Quick Potato Pancakes

My dad (who is now 86) made authentic potato pancakes when I was a little girl, and I remember them being crispy on the outside, and very soft on the inside, and let's not forget the dollop of real sour cream on top. Well...I came… Read More

DIY Indoor Home Gym

Finding time to exercise is hard enough, am I right? What a drag. On top of that, you have to figure out where to exercise. Between the pandemic, and old man winter our options have decreased dramatically. It's time to be resourceful and use what… Read More

Bagel Brunch Virgin Mary Recipe

When things were normal this time last year, we were in Toronto on vacation 😞. While out for breakfast we noticed the folks next to us eating what looked like a huge art piece full of food! While staring out of the corner of our… Read More

Fresh Pine & Birch Tree Centerpiece

I thought I was finished decorating for Christmas, but then I was inspired by my sweet friend Paula, from Virginia Sweet Pea. After I saw Paula's tutorial on DIY centerpieces, I just couldn't resist heading outside in our yard to see what I could find.… Read More

Operation Banana Bread: One for You, One to Share

I realize many folks are extremely busy right now with Christmas only a few days away, however I had this simple, thoughtful idea that I just couldn't resist sharing with you. "Operation Banana Bread: One for You, One to Share" is all about bringing joy… Read More

$125.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Santa came early! 12 of us DIY bloggers from the Thrifty Style Team got together and contributed our own $ so we could give our readers the opportunity to win $125.00 gift card from Amazon! If you would like to enter, please follow the instructions… Read More

Silver & Gold Christmas Holiday Housewalk 2020

Shake off those snow boots, and come on in! Welcome to the 2020 Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. This year we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary for this amazing virtual housewalk, and I am honored to be a 2 year old.… Read More

Christmas Centerpiece Giveaway

Yoo hoo! πŸ˜— Guess what time it is? If you said "giveaway time" you are spot on. I am so excited to once again be able to give back to my subscriber friends. Are you a subscriber??? I hope so! Welcome to 2020's "Christmas Centerpiece… Read More

Zen Lounge Blue

I truly believe folks are craving a calm/peaceful environment to "escape" at home more than ever these days. Welcome to the "Zen Lounge Blue"- a soothing, safe, and comfortable family space adjacent to our kitchen. This room has transformed many times over the years, but… Read More

25 Affordable Thrifty DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

Can you believe we are talking Christmas already? 2020 sure has flown bye, but maybe that's a good thing πŸ˜‰. When I looked into my Christmas stash for this month's "Thrifty Style Team" edition, I was shocked to find "25 Affordable Thrifty DIY Christmas Decorating… Read More

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Our oldest baby turned 21 a few days ago 😳. I decided to make her a very special chocolate cake from a "Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe" that has been in my family for over 40 years. My mom, whom is now 86, found this delicious… Read More

Cozy Autumn Formal Living Room

Enter if you dare!!! Our front formal living room is the room you enter when you come through our front door. Not to scare you away, but this time of year you may be a little worried about what you might find inside πŸ˜†. Come… Read More

Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

I grew up eating Bob's "Scalloped Potatoes" (Bob is my Dad you'll see his comment on every post I write). He taught me how to make his version of this bubbly comfort food when I had my first apartment with my husband. His main ingredients… Read More

Simple Quick Oats Apple Crisp

Got apples? If so, I found this scrumptious recipe for a healthier version of apple crisp that your family will devour in one day! I followed the recipe to the "apple core" 😊, however there were a couple little changes I want you to know… Read More

Thrifty Glass Fountain

I wish I could take full credit for this gorgeous "Thrifty Glass Fountain", but I can only take partial. While I did help design the glass fountain, all I really did after someone else supplied the pieces and put it together, was add the solar… Read More

Faux Red Candy Apple Giveaway

Have you seen the latest trend toward "faux" food in home decorating? At first I thought it was a bit odd, but after I came across these cute "Faux Red Candy Apples" I fell in love. I mean, just look at how shiny and gorgeous… Read More

Fall Fantasy Master Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to our "Fall Fantasy Master Bedroom Makeover". I'm very excited to share our pretty master bedroom yet again, even though I have re-decorated it many, many times through out the years as a blogger, and even before I wrote about it. No matter how… Read More

Mini DIY Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to September's Thrifty Style Team episode! To be completely transparent, I almost didn't do this "Mini DIY Pumpkin Patch" idea because I thought it might look ridiculous. Well, I was very wrong. I simply couldn't get over how cute it turned out, and I… Read More

Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars

I'm here to cheer you (and me) up 😊! These yummy Cheerio Cheer-Me-Up Bars have a light crunchy texture similar to Rice Krispie treats that is accompanied with the familiar taste of a Reese's peanut butter cup. The combination of Cheerios, peanut butter, and chocolate… Read More

Snowy Fall Spiced Wreath

My "Snowy Fall Spiced Wreath" wasn't always so "spicy". In fact, it's parts were scattered all over the house, in different rooms, in different boxes. It wasn't until my friend, Angie, from Postcards from the Ridge invited me to participate in her lovely fall home… Read More

Raisin Bran Chocolate Chip Muffins

Breakfast solved! These Raisin Bran Chocolate Chip Muffins are loaded with honey, chocolate chips, and raisins. When combined, this combination makes for an irresistible, satisfying treat that is actually quite good for you. Last night, as I watched my husband falling asleep on his chair… Read More

Pandemic Fall Care Package Giveaway

If it seems like I've been having a few more "free giveaways" than usual, you are on to me. This "Pandemic Fall Care Package Giveaway" is one creative way for me to feel like I am helping others during such a difficult time. I realize… Read More

Simple Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash Recipe

Hey, there! Do you have an over abundance of zucchini & yellow squash this year πŸ₯’ ? If you do, you have come to the right place. I have 3 mouth watering tasty squash recipes for you to try, and every one of them is… Read More

Canvas Wall Art Giveaway

Hi, guys πŸ‘‹ ! I don't normally post at the beginning of the week, but I couldn't resist giving 1 of you these 2 wall art canvases I purchased from Pier 1 a few years ago for our Laundry Room Makeover. As you probably know,… Read More

15 Minute Easy Cannoli Recipe

I have a six-pack of cannoli with your name on it. Grab a gallon of milk to wash them down, and join me below for my "15 Minute Easy Cannoli Recipe". I promise you, these cannoli are not only easy to make, they are quite… Read More

DIY Farmhouse Criss Cross Gate

You know those big, beautiful, charming, white farmhouses that have white wood "criss cross" fences, that wind all the way around their big wide open porches, in the country, next to cows in a meadow, and a vegetable stand out front with corn, and tomatoes… Read More

DIY Rainbow Rocks

I'm going to rock you like a hurricane today πŸ˜†! Well, maybe we can leave that hurricane part off, and just "rock you" with these cute "DIY Rainbow Rocks" my son and I created just for the heck of it. Oh, and because we are… Read More

Redhead’s Simple Strawberry Pie

If you love cheese cake, you are going to love "Redhead's Simple Strawberry Pie" recipe. I made this up last night when I noticed my strawberries were starting to look a little tired πŸ“. You can probably tell in my photo, can't you? Luckily, the… Read More

Happy Fourth of July from Michigan!

Happy Fourth of July, from our porch to yours πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ! I am currently on a "stay-cation" with just the four of us (7 if you count the cats πŸ˜†), and I couldn't resist sending out this pretty photo of our side porch. I took… Read More

MixBlox & Custom Face Mask Family Giveaway

This article by "MixBlox & Custom Face Mask Family Giveaway" is a sponsored post for, however all opinions are honest from Julie the Redhead in charge. I know we are all craving good news, and I promise I come heavily equipped with nothing… Read More

Rainbow Fruit Cake

Rainbows make me happy 🌈 , and I am pretty sure we are all craving a little "happy" during these tough times. So, I hope to light up your day with my "Rainbow Fruit Cake" that is literally spewing tons of bright colorful happiness in… Read More

Million Dollar Fresh Peony Centerpiece for $35.00

I've seriously been waiting months to share the "Million Dollar Fresh Peony Centerpiece for $35.00". February, March, April, and even May, all went by, and there it sat on our kitchen counter completely lifeless, and empty. I didn't know if my Peony idea would work,… Read More

Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Wait until you hear what happened this past weekend πŸ˜†. I absolutely had no intentions, what so ever, of making Potato Leek Soup. In fact, I have never even had it before. Well, holy tators...I have been seriously missing out. I think you will get… Read More

Capiz Rainbow Wind Chime

It finally warmed up in SE Michigan β˜€οΈ β˜€οΈ β˜€οΈ thank goodness! Gardening and watching the birds is the very best therapy, don't you think? We have baby cygnets (swans) and I have been watching them like a hawk, or I guess you could even… Read More

Fourth of July BBQ Picnic Wreath Giveaway

Surprise πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ! Redhead πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦° is back with a spectacular "Fourth of July BBQ Picnic Wreath Giveaway" that I hope brings some smiles and positive patriotic vibes your way. After the last few months of staying home trying to keep our family safe, and also… Read More

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick

UPDATE: Since this is a custom matched color, and the formula on the paint can doesn't seem to be enough information for paint stores to create the paint, I am now mailing hand painted large samples to anyone interested- for a small fee. If you… Read More

Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe

My homemade Michigan Cherry Tart Recipe is the easiest, most delicious cherry tart recipe you will ever find. It's so quick and easy to make, all you need are 4 common staples from your pantry, a jar of this famous cherry spread (see source below),… Read More

Sun Clothespin Wreath

My husband and I went for a walk yesterday, and the sun was shining so nicely on us, and it felt so good. I literally closed my eyes while walking and felt like I was on a beach for second β˜€οΈ β˜€οΈ β˜€οΈ. Then reality… Read More

Holy Guacamole Wood Sign Giveaway & Avocado Recipes

Holy Guacamole πŸ₯‘,it's time for another GIVEAWAY! Nothing brings me greater joy than giving gifts to my friends, especially when they are feeling a bit low. I think we all have been through so much stress lately, a "Holy Guacamole Wood Sign Giveaway" is just… Read More

Homemade New York Bagel Recipe

Who's in the mood for some carbs πŸ™Œ? Did you know that you can easily make New York style bagels using a very simple recipe/technique that will leave you wondering what took you so long? I honestly had no idea you could even make bagels… Read More

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberries will be in season soon here in Michigan, so I started researching strawberry recipes on Pinterest. There are many, but this one stood out as one of the easiest. What also attracted me is that it uses real strawberries (fresh or frozen), and doesn't… Read More

Single Basin Kitchen Sink & Faucet Update

My husband didn't want to do it. He said, "No, I'm not doing it, Julie. I hate plumbing!" probably 25 times within a 2 week period during the beginning weeks of the current pandemic. I believed him for a little while πŸ˜‚, but then things… Read More

Repurposed Hobnail Milk Glass

A couple days before we decided it was time to quarantine ourselves, my son and I visited the thrift store searching for more crap, I mean bargains πŸ˜‚. All kidding aside, I fell deeply in love with these 3 "Repurposed Hobnail Milk Glass" sisters sitting… Read More

Pandemic Family Resource Guide

Hi, everyone ❀️! Welcome to our "Pandemic Family Resource Guide" which is packed full of over 100 tips from us blog moms (see all blog moms below) to help you and your family get through a pandemic. I am on day 25 quarantine in Michigan… Read More

Cita’s Corn Salad

Cita's Corn Salad is the perfect mix of sweet, and salty. This beautiful crunchy salad pairs well with my tender chicken recipe (or any protein really), and a side of mashed cauliflower, or mashed potatoes which take it to the next level. The best part… Read More

Porch Planters with Faux Ferns

My sweet friend, and colleague, Paula, from Sweet Pea brought 16 of us DIY home decorating bloggers together, so we can celebrate spring in style. I have to admit, if it wasn't for these lovely ladies (see remaining 15 blogs below), I don't think I… Read More

Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Hey, guys! My husband, Rick, and I, along with our 2 children (20 & 17), and even our 3 cats, have hunkered down here in SE Michigan and plan to stay this way for at least another 3 weeks (quarantine). I plan to continue to… Read More

Rustic Romantic Bedroom Makeover

I definitely need a break from all of the pandemic news, how about you? Of course, before I get to my "Rustic Romantic Bedroom Makeover", I want you to know how thankful I am to have you as a friend following along here at… Read More