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Curcuma Ginger Plant

– Posted in: Gardening
Curcuma Ginger Plant

The colorful Curcuma is a unique and elegant plant, bearing some of the most beautiful summer blooms you will ever find.  While this plant might look intimidating to some, it is actually pretty easy to grow.  Curcuma is a tropical plant, and they love the heat.  The gorgeous spires of pink, purple and white flowers… Read more

Sloggers Gardening Shoes

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
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

Berries with Yogurt Sauce

– Posted in: Recipes, Summer Season
Recipe | Berries with Yogurt Sauce | Served in a beautiful Fostoria American Sundae dish.

During the summertime, I must have berries. There is absolutely no exception to this steadfast rule!  Even if I can’t eat all the fruit at once, I make sure to freeze any excess – and always while the fruit is still at its peak of freshness.  The season is bursting with berries of all sorts … from… Read more

Fostoria American Salt and Pepper Shakers

– Posted in: Fostoria American
Fostoria | American | Salt and Pepper Shakers - H.N.T.

The Fostoria Glass Company made several different types of Salt and Pepper Shakers in the American pattern.  The Shakers shown here are slightly tapered in design, with metal tops.  Smaller shaker variations were referred to as Individual Shakers – perfect to sit by each individual place setting. Regular-sized shakers (shown here) were larger and more appropriate for… Read more

How to Clean a Baking Sheet

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Clean a Baking Sheet

One of the greatest joys of baking is when the food comes out of the oven.  The baked goodness will usually fill up your kitchen and home with the greatest of aromas, all while teasing your taste buds.  Depending on how much you bake, your essential baking sheets can take a beating.  Even with the… Read more

Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
New Uses | Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

I must tell you, it is a wonderful thing when you can find new uses for everyday items!  As most of you know, I collect vintage glass.  In doing so, I have accumulated a ton of bubble wrap and packing supplies.  Most of it gets stored away until I have to ship something; however, I… Read more

Reusing Spice Bottles

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Household Tips | Reusing Spice Jars

It is always a good thing when you can come up with new uses for old or depleted items.  For example, reusing spice bottles offers us a variety of storage options for many different things!  When you have used all the spice in the bottle, give them a good wash – and dry them thoroughly. … Read more

Why You Need a Cookie Scoop

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Kitchen Tools | Why you need a cookie scoop!

If you like to bake cookies, then you really need a Cookie Scoop! Why?  Because using a quality scoop will create cookies that are the same size, ensuring even and consistent baking results.  They will transform into bake-shop quality showstoppers – worthy of gifting.  With just a scoop, squeeze, and release … you will be… Read more

How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

– Posted in: Home, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Household Chores | How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

Lampshades can sometimes be difficult to dust, especially if they are pleated.  While a vacuum with a dusting-brush attachment will certainly work, I have found a much simpler solution.  It is not as cumbersome as using a vacuum, and most people already have one sitting in their toolbox – a clean paint brush.  I have… Read more

Colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

– Posted in: Gardening
Gardening | Colorful Aglaonema

The colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) is a cheerful and colorful perennial that offers fabulous foliage month after month.  We recently brought one into our home, and I can verify that they are an attractive and easy plant to care for!  It is not surprising to learn that Aglaonema is considered to be one of the… Read more