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Making Boards To Play Cornhole


Cornhole is a fun game involving two boards and bean bags. The goal is to toss the bags onto the boards to get them through the holes. Cornhole sets come in a variety of designs and can be made with various accessories, such as lights on the bottom so that you can play at night or sound effects that will go off when the bags land on the board or in the holes.

When you make your own cornhole boards, you need to get the measurements just right as well as the dimensions for the holes. You should also make sure the holes are the proper distance apart. Elevate the boards at just the right angle to allow the bags to stay in place on the board if they don’t reach the holes. You’re going to need to make or purchase eight bags because you need four for each board. You can usually make the boards in a day and design them with any pattern or any color that you like. Supplies can usually be purchased at most hardware stores because you really only need the wood for the boards and the material to make the bean bags unless you get bags that are already made.

When the boards are finished, you should use paint that creates a slick surface to make it easier for the bags to slide when they are thrown. You can put a cup under the holes so that they don’t land on the ground and get damaged. Make sure the boards that are used are sanded. This will prevent any damage to the bags that are used. It will also provide a professional appearance for the boards instead of jagged edges and splinters on the surface. You can make a box for the boards to sit on instead of a simple design. The box will help to keep the boards off the ground, and it can make it easier to carry the boards when you’re getting them out of storage or putting them up after playing. Cover your boards to keep moisture away from them and to keep any damage to a minimum.

Homemade Meaty Pizza Squares

I like making use of spare food in the ref when there are excess. So, when I make spaghetti and there is remaining meat sauce, I make use of that sauce by making pizza squares at home! Super delish and will not cost you much. You don’t even have to order pizza because you can have your own at home.

Here’s what you need and how to make homemade meaty pizza squares

Left-over cooked spaghetti meat sauce
Loaf slices (you can buy wholemeal/fibre loaf for healthier option)
Shredded cheese (I prefer white cheddar for the mild taste)


Use a big flat baking pan
Line it with a wax paper, aluminum sheet or spray with light oil or butter
Line your loaf slices and spread some spaghetti sauce on top
Sprinkle with grated cheese
Pre-heat your oven to 320 degrees
Bake your pizza squares for 4-5 minutes only, longer than that will overcook the cheese
Once lightly baked, pull out from the oven (be careful, and use some kitchen mittens!)
Serve and enjoy!

Non-Pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns


If you’re an expat like me who is transplanted in the Middle East, then there are other holiday occasions that you just can’t celebrate the same way you do back home.  It’s only lately when the Philippines caught up on the Halloween fever but other countries are already celebrating this spooky event with much gusto for the longest time!

So, living in other parts of the world where Halloween is not as famous as it should be, and when pumpkin is not a staple, you have to be innovative if you want to decorate your home without the usual pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns.

Here are some ways to still have that Jack O’ Lantern decor in your home without using a pumpkin. You’ll be surprised to know that many fruits/vegetables and other materials can pass as your cute or spooky Jack O’ Lantern.

Papier Mache


Vegetables like turnips, gourd and bell pepper






Old, big jars


Paper lanterns


Crafty stuff like styrofoam round mold with floral decors


Old books


Terra cotta pot


Halloween Pumpkin Decorations - variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O'Lantern faces and heads in autumn

Halloween Pumpkin Decorations – variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O’Lantern faces and heads in autumn



Pumpkin plastic pails


Plywood or old crates


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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

It’s official! It’s going to be pumpkin here, pumpkin there, and pumpkin everywhere! Yesterday was the first day of Autumn and what do we normally remember about Fall that makes as pause and feel good aside from the pretty vista? The coming holidays, that is! And aside from the holidays, we will be seeing many orange and warm hued stuff around us and it’s going to be lots of them too.

Now that is officially Fall, it’s going to be the time for pumpkins, and pumpkin lattes, and pumpkin pies. But how do you make those yummy treats without the main kick – the pumpkin spice? Well, it’s very simply and it won’t take so much of your time to gather and prepare this staple when making those scrumptious pumpkin flavoured goodies.

Here’s your simple pumpkin spice recipe mix!


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Simple DIY Easter Egg Decorating Tips

Few days from now will be the great Easter. Have you prepared the egg hunt map? How about the goodies? Egg hunt won’t be fun without the important part of the whole activity – the Easter Eggs!

Here are some simple DIY tips to decorate Easter Eggs. These are very easy to do and so simple that you do not have to be a crafty person to be able to decorate. Also, with these tips, I can assure you that you will not even break your budget in gathering supplies for the decoration. Simple crafty supplies like washi tape, stickers, ribbons, laces, fabrics, coloured felt pens or markers, neon pens, and glitter pens will do the trick. Enjoy!

Eggs with washi tape

Make use of those spare washi tapes in your drawer. I have plenty in mine so I won’t have any reason not to be able to decorate our Easter Eggs with fancy, colourful, patterned and even plain coloured washi tapes.

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Eggs decorated with stickers

This is very easy to do. All you need are those spare stickers your kids have missed to stick on their notebooks or on the wall. Try to stick as many or as few depending on your whim. The colourful, the better!

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Eggs decorated with coloured markers and glitter pens

Tap your inner Picasso and dabble on those cute eggs using your coloured felt pens. Ask your kids to help along and draw or doodle as they wish to create fun patterns, designs, and even drawings on those Easter Eggs.

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Eggs decorated with ribbons, laces, beads, and fabric

Do you want your Easter Eggs to look classy, vintage, country, or stylish? Decorate them with fabric, ribbons, beads, and laces. All you need are scrap stuff from your sewing project and a handy glue gun to do the trick.

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