Thursday, November 27, 2014


Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recipe: Apple Pie

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Checking apple pie off the list of things to do for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Travel: A Week in Charleston, SC

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~A Trip to Charleston, SC in photos ~

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recipe: Parmesan Upside Down Baked Potatoes

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I found this recipe on Facebook and tried it out tonight.  It is delicious!  I will definitely be making these again in the future.  I did not use red potatoes but Maine potatoes and they came out great.  I also poured a bit of olive oil over the top of the potatoes in addition to the melted butter.  
This is how they looked before going into the oven.
Parmesan Upside Down Baked Potatoes 

7 red potatoes, washed and cut in half
2-3 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
garlic powder
sea salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400'.  Melt butter in bottom of 9x13 glass (pyrex) pan

2. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and seasonings over the butter.  Place potatoes, cut side down, and 
sprinkle more seasonings on top of potatoes.

3.  Bake 40-45 mins. or until cooked through.  Allow to cool in pan for 5 mins. before serving.  
Coming out of the oven after 45 minutes, the potatoes were bubbly and after resting for about 10 minutes they looked like this.  The Parmesan cheese had firmed up a bit and formed somewhat of a crust on top of the halved potatoes.  
I served them along with a butterflied, boneless leg of lamb and roasted carrots and onions and it all made for a tasty dinner!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Remodeling: Updated Computer/Sitting Room

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Our room over the garage serves as a computer/sitting room off the master bedroom and, as you can see, it was in need of an update after  20+ years!
The professionals removed the wallpaper and wall to wall carpet before I chose the paint,  flooring and decorative elements  for the newly fashioned room.
Having the stained woodwork painted white to match the rest of the house made the most dramatic difference in the room along with installing  pre finished hardwood floors.  The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore "Steel Blue".
The Kenton loveseat and storage ottoman was purchased at Macy's.  I found the navy and white chest, the 100% wool rug in navy and white as well as numerous accessories at Homegoods.  The pillows,  pictures hung on the walls and the stools under the built in ironing board are from TJMaxx. I recovered the stools in navy vinyl from Jo Ann Fabrics to match the room's color scheme.  
Repositioning the desk at the other end of the room and eliminating the bookshelf along the wall, opened up the room considerably.  
The metal end tables were old finds from TJMaxx and the Chevron rug was purchased at Target.  The lampshade was a Pottery Barn find.  I made the afghan some years ago and it fits in well.
I dressed up the front of the desk with black and white photos taken on various trips.  They are simply printed on the computer and attached with 
removable gummy "Handi Tak".  The navy and white floral Swoop Back chair was found at Target and is a perfect match for this room.
 I consolidated our multiple Christmas Cactus plants in the bay window.
Along with an unfinished oil painting I really should complete!
Lastly, to add interest to the lamp, I added three stripes of navy grosgrain ribbon to mimic the chest.  
All in all, we are quite pleased with the finished look of this multi purpose room!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Recipe: Calzone

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This delicious sandwich by Giada De Laurentiis is an ideal appetizer or lunch. 
Simply follow her recipe below and enjoy!  I did substitute pepperoni for the prosciutto and I rolled the dough into a rectangle rather than a circle. 
The pizza dough is often found in the deli or bakery department of most grocery stores.  You can now find gluten free pizza dough as well in some stores.

Flour for dusting
1 lb. purchased pizza dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
7 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach (about 1.5 ozs.)
1 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425'F and position a rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 12 to 14" circle, about 1/4 inch thick.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella over the dough.  Arrange the prosciutto over the cheese in a single layer.  Sprinkle with the chopped spinach, then top with the remaining cheese.

Roll the dough into a thin cylinder, gently tucking in the ends.  Brush
the entire roll with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.
Place the dough, seam-side down, on the baking sheet and bake for 
25 mins. until the top is golden brown.  

Cool the roll for 3-4 mins. , then use a serrated knife to cut into slices.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crafts: Restoring A Child's Fire Engine

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With our oldest grandchild having just turned 4, we have gradually been bringing down stored "treasures" from the attic.  Boxes and boxes of Fisher Price and Playskool toys which we packed up when our youngest, now 33, no longer played with them.  Some date back to our oldest, now 39 and all the toys have held up reasonably well considering.  Our three grandchildren love to play with them on their visits.

One such toy was this red fire engine which was a gift to our son when he was three.  He is now 36 and the grandchildren are his children.  The fire engine sustained some damage over the years but the pedals still worked and the kids enjoyed riding it.  
I recently decided to give it a facelift and as you can see, a can of red spray paint worked wonders.  I also had some silver spray paint left over from another project and it brought the original shine back to the bell and the ladder bars.  Some of the stickers remained and were able to be peeled off before painting and reapplied afterwards.  
There is still plenty of life left in this 33 year old toy!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Recipe: Oatmeal Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oatmeal Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies
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This delicious crisp, chewy cookie combines oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies and the cookies freeze well if  you want to save some for a later date.  
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