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Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

By Andrea @ utensi / February 7, 2017

This is one of our favorite soups when we dine at Olive Garden. I love to find ways to make my own faves at home and this copycat recipe doesn’t disappoint! Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Ingredients 3 TBS, Olive Oil 1 Medium Onion (diced) 1 small Zucchini (chopped) 14 oz, Italian Style Green Beans 1 stalk Celery […]

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DIY Wax Warmer Cubes

By Andrea @ utensi / January 31, 2017

I purchased a few wax warmers years ago and immediately loved that you can leave them without worrying about fires. The scents were becoming a bit strong for me and the cost of the refills started to add up. This recipe allows you to save money by making many more for your dollar. Plus, the scents are natural […]

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Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos

By Andrea @ utensi / January 24, 2017

We are in the midst of a crazy busy sports season. We have 6 games this week alone! Game admission adds up fast. If we can eat before a game and minimize concession stuff, that helps with the budget! I try my best to have something prepared for dinner before we leave for a game so at least […]

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DIY Glass Cleaner

By Andrea @ utensi / January 17, 2017

This is a basic recipe that will replace the blue stuff in your cleaning closet. I always have the ingredients on hand to make a batch. I love that it is all natural and it really works! DIY Glass Cleaner Supplies 1/2 cup, White Vinegar 2 cups, Water (warm) 2 tsp, Liquid Castile Soap 3-4 […]

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Make Your Own Lotion Bars

By Andrea @ utensi / December 13, 2016

Another Lush copycat that you will love! Once you have the ingredients from the Rainbow Soap or Grapefruit and Lime Lip Balm recipes, you can reuse them with this one! These homemade lotion bars are easy to make and perfect DIY gifts! You can grab a star silicone mold or just use any mold you already have. Lotion […]

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Dino Crayons

By Andrea @ utensi / December 8, 2016

Our kids will be out of school soon for their school break and the BEST way to avoid the “Mom, he’s annoying me!!!” chatter is to keep them occupied. Can any other parents relate?! These crayons are SO fun to make and super cheap. We have a TON of leftover crayon pieces so that’s what gets melted. […]

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Homemade Coconut Truffles

By Andrea @ utensi / November 29, 2016

I always thought truffles were some elaborate, fancy treat but this recipe completely exonerates that belief! These are super simple to make and you likely have the ingredients in the pantry. Coconut Truffles Ingredients 12oz bag, Wilton Dark Chocolate Melting Candy 2 2/3 cups + 1/3 cup, Sweetened Shredded Coconut Flakes 3 TBS, Butter (melted) […]

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Peppermint Chocolate Snowflake Bark

By Andrea @ utensi / November 22, 2016

Peppermint Bark is a recipe that we make frequently, mostly at Christmas and the holidays. But, it is seriously good year-round, amiright?! This peppermint bark recipe not only has white chocolate but a dark chocolate making it twice as good! Peppermint Chocolate Bark Ingredients Peppermint Candy Melts (here on Amazon) Dark Chocolate Candy Melts Wilton Red Snowflake Mold […]

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Homemade Cookie Butter

By Andrea @ utensi / November 15, 2016

Have you ever had cookie butter? I used to hear about this magical sweet treat all the time and finally found it at a Trader Joe’s. Well, it’s pretty good stuff! But, Trader Joe’s is a long drive for me and while I am not opposed to driving long distances for a sweet fix, it’s not *that* good […]

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Make Your Own Rainbow Soap

By Andrea @ utensi / November 8, 2016

Have you heard of Lush? If you haven’t, it’s truly one of my most favorite stores to stop and pick up personal care products like lotion, body wash and those fun bath bombs. They are handmade and contain organic items. The one thing I don’t love is the price. Their products are rather expensive so […]

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