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Everything you need to know about home canning

Everything you need to know about home canning

Wondering what to do with that surplus of garden veggies? Home canning is a great way to preserve today's garden bounty for the cooler days of fall and winter. If you are wanting to try out home preserving but don't know where to begin, we have some great tips to get you started... Read More

CSU Stanislaus Receives $250K Seed Gift for One Purpose

CSU Stanislaus Receives $250K Seed Gift for One Purpose

Local Entrepreneurs Matt and Maria Swanson Create Endowment to Support Student Success Through Scholarships and Motivate Future Contributions

TURLOCK, Calif. — July 17, 2014 — Local entrepreneurs Matt and Maria Swanson have made a $250,000 seed gift to establish the One Purpose endowment at California State University, Stanislaus. The endowment will support the One Purpose annual fund drive, a new effort aiming to raise $1 million for scholarships for high-achieving students during a six-week period in the fall.

“The goal of One Purpose is to keep our region’s best and brightest students right here in the Central Valley so that they can become our next generation of community and business leaders,” said CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley. “Matt and Maria Swanson have been friends of the University for many years, and this generous gift represents their very significant investment in the future of our students and our region.”

Home Depot Style Challenge / Outdoor Games Edition Reveal + An Outdoor Oasis in My Backyard

Home Depot Style Challenge / Outdoor Games Edition Reveal + An Outdoor Oasis in My Backyard

I gave you the sneak peek last week, and today I get to share the full reveal of this formerly unused space in my backyard! I was asked by my friends at Home Depot to create a fun DIY outdoor game as part of a new edition of their Style Challenge Series. Of course I absolutely adore a challenge that not only stretches my creativity but also benefits my little family! If I can work a project into something that also helps me add fun and function to my home, then all the better as far as I'm concerned! 

I bring you my outdoor lounge area and the most fabulous badminton setup you ever did see. Or at least that I ever did see... 

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Reader Showcase // 10 Foot Provence Beam Dining Table with Benches

Reader Showcase / 10 Foot Provence Beam Dining Table with Benches

This is our second project from the site and once again extremely happy with the finished project. The table is exactly what we wanted for our back patio and was thrilled when we found it on the site. 

It was an easy build with two of us and only took a couple of weeks to complete. ... Read More

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Click HERE for details and to register!

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini takes center stage in this remake of pesto pasta. Topped with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, this zucchini pasta with pesto dish just might be one of our new favorite summer dinners... Read More

2014 Weekly Challenge #28: Random Acts of Kindness

2014 Weekly Challenge #28:  Random Acts of Kindness

Being kind is probably a part of your every day life. After all, you have to be nice, in general, to get what you want and to keep the people you love happy.

But what about being kind simply for the sake of being kind? What about doing something kind for someone you don't need anything from, or even someone you don't know?

Practicing kindness, and passing it on to others encourages other to do the same thing. If we're all being kind, and doing kind things for each other, the world is bound to be a better place. And doing something nice for someone "just because" creates a feel good moment for the giver and recipient!... Read More