roasted cauliflower gratin
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Creations, Photo Effects

I was playing around with photo editing effects and decided to make a visual reference chart for myself and thought I’d share some of the results with you.  Whether you use PicMonkey, PhotoShop, Apps or other editing methods, the possibilities are endless… Here is the still life photo that I used to try out various … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Dinner in the Cantina

We’re having a cozy little dinner in the Cantina tonight Just in time for Cinco de Mayo Since the wooden cantina sign is atop the burlap runner down the center of the table, the “centerpiece” is located at one end It’s a little patio scene with mismatched chippy metal chairs and mini sombreros Sunflowers in … Continue reading

roasted cauliflower gratin

Recipe Box, Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

“What is this, potatoes?” asked HH “No, it’s cauliflower, do you like it?” “It tastes just like scalloped potatoes! It’s really good!” Yep, probably something to do with the Gruyere cheese, butter and fresh bread crumbs… Cauliflower has really become trendy, and I admit, I have only cooked it a handful of times.  I started … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Nautical Nursery

Baby Boy bounced into the world a week ago, and his “Nautical Nursery” was waiting for him Come on in, I can’t wait to give you the tour DD, darling daughter,  and her sweet husband, NG, nicest guy,  decided on a nautical theme, and choose navy as the highlight for the gray and white room … Continue reading

Mayday table

Tablescapes, Gather ‘Round the Maypole

Come gather round the Maypole and celebrate Spring! May Day, May 1, is a celebration throughout the Northern hemisphere, 6 months from November 1,  marking the end of the “uncomfortable” winter half of the year and the last of the Spring festivals before Summer Mayday is known for celebrations around a tall pole with long … Continue reading

swiss chard strata with bacon and asiago

Take-out Tuesday, Savory Swiss Chard Strata

Do you ever make strata? You know, bread cubes, eggs, milk and cheese? It’s a fast and easy dish that is impressive, and can be made a zillion different ways I needed a side dish for some meat the guys were grilling and didn’t have any potatoes…then I spied a package of lovely onion poppy … Continue reading

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Secret Recipe Club, Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola & Almond Joy Granola

Today is reveal day for my Secret Recipe Club group When it comes to choosing a recipe from another blogger for Secret Recipe Club, I like to pick something I’ve never made before… Granola! My assigned blog this month was Debbi Does Dinner…healthy and low calorie, and her recipe index is huge! Debbi is also … Continue reading

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Creations, Repurposing an Old Table

Okay, I realize you might not need a Star Wars play table, but this is all about re-purposing and discovering possibilities… While I was on baby watch for 3 long weeks, while DD was having contractions and any minutes, I went sort of project wild to keep myself distracted Years ago I painted this table … Continue reading

chevron wine cooler

Creations, Chevron Wine Cooler

There was a huge shelf of these on sale at Hobby Lobby recently, $2 Some of them were imprinted with the words Wine Cooler.  Hmmm….. I remembered a wine cooler trend a long time ago, you were supposed to soak the terra cotta cooler in cold water and then you’d place your bottle inside to … Continue reading

artichoke pies

Party Panache, Artichoke Parmesan Pies

This is a brilliant little bite that I wish I had created, but all the kudos go to Pattie at Olla Podrida My 3 year old grandson ate 2! Fillo cups are so handy to use, provide a great vehicle for serving appetizers without being heavy We love artichokes and I serve them with a … Continue reading

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