45 Things to do in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
3w ago
Whether you’re interested in finding property of your own or just looking to see what’s around town, you won’t want to miss out on these local highlights. Here are the top 45 places to visit in and around Deep Creek Lake, Maryland! Your next adventure is awaiting you! Never run out of ways to spend your trip to Deep Creek and remember… Don’t feed the bears! Where to stay? There are dozens of sites with the sole purpose of finding you a place to stay in Deep Creek. It can get a bit overwhelming when putting together a vacation plan so know what you want before you book. For instance, if you va ..read more
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Winter Sugar Scrub
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
4M ago
Pine needles don’t have to be an annoyance when there are so many useful ways to utilize them in your home and garden. It’s so easy to turn fresh pine needles into a moisturizing winter sugar scrub and this is a great way to use up extra branches that don’t get made into wreaths. You only need three ingredients to make this sugar scrub, though can certainly add more! If you prefer a syrupy mixture rather than a scrub, replace one tablespoon of coconut oil with a half tablespoon of vitamin E oil or another preferred substitute. Since vitamin E oil is liquid at room temperature it will dramatic ..read more
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Italian Herb Crackers
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
7M ago
If you mention there’s a charcuterie board involved, I’m going all in. They’re the perfect grazing board for vacation, holidays, or for hosting on a budget with little prep involved. Crackers are a must-have for a charcuterie setup, but costs can add up quickly and you might want to skip the expensive crackers to make room for meats and cheeses. A little goes a long way, and you can save on your next grazing board by making your own crackers! If you’re thinking it’s too complicated and storebought might be easier, I’ll give you the credit for less cleanup, but it is oh so worth it to make you ..read more
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Sowing Seeds Ahead of Spring
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
7M ago
If you’re anxious to start your garden before the frost has finished melting, we might have more in common than you originally thought! I’m notorious for pulling out the big basket of seeds well before it is appropriate to get them in the ground, and somehow I always manage to convince myself it’s not too soon to start sowing seeds well before our growing season begins. With this hassle-free hack, you don’t have to worry much about your seeds once they’ve been sown. Simply sow them in the dirt, give them a good mist, and honestly you can forget about them, but what are the odds of that happen ..read more
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Wild Violet Pink Lemonade
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
9M ago
A fresh glass of lemonade is a summertime staple for our family and what better than to make it homemade? If you’ve already made my Wild Violet Syrup recipe then you’re in luck, and if not, it’s pretty simple and you can skip the long wait times if you’re in a pinch. Ingredients 2 cups water 2-3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 2-3 tbsp. wild violet syrup Dash of salt The fresh wild violet syrup is the special ingredient that will make this lemonade pink, once mixed with the lemon juice of course. This is a fun ‘food science’ experiment for youngsters and is a great alternative to the exc ..read more
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Wild Violet Syrup
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
9M ago
As many of you already know, I am an avid gardener and often share updates about the changes to my vegetable plot through the seasons. There’s nothing more exciting than getting a fresh harvest after putting in weeks or months of effort in growing something from the ground up. Well, maybe there is one thing better… There are a few harvests we have each year which take little to no effort at all. I’m talking about the dandelions, red deadnettle, buttercups, and wild violets. Those who prefer their lawns to be a consistent shade of green may even consider some of these harvests to be weeds, but ..read more
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‘Be My Valentine’ Iced Brownie Dupe
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
1y ago
Have you ever tried the infamous ‘Be My Valentine’ iced brownies? I can’t help but snag a box when they’re in stock because they’re so good. There’s just something about the chocolate shell and the layered chocolate cake that is nearly irresistible. So of course I had to try making some for myself, and let me tell you, these are by far one of my favorite desserts I’ve ever shared with you. If you want to go full homemade, try my Ooey Gooey & Fudgy Zucchini Brownies which will give the richest chocolate flavor. The key to this recipe is the method in which it is cooked, not the brownie bat ..read more
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Managing and Maintaining 3A Curls
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
1y ago
If you have curly hair with extreme frizz, low volume, or both, we may have more in common than you think. My hair hasn’t always been as healthy as it is, and I can thank a handful of lifestyle changes for the transformation my curls have undergone in the past several years. That being said, what works for me may not be the cure-all for your own curly struggles. I’d still like to share how the health of my hair has improved since adjusting my routine. Simplify your hair care habits A simple haircare routine is more easily manageable, so don’t feel bad if you decide to skip out on the expensive ..read more
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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
1y ago
There’s nothing better than making fall desserts with homemade pumpkin purée until you get stuck with a bowl of pumpkin guts you don’t know what to do with. After all that scooping, you might as well put those pumpkin seeds to good use and roast them for a delicious source of protein and dietary fiber! If you haven’t tried them yet, roasted pumpkin seeds are a super simple way to get the most out of your baking pumpkins and most varieties of carving pumpkins. My preference for roasting and puréeing is the Jarrahale variety which is bluish-grey and flatter than its counterparts. They’re the sw ..read more
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Candy Corn Cookies
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by byshannonamos@gmail.com
1y ago
What’s better than a tray of freshly home-baked sugar cookies? A tray of fresh-baked candy corn cookies to get in the spooky mood, of course! The simple design makes this the perfect rainy day activity for kids of all ages, so get the whole family involved for a day of fun! This recipe is a pretty standard sugar cookie base with very little dough manipulation necessary to achieve the cute candy corn design. It’s always recommended you set out the butter ahead of time so that it’s room temperature when you begin mixing. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/4 cup white sugar 1 cup butter, softened ..read more
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