How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract in 5 Easy Steps

Last year, I set about making my own decadent blend of vanilla extract and the results were so delicious, I’ll never buy vanilla from a store again. Yep, it was that good. You would have thought with all my years of baking experience, I would have tried to make vanilla extract at least once, but […]

Have I Lost My Mind?! Jumping Rope After a 40+ Year Break

After this post,¬†about considering jumping rope again after a 40+ year layoff, I asked myself, “Self – why not?” I am officially jumping rope again – in my 50s, y’all! ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog […]

You Need to Bake This Streusel-Topped Apple Pie Now

Apple pie – two small words that invoke universal head-nodding and anticipation of a slice. Today, I’m sharing our family’s favorite deep dish apple pie recipe. It’s easy and packed with homemade flavor. Even the crust is doable for newbies. Let’s bake! Deep Dish Streusel-Topped Apple Pie Ingredients: Crust: 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon […]

How To: Make an Elegant Easter Ham with Pineapple Honey Glaze

Once a year, I leave the recipe for my Easter Ham with Pineapple Honey Glaze right here, so you don’t have to root around for it. Lawsy. Drooling yet? Why keep posting instead of making something different? To the list! #1) It’s a fan favorite. #2) It inspires me to buy a ham. #3) Buying […]

Happy New Year! Let Each Day Be Your New Beginning

Resolutions feel great this time of year; each promise signals leaving behind what weighs us down and moving forward with what lifts us up. Why leave that wonder and promise to one day of the year? Why not let each day be your new beginning? For each day you have left zipping around the sun, […]

How To: Open a Bottle Of Champagne Safely

When opening champagne there is no need for anyone to lose an eye. DON’T LOSE AN EYE! I’ve put together a fast and dirty tutorial, complete with videos! Someone get the lights! The professional! The regular gal! #1: Remove foil #2: Find the “key” on the wire cage and twist open, keeping your thumb on […]

Spanish Rice Done Right!

Oh, momma. Look at that drool-worthy pan of Spanish Rice! Let me tell you, it’s as addictive as it is purdy. Not to mention, easy to make! It’s Spanish Rice done right! ¬† Spanish Rice Ingredients: 4 bacon slices 1 cup chopped onion 1 1/2 cup diced green pepper 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes […]

The Powerful Addiction Of Christmas Crack Lives On

Four years. That’s how long I’ve been eating Christmas Crack…that’s how long I’ve been addicted. Back in 2012, I wrote a post about how my SIL introduced us to the magical concoction that is Christmas Crack and since then I have eaten more than my share of this tasty addicting snack. The recipe is now […]

A Candy-Free Lego Advent Calendar That Kids Love!

Our Advent calendar was a big tradition when Boy was younger (sweets, Hot Wheels, Legos and coins found their way into the pockets of the calendar) and I love the idea of passing along the fun to Sweet E. ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the […]

What’s Thanksgiving Without a Drunk (Carrot)?!

Drunk Carrots have been a staple on our Thanksgiving table since the very first time I tasted their delicious drunk orangy goodness and fell into a Hallelujah stupor. The simple recipe includes carrots, butter, brown sugar and whiskey, with the alcohol burning away, leaving behind a rich earthy depth to an otherwise ordinary side dish. […]