How to Set Up and Stock a Home Bar

– Posted in: Home, TIPS
How to Set Up and Stock a gorgeous Home Bar

I was recently clearing off a buffet table to use it as a refreshment area.  Behind this table, I have a narrow rustic ledge that goes down the entire width of a large window and wall.  I decorate this ledge a few times during the year, depending on the holiday or theme. I thought it might be fun… Read More

How to Cook Hot Dogs in a Rice Cooker

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Cooking TIps | How to Cook Hot Dogs in a Rice Cooker | Super-easy, with no-split dogs and no greasy stove top!

Cooking hot dogs in a rice cooker is very easy, and I am going to give you a couple of options for doing so.  You can either steam cook them, or boil them directly in water.  Both are equally good.  The rice cooker I use is my ole' Aroma model.  They make newer models now, but basically this… Read More

How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw

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Tips | How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw | Great tips on the "How-To" and what types of straws work best.

The newest and easiest way to remove the hull and stem of a strawberry is very simple - use a straw!  I have known about this little trick for a few years now; however, I never actually tried it ... until now.  After giving it a go, I can honestly say I should have done… Read More

Spice Organization

– Posted in: Home, TIPS
DIY | Spice Organization | Storing spices UPRIGHT versus sideways allows for twice as many spices, and with great visibility and easy access.

Okay, I'll admit it - I like to mix it up like anybody else ... but not when it comes to my spice organization.  To accommodate my vast array of cooking spices, my husband made a few modifications to one of my kitchen drawers.  It has been a blessing ever since.  Now, I can see and reach all… Read More

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

– Posted in: Food, Fostoria American
Recipes | Greek Pasta Salad | Beautiful, delicious, and easy. Great for a potluck, and inexpensive!

This Greek Pasta Salad Recipe was adapted from the June 2013 issue of All You magazine.  (They feature easy and inexpensive meals; a great magazine to have.) This salad tastes superb at room temperature.  It is ideal for those hot summer months or a potluck - and it does not cost that much to make.  It makes… Read More

Fostoria American Tablescape 2015

– Posted in: Fostoria American, Tablescapes
Fostoria | American | Tablescape | Beautiful, in the most subtle of ways ...

As everyone knows, I love my Fostoria American glassware.  Now, after many years of research, I have finally launched my FostoriaAmerican2056.com website.  Even though it is in it's infant stages (with still much left to do) I wanted to celebrate by presenting a Fostoria American Tablescape.  I also mixed in some colorful pieces from the King's Crown pattern, and the end… Read More

Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe

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Recipes | Homemade Seasoned Salt | Easy, economical and delicious on grilled pork! More importantly - there won't be any sugar, cornstarch and other additives commonly found in the store-bought varieties.

I love making my own Seasoned Salt; mainly because it is easy, economical, and tastes better than the store-bought variety.   With only five ingredients (mainly those you already have in your pantry) this is an easy recipe to mix up in mere minutes. These ingredients are crisp and coarse, making it a great mixture for… Read More