microwave!”

That’s my new motto for summertime cooking.  Feel free to borrow it.

With STOUFFER’S® NEW Fit Kitchen rel=”nofollow” Single Serve Entrees, it’s easy to have dinner on the table in about ten minutes. And I get to laugh at the thermometer that screams 92 degrees outside!

My trip to Walmart earlier in the day really paid off!


FitKitchenFreezer at Walmart


FitKitchenSteakFajita on the shelf




A simple Romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes and black olives makes a great summer-time side dish. (And there’s no cooking needed!)

No pots and pans to scrub means I can get back to the garage.

We’re making great progress.  The vintage drill press from my dad’s shop has been securely mounted to a work bench.  It needs cleaned up, but it looks really great.  And it purrs like a kitten.  : )

No doubt you’re busy this summer too.  Can you see how STOUFFER’s® Fit Kitchen can help you out?  Especially when the temps outside are scorching hot?  Or when you’re just too darned tired to cook?

But Wait!  There’s More!

In addition to the awesome Steak Fajita that I made, STOUFFER’s® also offers Cilantro Lime Chicken, Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey, Bourbon Steak, Oven Roaster Chicken, and Monterey Chicken!  And each recipe is jam-packed with 25 grams of protein or more.  Yowza!

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DIY PROJECT :: Making a Set of Cornhole Boards

Cornhole is STILL the Craze

Right after video games, cornhole has become the game of choice for kids (and parents t0o).  We see tons of them every weekend at the lake.  Campers bring along their family, food, their pets, AND their cherished corn hole games.

Making Corn Hole Boards

 A Great FAMILY Project

Making cornhole boards is a great project for you and the kids.  Even the youngest ones can help in some way.  Just BE SAFE!  Keep power tools unplugged when not in use and out of the reach of small children at ALL times.  We want this to be a fun project — not a trip to the ER. :-)

About a year ago, Nate and I made a set of cornhole boards.  You can see one of them in the photo below.  (And as a personal side note:  Wow, doesn’t the backyard lawn look nice and green?!?!)

Okay, on with the story. :-)

Several members of our family are IU (Indiana University) fans.  So…as home-grown Hoosiers, we opted for the old Cream and Crimson design.

Our boards turned out great.  For first-timers, this project went very well — from beginning to end.  Let me just say:  good instructions make ALL the difference.

Let’s get started!

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Patriotic Mini-Windsock

Mini Windsock Supplies

As I promised in this post, I am going to show you how I made my Patriotic Mini-Windsock.

With just a few standard supplied, I came up with a red-white-and-blue craft for Memorial Day.

First:  paint a bathroom tissue tube blue.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (white) 1″ wide  x 6-1/2 inches long.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (red) 1″ wide x 6-1/2 inches long.

Glue each strip around the tube as shown in the photo.  Hold the paper to the tube for a few seconds to be sure it stays where you want it.



Mini Windsock Step 2


Cut red and white strips about 1/2″ wide by 8 inches long.  Glue to the inside of the tube.

Punch two holes near the top of the tube.

Feed the ribbon into the hole and tie a knot in each end.

There!  You’re ready to hang your windsock!


Finished windsock

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