5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Bread Machine! If you are considering purchasing a bread making machine, you just might be wondering which bread machine is right for you and how do you go about selecting a bread machine that will work for you and your family anyway? There’s more to selecting a bread machine than simply the price of the machine. Although price is
What’s an Instant Pot, you say? Or maybe you’re wondering why you should even consider purchasing an Instant Pot? Do you have an Instant Pot or an electric pressure cooker? Do you have an Instant Pot on your wish list? Well, if you’ve been wondering what all the hype is about, I’m here to, hopefully, answer your questions, like “What’s an Instant Pot anyway and why
I’m over on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home sharing my 2017 Printable Monthly Calendar that you can download for free! 2016 certainly had its moments of joy and sorrow for my family. I’m definitely hoping that 2017 is full of more joy, health and happiness for not only my family, but your family as well. We found ourselves ushering out 2016 with bitter joy. Joy as we
Happy New Year! I thought I’d start 2017 off by sharing my top 10 posts of 2016. I’m really proud to share this collection of the most popular recipes, DIY projects and printables from The Birch Cottage blog for 2016. 2016 was a great year for The Birch Cottage blog. I celebrated my one year blog anniversary and reached multiple goals and milestones. I met a
Did you know you can make a homemade windshield de-icer? Just three simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) combined in a spray bottle and you’ve got yourself a homemade windshield de-icer. Yesterday morning when I went to warm up my car before heading out the door to work, I found my car doors frozen shut. The day before we received a gift
This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is a quick and easy last minute DIY Christmas gift idea! Christmas and all the work that goes into holiday preparation can be stressful. Having some homemade gifts that you can whip up in a jiffy or already have on hand, can be a real sanity saver. Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe Hot chocolate and Christmas go together like winter and
I have fallen in love with my bread machine and I want you to do the same! I’m hoping that by sharing my 5 reasons you need a bread machine, you’ll find new reasons to love your bread maker, too! Do you use a bread machine? Do you have a bread machine or bread maker you received as a gift years ago and have just
I feel I would be neglecting my duties as a mom to our three children who so proudly serve in our military and as an American citizen if I failed to mention anything to you about National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016. I am also very proud to share with you that the NJROTC students from one of my local high school’s (and where I
I’ve been on a roll creating Plaid Christmas Prints lately. You may have seen my Deer Plaid Christmas Prints or maybe even my Christmas Gift Tags. I just think they’re adorable and keep finding new ways to incorporate plaid into my Christmas projects. These plaid Joy, Peace, Merry Christmas and Noel Plaid Christmas prints are no exception! Farmhouse Christmas Decor You can add subtle touches of
UPDATE: This problem has been resolved. If you experience any problems accessing content on The Birch Cottage blog, please let me know! Thanks for your patience! There’s good news and bad news. Good news, my blog is experiencing slightly more traffic than anticipated. Bad news, my hosting server is having a difficult time keeping up with the demands of my blog. Needless to say, The
I’ve had a lot of fun this year creating printables for you and today’s plaid Christmas prints are no exception. I’m really pleased to be sharing these plaid Christmas prints with you. There are 17 plaid Christmas prints in all! Plaid Christmas Prints Plaid seems to be everywhere you look this year, especially buffalo plaid. I’ve created not one but 17 plaid Christmas prints for you.
If you’ve been following The Birch Cottage blog for any period of time, you probably know that Lenny and I have seven children. We do a LOT of our Christmas shopping online and have for years. This year, I thought I would share some of our online shopping expertise with you by sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for the men in your life.
Does it seem like Thanksgiving was just yesterday? (My attempt at humor.) I do hope you had a fantastic holiday! Now, sleigh bells ring, are you listening…. it will be Christmas before you know it! To help you with your holiday preparations, I made some printable Christmas Gift Tags just for you! There are a lot (probably 1,000’s) of Christmas gift tag printables available online.
As Thanksgiving draws near here in the United States, I wanted to show my gratitude for each of you by creating some Thanksgiving prints. This year as I count all the blessings in my life, I can’t help but count you and give thanks. These free printable Thanksgiving prints are a small token of my gratitude and, hopefully, will serve as a gentle reminder that we
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and before you know it, Christmas will be here! If your family is anything like my family, as the holidays draw near, you’re looking for easy homemade Christmas gift ideas. Well, today, I’m sharing my Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. This sugar scrub is made from vanilla, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and coconut
Veterans Day 2016: In the United States, Veterans Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated every 11th of November. This year, Veterans Day falls on Friday and follows the 2016 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 8th. Although the Presidential Election is an important day as the future leadership and direction of our country are at stake that day, I would hate it if we
Since sharing my DIY Sugar Hand Scrub recipe here on The Birch Cottage blog last year, I’ve received numerous requests for more “gifts in a jar” ideas. I have a few projects planned, but I just have not had a chance to put those tutorials together for you – yet. But, I will! Fortunately, plenty of other bloggers have done just that and I’ve put
I shared with you a couple of weeks ago all about the differences between salted caramel sauce and butterscotch sauce. Buried in this post, I also shared my super easy homemade butterscotch sauce recipe. But, I felt like my easy homemade butterscotch sauce recipe was a little lost in the post and I just knew that if you knew how easy it really is to make
My husband and I recently made a Freemason Wooden Clock from reclaimed wood as a gift for the local Grove City Lodge. You see, a few years ago, my husband decided he wanted to become a Freemason. He was actually looking for a way that he could make a difference in our community. Sure, there are churches, religious and charitable organizations, but he wanted to be a part
Did you know that Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty Dish Soap has some new scents? Oh, yeah! Although scents may vary by area, I just noticed Cucumber Melon, Tropical Shea Butter and Lavender Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal! So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to make some DIY Sugar Hand Scrub Printable Labels featuring these new scents. This post contains affiliate links to