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Pile on the Pillows for Fall

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Pile on the Pillows

Now is the time to start getting your home ready for the coziest season of the year.  One of the easiest decorating ideas for fall is to pile on the pillows!  They are such an inexpensive and fun way to introduce autumnal hues and textures into your living areas.  Nubby fabrics ablaze with the colors… Read more

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

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

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
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: Tips, Thrills & Tales, Your Home
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