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Recipe Box, Best French Fries Ever

Short and simple today as I am recovering from 4 days of chaos  fun with my children and grandchildren     They had a very good time, with weather stollen from summer…         As usual, there was a lot of cooking going on         And what’s more kid friendly … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Cinnamon Roll King Cake

Fat Tuesday is next week, so you might want to celebrate with a king cake that’s so easy to make you will have plenty of time for catching beads and moon pies!       This is a “not really cooking” recipe, it’s basically just opening a couple of cans and adding some sugar   … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Time to think Spring & Green!

Now that were more than midway through February, it’s time to start thinking Spring & Green!       Time to polish up your shamrocks!         Shiny garland is wrapped around this one so it will show up against the gray front door       Paint some Lucky Gift Sacks and Pinch Me … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Deep Blue Sea

  This is a whimsical painting I did for the boys room at the beach           They are all about fishing!         A little tongue in cheek with an image of our boat heading the opposite direction from the fish…         I often just squeeze … Continue reading

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Creations, Crochet Cozy for Baby

A “cozy” is what I call a smaller version of an afghan         I recently made one for myself with a combination of leftover yarn I had from various baby blankets       It’s perfect for covering your feet and legs, without the bulkiness of a full size afghan or throw … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Spring Tease Giveaway!

We have had some really warm weather for February, with 74 degrees on Sunday     The guys had not one, but 2 grills going,  so thankful that it’s rarely snowing…     My thoughts of spring were tabletop     So throughout the house, I proceeded to shop     A pot with grass and … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Brioche Bites with Raspberry Mustard

Happy Valentine’s Day!     You’ve heard the old sayings, “You eat with your eyes first,” and “Presentation is everything…”     Well, that’s what this dish is all about, eye candy     It’s just a simple ham and cheese sandwich       Except it’s made with French brioche rolls       … Continue reading

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Party Panache, It’s a Wrap!

For Super Bowl Sunday I wanted to do a lettuce wrap bar     I could picture everything clearly in my mind… Indulgent yet healthy, with 3-4 kinds of fillings, and several kinds of large lettuce leaves, Even grilled romaine     Of course you can provide tortillas too     You can offer hot … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Color Your World!

The other day I woke up in time to see the sun rise       There is nothing prettier than the sight of the water reflecting the pink of the sky     Color can influence your mood, make you happy or sad     It is an energy source     Have you ever … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Cheesy Chive Potato Crowns

These bite size potato “muffins” are similar to my Tater Crabs     But they are baked, not fried       And even easier to make   👍       Thawed frozen hash browns     Cheese, green onions and seasonings     Tossed with a little olive oil     Baked in … Continue reading

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