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Red, White, & Blue Sports Drinks

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season
Red, White, & Blue Sports Drinks

Are you getting ready to plan a celebration for the Red, White, and Blue?  These patriotic sports drinks are perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July – or any day in the great USA!  They are fuss-free and guaranteed to be a knockout for all your athletic family and friends.  Your guests will need to… Read more

Patriotic Fruit Platter

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Recipes
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

Patriotic Table Setting

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season, Tablescapes
Patriotic Table Setting

I am excited to share with you my latest Patriotic Tablescape for the 4th of July!  Celebrate your Independence Day by using colorful decorations and festive American dishware.  From the hutch to the table – and everything in between – let’s get ready to celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!  Since July 4th… 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

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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