Party Time Line
When planning a party its hard to think of everything. Waiting tell the last few weeks or days before the party to pull it all together adds so much unneeded stress. It’s easier on the budget (and you) if you plan it over time.
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Weight Loss Battle

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My weight loss battle always fall apart in the month of December, all of the traditional foods that I only eat at Christmas are so good and so bad. I never feel like exercising and I get so far off track, and it takes me awhile to find my way back. I was hoping this year would be different, but unfortunately it was not.
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Once again it’s almost a new year and time to start thinking about resolutions. I must admit I love this time of year. I’m always so ready to say good-bye to December and hello January because it is a new beginning.  A time of soul searching and reflecting, it’s a fresh start and maybe even time to reinvent yourself.
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The year has just flown by and it is once again December, the most stressful month of the year. Why, I ask myself, it contains all of the things I love and enjoy like decorating, planning, cooking, parties, giving, and spending time with my family. While this all sounds wonderful, it is all compacted into just a few short weeks…
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One of our traditions each year is that the Sunday before Halloween we all dress up in our costumes and have a Halloween Dinner of creepy food. This year we had mummy dogs, pumpkin poop, pumpkin vomit, bones, ghoul brains, scabs, eye balls, graveyard desserts, vampire blood, and swamp juice. It is so much fun and Sienna loved helping make the food. She really got into craving the peppers for the ghoul brains, decorating the eye balls and grave yard desserts. I was so impressed at the job she did.
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Family Tradition
Halloween Heads In Jar




One of our family traditions is the girls get together and go to lunch at the end of summer and spend the afternoon together. We have always gone to Beverly’s and have never been disappointed, until this year. When we arrived at the restaurant it was not very busy, even though it was 12:30 p.m. I was thinking to myself, ‘we beat the rush, that’s great’ and then we discovered why.
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One of our crazy family traditions is on the Sunday before Halloween we all dress up in our Halloween costumes and have a dinner of hotdog mummies, worms, brains, bones, pumpkin poop, and whatever else we can come up with. This may sound crazy but it is a lot of fun. It all started with our granddaughter, because she loves Halloween so much. She always says it is her favorite holiday, but who doesn’t love free candy.
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Chalk Painting



Chalk paint is wonderful to use, so versatile, and I love the results of the matte finish. I was attracted to the idea of no stripping, sanding, or priming. I have taken some classes from our local stockist and have learned a few tips and tricks that I want to share. One thing that I learned is that cleaning the surface of your project is one of the most important steps. I have painted several pieces of furniture and I have found these steps to be the most important ones for superior results with Chalk Painting.
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Fall Centerpiece
Caramel Popcorn



Pre-made Centerpieces can be very expensive. But just a trip to the Dollar Tree and with items from around the house, and your handy glue gun you can create your own unique ‘Fall Centerpiece’.
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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies






Caramel popcorn is good anytime of the year, but as the weather starts to turn to fall caramel popcorn is a must in our family. My husband is the king of popcorn and has a reputation for making the best kettle corn and caramel corn. With much persuasion he decided to share his recipe. So here is the best caramel corn and its not that hard to make. If you don’t want to make your own popcorn, pre-made popcorn will also work, but its better with fresh made popcorn.
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How to Clean Glasses




I found this recipe for Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Family Circle magazine years ago. I made a few changes and it quickly became a family favorite. The are soft and gooey with loads of chocolate chips. They are so good you can’t eat just one. When my mother would visit she would always request these cookies. These are the only chocolate chip cookies my daughter will make. Try them and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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Broccoli Stir Fry




I could never get my glasses clean and I found this so frustrating. The oils from my face and make-up were always on them. When I would clean them I would just smear the oils around. I bought different products but nothing really worked until I learned to make my own solution and found a few tricks that I’m going to share with you.
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Broccoli stir fry is delicious, quick, healthy, and easy to make. I usually double or triple the sauce depending on how many vegetables are used. I use a mixture of vegetables depending on what I have on hand. The sauce should be prepared before you start cooking the broccoli. I serve it with brown rice or soba noodles.
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Chocolate Scotcheroos






These Chocolate Scotcheroos have quickly become a family favorite. They are so much better than regular rice crispy treats.
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Organize My Life






My linen closet is done, everything is in its place. It’s labeled and I can open the door without cringing. I know I will save time and energy next time I need to find a certain tablecloth. I’m ready to tackle the next area. Organizing is a commitment and with a routine it will become a lifestyle. This is week one of organizing my life.
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My family is starting to request their favorite comfort foods and first on the list is Manicotti. This has been a family favorite for years and has been served for many weeknight dinners as well as special occasions. Serve with a tossed green salad, garlic bread, a glass of hearty red wine.
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Circus Birthday Party



Who doesn’t  love a circus? All the excitement, the pony rides, cotton candy, snow cones, games, bright colors, the music, face painting, balloon animals and of course cake and ice cream. The perfect party for a 4 year old!
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Photo-Memo Board

Hendrick's Signature Margarita

How I took my life back

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Photo-Memo Boards make great gifts for a teenager or any age, including grandparents. It’s easy to make and can be used and made in many different ways for different looks.
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This is one of the best Margaritas you will ever taste. It’s our favorite summer drink with just the right amount of tartness. Our guests always rave about our margaritas when we serve them.
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I’d had enough, it was time I made some changes and take back my life! I was so tired of not getting anything done, tired of feeling bad about myself and just tired of being tired.
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Oatmeal Cake





Roasted Shrimp Cocktail is so delicious and easy to make. Roasting the shrimp gives it a more complex flavor, I love to make this for parties.
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Bourbon Lemonade is the perfect cocktail on a hot summer day.
A little tart but oh so refreshing!
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This is one of my favorite cakes from my childhood. It is moist, delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser.
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My son asked me how I made my smoothie so I told him. He replied, “Oh, everything but the kitchen sink” and yes he was pretty much right. So thats what I call it, the ‘Kitchen Sink Smoothie’. This recipe is the basic, I add what every I have on hand.
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I prepared tapas for a small get together on my patio, OK, only my husband and I attended, but it was a practice run for the a real get together I’m planning later this summer. I don’t like trying new recipes out on friends if I haven’t eaten them myself. I was pleased with the results and everything was delicious and something I’d be proud to serve.
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These ain’t your daddy’s burgers!  There is a lot of controversy about when and where the hamburger was invented, but one thing’s for sure, is that americans took it to a whole new level.  Nothing tastes better than a juicy burger hot off the grill,
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I have several canning jars and old apothecary bottles that are not worth much but I like the shape of them. I thought a good way to use them would be to make a centerpiece for a small get-together that I’m having. Chalk paint works well on glass because it sticks to it easily and the colors are fabulous. This is an easy project with a big impact!
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We all know that weight loss can be a struggle, you lose ten pounds and put fifteen back on.  The ‘quick weight loss gimics’ don’t work.  I have put together a list of diet tips that have worked for me and I know they can work for you.  Starting is the first step…
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I planned the shower in about two and a half months which may seem like a long time, but for me it’s not. I love putting on a party, making the  decorations by hand, lots of research, planning the menu, searching for just the right items to pull the theme together. I feel it’s one thing that I’m good at…
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When my daughter found out she was pregnant, she asked me to help design and decorate the nursery. Our goal was to have a high-end looking nursery on a poor man’s budget… Read More

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