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 […]

Busy Day Vegetable Gratin

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Busy Day Vegetable Gratin is one of those perfect recipes:  an easy, cheesy, creamy, delicious comfort-food side dish that’s perfect for a family dinner, gathering or a party.  Deliciously creamy from a homemade white sauce base full of cheesy goodness, the nourishing mix of vegetables gains added crunch from the buttery cracker topping.   Made with frozen vegetables, you don’t need […]

By the Sea in Oceanside Harbor

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Charlie and I live about 35 miles inland from the ocean.  And, even though San Diego County has a temperate climate most of the year, it is not unusual that our inland temperature climb to 100 degrees, hovering there for several days in the Spring and Summer months. Fueled, daily, by strong ocean breezes, while […]

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