Acorn Craft Ideas

Let’s get a hand count. How many people have oak trees in their yard? Do you also have an abundance of acorns? These acorn craft ideas will give you something to do with all those acorns the squirrels miss when the colder months creep up on them.

Acorns can be used in a number of fall and winter crafts. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, you can use acorns to help decorate your holiday table. You can also create garlands and other items to decorate your home.

An ‘Acorny’ Family

Gather up a bunch of acorns from your yard or a nearby park. Try to pick up only the acorns with the tops still on them. You can also purchase wooden acorns from a craft store. If the tops come off while you’re transporting the acorns, use a little bit of craft glue to put the tops back on. 

Find enough acorns for each person in your family for this first craft. You’ll also need to have some acrylic paints, paint brushes, a sharp pencil and possibly six or more inches of heavyweight thread.

Paint the bottom half of the acorn using a flesh-tone or light brown paint. While this is drying, paint the top or cap of the acorn your favorite color. You would then do the same thing with enough acorns for your family, making the cap of each acorn that family member’s favorite color.

When the acorn is dry you can paint a face on it using a detail paintbrush or a very sharp pencil dipped in the paint. Add other embellishments such as little bows for a girl’s hair or painted pearls for mom. You could even make acorn animals by gluing on pieces of paper for the ears. These are particularly cute for couples who don’t have children but have ‘fur babies.’

Allow the acorns to dry thoroughly and either set them in a bowl, near family pictures or glue string on them to hang them as ornaments. Another thing you can do is create an acorn person for each person who is attending Thanksgiving dinner. Glue their acorn on a folded piece of business card stock and write their name on the card so everyone knows where to sit.


If you have a wreath to place on your front door, tie acorns onto a piece of raffia. Next tie the raffia into a bow and glue that to the wreath. You can also hot glue the acorns in groups of three around the wreath. Then use other fall items like baby’s breath, silk leaves and berries to fill out the wreath.

Picture Frames

How many old picture frames do you have which you would like to update? Create autumn frames by gluing acorns onto the picture frame. To dress the picture frames up a little bit, dry brush gold or copper paint on the frame and acorns. Once the picture frame is completely dry, place the picture back into the frame and group them in one area as a photo display.

Acorns are normally in abundance in the fall and it really is a shame to throw them away. In the spirit of trying to recycle and reuse, these crafts will help you do just that. By making one or more of these acorn craft ideas you can use the acorns and decorate your home at the same time. Registered & Protected EHTX-NL8J-XDCT-1WAY

Top 6 Nutrition Tips for Men

In many ways, proper nutrition is going to be similar for men and women, young and old. But there are obvious reasons why important differences will make up what is smart nutrition for one person, as opposed to another. If you are a man attempting to eat smarter so you will look and feel better, be healthier and stronger and live longer, the following top 10 nutrition tips for men will help you accomplish your goals.

1 – Get Some Protein in Every Breakfast

Protein provides fuel. When you eat protein at breakfast, studies show that you will actually consume fewer total calories throughout the day. Healthy protein in eggs, chicken, nuts and seeds or soy products produces healthy hormones and enzymes, and energizes you for the day ahead. It also makes you feel fuller longer, which may be why breakfast protein eaters eat less during the day than those who do not eat protein in the morning.

2 – Do Not Skip Meals

Skipping any meal just tends to lead to overeating during the next meal. It also puts your body on starvation notice, which means you store fat at a higher than healthy rate.

3 – Eat More Frequently

This doesn’t mean you should eat the typical western portion several times a day. It just means that your 2,000 to 2,500 calorie daily intake should be spread across 5 or 6 meals. This can include 3 major meals and 2 or 3 small snacks. Your metabolism is cranked up every time you eat, and you actually process calories better when you ingest them in smaller quantities.

4 – Opt For Herbs and Oils Instead of Salt and Condiments

Salt, ketchup and mayonnaise can it really flavor up a meal. This does not necessarily mean they are healthy for you, simply because they taste great. Replace mayonnaise and ketchup with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and other healthy oils and juices. Kick deadly salt to the curb, and replace it with healthy herbs and spices. Your nutritional profile will certainly appreciate the effort.

5 – Balance Your Plate

Every time you eat a balanced meal, you benefit from proper nutrition. Your body processes each meal as if it were your last. That means it appreciates getting good fats, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and a sensible amount of calories every time you eat.

6 – Drink Lots of Water

Your body is roughly 60% water. As a man, you are usually going to be larger than a woman, and require more water to properly hydrate your body. How much water should a man drink every day? Double your weight in pounds, and divide by 3. For instance, a 180 pound man using this formula should drink 120 ounces of water each day. The importance of water to proper health and processing of nutrients and waste chemicals can not be overstated. Registered & Protected EHTX-NL8J-XDCT-1WAY

Spinach Salad with Pan Seared Chicken Breast

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Not too taxing in the cooking department and still tastes great.   There are lots of ways to dress this, but honestly, a simple drizzle of good olive oil is really all you need.  This is on the lighter side, but still satisfying.

This serves 2 as a main course.

Spinach Salad

For the Salad

2 bunches spinach,  washed well, dried,  & larger leaves torn and tough stems removed

small handful of arugula, torn (optional, but highly recommended!)

2 hard boiled eggs, quartered

2 tomatoes, quartered

2 radishes, quartered or sliced

1 green onion, white and green parts thinly sliced

3 – 4 white mushrooms, sliced

Chopped preserved lemon for garnish (optional)

2 Tablespoons Olive oil

The Chicken

1 Tablespoon canola oil

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

juice of half a lemon



Heat oil in frying pan, over high heat until oil is shiny.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and add…

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Color Your World – Razzle Dazzle Rose

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We’re in the home stretch! The final month is here.

The Color your World challenge will run January through April, for 120 days, with a new Crayola color topic posting each day. Join in daily, or post at your leisure.

Enter your photos, drawings, quotes, poems, stories, anything, as long as it is inspired by the color of the day.

Since this is a daily challenge, I will not have time to compile a link list daily for participant entries, however, (1) tag your post #cyw or #coloryourworld so others can follow along in the reader, (2) share your link in the comment section of each color post and (3) sign up on the home page. When you fill out the form on the home page, a link to your blog will be added at the bottom of that post – that way other participants can find all your challenge posts.

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Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes


Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes

I know this beef man from Ireland, and Conor Bofin is his name. He’s the closest I know to a connoisseur of any part of the damned cow that I know, even the unusual and sketchy bits. But he can cook the most amazing meals with that lowly bovine, so I jumped on the chance to sort-of copy-cat this wonderful braise of beef shanks with some nice meaty ones from our quarter cow.

While my photos won’t do it justice — and I wasn’t about to try and plate it for a shot — I think anyone who makes this will be satisfied with the most delicious gravy and tender beef. I served mine with some Parmesan risotto, but pasta or potatoes would work fantastic too. One of my deviations from the original recipe was to reduce the mushrooms (not enough on hand) and add a couple of…

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It’s April Shindig – Welcome To The Party.

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Hello there, come on in and welcome to our monthly blog party.

Do make yourself comfortable. Refreshments are nicely arranged down the page: Drinks, Chocolates, Cakes, Donuts, freshly squeezed juice, Coffee, Tea and so much more. :-)

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