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Hi my name is Jackie, I live in Southern Massachusetts. I love it here in New England. I was born and raised in Boston. I have four wonderful successful married kids. James 42, Jodi 40, Jeffrey 38 & Jonathan 36. IAs you can see I was a very busy mom. I had all my babies before my 24th birthday! I loved it! I had the energy to chase them around. And now, I am blessed with 11 amazing Grandchildren. Life doesn't get better than this. I just love being a "Nani."

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A goodie bag with candy and other items.

Santa Goodie Bag HuntThis idea was my 7 year old granddaughter's thought. She suggested to me, "Nana, you know how we have an Easter egg hunt? Why can't we have a Santa Hunt?" As she stood there with her hand on her hip. (She is quite dramatic). I told her, "Kate, that is a fun great idea!"

 

Miss Fiona (Italian Mastiff)

Miss Fiona (Italian Mastiff)She was rescued - 7 years ago. She likes to snuggle and laugh, her whole body wiggles when she laughs :)

 

Butternut Squash with Macintosh Apples in bowl

Butternut Squash with Macintosh ApplesI just love winter squash. I like it a bit sweet, but do not like having to sweeten it with so much sugar. I thought maybe I could cook apples with it and sweeten it naturally. This is so good, you will love it and you will have the kids eating their veggies like never before!

 

Converting All Purpose Flour into Cake Flour

Converting All Purpose Flour into Cake FlourAll the years I have been baking, I never knew there was a conversion to turning All Purpose Flour into Cake Flour!

 

Rewiring a Living Room Lamp - finished lamp with shade and turned on

Rewiring a Living Room LampThis will show you how easy it is to rewire a lamp yourself instead of paying some place to do it!

 

Cooling Refreshing Summertime Drink

Refreshing Blended WatermelonMy favorite summertime fruit is watermelon. I felt creative the other day and thought what would happen if I threw watermelon in my blender with ice?

 

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Sock Snowman - trio of snow people on a shelf

Sock SnowmanThis has to be the most fun craft I have made yet! It is so very easy, a great craft to do with the kids! It is funny when I show people and tell them it is only a single tube sock filled with rice. Everything here is from The Dollar Store. I just love that place!

 

Pre-Marinating Chicken before Freezing

Pre-Marinating Chicken Before FreezingWhen I shop, I look for sales on family size packages of chicken - legs, thighs, quarters, and breasts. I also love to make my own marinades. This can be done before freezing your chicken.

 

My Homemade Butter Pound Cake

My Homemade Butter Pound CakeThere is nothing like a rich tasting buttery pound cake! My grandmother always made the best pound cakes. Her secret was lots of real butter and lots of eggs! Even with the cost of both those things, if you want a butter pound cake, you have to splurge. Yummy!

 

Helpful Picnic Tips

Helpful Picnic TipsUse two small coolers -- one for fruit and beverages, which will be opened frequently, and one for such perishables as meats, poultry, salads, sandwiches, and cheese.

 

Homemade Chicken Parmesan

Homemade Chicken ParmesanThis is one meal that brings my kids running home for Mom's cooking. Their absolute favorite meal! :) Now it is also my grandkids favorite too. Good old comfort food!

 

Blessing Bags

Blessing BagsBlessing Bags to keep in the car when you pass homeless people. Something special you can do with your children or grandchildren to teach them about caring/giving for those in need!

 

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A family waving at their grandma.

Another Day in Quarantine: The Best Day of AllMy day started out about the same. I have to say, I am looking at life a lot more positive these days! That is important for everyone to know. I think we (people) are just adjusting to this way of living. We are so conscientious of the possibility of catching the virus, we have given into the new way of life living in our homes We are at an accepting stage.

 

Easter Bonnet Door Wreath - finished wreath

Easter Bonnet Door WreathI found everything I needed at the Dollar Store to make these Easter bonnet door wreaths. They are easy, fun, and very pretty! You can make them to color coordinate with any color scheme you want.

 

Making a Photo Christmas Card Keepsake Display - display standing on a granite counter

Making a Photo Christmas Card Keepsake DisplayWhat do you do with those Christmas photo cards? Well, last year I made this keepsake for myself and did it again this year! It is easy and fun to make! And gives you a treasure to hold onto and it does not look like Christmas!

 

Christmas Lighted Bowl  - with candle inside

Christmas Lighted BowlThese bowls are so very easy and fast to make and beautiful when lighted. Very few tools are needed. You can use a number of different colors. I think it gives your decorations a bit of elegance! Most important, everything comes from the Dollar Store!

 

Macaroni and cheese in foil containers.

My Life Since Being "Quarantined"I'm not complaining at all here! One thing I want to focus on is my attitude. That is, my attitude now. Oh, I was not very happy with all of this in the beginning! Oh no!

 

A woman relaxing with head and legs raised.

Coping Skills with Depression and AnxietyA few years ago, I needed help with coping with depression and anxiety. I went to classes to learn. I don't usually tell people this, but it helped me learn so much. It helped me then and it is helping me greatly now! A lot!

 

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