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Firecrackers! A Great Superbowl Treat!

When I was in Florida over the holidays I went to a cocktail party and someone had brought firecrackers. Not the burst in the sky kind and not the party favor kind that you pull and a prize pops out.

These firecrackers are a snack made with saltine crackers and are also known as Alabama Firecrackers. I had never heard of them and I love trying new things. 

I was warned to stay away from the plate of firecrackers unless I liked spicy food. Well I love spicy food so I was all in.

The thing is, I didn’t think they were that hot. My husband doesn’t like real spicy food and he was okay with them in small doses. I on the other hand could have emptied the entire plate but people were watching.

They are easy to make and are perfect anytime of the year but they would make a great snack for Super Bowl parties. (Come on Vikings… gotta get there this year!!)




1 lb Saltine Crackers (I only used 3 sleeves of the crackers instead of all 4)

1 cup Vegetable Oil (I used Olive Oil)

1 (1 oz) pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1/4 cup Red Pepper Flakes

2 tbsp. Garlic Powder

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan Cheese


Here’s what you do:

1. Place crackers on a cookie sheet in single layer.

2. Blend the oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Brush the mixture over the Saltines until the crackers are coated.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.

5. Remove from oven and place the crackers on paper towels to cool.

5. Cool completely, then place in air tight container for storage.



Let’s just say. I have eaten these for breakfast, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner and a bedtime snack. 🙂 ENJOY!



Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 1 of 4

Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Home Staging and Redesign MN

As my last two blog posts mentioned, there are many Home Improvement that can actually be bad and decrease the value of your home. So now lets take a look at those that DO increase the value. 

Here are 20 Top Home Improvements to consider. These are not necessarily improvements to make JUST to sell your home. You need to look at many factors such as how long you will be in your house, your neighborhood, etc. “Be Careful With Those Home Improvements” gives you a few to consider.

Drum roll please….in reverse order…..

#20   Home Office Remodel – A large percentage of the population works at home full time or at least spends off hours doing work at home to catch up. Home Office Space is valuable square footage.

If at all possible it shouldn’t be part of another room and it definitely shouldn’t feel like a dungeon to be in it.

#19   Add a Sun Room – Everyone loves a sun room. A place to read, have quiet time, enjoy a cup of coffee, and unwind with family and friends. It is the most important room in my home and one that everyone gravitates to when they come to visit.

Porch 3


#18   Create or Renovate a Master Suite – Next to the kitchen, the master bedroom with adjoining bath is the most important area of the house. Adults want a place to escape at the end of the day.

 Think the best five star boutique hotel you have every been in. Aaaahhh. Tranquil, calming and peaceful. This area of the house is always a draw for buyers.


Tranquil master bedroom



#17    Renovate or Add a Family Room – It is where all families spend the majority of their time. Make it warm, inviting and cozy. If your family room still has dark paneling from the 1950s it is time for a renovation. Paint can make a huge change!  


Family Room


16   New Roof – Maintenance on a home is key and the roof is the best place to start. It is going to be looked at, inspected and can cause many problems if it is in disrepair.


Home Improvements can increase the value of your home no doubt.  But always be careful!! Check out my last two post:



Stayed Tuned for Part 2 to see #15 – #11 of the Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home! 

Home Improvement Myths – Home Staging and Redesign of MN

Home Improvement Myths – Home Staging and Redesign of MN


The term ‘home improvement’ usually evokes a good feeling. You are improving something so that’s good isn’t it? Plus it is being done to one of your biggest assets so even better right? Well maybe.

There are some untruths or myths about Home Improvements that you need to be aware of and consider before you invest your time and/or money.  Dollar Sign

1) “Any Remodel is a Good One.” NOT THE CASE. You need to check out and consider many things before considering any home improvement.

2)  “I Can Do It Myself.” Sure you can. 🙂 All of us have seen the DIYP (Do it Yourself Project) when our best friend or spouse is so proud of their work but they really should have let a professional do it. Unless you are well trained and have experience in that area….it may be best to spend the money to have it done correctly.

faulty wiring DIY


 3) “Adding A Pool Always Add Value.” Not so. Pools only add value if they are in a climate where they can be used year round. It also depends on the type of pool and the condition of the pool. In many cases a pool decreases the value of a home.


Inner Tube in Swimming Pool


4) “I Should Follow the Latest Design Trends.”  The key word here is ‘trend’. That is what it is and it will be on its way out before you even get it finished. Trends are great for $12 throw pillows. Not for major improvements.


Trendy wording pillow


So make sure you know what you are doing when you start those Home Improvements.

Check out my previous post “Be Careful with those Home Improvements” and stop by for my next post on specific home improvements that add value to your home!