Roasted garlic and onion soup with beer and bacon
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Roasted garlic and onion soup with beer and bacon

Take-out Tuesday, French Onion Soup with Roasted Garlic, Beer & Bacon

This is an amped up version of onion soup that you can make in a slow cooker I took my basic French Onion Soup recipe here and used Pumpkin Ale instead of wine and added roasted garlic The roasted garlic gives it a depth of flavor that is hard to describe, but let’s just say … Continue reading

potato chips

Secret Recipe Club, No Guilt Microwave Potato Chips

My Secret Recipe Club assignment this month is  The Secret Recipe Club is a group of bloggers who try each other’s recipes secretly, and then post the results all at the same time on a monthly reveal day.  It is a great way to meet other bloggers, visit new sites and stretch yourself in … Continue reading

easy dinner party birthday

Party Panache, Simple Dinner Party and Pasta Lollipop Trees

Several people have asked me to demonstrate how to put together a dinner party~ If you have a plan, everything is doable, and a dinner party becomes just another dinner I try to keep it SIMPLE, add some SPARK, and SPREAD out tasks over a few days This way I’m not overwhelmed, and entertaining is … Continue reading


Recipe Box, A Festival of Shrimp!

Ahhh, October on the Gulf Coast… The sky turns pink at sunrise and sunset and the sun sparkles on the water like no other time of year It’s also the time for the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama  source You never know what you’ll see     source This event started 43 years ago as … Continue reading

ham and corn bake

Recipe Box, Spanish Enchiladas

This is a twist on traditional Tex-Mex versions of enchiladas I call these Spanish enchiladas because I used the Spanish Manchego cheese and ham instead of the usual chicken or beef and cheddar or Jack There are a lot of vegetables too Corn, tomatoes, celery and green chiles Start by sauteing onion and celery in … Continue reading

under a spell 2

Tablescapes, Under a Spell

It’s awful!! It’s frightful!! The spooks have been spooked! It’s just much too scary It must be a fluke! A tornado on Spooky Street on a dark autumn night brought the house down on Broomhilda It’s a terrible sight!! The goblins are panicked, they don’t know what to do All you can hear is Boooooooo … Continue reading

Fig, bleu and grape foccacia

Take-out Tuesday, Figgy Bleu Focaccia with Grapes

I rarely make bread, but this is an exception… I keep the recipe taped inside one of my cabinets for easy reference because I love to make this This focaccia recipe has endless possibilities, my newest version is topped with fresh figs, grapes and bleu cheese This focaccia bread is so easy you can make … Continue reading

chicken baklava

Party Panache, Chicken Baklava

Baklava is traditionally a sweet pastry, composed of many thin layers filled with nuts and honey.  I am taking a liberty here and calling this chicken dish baklava because it is made with layers of the traditional papery phyllo dough, filled with almonds and a savory chicken filling with a creamy honey mustard sauce Impressive … Continue reading

hair bow organizer

Creations, Hair Bow Organizer

Sugar and spice and everything nice…that’s what little girls are made of And with all of this sugar and spice comes hair bows and princess crowns… And a princess can’t be in a tizzy or a mess… She needs a place to clip her bows while she gets her beauty  sleep One of my friends … Continue reading


Creations, There’s a Witch at the Door!

Come in, come in~ Halloween is bursting out all over,  everywhere~ There’s even a witch at the door! Big E [2 1/2] said  “that’s funny Gigi!”   HH [blind husband] hasn’t even noticed this yet  8-) Pinterest, the ultimate treasure trove,  provided photos for reference as I was “building” my witch I tried to source these … Continue reading

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