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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

mashed potato balls

How To Freeze Mashed Potato Balls for Quick and Easy Meals

Whether you need a quick side dish to accompany a weeknight dinner or a satisfying snack, having a stash of frozen mashed potato balls on
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How To Make a Dog Dress Shirt Collar From an Upcycled Shirt

For all dog lovers, this DIY dog dress shirt dog collar is the cutest thing ever, and there is no sewing required. They are super
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smash burger tacos

Smash Burger Tacos Recipe / A Yummy Twist to Your Taco

Smash Burger fan? You must try these smash burger tacos. It’s the craze! Put your patty on a tortilla instead of a bun. It’s a
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DIY recycled jeans garaden apron

DIY Garden Apron / Made From Recycled Jeans / Quick and Simple Project

This DIY garden apron is a quick and simple project made from upcycled jeans. The apron is handy for working in the garden, around the
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Greek orzo chicken salad

Greek Orzo Chicken Salad Recipe / Tasty and Delicious

Looking for a delicious summer salad? You’re going to love this Greek orzo chicken salad recipe. The salad features grilled pesto balsamic chicken, orzo, kalamata
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sewing over bulky seams

How To Sew Over Bulky Seams the Easy Way / Best Sewing Tips

Do you find it challenging to sew over bulky seams?  Your machine’s struggling, you’re getting skipped  stitches and it is just downright frustrating. Well, not
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How To Make a Microwave Potato Bag // Quick Sewing Project

In this DIY sewing tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can make a microwaved baked potato bag. This is a super easy sewing
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Happy Feet // Why Going Barefoot Is So Good for You

How can going barefoot be so good for you? In this post I’m going to show you several reasons why you may want to consider
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quilt bindting

2 Easy Ways To Bind a Quilt Using the Backing Fabric

 Making a quilt can seem a little intimidating, especially if you’re new to sewing, but it’s actually really quite simple. In this tutorial, I’m going
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chicken tenders

The Best Sesame Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

I’ve tried a lot of chicken tenders recipes and nothing comes close to this recipe. They are crispy, flavorful, and very easy to make. So
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emotional freedom

Emotional Freedom App – The Coolest Way To Release Negative Emotions

I have come across the coolest app ever! For those of you who are familiar with tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) you are
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zipper pull

How To Make Your Own Zipper Pull Tabs // Simple Craft

We use zippers on bags, pouches, jackets, and so many other things. Why not add a little character and charm to your zippers with a
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upcycled tissue box

Easy To Make Organizer Containers Using an Upcycled Tissue Box

I have this thing with recycling,  upcycling and re-purposing items when I can. In this post, I’m going to show you how to make organizer
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How To Freeze Eggs // 3 Safe Efficient Ways

Who knew you could freeze eggs? Well, you absolutely can. In this post, I will share with you 3 safe and efficient ways to freeze
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curried chicken wrap

Curried Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe // Super Quick and Delicious Meal

When you need a quick and delicious meal, this curried chicken salad wrap recipe will “wrap your dinner up” and leave you satisfied. The golden
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How To Make an Envelope Pillow Cover / Simple Sewing

Is it time to switch out some of your throw pillows? Making your own envelope pillow cover is a great way to add a new
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10 Easy To Make DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations and Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. There is something about the bright cheery colors of red & pink, and all the fun things
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egg bites

Hash Brown Egg Bites Recipe // Quick & Delicious

Wondering what to eat for breakfast? These hash brown egg bites are delicious and easy to make. What’s even better is that you can make
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gift card holder

How To Make a Gift Card Holder // Simple Sewing Project

When you give a gift card as a gift, why not make a unique, homemade gift card holder to put it in? They only take
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orange pomander

How To Make an Orange Pomander / Sweet Smelling Christmas Craft

Making an orange pomander before Christmas has become a little tradition in our family. It is such a relaxing, simple little craft that gathers everyone
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sore throat REMEDIES

Natural Sore Throat Remedies / 4 Tried and Tested Solutions That Work

Do you have a sore, scratchy throat? Many different things can cause a sore throat. I’ve got four tried and tested sore throat remedies that
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wonder under

How To Apply Wonder Under // Clear and Simple Tips & Tricks

Wonder Under is a great little product that comes in handy for many sewing and crafting projects. In this post, I’m going to show you
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fabric bag material items

How To Make a Fabric Bag // Beginner Sewing Tutorial

Oh boy do I have a fun beginner sewing project for you. I’m going to show you how to make a fabric bag. They are
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window cleaner

How To Make the Best Window Cleaner // the Non-Toxic Way

This DIY window cleaner is the best window cleaner recipe I’ve found. It’s inexpensive, gives streak-free results, and is super fast to make. If you’ve
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kam snaps

How To Apply and Use Kam Snaps the Easy Way

When you have a sewing or craft project that requires a snap, these Kam snaps are the best! They are durable, easy to apply and
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white chicken chili

Instant Pot Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe // Simple and Delicious

This Instant Pot creamy white chicken chili recipe is simple AND delicious! It’s a yummy, comforting soup that goes with so many things. Serve it
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How To Make A Pillowcase With A Cuff // Easy Burrito Method

Making a pillowcase is a fun and simple beginner sewing project, and in this tutorial, I will show you how to add a contrasting cuff
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turkey loaf

The Best Turkey Loaf Recipe Ever // Simple To Make & Delicious

This turkey loaf recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted! I know it’s hard to get excited about meatloaf, right? The healthy ingredients in this
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stainless steel cleaner diy

Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner | Make Your Own | 3 Simple Ingredients

When it comes to stainless steel cleaners, there’s some pretty toxic stuff out there. No worries, here is a non-toxic stainless steel cleaner recipe that
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sewing with fleece

Sewing With Fleece the Easy Way | My Top 10 Tips

Sewing with fleece can be a lot of fun and there are so many things you can make with it, however, there are a few
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New DIY 2023 Printable Calendars // A Minimalist Approach to Planning

If you’re like me and still like to use a hard copy planner, these 2023 printable calendars are for you! They are super easy to
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natural toothpaste

How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste / Simple To Make Recipe

In this post I’m going to show you how to make your own natural toothpaste. Making your own natural toothpaste can seem a little over-the-top,
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sewing tips

My Top 10 Sewing Tips for Beginners | Know Before You Sew

If you’re new to sewing or if you want to learn some awesome sewing tips, you’re in the right place. In this post, I’m going
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cafe rio tomatillo dressing

Creamy Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing (Copycat Recipe)

This creamy Cafe Rio tomatillo dressing is made with tomatillos, ranch seasoning, cilantro, lime, jalapeño, mayonnaise, and buttermilk. This recipe is as close as you’re
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The Easy Way To Put On a Bracelet by Yourself // Quick Simple Hack

It can be a little challenging to put on a clasp bracelet by yourself, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve got a quick and
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tomato pin cushion

How To Make a Tomato Pin Cushion // Free Pattern

This adorable tomato pin cushion is such a fun little sewing project and a nice asset to your sewing supplies. You can make this pin
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zipper bracelets

Upcycled Zipper Bracelets | 3 Adorable DIY Styles

These upcycled zipper bracelets are unique, easy to make, and quite adorable. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make them using 3 simple
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sage butter totelloni

Delicious Tortelloni in Sage Butter Sauce Recipe

This savory tortelloni sage butter sauce recipe is so delicious and so easy to make! It’s a quick meal and who doesn’t like that on
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How To Sew on a Button | Simple Hand Sewing Method

Everyone needs to learn how to sew on a button. Most likely, sometime in your lifetime, you will have a button pop off a shirt
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morning rituals berry smoothie

How To Make a Yummy Nutritionally Packed Berry Smoothie

This berry smoothie is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. I like it because it is quick, tastes yummy, is very nutritious and most importantly,
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gathering fabric serger

Gathering Fabric With a Serger/Overlock Machine the Easy Way

When it comes to gathering fabric, if you have a serger or overlock machine, you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how to
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crunch roll bowl

Delicious Crunch Roll Bowl Recipe With Spicy Mayo Dressing

This crunch roll bowl is a delicious combination of teriyaki browned tofu, served over a bed of rice, and topped with edamame, cucumber, avocado, and
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arm sleeve

How To Make an Arm Sleeve | Sun Protection | Upcycled Clothing

When you’re driving in the car, and you can’t find shade for your arm, this arm sleeve is the perfect solution! It’s a quick and
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fitted sheet hack

Simple Fitted Sheet Hack / How To Mark Which Direction It Goes

When it comes to making your bed, it can be so frustrating, especially when making a king-size bed, to know which direction a fitted sheet
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Simple Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans | Creamy and Delicious

These mayocoba beans are creamy, mildly seasoned and so simple to make in the instant pot. All you need are a pound of dry beans,
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watermelon sticks serving

How To Cut Watermelon Sticks // Fun Finger Foods

Summer has arrived and what a great time for a chilled and juicy watermelon. Why not try cutting and serving watermelon sticks instead of the
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black bean burger

Salsa Infused Black Bean Burgers / Yummy Meatless Recipe

These yummy black bean burgers are infused with salsa and are one of the best meatless burgers around. They’re easy to make, cost-effective, and simply
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4 minute workout

The 4 Minute Workout | Nitric Oxide Boost at Any Age | Dr. Zach Bush

Who would have thought that a 4 minute workout could do so much good for your body and soul? Well, this simple combination of movements
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herb ranch dressing

Creamy & Delicious Herb Ranch Dressing Recipe || Vegan Option

This herb ranch dressing is creamy, savory and so delicious. Yogurt combined with a zing of lemon and dill herb makes this dressing almost drinkable.
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How To Pick the Best Elastic for Your Sewing Projects

There are a lot of types of sewing elastic out there and knowing how to pick the best elastic for your sewing projects will affect
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