How to Make a Latte Without Special Equipment

For my next miracle, I will amaze you with my non-existent cooking skills.

I do  not like to cook or to be in the kitchen, when God was handing out cooking skills I wasn't around.  This is not to say that I don't know how to cook, I've learned a lot over the years and I am quite a good cook when I put my mind to it.  But all that is just a bit of background information to illustrate how ridiculously easy this latte process is.

I adore Chai tea lattes and when I discovered I could make these at home without a milk steamer I was in heaven.  And it's so easy!  (I am sure most of you know how to do this already, but for those who don't I'm thrilled to share.)

The $8 Rustic Bench Project


Here's a simple project that you can knock off in less than half an hour!

All it took to build this rustic bench is one 2x6x10, half a 2x4x8 and a handful of  2 1/2" screws. It now sits proudly on my new front porch!

I've broken this project down into simple to follow images.

Here's how to build it -





Laundry Room Refresh and Keeping the Dog out of the Kitty Litter



Last year I reworked my laundry room for what I thought was the last time... then Izzy came along and suddenly I needed to make some changes. Izzy will NOT LEAVE THE LITTER BOX ALONE!

I also needed to finish painting the laundry since I had done the job in dribs and drabs as I renovated it so moving things around to better suit the dog situation wasn't an issue.  Time to get this laundry done once and for all (yeah, yeah I know, it will never be finished for good).


She's just pretending to be good here.


Installing Thumb Latch Gate Hardware

Another day, another project!  This time I wanted to replace the gate hardware that I had installed on my old door gate.  The hardware I had been using was ok, but difficult to open from the outside so I installed a thumb latch style instead courtesy of D. Lawless Hardware.



Here is the hardware I received:

Extend the Life of Your Deck for Free!

This is a project that worked out even better than I thought it would!  I gave myself a brand new deck surface for free.

How did I do it?  Well, it took a lot of elbow grease but I took my ugly, flaked, checked and cracked deck boards and flipped them all over to give myself a new surface.  With a bit of cleaning and sanding, the deck surface looks so amazing I wish I had done this the year I  moved in!

Installing a Wind Chain on a Garden Door


Why do garden doors open outward???  I'm really not a fan but I'm not in a position to change the door out, so I decided to install a wind chain to keep the door from banging into the side of the house whenever I want to let some fresh air into the bedroom.

My challenge?  This is a metal door so I need to learn how to work with metal to do this.

My bonus?  D Lawless Hardware supplied the wind chain!

Here is what I installed:


My Fave Tulips (& a puppy update!)




I get so tired of winter that I cannot wait until I see the snowdrops and crocuses begin to pop through the snow.  Ever since I moved into my new home, I've embraced tulips as well (mostly due to the fact that I no longer have a back yard that the deer can get into - yay me!)

Here are my favourite tulips. Happy Spring!




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