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Home Decor, Ode to the Sunflower

  Since tomorrow is the big eclipse event, today is all about the sunflower!  🌻     Sunflowers always remind me of late summer and early fall, they are such a happy versatile flower     They are so pretty on a Sunflower table   Jardin Mexicano   On a door, Sunflower Wreath     … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Sunflowers & Simple Strokes

  Today’s Fearless Friday combines sunny sunflowers and easy painted pieces in a tablescape for a Summer Tablescape Hop hosted by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner Even though we are all starting to think about fall, summer’s not over yet so here we go! Be sure to visit all the great summer tables by clicking on the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Bleu Cheesy Mac with Pear Walnut Croutons

  Tired of the same ole boring mac & cheese?       This version is mac & cheese’s elegant cousin     Rotini pasta holds the creamy bleu cheesy sauce in all it’s little crevices, and proudly sports a crown of pear & walnut croutons     This doesn’t take long to prepare, it … Continue reading

Party Panache, Coconut Pineapple Faux Créme Brûlèe

I am really excited to share this today     I can’t wait to find out what you think!     This oh so tempting creamy dessert     with a caramelized burnt sugar topping     Garnished with fresh pineapple and coconut flakes     Is actually…     Wait for it…     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chinese Take-out Ribs

After watching an episode of The Kitchen on Food Network, HH & I decided to try the featured Take-out Style Chinese Spare Ribs       They looked soooo good and simple to do     Whoops…  😱 There is a lot of sugar in the marinade/sauce, which is why most BBQ methods don’t use … Continue reading

Creations, Let’s Talk Cake!

  Let’s talk cake… It’s fun to draw   Paint         And sew!           You can change a cake with a filter or an app like Waterlogue       Or get it on a pillow       You can take it with you     It’s … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Experimenting”

I have been trying out some new supplies and my Sketching Station is growing     Everything is arranged on this tray for ease of use and transporting to any spot for drawing     I realized earlier this year that a lot of my markers and pens were ancient It was time to explore … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Oven-Dried Strawberries

Do you ever open your fridge and see sad strawberries?     You know, bruised berries or berries a little past their prime?       Don’t toss them out!     You can bake them in the oven to dry them and extend their life     After baking put them in a jar … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Burgers with Spiralized Onion & Pineapple Salsa & Everything Potato Chips

I’m focusing on using my spiralizer this month and I just discovered the best tip!     If you make one cut from the center out to the edge of the food you want to spiralize,  it produces thin slices like a mandolin! How did I not know this, not everything has to be a … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Summer Angel Hair Alfredo with Corn & Zucchini

Happy “Sneak Some Zucchini on your Neighbor’s Porch Day!”     Yep, there really is such a day! And it’s today, August 8 Read all about it here     There are a gazillion things you can do with zucchini, like Zucchini Hassleback Heros This is another great one~ and a perfect summer dish, thin … Continue reading

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