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Tablescapes, Mardi Gras Time!

  We had a lovely, laid back Valentine’s day at the beach,       But February on the coast means Everything is covered in purple gold and green!       Mardi Gras Madness, as the locals know         Means bring out the decorations, put on a show!       … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Changing Colors

  This has been a busy week, all of a sudden I am redoing my bedroom 😳 I had mentioned to HHjr that the next time he had a hole in his schedule, I would love for his guys to paint my bedroom Next thing I knew, “hey Mom, it would really help me out … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Pink Kisses

  Happy Valentine’s Day!         My sweet daughter and son in law gave me these gorgeous flowers last weekend         Pinky red tulips and a hydrangea, plus a white and pale pink hydrangea, in a frosted hot pink vase… Swoon!         Tones of red, pinks and … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Lemon Orzo with Asparagus & Prosciutto

  Orzo is pasta’s often forgotten relative, It’s a little like rice and a little like pasta…           Like a risotto grain, it will take on the flavors it’s given and puff up           I love the size, Much more delicate than a fat pasta noodle, and … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Lite Cannoli Dip

  How about a dessert than is a little less guilty         A sweet treat that feels indulgent         Yet made with low fat ricotta and whipped cream cheese,       Served with low cal dippers           You’ll feel like you had a slice … Continue reading

Holidays, Galentine’s Gifts

  I have received some wonderful gifts from my girlfriends lately and thought it would be fun to share them with you in case you need a gift idea for the Galentines in your life…         The other day I found a package in my mailbox, and opened it to find this … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, This Little Piggy

  All of a sudden I am all about pigs in this “Year of the Pig!”       So when I saw that Pig was a prompt for February 5 for the February Doodlewash Art Challenge I couldn’t wait to get started!         This Little Piggie was so simple to do, … Continue reading

Holidays, Valentine’s Day The Easy Way

It’s all about Valentine’s Day this week with a Valentine Tablescape Blog Hop, a buffet of ideas for beautiful, romantic, sweet or fun ways to set your table for Valentine’s Day ❤️   You can enjoy a lot of Valentine fun without working too hard…         You know the old saying, “The … Continue reading

Tablescapes, XO Hugs & Kisses

  Welcome to the annual Celebrate and Decorate Valentine Blog Hop!       Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a birthday in my house,  my son was born on Valentine’s Day, and he is a real sweetheart!         To keep this table more on the masculine side, I chose to use black, … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Best Pizza Dough Ever!

Last weekend, we had Spring like weather, with 70 degrees mid day, and I spent most of the day outside on the patio.  As the sun went down and the temps dropped a bit, we lit the fire and got the pizza oven going. HHjr made a batch of pizza dough earlier in the day, … Continue reading

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