The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun!   Have you already started shopping for your holiday pantry staples?  With Thanksgiving less than a month away and Christmas nipping at TG's heels we all need to get prepared.  This week's Project Inspire{d} link party has some fabulous recipes, decor, and crafts to inspire your Thanksgiving celebration. If you are a list-maker wannabe and like to have a plan for everything... than you'll love the detailed printable planner Megan from NEPA Mom has put together for you!  I always make sure that I plan my table way in advance... that way it always looks … [Read more...]

  Looking for some creative Halloween treats to wow your co-workers or your kids' friends? Maybe you haven't even realized that it's October and the end of the month will be here before you know it.  Don't get caught at the last minute wondering what you're going to do. Check out these 20 clever ways to make cute and creepy treats for Halloween. You're going to thank me for giving you a head start on your planning and for reminding you to check out these cute and creepy ideas from last week's Project Inspire{d}.  Don't forget to pin your favorites to your Pinterest boards, too!     More … [Read more...]

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All experiences and opinions are mine alone. #SandwichWithTheBest #CollectiveBias Each year from May through October you can be sure to find me, bright and early, every Saturday morning at my local farmer’s market. It's the high point of my week. Every just-picked fruit or vegetable is waiting for me. So much goodness and I didn't have to sweat in the sun nor pull a single weed to enjoy the bounty. I confess, everything looks and smells so wonderful, that I sometimes get a little carried away with my … [Read more...]

  What's your favorite fall comfort food?   Mine just might be baked potatoes swimming in butter.  This week at Project Inspire{d} many of you shared some pretty amazing ideas to help you transition your family's dinner menu for fall.  AND they are a lot more inventive than baked potatoes! With back-to-school here and the hopeful decline in heat and humidity we all want quick and delicious ideas for putting appetizing meals on the table for our families at dinner time... So... kick back and take some time to check out this week's features.  I just know you'll be inspired to put your apron on and get … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! This past weekend we had the hottest and steamiest days so far this summer.   At this point everyone's looking for ways to stay cool.  What's your favorite way to cool off and get a reprieve from the summer heat? If you're like me, spending time by the lake is great, swimming in the pool, drinking lots of water is wonderful.  But... finding a cool and refreshing treat is the best!  Check out these summer fresh frozen dessert recipes shared with us at last week's edition of Project Inspire{d}!   And be prepared to fill up your Pinterest board with all these clever … [Read more...]

  When strawberry season comes I cannot get enough strawberries. We eat strawberry shortcake for at least one meal a day during that short time. I know. Do you know anyone who could possibly eat so much shortcake and keep loving it?     So when I was presented with strawberries for the Ultimate Recipe Challenge, hosted by my blogging friend Kim, I knew I had to create a recipe that was different... I'm sorry dear sweet strawberry shortcake! AND... all sweetness aside... it needed to be a savory dish. Have you ever roasted fruit? The roasting process intensifies the flavor … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! A belated Happy Canada Day to my friends north of the border and Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! We took a little vacation at the end of the week to host some friends to our beautiful sunny shores.  It was an amazing and very busy time.  There isn't much better than spending time with people you love who live so far away. Are you hosting family or friends this holiday? I love it when friends put in a request for one of their favorite foods.  It's so fun to cook for people who want to enjoy my cooking. Today's features include 12 delicious recipes … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Are you enjoying your summer?  We've been really busy the last several weeks, but this weekend we decided that we need to be more intentional about going down to the lake for walks and sunsets.  It's funny how "life" gets in the way, yet when we lived elsewhere, it was what we missed the most. These warm days will be quickly fading, so we need to make the most of our beautiful summer weather. What kinds of things are you doing to make your summer special? One thing that's fun to do in the summer is cookout! I just know you'll want to whip up these fabulous … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you like quick, easy, and inexpensive party ideas. Me too!  That's why I just had to share with you this super simple and inexpensive... yet extraordinary 4th of July dessert idea.  Plus a few extra tips to make your Fourth spectacular! Whether you just entertain a few friends or the whole neighborhood... you are going to LOVE this!   Here's how it all came down. I just made a quick trip into Walmart to pick up glitter, jars, and Mod Podge for this amazing 4th of July mason jar post I am cooking up for the blog.  As I was running from one end of the store to the … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Today was a picture-perfect Memorial Day.  We went to the beach early, "fished" for driftwood that will hopefully turn up in some projects soon, walked the boardwalk, and even sat down on the benches for a bit to people, dog, and boat watch.  We're looking forward to a lovely sunset over the lake tonight to cap off the holiday.  I can't tell you how very blessed we are to live in such an incredibly beautiful area.  I can't wait to hear how you spent this official first of the summer weekend. Summer is salad time and so many of you shared the most delicious looking … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you love a cool creamy taste treat filled with delicious fresh fruit.     Oh my goodness!  This healthy recipe is SO creamy and good we're enjoying it twice a day.  In fact, it's taking the place of ice cream in our home. And there's no cooking or whipping involved. What it's the main ingredient?  Plain Greek whole milk yogurt.  Before you click away... stop a minute to discover why we are so in love with the new treats we're whipping up with this yogurt.   I've discovered a delicious and healthy way to enjoy it that I just know you'll want too. Yogurt is … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was picture perfect!  I even enjoyed spending some time at the beach checking out the flying antics of some expert kite flyers at our local kite festival.  The wind was mostly perfect and the sunshine warmed me to my core.  My face got a little sunburned... but it was so worth it. Can you believe that this coming weekend is Memorial Day?  Boy did that sneak up on us quickly!  If you're a little behind... you'll want to check out these inspiring red, white, and blue ideas curated from this past week's edition of Project … [Read more...]

  My husband LOVES pasta and noodles. Me. Not-so-much. Maybe it's because I'm a bit tired of pasta slathered in the ubiquitous red sauce.     If you're like me, today's post just might change that pasta indifferent attitude with a least one amazing recipe. I won't say which one, but mine is sooooo good I'm going to guess it'll become a family favorite! My blogging friend Kim, from The Kim Six Fix, hosts a bi-monthly blogger recipe challenge. This month's ingredient is pasta. Last month's recipe challenge was potatoes. My goal this month was to develop a recipe that is … [Read more...]

  This week I've seen crocuses and daffodils and pussy willows in bloom. I hope they don't get ruined with all the rain, sleet, and snow in our forecast for the next week.  Spring is pretty wonderful... but... oh my! is she ever fickle.  While she makes up her mind... I'm going to get my creative juices flowing and have a little fun.  And... I just might be found trying out a few of these fresh fruity recipes from this week's Project Inspire{d}! Hope you have a wonderfully creative and tasty weekend too!     17 Yummy Fresh and Fabulous Fruity Recipes    Blueberry Muffin … [Read more...]

  I'm so excited to share this quick, easy, and so pretty Mason jar floral arrangement that is the perfect farmhouse style Easter centerpiece.  Seriously it's so simple you don't need a tutorial... but just for fun... I created one for you... because that's what I do.  I can't stop myself!!!     Here's how it all came together... Last year I was blessed to participate with a group of my blogging friends in a Mason jar blog hop for Mother's Day.  As part of the event, each of us received aqua blue, amethyst, green, and clear Ball pint jars.     I created … [Read more...]

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Bananamazing #CollectiveBias   Yummy Banana Snacks Kids and Moms will Love   Growing up... my dad was determined that I would eat foods that were good for me.  Bananas were high on his list of nutritious foods and fortunately for me, I loved bananas.  Many of my after-school snacks and suppertime desserts included bananas.  Because my dad was generally the main cook at our house, he made easy to prepare snacks and desserts.... a small bowl of sliced bananas with a little sugar … [Read more...]

  Have you gotten caught up in a little "March Madness?" I'll admit to being a Michigan State fan... but I guess it just goes to show that sometimes a fairly unknown school has a bigger "want" to win.  So... Middle Tennessee... be fueled by your big "want" and go for the big win. Today my co-hostesses and I put together some truly tempting game day appetizers that are sure to delight the fans.  HOWEVER...  Many of these would be super special for your Easter buffet, too. Be sure to pin them now for later. Whatever you have on the agenda this weekend, have a great weekend, and find someone to … [Read more...]

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