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Creations, Design with PicMonkey, its a Hoot!

Super Boy and Big E were very excited about their first day of school last week so I quickly created these good luck signs for them in PicMonkey, using a variety of overlays and fonts     I have discovered that designing creations using PicMonkey is a great way to not only make cute printables, … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Ice Cream Sundae

How about an ice cream sundae?     This one is different from the Food Network magazine inspiration photo above because it’s got zero calories       You can make it as big as you want!!       Add lots of cherries     Pile on the whipped cream!     Now drizzle … Continue reading

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Holidays, Smooth Sailing for Labor Day

I’ve tried to really keep the E’s in Entertaining this summer with easy recipes and entertaining ideas, like a Backyard Picnic   Last weekend we had our family summer finale since we can’t all be together for Labor Day   All it takes is a little advance planning,  and you will feel like someone did … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Summer Garden

Before I gather things for fall decorating     There’s one little thing that needs correcting   It’s still summer, in full force,  here     I must set one more bright table before Autumn comes near     Bright colors, fresh greens and big bursting blooms     Sunshine and summer still pour through … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Chocolate Mint Cookies & Cream

This 5 Minute Prep recipe makes magic with 4 simple ingredients…     This is a chocolate mint version of Inside Out Berry Pie, using chocolate mint candies instead of berries     Have you seen the new Oreo Thins- only 35 calories per cookie 😋     If you put the mixture in jars, … Continue reading

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The Organized Life, “Mise en Place” Oh, the things you can make!

“Mise en place” is a French phrase which translates to “put in place”   It is referenced often in the culinary world, to describe the way chefs prepare their ingredients before cooking Wouldn’t you love to be a chef on TV, and have little bowls of chopped ingredients, spices, and herbs neatly arranged for you,  … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Tomatoes & Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese

I know we are all shedding a tear as the end of summer tomatoes looms on the horizon 😢   But! Here are some ways to enjoy summer tomatoes all year- You can paint Tomatoes easily with the Waterlogue App     Pastel pencil on paper     Stacked Tomato Salad     Watercolor  tomatoes … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Kitchen, Sunshine & Lazy Lemon Pie

Last week we had 3 days of torrential rain on the coast so I  created some sunshine inside with daisies, lemons     and jars of lemon pie  🍋     I saw jars of lemon pie over at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage and thought they looked like wonderful treats     Some good friends … Continue reading

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Creations, Fall Craft Round-up

Are  you thinking Fall….🍂     After this HOT summer, everyone is already wishing for cooler temps and falling leaves…   I’ve been browsing Pinterest and my favorite stores for ideas and inspirations   I found the pumpkin dinner plates below on sale from Pottery Barn, and with free ship I couldn’t resist…they are  labeled … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Crazy Good Coconut Chicken

Wait!! Don’t be tempted by that bucket of take out chicken!     To quote my grandson Super Boy, “this chicken is reeeeaaaaaaaalllllllllllllly good Gigi…”     And guess what, it’s baked not fried…     And depending on the brand of corn starch used, it’s gluten free     Dip the seasoned tenders into … Continue reading

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