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Patriotic Fruit Platter

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays
Red, White & Blue | Patriotic Fruit Platter

Family and friends will be in their glory when you present them with this beautiful Patriotic Fruit Platter - complete with an assortment of red, white and blue deliciousness!  Not only does it make for a stunning presentation, but it also is a great way to add wholesome fruit to the holiday menu. Creating a… Read More

OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter

– Posted in: Reviews, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tools | OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter

With the short cherry season upon us, I thought it would be prudent to write about the OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter.  It is a neat little tool that will make your life in the kitchen so much easier, especially when it comes to pitting cherries or olives.  Put simply, this gadget really works ... and is truly… Read More

In Season: Sweet Cherries

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
In Season | Sweet Cherries | Enjoy them now, for the selling season does not last long!

I'm always excited when that special time of year rolls around - when cherries are ripe for the picking, and waiting for us at the local farmers market.  Since we can't pick cherries here in Florida, I have to buy this super fruit at a local store.  As I was grocery shopping yesterday, the produce section was ablaze with… Read More

July 4th Ice Cubes

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays
July 4th Ice Cubes | Bringing out the juicy flavor of the Red, White and Blue!

I must confess that I have never made patriotic ice cubes before ... until today.  Oh, my goodness!  This little experiment was so much fun.  I will be making these frozen little orbs for every patriotic holiday from now on! I did not use any food coloring for these ice cubes.  Instead, they are made up of actual fruit beverages… Read More

Fostoria American Serves up July 4th in Style

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays
Fostoria | American | Holidays | Talk about serving up July 4th cupcakes in style! Store-bought cupcakes (easy), add sprinkles (easier) and put in a ...

Fostoria American serves up cupcakes in style ... and nothing could be sweeter!  If you are lucky enough to have some of the Sherbet dishes in the American pattern, pull them out of your cupboard and make them part of your July 4th festivities.  You will be so glad you did.  They make a beautiful presentation… Read More

July 4th Desserts for Children

– Posted in: Food, Patriotic Holidays
Holidays | 4th of July | Desserts | Children | No Cooking, No Dishes, Only 3 Ingredients! Just a perfect little treat for Children!

A few years ago I posted a July 4th Jell-O Dessert for children; however, I have recently not been able to find the Jell-O Handi-Snacks in my grocery store anymore. This year I updated my methods and made the July 4th Desserts for Children with the Dole Mixed Fruit in Cherry Gel cups.  I bought the sugar-free gel… Read More

Patriotic Tablescape

– Posted in: Fostoria American, Tablescapes
Patriotic Tablescape

With July 4th right around the corner, now is the perfect time to set my table for the holiday.  Red, white and blue are my colors of choice; however, I did not want to have too much of a "theme" going on - otherwise it could look tacky.  I just wanted enough of the patriotic colors mingled into… Read More

Shrimp Plant – Justicia brandegeeana

– Posted in: Gardening
Flowering Shrubs | Shrimp Plant

I recently posted a picture of our glorious Shrimp Plant on Facebook.  I received so many emails and messages from people that had never heard of this shrub before; hence, I decided to write a short post about it.  Native to Mexico, it has proven to be a naturalized low-maintenance shrub right here in Florida.  They are recommended… Read More

Sunny-Side Eggs with Bell Pepper Rings

– Posted in: Food
Breakfast | Sunny-Side Eggs with Peppers | Too much fun and deliciousness in the morn!

Good Morning to ya!  The most important meal of the day is just about to get better, and more colorful.  Sunny-Side Eggs with Bell Pepper Rings is not only colorful to look at - but very delicious!  It's a great way to start your day, and your body will benefit from this wonderful recipe - complete with… Read More

Sloggers Gardening Shoes

– Posted in: Gardening, Reviews
Sloggers Gardening Shoes | Comfort, style, and anything but boring!

Sloggers - perhaps one of the smartest and most stylish gardening shoes that is on the market today.  With a slip-on style and a variety of color and pattern choices to choose from, they give you non-stop traction and a feeling of anything but boring! Here in Tampa we are known for our thunderstorms, and when the weather turns… Read More

Cleaning Faucets with Shaving Cream

– Posted in: Reviews, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Cleaning Faucets with Shaving Cream

Hard water spots on chrome fixtures are just plain ugly. Really, do you know anyone that enjoys seeing those white, grayish spots on an otherwise spotless faucet?  Even when the faucet is clean, if the water spots are there - it somehow still looks dirty. While I usually shine chrome fixtures with a Windex-type spray, I… Read More