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Home Decor, Colorful Doors

I have been dabbling with the idea of painting interior doors with color for several years, like in this house on Houzz.com Or maybe painting the inside of my front door black… Then I saw this in Coastal Living And I was off to the paint store! The beach house front door has had this … Continue reading


The Organized Life, Laborless Labor Day Weekend Recipes

Do you have special plans for Labor Day weekend? I do a lot of back and forthing,  from the coast to the city,  and I like to have a general food plan to keep things running smoothly This week I’m gathering favorite Labor Day dishes, that will be simple to make,  you know, Laborless recipes  … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Off Duty

Last weekend we were off duty for a couple of days, a rare treat for us No swimmers to watch, no muss and no fuss No crowds to feed, just a table for 2 Relaxing with not much to do Free as the fishes Swimming on the dishes Life is better at the beach When … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy BBQ Pork & Corn Nachos

We cook a pork butt almost every week……. the males in my family could eat BBQ every day Brisket, Chicken, Ribs, Pork Chops, anything they can slather with sauce 🍗 Pork Butt is a favorite because it’s so easy to throw on the grill or in the Crock Pot and let it cook low and … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Breakfast for Dinner Pie

Sometimes my recipe bucket list takes me in crazy directions…this dish was inspired by an appetizer that sounded so tempting on the August Paint Bucket called Gruyere, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Bites Mmmmmm….but I needed something for dinner…why not make it into a pie? And add some asparagus and bacon! When I make quiche or … Continue reading

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The Organized Life, What Would Your Dream Closet Look Like?

Have you ever dreamed of a bigger and better closet? Decorated with drama and a chair for lounging…        source Do you dream of a fantasy space with a blinged out chandy, a fireplace and a fabulous rug?        source Sigh…it is fun to dream… I am currently using The Mermaid Room, a guest bedroom,  as my … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Roasted Stone Fruit and Berry Salad

When I ate the first bite of this salad I said “Pie!  It’s tastes just like pie!” The warm fruit with the creamy gorgonzola was like a bite of a peach cobbler or strawberry pie… This salad is no guilt heaven! Slice a peach, a plum a few strawberries and add raspberries or blueberries Place … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Rumble in the Jungle

This table was inspired by the recent “rumble in the jungle” My animals are well protected On special occasions they are invited out of their case to join the party They are extremely well behaved They know hunting is not allowed here, only dining They can roam freely on the table runner Ready to greet … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Kitchen, Leopard Wild Snax Jar

Here’s a snack mix that is bound to make you very popular And guess what?  You don’t have to do ANYTHING but open some packages I know, LAZY, shhhhhhhhh…….. All you need to do is paint a leopard print jar Random gold shapes, topped with random brown shapes Finished with random black dots Remember to … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cooker Peach Salsa Chicken Chalupas

HH went to the grocery store for me the other day.  Sweet.  I asked him to get me a small package of  boneless skinless chicken thighs… “You know what they look like right?” I asked…”Yeah, yeah…no problem” he said He came home with 2 family packages of boneless chicken breasts.   14 of the biggest chicken … Continue reading

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