DIY Hand Soap Dispenser

DIY Hand Soap Dispenser at Hodgepodge

You may remember our pretty hand soap dispensers with initials? Well, in our house some things need to be super-sized. See, how much bigger this warehouse-sized hand sanitizer is compared to one that would sit by the bathroom sink? Nana taught us this fun craft and helped us make hand soap gifts, personalized for teachers. […]

Duct Tape Purse Tutorial

duct tape purse

I’m back for another duct tape tutorial! One afternoon, I searched on Google for how to make a duct tape purse. I found a link to the duck tape brand duct tape tutorial. So I watched the video and this is what I made. Take a look at the inside! Didn’t it turn out pretty? […]

Slow Cooker Recipes and Egg Substitutes


Truly the easiest way I have found to feed my family of seven is to put the slow cooker to work for me. Whether I am out for the day or busy with homeschooling our age range, I can serve up slow cooker deliciosity. My slow cooker history will prove my love. My regular Saturday […]

Homeschool Makeover: The Most Used Bookcase

IKEA Expedit bookshelf

Former, wonderful, overflowing and overused bookcase in our most central location. My husband and I have been blessed with hand-me-down furniture. There is just an abundance of pieces on my side of the family. And, in the almost seventeen years of our marriage, this furniture has served us well. However, never, in the past, has […]

Simple Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder


Somewhere I saw this idea. A simple, heart-shaped bird feeder. Of course, we must make it. And we must make it allergy friendly! We gathered our supplies: cardboard from a cereal or other box lard or shortening SunButter (or peanut butter for those non-allergic types) bird seed string We cut out the simple heart shape. […]

Duct Tape Bracelet Tutorial

Duct Tape Bracelet Tutorial at Hodgepodge

Hello again. I’m back with another duct tape tutorial. This time a quick and easy bracelet! You will need: colored or printed duct tape scissors Here’s the duct tape bracelet tutorial (just 50 seconds!):   You can even find Duck tape brand tape in your favorite team colors. This bracelet I embellished a little with […]

Top Ten Frugal Living Posts Plus Frugal Friends


Aren’t we all looking to save some money this time of year? I thought so. With that in mind, I’m sharing the top ten Hodgepodge posts of 2011 in celebration of frugal living… Back to Basics Series Meal Plan: Cheap Eats for Two Weeks Frugal Living: Homemade Wheat Thins Frugal Living: Homemade Laundry Detergent (or […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Hot Chocolate Mix Gifts


Frugal fun in the kitchen. Just four ingredients. Plus one or more children equal a fun time making hot chocolate mix for gifts. Mixing up lots of fun at $5 Dinners today!

Helpful Habit: When do you shop?


A look at our week: 1. Notes tucked in Operation Christmas Child boxes | 2. Weather Kid & Junior Joker Middle Girl – on 104.7 The Fish (Click and listen below!) | 3. Pones of cornbread for Thanksgiving dressing | 4. Faux Pecan Pie – allergy-friendly Thanksgiving | 5. 1,000 Gifts App – free – […]

Candy-labra: Candy Cane Candle Holder

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One Friday night, Nana and I made candy cane candlestick holders. She found this neat project on The Mother Huddle. What you will need: a pack of 20 candy canes hot glue gun (Nana did this part) ribbon candles First we hot glued the candy canes to a candle. Then we made sure they were […]

Gift idea: Slow Cooker Love


Only two years old and it’s changed my life. The slow cooker my in-laws gave me for Christmas. I didn’t know that just a few, little features like these would make such a difference: programmable timer switches to warm when cooking time is over removable insert can go right in the dishwasher or be used […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings

Nana's Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings 1 hen (3-5 lbs) boiling, salted water 2 cups self-rising flour 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup boiling water salt and pepper to taste Cook hen in boiling water until tender. Remove from broth. Cool chicken. Cut from bone, set aside. Measure 1 quart of broth into large saucepan. Bring to […]