Vanilla Pudding Mix Recipe

Vanilla Pudding Mix Recipe

Vanilla pudding is such a versatile dessert. It’s good warm or cold, plain or dressed up, but my favorite way to serve it is layered with berries in wine glasses or mason jars. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries – I’ll take them all.

Since we’re inching into berry season once again, I decided to turn my tried-and-true vanilla pudding recipe into a mix that I can keep on hand. Now, whenever gorgeous berries inspire me to make a batch of vanilla pudding, I’ll just need to grab a scoop of mix from the pantry to be off and running. And since my recipe only takes 12 minutes to make, I’d say we’ll be eating more vanilla pudding this summer.

Want to try my vanilla pudding mix? Here’s the recipe [Read more…]

Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento cheese is too good to be just a southern thing. If you’ve never had it before (or you’ve only had a grocery store knock off), this is your chance to treat your taste buds to something truly special. While most grocery store pimento cheese has a smooth, spreadable consistency, this recipe makes a chunkier spread. It’s what you’d expect to be served, if you ordered a pimento cheese sandwich at a really good deli. And it’s the only way I serve it at my house. [Read more…]

Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

Homemade chocolate pudding is the go-to dessert in my house, when one of us gets a sudden craving for something sweet. It only takes 12 minutes and one pan to make a batch, and it’s something the kids can make themselves. In fact, my 11-year-old is usually the one that makes our pudding.

In the interest of creating fewer kitchen messes, I decided to convert my single-batch pudding recipe into a mix that we could just scoop out as needed. This means the sugar, cocoa and corn starch don’t have to come out every time we want pudding (which really means I don’t have to clean up powdery spills every time we make pudding).

Now, we just scoop one cup of mix into a sauce pan, and we’re off and running. Easy!

Want to add a jar of chocolate pudding mix to your pantry? Here’s my recipe. [Read more…]

How to Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

I’ve done a lot to attract bees to my garden – planting flowers that they like, building them houses, etc. But carpenter bees? I’m not a fan. They do too much damage to our house, tree house and swing set each year for me to be on good terms with them. I’ve read article after article that says they only go after non-treated, rotting wood, but that hasn’t been my experience at all.

Carpenter Bee Damage

See those holes? They were made by carpenter bees. That’s pressure treated lumber, and they started boring holes in it as soon as we finished building our tree house. They continue to bore new holes in it every spring.

When we built a new roof overhang over the basement a couple years ago, they bored holes through the new cedar supports, before we had a chance to finish them, and they continued to bore holes through them even after we stained them. They’re destructive creatures, I tell you.

So, this year, it’s on. Since we’re not fans of chemical solutions, my husband and I decided to build some carpenter bee traps. We’ve been seeing them in catalogs lately, so we did some research, and came up with our own design. Here’s how it’s made: [Read more…]