Our Japanese Loquat tree is in full bloom ... and tastes SO GOOD!I get breathless whenever I see a Caladium in bloom ...A wild flower that suits my fancy ...Jatropha shrubs will help brighten up your world ...The Blanket Flower is always welcome in my garden ...

Laundry Organization – Toss and Run

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Laundry Organization - Baskets

What was our need?  It was simple.  We needed laundry organization that allowed for easy "tossing" of dirty clothes into designated laundry baskets - without the soiled clothes hitting the back wall and going behind the washer and dryer.  Therefore, we needed shelving that extended to the back wall, and the baskets needed to be… Read More

Baseball Cap Storage and Organization

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Baseball Cap Storage

I've recently been organizing and cleaning out our master bedroom closet, and am so happy about some of the ideas that I implemented.  One of my favorites was finding a way to store and organize my hubby's baseball hats.  It was so easy, and my husband even thought the concept was pretty "cool".  It did… Read More

Vegetable Gardening Calendar

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Vegetable Gardening Calendar - Sowing Onions

Spring is the perfect time to plan your garden plot.  By combining your efforts with that of a gardening calendar, one always knows when and what to sow based on your specific region.  Armed with this knowledge, I knew that it was now time to plant my sets of onions. If you are not sure… Read More

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Soup

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Easy St. Patrick's Day Soup

From the first spoonful, all I heard was "hmm ...".  The only audible sound at the table was the spoon hitting the bowl, and an occasional "oh my goodness!"  This soup is that good.  It is melt in your mouth good, and so easy to prepare. With St. Patrick's Day coming up soon, this would… Read More

Time Change 2014: Spring Forward

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Time Change - Spring Forward

It is that time of the year again, folks.  Yes, the first time change of 2014 will soon be upon us.  Your week-end is about to get a wee-bit shorter.  For those of us in the USA, it all starts this ...  Sunday, March 9th, at 2 A.M. This time change also serves as a… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

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St. Patrick's Day Tablescape

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that I feel is under-valued by most.  My hubby and I went shopping for some Irish decor over the weekend and were amazed over the lack of it.  Most stores (and we went to plenty) had few decorations ... if any.  We both looked at each other and exclaimed… Read More

How to Kill Ants with Non-Toxic Ingredients

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Non-Toxic Ant Killer

No one wants to hurt any living creature; however, most of us don't want to see a highway of ants marching through our home either.  Some species of ants have multiple queens and nests, so placing your poison around in a variety of places is key.  While buying pesticides online or at a home improvement… Read More

Fostoria American 3-toed 3-corner centerpiece

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Fostoria American 3-toed 3-corner centerpiece

This is one of Fostoria’s 3-toed pieces – the 3-toed 3-corner centerpiece in the American line.  It is approximately 6 inches across. Setting a table with vintage Fostoria American crystal is quite beautiful.  For some tablescape ideas, please see this post - Thanksgiving Tablescape with Fostoria Crystal… Read More

Fostoria American 3-toed bon-bon (watercress)

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Fostoria American 3-toed bon-bon dish - Easter

The 3-toed bon-bon (also known as the "watercress" dish) is another piece in the Fostoria American line.  It is approximately 7 inches across. This dish has a variety of usages - limited only by your imagination.  It is quite beautiful when incorporated into a Spring or Easter-themed tablescape.  The crystal glass is sparkling clear, and… Read More

Fostoria American 3-toed cake plate – 12 inch

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Fostoria American 3-Toed Cake Plate - 12"

This is one of Fostoria's 3-toed pieces - the 3-toed cake plate in the American line.  It is approximately 12 inches across. Setting a table with vintage Fostoria American crystal is quite beautiful.  For some tablescape ideas, please see this post - Thanksgiving Tablescape with Fostoria Crystal… Read More