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25 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 2017

Need to find the perfect gift for um, everyone? Here are my 25 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 2017 Is anyone else in a final countdown to the kids finishing school with a 1/2 day this Friday? That is really, really soon guys. Really soon. I’d say my Christmas shopping is about 60% done, but with a few VIPs unaccounted… Read more »

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How to Make An Ornament Christmas Wreath

Want to learn how to make an Ornament Christmas Wreath? This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Those Minions get all the attention, so when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment asked us to create a holiday craft project celebrating the December 5th Blu-ray and DVD release of Despicable Me 3 Special Edition, we had to go with 80’s villain… Read more »

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13 Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Try

I have 13 Butternut Squash from my farmbox (13!!!) so I’ve been researching what to make. Here are the 13 Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Try. I can’t wait to cook them up for Thanksgiving and beyond. Guys… 13 butternut squash!!Butternut squash seems to be the hot veggie right now and not just because it’s “so… Read more »

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21 Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects

Nothing makes me want to hunker down with the sewing machine more than warm, cozy nights and holiday jingles. I’ve rounded up 21 perfect holiday sewing projects from the Pretty Prudent archives that will hopefully inspire you to whip our your sewing machine and get creative. Let’s start with some perfect holiday sewing projects for… Read more »

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Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Are you looking for the best chicken noodle soup recipe? You’ve come to the right place. I’m proud to say that I have come up with best chicken noodle soup recipe. We have started making this once a week. We have it for dinner one night and then the kids bring it for lunch a… Read more »

Entrées, The Season of Cozy

25 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 2017

Need to find the perfect gift for um, everyone? Here are my 25 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 2017

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Is anyone else in a final countdown to the kids finishing school with a 1/2 day this Friday? That is really, really soon guys. Really soon. I’d say my Christmas shopping is about 60% done, but with a few VIPs unaccounted for, namely my very deserving husband who loves Christmas gifts more than anyone I know. Luckily, after I finish this post, Im going to head over to Jaime’s 11 Awesome Gifts For Guys 2017 post and pick some winners. Since Jaime did the heavy lifting for me, I thought it only fair that I pull together some gift ideas for everyone else. This post will focus on gifts for the womenz and childrenz. Namely, things I have and love, things I really, really want and things my kids have been into in 2017.

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Asian Quick Pickled Carrots Recipe

We’ve been eating a ton of these asian quick pickled carrots lately. I made them on a whim when I had an overabundance of carrots, and we started throwing them in quinoa bowls, on top of pork meatballs, in rice-paper wraps, and lately on Korean-style beef tacos.
Asian Quick Pickled Carrots Recipe These asian quick pickled carrots are so easy to make, so whip some up and keep them stocked in the fridge to add a little acidic bite to your next sandwich, or toss them with some sesame seeds and herbs for a nice side-dish salad. I love asian quick pickled carrots most with Korean style beef, cilantro, a sprinkling of crushed peanuts, and a swirl of sriracha mayo…Image of an Asian Taco with Pickled Carrots
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How to Make An Ornament Christmas Wreath

Want to learn how to make an Ornament Christmas Wreath?

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Despicable Me 3 Christmas Wreath

Those Minions get all the attention, so when Universal Pictures Home Entertainment asked us to create a holiday craft project celebrating the December 5th Blu-ray and DVD release of Despicable Me 3 Special Edition, we had to go with 80’s villain Balthazar Bratt. This DIY Ornament wreath is inspired by one of Balthazar’s favorite weapons, Bubble Gum, and it’s sure to make your front door “POP” (punny, ha) this holiday season.

Despicable Me 3 Christmas Wreath

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The Best Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled eggs are a classic party appetizer (the best holiday appetizer if you ask anyone in my family, including my kid, who is kinda picky, yet gobbles them up), but they also seem quite fancy and difficult to make. They are not. So really deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer to impress your guests, without stressing yourself out. So go forth and devil eggs, my friends! Here is our simple take on the best deviled eggs recipe.
Image of The Best Deviled Eggs Recipe The key is a creamy yolk and just the right dash of acid from vinegar. The Best Deviled Eggs Recipe: Delicious and Easy to MakeFind out how to make the best deviled eggs recipe below… (more…)

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Prudent Gift Guide: 11 Awesome Gifts for Guys 2017

Ahhh, dudes. They can be so hard to shop for. They don’t want anything, but also they really like awesome things. What is awesome to a dude? I have consulted with many and come up with a list of hot stuff to get them in 2017. Check out the prudent gift guide to awesome gifts for guys 2017.

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1. My husband wants a Filson Wax Work Vest. I think he will look extremely sexy in it. Win-win.

2. I don’t know about the dudes in your life, but my husband is OBSESSED with light bulbs. And now you can get lightbulbs you can control with your VOICE over google. “Alexa, dim the lights.” Omg, he would love it: Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit.

3. Get him a Stanley Classic Flask or if he doesn’t drink, go with the Stanley Classic One Hand Vacuum Mug. Get the Hammertone green. To go in his flask, for whisky appreciators like my husband, this is the one on his list this year. It ain’t cheap, but it will impress even the pickiest of whisky afficianados. Bruichladdich Octomore, which is available at some BevMos, but you can also look for retail locations on their site.

4. I gave my husband a Pendleton Roll Up Blanket a few gift-days ago, and he loves it. It’s waterproof on one side and comes with a leather strap carrier. He keeps it in his car so we are always prepared for picnics or cold nights at the park watching his soccer team.

5. A flashlight is just more bad-ass when it’s brass, no? It shall go into the stocking and light up his morning. Olight S Mini Raw Brass Flashlight

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13 Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Try

I have 13 Butternut Squash from my farmbox (13!!!) so I’ve been researching what to make. Here are the 13 Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Try. I can’t wait to cook them up for Thanksgiving and beyond. Guys… 13 butternut squash!!butternut_sqyash_recipesButternut squash seems to be the hot veggie right now and not just because it’s “so in season.” It cooks up rich and sweet and gives you lots of vitamin A. It also works well for Paleo Diet, Keto Diet, and good old Vegetarian and Vegan Diets. Is there anything the Butternut Squash can’t do? It doesn’t seem that way. From Butternut Squash Muffins and Butternut Squash Pie to Butternut Squash Pastas and Butternut Squash Ravioli, there seems to be endless options. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner and a ton of sweet and savory butternut squash side dishes to be made and devoured, I guess I should stop fretting about my butternut squash windfall and start cooking these 13 Best Butternut Squash Recipes to Try… (more…)

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21 Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects

Nothing makes me want to hunker down with the sewing machine more than warm, cozy nights and holiday jingles. I’ve rounded up 21 perfect holiday sewing projects from the Pretty Prudent archives that will hopefully inspire you to whip our your sewing machine and get creative. 21 Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects

Let’s start with some perfect holiday sewing projects for home decor.
Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects Decor
This garland is actually a no-sew project, ha! Learn How to Make a Fabric Tassel Garland (No Sew!) in any color you like to jazz up your mantle, or make a mini one to hang on the tree.

Jacinda’s Ruffled Tree Skirt is one of my absolute faves. It’s not as hard as it looks, and it looks so good!

These Pretty Potholders inspired about 1,000 people to make their own and send us pics! This is a really fun sewing project to master.

The Simple Snuggly Baby Blanket is an oldie-but-goodie, that’ll make any baby happy.

Learn How to Make a Wine Gift Bag and deliver your libations in style.

These Fabric Bow Napkin Rings would look pretty in any color combo on your holiday table.

As would these Reversible Napkin Rings (one side for Thanksgiving, one for Hanukkah?).

Next let’s look at some perfect holiday sewing projects for clothing and accessories. Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects Clothing

Our tutorial on How to Make Fabric Slippers (with Free Pattern) is one of our most popular of all time! It’s really satisfying to make these, and so cozy too.

Learn How to Sew a Bow Tie and give them to all the cute little boys in your life (and girls who like bow ties too!)

Then make something simple and sweet for yourself by learning Adorable DIY Ear Warmers.

Many a child would adore an extra fancy, fuzzy Pink Princess Cape under the tree.

Our Layer Cake Skirt has been made in hundreds of different color combos – we think a holiday version would be adorable!

How cute is baby Quinn? Make all the babies in your life just as cute with our tutorial for this DIY Reversible Baby Bonnet with Free Pattern.

One of our faves, and readers too, is Colleen’s amazing Fox Scarf with Free Pattern. It’s like a stole, but cuter!

Now how about we sew up some cute little gifts?
Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects Gifts
Start with our Fat Quarter Apron – this is a fan favorite and you can make it out of one fat quarter! Here’s Jacinda’s holiday version (so pretty!) and here’s the original tutorial: Fat Quarter Apron Tutorial!

Make a simple but stunning quilted Christmas Stocking with Free Pattern to match your holiday decor.

This winter hand muff is so cute (and would make a little girl feel so fancy).

A set of DIY Wood Stump Coasters in my stocking would make me smile.

Whip up a bunch of key fobs and give them to everyone you know on top of their gift tied into the bow! Get the easy-peasy tutorial here: How to Make a Key Fob.

I love wearing a french pouf, and so does Scarlet. Learn How to Make a French Pouf from a T-Shirt.

Grab your sewing machine and some crayons and learn How to Sew a Crayon Roll for all the coloring enthusiasts in your life.

Happy sewing! Follow us on Pinterest for more perfect holiday sewing tutorials.
21 Perfect Holiday Sewing Projects

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Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Are you looking for the best chicken noodle soup recipe? You’ve come to the right place.

Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I’m proud to say that I have come up with best chicken noodle soup recipe. We have started making this once a week. We have it for dinner one night and then the kids bring it for lunch a few times a week. Once I realized how easy it is to make Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Broth, I never looked back. This alone makes it worth owning an Instant Pot, or a Bella Electric Pressure Cooker, which is what I use. It’s less expensive and works great.

Doesn’t homemade chicken noodle soup sound so good right now? Start by making a batch of Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Broth and then follow our Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe. (more…)

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