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    Scratch Mississippi Roast in a Dutch Oven

    Mississippi Roast is the latest internet sensation recipe making the rounds.  The recipe cooks a chuck roast in a slow cooker with a packet of ranch dressing mix, a packet of gravy mix, butter and pepperoncinis. It’s touted as being easy and fabulous. I was dying to try it but I don’t have a slow … Read more

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    The Art of Tidying Up

    Half the world read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo before I got around to it. I might have been late to the party, but I still have a lot of thoughts about this concept. I found the book to be kind of puffy – lots of filler and not a lot of … Read more

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    Family Room Transformation

    I have been like  an expectant mother and it has taken almost exactly nine months, but at long last our family room remodel is complete! I’ve definitely got the decorating bug and even recently took an online interior decorating course. The family room journey started in January. We had used a large room connected to … Read more

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    Have You Tried Different Cider Varieties?

    There has been a boom in fermented (hard) cider in the food world the past few years. A smaller trend, which I see as about to explode, is the emergence of apple cider varieties. When I was a child, we used to drive north to Niagara County to buy cider at real cider mills one … Read more

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    Hallway Help

    Do you have halls in your home that are empty and you don’t know what to do with them? I have two space like this in my house that I’ve been pondering. One of them is connected to a remodeling project we have been working on. We recently remodeled our family room and there is … Read more

Food

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Mississippi Roast is the latest internet sensation recipe making the rounds.  The recipe cooks a chuck roast in a slow…Read More →


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Travel

Hotel garden

On our recent trip to Asia we stayed exclusively at Ritz Carlton properties, which provided an excellent point of comparison…Read More →


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Leftovers

corned beef hash

If you’re making corned beef today, you need this recipe for your leftovers tomorrow! It’s tradition to make corned beef…Read More →


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Travel shopping

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While there are magnificent and amazing things about Japan, I find that after our recent trip there, the things I…Read More →


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Organizing

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Half the world read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo before I got around to it. I might…Read More →


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Books

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I’m excited to announce the release of my new ebook, The Original Muffin Tin Cookbook!  Several years ago, I wrote…Read More →


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Home and Decorating

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I have been like  an expectant mother and it has taken almost exactly nine months, but at long last our…Read More →


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Collecting

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There are quite a few things I look to buy when traveling, but an item that I often recommend to…Read More →


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Have You Tried?

cider

There has been a boom in fermented (hard) cider in the food world the past few years. A smaller trend,…Read More →


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Gardening

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Every year I share pics of my gardening successes. We planted a lot of bulbs in the fall (and by…Read More →


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Life

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Sometimes it is astounding how one small oversight can simply snowball. When we had our above ground pool opened at…Read More →


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Crafts

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Since I’ve been successful making a nut wreath and a popcorn wreath, I decided to apply my skills for Valentine’s…Read More →


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