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Making those DIY crafts and recipes work…no matter how many tries it takes.

| Jan 2019

Mac ‘N Cheese Cake with Bacon Sprinkles

I made this cake creation for Penn Charles on his birthday and thought I would share it with you. You can use your favorite mac and cheese recipe, just as long as the roux is very thick. By the way, roux is the base of a cheese sauce or gravy. SO basically, Roux= Heaven Sauce. […]
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mac and cheese cake
| Jan 2019
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Mac ‘N Cheese Cake with Bacon Sprinkles

I made this cake creation for Penn Charles on his birthday and thought I would share it with you. You can use your favorite mac and cheese recipe, just as long as the roux is very thick. By the way, roux is the base of a cheese sauce or gravy. SO basically, Roux= Heaven Sauce. […]
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melted crayon ornament
| Dec 2018
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DIY Melted Crayon Ornaments

We received a ton of requests to try this DIY craft. As usual, the internet lies…or grossly underestimates the amount of instructions needed to do this project without 3rd degree burns. Our takeaways: use pliers, shave the bits of crayon (they melt faster), use oven mitts, and don’t kiss hot glass.
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Holderness Gift Guide
| Dec 2018
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How to Outdo Santa: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re anything like us, coming up with the gift ideas can be even more challenging than actually getting the gifts. We’ve been brainstorming presents for neighbors, friends and family and decided to share out list with you. We hope it helps you fly through that gift to-do list! Gifts That Give Back Two smiles […]
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microwave turkey
| Nov 2018
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You CAN Microwave a Turkey

It’s flying around the internets – the microwave turkey challenge! Folks are texting their parents and asking if they can microwave their turkey this Thanksgiving. Just search #25lbTurkeyChallenge on your favorite social media platforms and prepare to pee your pants. The responses are hilarious. We also laughed, but were also intrigued. As frequent “nailed it” challengers, […]
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Holderness Wreath
| Oct 2018
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You’ll fall in love with this DIY OMGourd Wreath

We have a confession. Mini pumpkins baffle us. Every grocery store produce bin is overflowing with these stunted gourds. They beg to be gathered up and thrown in the cart, but then what do you do with them year after year? Plop one on the mantel? Throw ‘em in a bowl? We’re the HolderMess Family […]
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DIY Hand Knit Blanket
| Oct 2018
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DIY Hand Knit Blanket: How to Fail and How to Nail It

Fall is in the air… No, it isn’t. It is still 90 degrees in October. Check the calendar, North Carolina! We may have sweat all over this project, but it will be a super cozy blanket once fall eventually decides to show up. Pull it together! Of course, no Nailed It video goes on without […]
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| Dec 2016
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Easiest Hot Chocolate!

As the weather gets colder we wanted to show how we make hot chocolate at home. It’s fun to make with the family – and it tastes REALLY REALLY good. What’s your favorite holiday recipe?
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| Jan 2016
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When kids take over the kitchen | Chopped cooking challenge

I had had enough. I’d had enough of carefully preparing healthy, delicious meals only to see my children reject them. I was DONE. So I made them cook. Yep. I told my six year old and eight year old they were in charge of dinner. “I will show them,” I thought. “They’ll collapse in a […]
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