Paradise Found

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“If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.” – Alexandra Stoddard I love this quote by famed interior designer, Alexandra Stoddard.  It reminds me that sometimes we need to stop and view our home through others’ eyes; even if those […]

15 Awesome Things I’m Sweet On in August 2014

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Two sides of the multi-faceted and talented Glennon over at Momastery:  first, she reminds us all how truly lucky we are:  Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt and this one, which will make you laugh out loud:  See No Jesse, Hear No Jesse, Speak No Jesse. When at Home – even though I’m not a […]

42 Things in Your Child’s Bedroom

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I’ve been at this for more than a year now; that is, making these lists of 42 household inventory items.  And, I’m finally up to lists for children!  Crazy, I know, that it has taken me more than a year to get this far and create this list of 42 Things in Your Child’s Bedroom. […]

Butterscotch Walnut Squares a la Chris

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Butterscotch Walnut Squares a la Chris started out as Chris’s Butterscotch Walnut Squares.  But, that seemed like such a mouthful of “s’s” that I thought I’d throw Google’s bots into a tizzy when searching my site for key words!  So, “a la Chris” it is instead! Chris is a long-time friend of countless years.  We worked […]

Strike a Pose

Strike a Pose - Princess P and Princess Sweetie Pie in front of Railroad Crossing sign, Old Poway Park

Confession:  most of the photos in this post are a year old!  Funny how that happens…you take photos and intend to do something special with them – put them on your blog {grin}, make a scrapbook, make a book through Shutterfly or something – and, suddenly, a year has passed! Since I got my new […]

Lorraine’s Hot Chicken Enchilada Dip

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Lorraine’s Hot Chicken Enchilada Dip is gone in a flash!  Guaranteed!  Creamy and cheesy with a slight piquant bite from the green chilies and jalapeno, this appetizer is a keeper! A few weeks ago, I invited my longtime friends, Lorraine and Chris, over for a “Teach Me to Cook” session.  I started my “Teach Me […]

Love Leaves a Memory

Love Leaves a Memory - Dad holding my hand

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, loves leaves a memory no one can steal.” – from an Irish headstone Today is my father’s birthday.  He passed away in January 2013 at the age of 83.  The above photo is him holding my hand a few weeks before his death.  During our family Christmas gathering […]

42 Back-to-School Supplies

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Technically, I’m probably late with this 42 Back-to-School Supplies list!  In my neck of the woods (Southern California), children started back to school this past Wednesday!  But, I wanted to go ahead and post this list anyway, because when doing a household inventory, it is easy to overlook things like school supplies. If you follow […]

Confetti Pasta Salad

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Confetti Pasta Salad is an excellent, and strategic, cold salad to serve on Labor Day. Why strategic?  Because if you make it the day before (it gets better with “age”), you’ll do no “labor” on Labor Day {grin}! With Labor Day right around the corner, picnics, grilling, barbecues and family gatherings are ramping up across the country as […]

Emergency Food Supply: are you Ready?

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This may seem like an odd thing to say, but I really enjoy writing these monthly emergency planning posts.  Why?  Because they keep me moving forward!  And, this post, Emergency Food Supply:  are you Ready? does just that for me.  Moves me forward. Because just like most of you, I lead a “toot sweet” life […]

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