Cooking · Food · YouTube

Discovering New Teachers In The Kitchen

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I love to follow cooks and bakers. I love to learn more tips, tricks and techniques to improve my cooking and baking. You also know I love YouTube because I find some very interesting folks there.

I am usually slow to the (any) party so when I came across Erin Jeanne McDowell on Food52 it was a double introduction. I had never ventured into Food52 territory before and I had never heard about Ms. McDowell even though she has been a prominent baking presence for several years.

I did say I am often late, right?

I tripped over her video about tomato pies and was hooked! Check it out:

Now, I love a good tomato. And I love pie crust. Is it any surprise that I love a good tomato pie? Each of the pies is a work of art and relatively easy to put together.

There is more to this baker than just tomato pies. She has a wide array of recipes (she’s written at least 3 cookbooks) and best of all she is a great teacher.

Check out The Dish interview:

I don’t know of anyone who has never had an issue (or issues) with cooking or baking. There is always something that we stumble with. What I look for are the teachers who explain what to look for – and show me – and how to fix it so I can feel a bit more confident in the kitchen.

I give credit to Natalie Dupree who showed me how to use a food processor and gave me the courage to get one of my own. Hey, if she could do it, so could I, right?

Sometimes we just need a helping hand to get our hands dirty, right?

Check out Erin’s videos and recipes. I sure will be, too!

Cooking · Food · YouTube

Not Your Ordinary Cooking Show

If you have been around here for any length of time, you know I love cooking shows. I love to discover new (to me) recipes while learning new tricks to the trade. A few years ago I happened across a show on YouTube that I kept returning to watch. It is a great mixture of good food, interesting commentary, and a huge assortment of recipes going back…quite a long time. And that doesn’t include the videos.

Canadian Glen Powell and his wife, Julie, invite people to visit at least once a week where Glen tries out recipes, talks about the research he has done on the recipe, walks us through the process, and Julie joins to taste test and adds her comments.

It might sound a bit dry, but it is really quite interesting stuff if you like to cook and/or eat. Glen has covered quite an array of foods but there is more, a lot more, on his YouTube channel, Glen and Friends.

I found out more about Glen by reading this article: How a Canadian Depression Era…

I tried to find just the right teaser for you to visit Glen’s YouTube Channel but truthfully, there are just too may temptations.

Check out Glen and Friends Cooking on YouTube to see what delectable treats might tempt you.


Shopping · YouTube

The Joy of the Hunt

For Treasures

I don’t recall when I tripped over Antiques Road Trip but it has been a few years. I have to say that I have very limited experience in either auctions or antiques let alone those in the U.K., so watching has been educational on many levels.

All that being said, I do have favorite antiquers (or as I would refer to them as shoppers) even though the only real common attribute among them is a love of history.

I’ve enjoyed watching the older episodes on YouTube, but you could also find them on a local channel. Check your listings, you might be surprised.

This article explains the format better than I could: Antiques Road Trip

This latest episode with Mr. Braxton and Mr. Hanson capped off a week of amazing finds and sales.

The thrill of the hunt combined with humor makes for some interesting viewing. In this particular episode Charles found at least one item I wouldn’t mind owning myself.

Check it out for yourself!

Around the House · YouTube

A Little Spring Cleaning

There is something refreshing about doing a bit of cleaning or clean out from time to time. In my case, I recently went through my YouTube subscriptions and cleared out those I no longer watch or who haven’t posted in a bit. Frankly, I was astounded.

There is an ebb and flow to the way we connect with certain things. Sometimes it takes only a few visits while other times it can take years to outgrow something.

I’ve often found myself amazed at the quality (or lack) of the videos I encounter. There are some seriously talented folks producing some great content out there!

I appreciate the level of work involved in producing a video – there is a lot that goes into those few minutes we see on our screens. I also appreciate when I find a content provider that would never, ever be seen on ‘regular’ media for a variety of reasons.

In any event, if you haven’t taken a few minutes to go through your subscriptions and clear out the ones you no longer watch, now might be a good time. Also, consider sharing the ones you do watch with friends and encouraging them to subscribe. You might be surprised at the impact.

Card Making · Crafting · Craftroom · Musings · Quilting · Scrapbooking · YouTube

Craft Room Infusion

Or, I really need to find inspiration

This made my day!

Great ideas, and a way to not only shop our stash, but discover what is in our stash!

Speaking of our stash, if you don’t have a way of getting rid of items you no longer want or need, the link in the video should be helpful. I don’t have anyone near me who takes on craft items for reuse and I will be investigating that link for myself.

Around the House · Musings · YouTube

One Thing Really Does Lead To Another

Around Here

I thought a great way to start a brand new year would be to take a look at some of the things/people/whatever that caught my attention and tell you about it.

Algorithms are interesting things. They bring to your attention things you never knew existed while providing you food for further research on things you are already interested in. Case in point, over on YouTube I’ve been made aware of a couple of people from very different parts of the world who are involved in home renovation and decoration projects.

NOTE: You can search YouTube for the name of each individual’s channel by copying the BOLD text and putting it in YouTube’s search box.

I’m not really sure how or where, let alone why Karolina Zebrowska popped up in my feed but I’m glad she did. This lady is from Poland, does a bit of travel, and has a passion for history. Oh, and she’s renovating a 1930’s era flat that she purchased.

I’ll be doing more research into her channel because what I’ve already seen is interesting. It is not quite the run of the mill anything.

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I’m a follower of DIY Danie. Danie has been working on her 1850 era Canadian farm house for quite a while now. Imagine my surprise to have Ariel Bissett pop up in my YouTube feed.

Ariel, also Canadian, purchased an 1860-ish home in Nova Scotia that she has been renovating in addition to her regular work which seems to have some research and review focuses. She makes some beautiful videos, providing interesting perspectives and information.

Both of these ladies are creating homes that reflect who they are, not the latest Pinterest craze. Each has a style and preference that is unique to them. Each provides me with some beautiful things to look at, ponder, and appreciate.

Consider this my invitation to you to check out their channels and see what you think.


Crafting · Gifts · YouTube

The Alternative To Regular Viewing

Or, a great way to watch (and learn) to craft. Even if you aren’t a crafter.

Now, I know that not everyone wants to craft. And I know that there are lots of people who are curious, but not sure if they want to learn a craft. Then there are lots of people who love to craft and are looking for some great instruction, interesting projects, fabulous product.

If you are any of these, stick with me.

If you are a long time reader, you know I enjoy MaymayMadeIt on YouTube. I’ve been a viewer, and a customer, for quite a few years. Maymay is a great teacher who loves to share her love of crafting. Recently, she has changed her video schedule to accommodate the needs of her viewers and the result has been phenomenal.

If you are looking for a way to ease out of a busy work day and spend some time learning something new or just enjoying some great chatter, Maymay has an evening Crafter and Crafter After Shows ( both are live shows ) on Tuesday. She also has crafting tutorials on Thursday and Saturday. If you miss a show, you can always pull up the replay on her YouTube channel.

To find her on YouTube, type MayMayMadeIt in the search box. Don’t forget to hit that ‘subscribe’ button and ring the bell so you get notification about her next video!

The schedule – Note that her schedule is Central Standard Time:
  • *Here is our Weekly Video Schedule:
  • – Sundays 6:00pm CST | Created In Christ Devotion
  • -Tuesdays 6:0pm CST |The Crafter Show
  • -Tuesdays 6:30 pm CST The Crafter After Show
  • -Thursdays 2:00pm CST | Craft O’clock Show
  • -Thursday 6:00pm CST Maymay Recorded Tutorial
  • -Saturdays 6:00pm CST | Maymay Recorded Tutorial

Even if you aren’t a crafter, but just want a way to ease out of a busy day, I strongly recommend that you stop by and spend some time with Maymay, Vinnie and the crew.

As someone who spent years watching quilters long, long before I ever picked up a sewing machine or quilting pattern, I know that sitting back and watching the process can be quite relaxing, and an opportunity to pick up some tips and tricks along the way. It is also a great way to see if a particular craft is something you might be interested in. Or not. 😉

You can also learn more by visiting

If you are bored of the regular TV viewing, tired of the same old, same old, looking for something different, why not give Maymay a chance?


Around the House · YouTube

I Love This Project!

When DIY Danie on YouTube announced her plans to update her back garden, I was stoked. She put together some amazing projects which included updating her gate and fence, clearing space for a garden shed and work on entertainment areas.

If you have not been keeping up, episode 1 of the creation of the garden shed aired last Saturday and episode 2 is due to release this coming Saturday.

You don’t want to miss this!

If you are contemplating some DIY projects for your own backyard, this is a great collection of ideas and a guide to how Danie plans out the projects and the budget.

If you are an armchair cheering squad, like me, this is a great opportunity to see some imaginative creativity along with some occasionally silly humor and a great dog.

Not sure how to find her? Go to YouTube, type ‘DIY Danie” in the search box. When you click on her channel, don’t forget to check out her website for her other media options and, if you like what you see, click the subscribe button.

Why check her channel out? There are lots and lots of great projects that cover a wide variety of ideas. If you are a beginner or experienced DIYer, Danie has you covered.


The starting point for the project.