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The Organized Life, 127 Wrenches

“What’s that stuff for?” HH said     “I thought these might be handy to organize your tools,”  I said     “Organize my tools?”  he asked, “I know exactly where everything is…”     “Um, well, every time I need a screwdriver or the pliers, I have to take everything out, dig around, then … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Sunny Valentine

A basket full of hearts and bling       Colorful roses to make the heart sing       Lacy doilies under the plates     A cupid full of hearts awaits     A sunny table, simple and light     Will surely make your day seem bright       And add … Continue reading

veggie wraps

Recipe Box, Vegetarian for Lent and Spring

In honor of Lenten season, a time when a lot of people eat less meat and opt for lighter fare, I am posting a round-up of some of my favorite vegetarian recipes       Some are light, some not so light, but they are all are so good you’ll never miss the meat   … Continue reading

new years

Take-out Tuesday, Chinese New Year

Happy Fat Tuesday!     We’ve been Mardi Gras-ing it up around here, but February is so full of holidays and celebrations, we might as well squeeze one more in and celebrate Chinese New Year 🎉 This year the celebration began February 8.  It lasts for seven days so there’s still plenty of time to … Continue reading

Mardi Gras crowns and masks

Holidays, Last Minute Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is in 2 days, but there is still time to have a little Mardi Gras fun!   Perhaps you have a crown or tiara?     A mask or some jewels…     Sparkly ornaments in purple, green and gold     A frosty cocktail     A bottle of wine     … Continue reading

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Party Panache, Tomato Canapés with Bacon Chive Aioli

  Are you dreaming of warmer weather and juicy red ripe summer tomatoes?     Even in the winter months, you can satisfy your fresh tomato cravings with these savory canapés topped with grape tomatoes       I have been making versions of these canapés for a long time, and people always, always, rave … Continue reading

beach dreamin

Tablescapes, California Memories

This time of year I always get a little homesick for Southern California where I grew up…       The Beach Boys, surf boards, VWs… much simpler times…       We stole some summer weather this week on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and I threw open the doors, put on a sundress, … Continue reading

ribbon and wire heart

Creations, Ribbon Heart

Here is a super thrifty, fast and easy, DIY that anyone can do       All you need is a wire coat hanger and some ribbon or fabric strips… Untwist the neck and use your hands or pliers to bend and shape into a heart.  You can keep the hook or straighten the wire … Continue reading

broccoli topped smashed potato

Take-out Tuesday, Broccoli & Cheese Smothered Potato Boats

  Here is an irresistible side dish that will satisfy all your cravings…       Crispy, soft, melty, warm, garlicy good… and fast and easy for a weeknight       If you don’t like Velveeta, just use grated cheese.  I love these Velveeta sauce packets, so handy and perfect on an Uptown Patty … Continue reading

Feb paint bucket

The Organized Life, February Paint Bucket

February is going to be a fun month with Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Leap Day! Yep, we get a whole extra day this year to make up for all that time flying by…whoosh…where did January go? So let’s make some celebratory food! Appetizers French Quarter Cheese Ball from Plain Chicken Baby Bloomin’ … Continue reading

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