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Tablescapes, A Portable Picnic for Two

Everything you need for a picnic for two Right in a handy tote! This is just an old fashioned bottle carrier~ Italian sub sandwiches, and a bucket of cherries A bottle of wine for sipping and plastic glasses tied on the sides The sandwiches are wrapped in parchment then a large striped “lapkin,” a large … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Blue Raspberry Bread with Orange Glaze

It’s nice to have a coffee cake or bread on hand for an easy weekend breakfast.  I made this Blue Raspberry Bread so the fishermen could grab a slice before they headed out on the high seas for the catch of the day~ It’s a rainbow of colors and flavors This is a “quick bread” … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos with Asian Peanut Slaw

This recipe is a combo of two of my favorites, Asian Short Ribs and Spring Roll Wraps A few adjustments and you have a whole new way of enjoying these recipes in another version, a soft taco A great way to lighten things up and cool things off in the summertime And it’s easy peasy … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Watermelon Basket

This was supposed to be a sand pail And you were supposed to ohhhh and ahhhh and be so taken with how cute this was I was going to use a cute plastic sand shovel toy to serve the fruit from the “sand pail” Things were moving along just “swimmingly” Except  ^^’ It didn’t look … Continue reading

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Creations, Painted Chargers

I saw some painted chargers over at Scribbler Unfocused and remembered this had been on my to do list for a while…Ellen inspired me, and I just couldn’t wait to get going on this project~ I knew that I wanted to do a set of 4 with a different pattern on each I started with … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Savory Plum Tart with Parmesan Pecan Crust

I really should have named this “These are a few of my Favorite Things”… Sometimes I get an overwhelming urge to cook, and head to the kitchen to see what’s on hand It is sort of a game I play, creating a dish out of what I have, without making a list and going to … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July! Are there stores in your area having Christmas in July sales?  It’s becoming more and more popular, so I decided to join the fun with a little Christmas in July table~ July means beach time, so I dug out my beachy Christmas things to set a table for some Christmas fun, … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Maple Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Instead of fast food fried onion rings, try this crazy twist~ Wrap a piece of bacon around several thick slices of onion leave 2 or 3 of the outer rings together and remove the smaller inner rings and reserve for another use Gently stretch the bacon so one piece will wrap the entire ring place … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, White Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Shhhhhh…don’t tell anybody these cookies are full of zucchini, because they will never guess “Hey Gigi, why do the cookies have green speckles?” asked Super Boy “Oh, that’s the secret super hero ingredient, green energy sugar!” “Hey DAD!! Gigi made special cookies with green energy, can I have one? Pleeeeeeeezzzzze….” These cookies are Super Hero … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Kitchen, Pantry Gifts and fast wraps

Do you keep a stash of gifts on hand for emergencies and unexpected events? I try too, but often I turn to my pantry when I totally screw up and forget in times of need Here’s what I found this day~ a gourmet dry dip mix, Starbucks instant iced coffee mix, and a new bottle … Continue reading

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