It's Valentine's weekend... and we've got 25 lovely ideas for making it special. This might be the Valentine's Day weekend to stay in.  With blowing snow and white-outs in my neck of the woods, it was evident that there wasn't much celebrating going on as we traveled the treacherous roads this evening. And BRRRRRR is it cold. "They" say it's the coldest weekend of the year.  Where is that early spring Punxsutawney Phil promised us? No worries... check out these lovely ideas to make your Valentine's heart sing!! 25 Lovely Ways to Make Your Valentine's Heart Sing   Heart Gumdrops from A Mitten Full of … [Read more...]

When it comes to cold weather... there's nothing better than a delicious bowl of soup to warm your family's hearts. Snow seems to be sweeping across the country... but again we received an inch at best.  Still it's plenty cold outside.  I make homemade soup almost every week during the winter.  It doesn't require a lot of effort and it's so easy to heat up a bowl or two for a quick and hearty warm up.  My chicken gumbo is the favorite around here.  What's yours? If you'd love some hearty and delicious soup ideas... we've got some great recipes for you!   10 Delicious Soup … [Read more...]

Will you be hosting a Super Bowl party? Whether you're hosting or invited to watch the game with friends or family, you will LOVE these delicious and savory recipes that are sure to please. The next question is.... which team will you be rooting for?   28 Winning and Savory Game Day Foods   Shrimp Pesto Pizza :: Cooking With Curls Crock Pot Turkey Chili by Art From My Table via Carrie Elle Baked Tequila Lime Chicken Taquitos :: Happy and Blessed Home Asian BBQ Pork Taco Boats :: Lemons for LuLu Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Fries :: Grace and Good Eats Stromboli - Baked Italian Sandwich :: … [Read more...]

  Valentine's Day... It seems people fall into three categories:  Love it. Indifferent. Hate it. Like most holidays... we bring baggage to the day that colors the way we see it.  The twist with Valentine's Day is that it's about love and romance.  And others say it's just a commercial holiday that puts pressure on us. Where do you fall on the Valentine's Day continuum? I decided that Valentine's Day is a great time to shower love and kindness on our friends and family. Those who are indifferent or hate the day... I've never seen them protest a thoughtful gift. And the lovers.... they eat up … [Read more...]

Valentine's Day will be here in a blink! Check out these deliciously sweet ideas for your Valentine's Day celebration. Celebrate with these Deliciously Delightful Valentine's Day Ideas   Happy Camper Valentine's Card Box from Suzy's Sitcom Copy Cat Lofthouse Cookies from Two Twenty One Easy Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops by Pink When Heart Sugar Cubes by Bloom Designs Online Sweetheart Surprise Valentines Day Cake from Virtually Yours Sweetheart Cheesecakes Wafers by Totally the Bomb Origami Heart Bouquet by Ruffles and Rainboots at Growing Up Gabel Valentine's Day Cupcakes by Flavours and … [Read more...]

There's so much anticipation for Christmas.  It always seems a long way off and then in a blink... it was yesterday!  How can that be?  I hope you had a wonderful holiday creating many special memories with those you love and celebrating the Indescribable Gift we've been given.  And now... we're on to New Years! If you're feeling like you you have trouble catching the New Year's "train," you'll love these Fun and Fizzy New Year's Eve Ideas shared this week at Project Inspire{d} link party. They will surely get you ready to ring in the New Year! So... get your "pinning finger" ready... Fun and Fizzy … [Read more...]

This week I flipped for all the Pepperminty Crafts and Recipes you shared at our Project Inspire{d} link party. Maybe it was because of some treasured memories.  You see, when I was a little girl, I loved going to my aunt's apartment for a visit.  I always thought that everything she did was so special and elegant.  She used to keep a beautiful lidded crystal candy dish on her desk filled with pink and white peppermints.  I thought they were the ultimate treat and always savored the one I selected from her perfectly pepperminty stash. If you're a lover of peppermint, I'm pretty sure you're going to love all the … [Read more...]

How do you feel about holiday parties?  Me?  This may not surprise you... but I LOVE to host holiday parties.  Especially open houses. So I am always on the lookout for Tantalizing and Festive Holiday Party Appetizers.  And the easier they are the happier I am.  Anything that can be prepared ahead of time always makes my list.  You see... I have to be very careful to be done in my kitchen when guests start to arrive.  It's my biggest issue when it comes to hosting... large and small events. That's why it's important for me... and my relationships... to find festive holiday party appetizers that not only delight … [Read more...]

  If you put out a tray of Christmas cookies... the very first cookie I will look for is a chocolate one.  No exceptions.  I love chocolate and cookies are my favorite dessert.  So when I discovered a recipe for amazingly delicious chocolate Christmas cookies... I flipped. And I'm no gymnast!  These cookies are soooo good I'm also sharing them at a virtual Cookie Exchange with some of my fellow blogging friends.  Links to all their Christmas cookie recipes will be found at the end of this post. The Christmas season is filled with so many memories in the making.  I don't tend to dwell much in the past, … [Read more...]

When I lived in NY I hosted a few Christmas cookie exchanges.   It was so much fun.  And I loved having a huge variety of cookies for entertaining without having to bake 20 varieties.   Whether you have a cookie exchange looming and want to bake up something different, or you simply love to bake Christmas cookies to give away, you're going to love this week's Project Inspire{d} round-up of 25 festive holiday cookie recipes. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these great recipes... 30 Festive Holiday Cookie Recipes to Make   Chocolate Chip Coffee Toffee Cookies by A Dish of Daily Life Pumpkin … [Read more...]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #CollectiveBias Hospitality is my thing. There isn't anything I enjoy more than having people over for a meal. And hosting weekend guests... that's even more special for me.     It's so fun preparing for them, making sure their room is cozy, planning out all the meals for their stay, and making the table look inviting. Probably my favorite meal to plan is breakfast. Especially as most of us hurry out the door in the morning with something like a slice of toast … [Read more...]

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?   If you are... or need to bring a dish to pass... you'll love these terrific Thanksgiving recipe ideas that are sure to make your dinner fabulously successful. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   19 Recipes for a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner   Meal Starters... Roasted Sweet Potato Soup from Cooking with Curls Blue Cheese, Pear, & Walnut Autumn Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette from I Should Be Mopping the Floor How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board from Giggles Galore Main Course & Side Dishes... Make … [Read more...]

This weekend's Project Inspire{d} features are sure to put smiles on faces and tantalize the taste buds.  I can guarantee that you'll have a hard time deciding which fun and decadent Halloween desserts to make now. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   Fun and Decadent Halloween Desserts to Make Now   Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream by Happy Food Happy Life Pumpkin Spice Caramel Krispies Bars by Bloom Designs Online Candy Corn Popcorn from Serendipity and Spice Mummy Skillet Brownie by Simply Suzanne's Scary Fun Ice Cream Floats by Mama Mommy Mom Pumpkin Delight … [Read more...]

This week we're featuring yummy pumpkin recipes you'll be delighted to make for your family and friends. Come on along and Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas... More than 20 Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes You'll Want to Make   Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Cooking with Curls Pumpkin Streusel Bread Nibbles from Nibbles by Nic Pumpkin and Pecan Dutch Baby Pancake from I Should Be Mopping the Floor Pumpkin Streusel Bars from Sweet and Savory by Shinee Pumpkin Apple Bread with Cream Cheese Icing from Crazy for Cookies and More Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Cream Cheese Maple … [Read more...]

This week our Project Inspire{d} team put together a delicious mix of treats... perfect for a Halloween party. Come on along and Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   16 Fun and Fabulous Food Ideas for Halloween Monster Brownies from Kleinworth & Co. Easy Graveyard Pudding Cups by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom Mini Halloween Pumpkin Pies by Inspiration for Moms Zombie Eyes Donuts by Julie is Coco and Cocoa Pumpkin Basket Sugar Cookies by Ann's Entitled Life Witches Brew Cocktail by Made with Happy Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies by Delightful E … [Read more...]

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.   Family time is a high value for most of us.  But, sometimes the wheel of life spins so quickly... even the most important people and times in our lives get away from us... despite our desires or best intentions. We all know the value of sitting around the table for family meals... yet more often than not the drive-thru seems like the only option on a hectic day. With that in mind, here's a Super Easy 7 Ingredient Southwest Chicken Supper that will nourish your family and only take a tiny bit of your limited … [Read more...]

What is it about those orange orbs in all shapes and sizes? Every year, when the calendar page flips to September, my eyes are peeled for pumpkin sightings and tastings. You might say I've a penchant for pumpkin treats and recipes! For the past few weeks I've been drooling over the many pumpkin treats and recipes linked up at our weekly Project Inspire{d} Link Party. So, just in case you're like me, I put together a round-up of drool-worthy pumpkin recipes.... I LOVE pumpkin pie... and cookies... so this recipe totally captured me... two of my favorite foods in one bite! Easy Pumpkin Pie … [Read more...]