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Red White and Blue Straws

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Spring Season
♥ Red, White and Blue Drinking Straws - these are perfect for Baseball, Birthdays, Picnics and upcoming Patriotic Celebrations ...

Today I will review these Red White and Blue Straws, a colorful product that will not only work for our patriotic holidays coming up – but also for baseball, birthdays and picnic celebrations.  That trait alone makes it a Winner in my eyes, because they can be used for multi-holidays and family gatherings.  Another winning trait… Read More

The Best Barbecue Grilling Tools

– Posted in: Spring Season
Grilling | Barbecue | Grilling Tools ... that work!

Grilling tools are so important that I think it is impossible to have a successful barbecue without them.  It’s like having a firetruck without a ladder, or a doctor without a stethoscope.  Without the proper tools, the task at hand will be much more difficult. Obviously, you should know how to operate your grill efficiently and… Read More

Food Safety – Use Colored Grilling Tongs

– Posted in: Food, Spring Season
Food Safety | Use Colored Grilling Tongs

Cross-contamination of food occurs when bacteria or pathogens are transported from one object to another. This can happen in many different ways.  A common source of cross-contamination comes from utensils that were used to prepare different types of foods.  It makes good sense to use color-coded grilling tongs when handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.  Using one… Read More

How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tips | How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

While I have several different types and compositions of cutting boards, this post is specifically written for how to clean wood cutting boards.  As everyone knows, a good quality cutting board is considered to be one of the most valuable tools you will ever have in a kitchen.  It is, essentially, a workhorse.  From chopping onions… Read More

Essential Garden Tools

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Essential Garden Tools | A great list of tools that will make your life in the garden much easier!

Have you ever lost your garden tools, right in your own backyard?  I have learned (the hard way) that small wood-handled tools are much easier to misplace – especially when working in areas of dried leaves or other natural-colored surroundings.  I have lost many a tool over the years, simply because I set it down… Read More

DIY Patriotic Wreath

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Tablescapes
DIY Patriotic Wreath - perfect as a centerpiece for my Red, White and Blue tablescape.

Making a DIY Patriotic Wreath is so easy.  These type of decorations look wonderful hanging on a door or wall; however, they also look great as centerpieces for the table!  I literally made mine with scraps of garland, yarn, and flowers I had leftover from last year.  I had no plan of how to do… Read More

Orange Star Perennial

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Flowers | Orange Star

I recently became the caregiver of one of the most gorgeous and vivid orange plants I have ever seen – the Orange Star, or Ornithogalum dubium.  It is a beautiful perennial in the lily family.  Native to South Africa, these vibrant compact plants have large flowers that bloom over a 1-3 month period.  The high-impact florets… Read More