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    One Thing Leads to Another

    Sometimes it is astounding how one small oversight can simply snowball. When we had our above ground pool opened at the beginning of the summer, the pool guy first did all of his work THEN had me come outside to show me that the outer shell of the pool has rusted in one spot and … Read more

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    Worst Trips Ever

    Do you have nightmare vacation stories? Places you’ve been where you would never return? Trips that went so bad you just wanted to get home as fast as possible? I have a few disasters in my past. 1. Aruba. This trip might have been our biggest disaster. We had a 5 day trip planned, which … Read more

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    11 Crazy Quirky Things About Japan

    While there are magnificent and amazing things about Japan, I find that after our recent trip there, the things I keep thinking about are the small, little things that somehow add up to a huge cultural difference. 1. Plastic food. People in Japan are obsessed with plastic food. Many, many restaurants display plastic models of … Read more

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    Rice Pudding Bar

    Looking for a fun new dessert option for your next party? Try a rice pudding bar. This is more interesting than a make your own sundae bar, but requires very little extra work. For the rice pudding (serves 8): 7 cups whole milk 1 cup arborio rice 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/3 cup sugar Add … Read more

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    Hotel Review: Villa Beach Cottages, St. Lucia

    We’ve always stayed at big resorts when visiting the Caribbean. When planning our trip to St. Lucia, I wasn’t satisfied with the options. The nicer resorts are to the south, near the Pitons, but far away from a lot of the restaurants and attractions up north. Many of the resorts on this island do not … Read more

Food

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Travel

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Leftovers

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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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I despise unloading the dishwasher. I don’t mind loading it because doing so makes my kitchen look cleaner. But unloading…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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Once the holiday decorations are put away, things settle down, and the reality of winter sinks in, things can start…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?

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I’ve never gotten excited about toothpaste before, but Livionex has me excited. This amazing toothpaste blasts off plaque – they…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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