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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and granddads out there!

You guys mean a lot to us.

This guy meant a lot to me, and I miss him.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!



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10 Delicious Desserts for Dad!

Today we’re talking about 10 Delicious Desserts for Dad. Sunday is Father’s Day, and what better way to show dad how much you love him than to make him a delicious dessert? I shared 10 Delicious Treats to Make for Mom, so we have to give dad equal time! Go ahead and show dad some love on his special day! Make him one of these delicious desserts!

Chocolate Cake with Coffee Butter Cream Frosting


Blueberry Pie


Dessert #4


Cherry Chocolate Cake


Churro Cupcakes


Rhubarb Pie #2


Miracle Whip Cake with Chocolate Chip Glaze


Strawberry Pie


Baked Alaska


Cherry Pie with Pie Pastry



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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers out there!

Today is dedicated to all the mothers and grandmothers who came before us. Oh how we miss them and love them! There are so many questions we wished we’d asked, so many things we wish we could share, so many times we remember their sweet smiles and hugs and love. They are not forgotten – they helped make us who we are today, and for that gift, we are so very grateful.

Enjoy the day and enjoy your mothers and grandmothers while you can. Show them the gratitude they deserve and shower them with love. They’d do the same for you!

Happy Mother’s Day!


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10 Delicious Treats to Make for Mom!

Today I’m sharing 10 Delicious Treats to Make for Mom – just in time for Mother’s Day. You know that above all, what mom wants most on her special day are these 3 things: time alone, someone to clean the house, and someone to make her treats to enjoy. She’s always the one having to do those things for everyone in the family, and of course, she never has enough time alone to reboot and re-energize. Here are some easy and delicious ideas to make mom’s day!

Pineapple Lemonade


Rhubarb Crumble


Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream


Curried Fruit Compote


Strawberry Pie #3


Chocolate Pudding


Raspberry Whipped Cream Cake


Spiced Tea


Lemon Dessert #2


Food for the Angels


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Happy Earth Day 2019!

Happy Earth Day! Grandma and Grandpa were married just after the Great Depression, and without even knowing it, they were being good to the earth by how they lived on the farm.

Here’s how they did it:

They didn’t buy anything they didn’t need, and when they did buy something, they bought the very best so they wouldn’t have to spend money on buying another one for a very long time.

They recycled everything they could by reusing it in some way –

  • they would reuse underwear, undershirts, socks, or old shirts by using them for rags for cleaning the house, etc., and then they would re-wash and reuse them over and over again until there was nothing left of them. I don’t remember them using a lot of paper towels.
  • they never threw away paper bags, cardboard boxes, or glass containers because they may need them for storing things or using them for bringing something to someone or packaging a gift.
  • they would keep old parts of anything (machinery, furniture, lighting, anything around the farm) because you might be able to use it in some way at another time and not have to spend money to get a new part or waste gas by driving into town to get a new part.

They grew their own food in the garden and preserved it for future use by freezing or canning.

They composted food waste by feeding it to the pigs they grew for both their own food and for making money.

This is a small list, but I think we could all benefit from being more like Grandma and Grandpa in how we think about the items we buy, use, and throw away. Let’s be good to the earth – it’s the only one we have!




Happy Easter – Happy Spring!

Happy Easter everyone, and Happy Spring!

I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends.


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A Little Breath of Springtime!

This is an unscheduled post today, because we all need A Little Breath of Springtime. I have had it with the snow and ice and below zero temperatures, and I need a little springtime. I’m gonna go ahead and assume that most of you feel the same. We’ve just endured (and still have on the ground with more to come) more than 33 inches of snow here in Minnesota during the month of February (an all-time record for the month). Spring IS coming. I promise. Just for you, here is A Little Breath of Springtime!

Hang in there!

Breathe. Relax. Enjoy.











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8 Easy Snacks for the Super Bowl

Sunday is the biggest game of the year, so today I just had to share 8 Easy Snacks for the Super Bowl! They’re all easy to make, and you know they need to be easy to transport to whatever party you’ll be attending! Unless you’re a fan of one of the two teams playing, remember to eat your snacks during the game so you can watch the commercials!

Caramel Corn


Cheese Ball


Poppy Seed Buns


Oyster Cracker Snacks


Cajun Chex Mix


Dry Beef Dip


Buffalo Chicken Dip


Tiny Meatballs


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you have a chance to put your feet up today, and relax after the mad rush of the holidays!

Make yourself a delicious beverage. No, not an adult beverage – we don’t want you to pass out from exhaustion – just relax. Maybe try one of the following warm, comforting, and cozy ideas: Hot Chocolate, Russian Tea, Grandma’s Cocoa, Hot Cranberry Drink, Wassail, or Hot Cider.

Next – wrap up in your coziest blanket and a nice pair of warm and toasty socks.

Ahhh! That’s nice.

If you are lucky enough to be able to do this in front of a nice, crackling fire, all the better!

Now just breathe and relax.

I wish you all the best in 2019!

Thanks for reading Plenty Sweet Life!




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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

I hope you enjoy this photo of my mom’s Sunday school Christmas program from sometime in the 1950’s. She’s on the left (it looks like she must have been a reader or narrator) and I think her little brother is second from the right (playing one of the 3 wise men). I love everything about this one – it’s a classic. Some things never change!

I wish you joy, love, peace, and the happiest of holidays!



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