DIY Crate Nightstand

I’ve been waiting and waiting for us to finish our guest bedroom. Everything was done, except there was no nightstand. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for such a small piece of furniture that wouldn’t be used all that often anyway.

Finally, I decided just to make my own! I think it turned out great!

DIY Crate Nightstand


Here’s what I used:

  • Two wooden crates (from Michael’s)
  • Wood stain
  • A paintbrush
  • Gorilla glue


First, I stained both crates with a dark brown to match the other wood furniture in the room. You can do it any stain tone you want, or even paint it a bright color!


Once both crates are stained and have thoroughly dried, stack them on top of each other so all the edges match up. I decided which should go on top based on which one had the best looking top. Some of stain streaked a little, so I used that side in a spot that wouldn’t be seen.


Once they are stacked the way you want, unstack them and lightly rub a damp paper towel over the top of the bottom box.


Then add your wood glue or Gorilla glue. You don’t have to use too much because it will expand.


Then stack your crates again. You want to clamp them together for about an hour to make sure the glue dries. I just stacked a bunch of books inside.


After an hour, your new nightstand is done! You can use it as a bookshelf, stage it with cute decorations, or add small boxes for storage. For now, we just put our lamp, alarm clock and a candle on top, and we put a few books on the bottom shelf.

Crate Nightstand

I love how it matches the crate we use to hold extra blankets!

Blanket Crate

Find out what else is in my guest bedroom coming soon!


Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Ready for a really, really easy recipe? Something to satisfy your chocolate craving? A recipe that’s perfect for fall?

How about these Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies made with only TWO ingredients.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Devil’s food cake mix
  • Can of pumpkin

Ingredients for Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop the dough into balls on a baking sheet.

Mix and scoop

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes. Let them set up and cool for a couple minutes before serving.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies 2

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together the pumpkin and cake mix
  3. Scoop into balls on baking sheet
  4. Bake for 10-14 minutes
  5. Allow cookies to cool and set up for a couple minutes


Chicken N’ Dumplings

I can’t believe how easy this recipe is, and yet it still turned out tasting delicious! This for all of us who don’t have time to make dumplings from scratch, but still want that home cooked taste!

Chicken N' Dumplings

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Chicken
  • Canned biscuits (Tip: Don’t use the flaky layers biscuits because the dish will turn out mushy. If you use regular home style biscuits, it turns out just right!)
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Pepper

Ingredients for Chicken and Dumplings

Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add in the shredded baked chicken. Turn the heat to medium.

Cut the biscuit dough into quarters. Add these to the chicken broth.

Cut biscuits

Add in the cream of chicken, stirring everything together.

Add pepper. Stir occasionally while letting it simmer for  5-10 minutes on low-medium heat.


Chicken N' Dumplings
Recipe type: Entree
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 32 oz box chicken broth
  • 4 chicken breasts, baked and shredded
  • 1 can biscuits
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Bake and shred your chicken
  2. Bring chicken broth to a boil
  3. Add shredded chicken, reduce heat to medium
  4. Cut biscuit dough into quarters, add to broth
  5. Add cream of chicken soup, stirring
  6. Add pepper to taste
  7. Stir occasionally while pot simmers on low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes

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Blackberry Gin Lemonade

It’s been a long time since I posted a recipe for a beverage. So how about we do something with a kick?

This blackberry gin lemonade is made with fresh blackberries!

Blackberry Gin lemonade

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sugar
  • Blackberries
  • Water
  • Honey
  • Club soda
  • Gin
  • Lemon juice

Ingredients for Blackberry Gin Lemonade

Bring the sugar, blackberries, and water to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to soften the blackberries.

Boil berries and sugar

Stir in the honey. Remove from heat.

If you have a fine mesh sieve, use it to push the blackberries mixture through so the beverage won’t be full of blackberry seeds. If you don’t have one, use the smallest strainer you can. We used a strainer first, then we pulled out the mesh filter on our juicer and used that! Got to get inventive sometimes!

Strain berriesStrain through mesh sieve

Put the liquid in a pitcher. Add in the club soda, gin, a cup of water, and the lemon juice.

Add water and club soda

Serve the drink with ice. You can use blackberries and lemon slices as garnish for the drink if you like.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade 2

Blackberry Gin Lemonade
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2½ cups club soda
  • 1½ cups gin
  • ¾ cups lemon juice
  1. Bring blackberries, sugar and 1 cup water to boil
  2. Stir to dissolve sugar
  3. Reduce heat
  4. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Stir in honey
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Push through fine mesh sieve or strainer
  8. Transfer to pitcher
  9. Add in club soda, gin, 1 cup water, and lemon juice
  10. Serve with ice
  11. Garnish with blackberries and lemon slices (optional)

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Honey Garlic Rolls

Prepare to drool.

It has been years since I had these amazing yeast rolls made by my friend Sarah. Recently, I couldn’t stop thinking of them so I dug around until I found the recipe she gave me, seriously, probably two years ago. Maybe three. I decided it was time to try to make them for myself. I was for sure they weren’t going to turn out anything like Miss Sarah’s. But to my delighted surprise, they turned out just as delicious as her’s!

These Honey Garlic Rolls are mouth watering, and I dare you not to eat three or more in one sitting. Actually, go ahead and eat as many as you want because I completely understand. I think I ate seven of them all by myself in one day. Don’t judge. Once you try them, you’ll understand.

Honey Garlic Rolls

What you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Honey
  • Garlic salt

Ingredients for Honey Garlic Rolls

I had all of these ingredients expect the yeast already in my kitchen, so that was nice. And now that I’ve bought some packets of yeast, I’m ready to make these anytime!

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer for this recipe, but you can also use a regular mixer I believe. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Then add the warm water and 2 Tbs of melted butter. Beat well on medium speed for three minutes.

Mix ingredients

Mix in the cheese and 1/2 cup flour (a little more flour if needed) to form a soft ball of dough. The dough will gather up around the mixer beater, so add flour until it becomes less sticky. I used a spatula to scrap down the sides to make sure everything mixes together.

Add in cheese

Remove the dough from the mixer and knead on a floured board for about 4 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let it rest for 10 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Grease a round baking pan. I use a 9×9 cake pan.

Divide the dough in 13 pieces. Form each piece into a ball, pinch underneath and place in a round baking pan. Let the dough rise until the edges of the rolls are touching each other. I let it sit for another 10 minutes.

Knead Dough

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown. While they are baking, make the amazing sauce!

Mix together the honey, garlic salt, and melted butter.

Make glaze

When the rolls come out of the oven, drizzle the sauce over them.

Drizzle glaze on top

I think these are best warm, but even if you make them ahead of time you can zap them in the microwave to heat them up real quick. They are still just as good!

Honey Garlic Rolls
Cook time: 
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  • 2-2½ cups flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 package yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • For Sauce:
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs butter, melted
  • ⅛ tsp garlic salt
  1. In mixer bowl, combine 1½ cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt
  2. Add warm water and 2 Tbs melted butter
  3. Beat well of medium speed for 3 minutes
  4. Mix in cheese and enough remaining flour to form soft ball of dough
  5. Add in flour until dough becomes less sticky
  6. Knead dough on floured board for 4 minutes or until smooth and elastic
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes or until doubled in size
  8. Divide dough into 13 pieces, form into balls and pinch underneath
  9. Grease round baking dish
  10. Place rolls in baking dish, let rise for 10 minutes or until edges of rolls touch each other
  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  12. Bake rolls for 12-14 minutes, until tops are golden
  13. Mix together honey, butter and garlic salt to make sauce
  14. Drizzle sauce on rolls after they come out of the oven

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