Tampa Homebody

Red Hots Gelatin Salad

– Posted in: Recipes
Recipes | Red Hots Gelatin Salad

Be prepared for all sorts of rave reviews from this recipe!  It makes a wonderful presentation on the dinner table, and is as delicious as it is beautiful.  Made with the old classic Red Hots candy and cherry gelatin, it is one of the most vibrant red salads I have ever seen.  This recipe will… Read more

Alstroemeria Flower and Plant

– Posted in: Gardening, Valentines Day
Alstroemeria Flower and Plant

Alstroemeria (al-str-MEAR-ee-ah) is often referred to as the Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, or Parrot Lily.  It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae.  They are all native to South America, although some have become naturalized in the United States and other countries. While Alstroemeria was originally grown primarily for the… Read more

OXO Good Grips Squeegee

– Posted in: Organize and Clean
Shower Cleaning Tools | OXO Good Grips Squeegee

Yes, the word “squeegee” has a humorous sound to it – but don’t let its name fool you.  It is a mighty warrior, one that will make a huge difference in defending your shower walls and doors from a barrage of soap scum and hard water stains.  The OXO Good Grips Squeegee is definitely a… Read more

Croton Plant

– Posted in: Fall Season
Croton Plant

The croton plant is a colorful shrub that reminds me of autumn colors all year long!  When all the maple and oak leaves are starting to drop, this plant will be full and vibrant.  The croton (Codiaeum variegatum pictum) is actually a tropical plant, and for those living in the Tropical South, these shrubs can… Read more

How to Set Up a Coffee Bar

– Posted in: Holiday Season
How to Set up a Coffee Bar

Many people claim that coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year.  About half of the people in the United States over the age of 18 drink coffee every day!  Chances are you have many coffee lovers in your family too, so why not treat… Read more

Holiday Essentials List

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Seasonal Essentials

Now is definitely the time to start stocking up on holiday essentials.  The days and weeks seem to fly by during the months of November and December!  By planning now, you can take the stress out of holiday preparations.  Do yourself a favor and make note of this Holiday Essentials List (before the craziness begins). … Read more

Intenz Celosia

– Posted in: Gardening
Sun-Loving Annual | Intenz Celosia

The Intenz Celosia plant displays beautiful plumes of violet flowers, which happily rises from its foliage.  The leaves are green and pointy, and they retain their lovely color throughout the growing season.  They are an excellent choice for flower arrangements, and make beautiful filler plants when designing “spiller-thriller-filler” container combinations! Celosia adapts well to different… Read more

Gravy Train Tips

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Tips | How to Make Perfect Gravy

Here are a few tips on how to make the most perfect gravy.  The first thing you want to do is make sure that you have all the right kitchen tools before you start.  When you use the correct products in coordination with each other, they can produce excellent and tasty gravy.  Not only will your… Read more

Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Recipe | Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp | Fall Baking never tasted so good! Easy to make, delicious, and not overly sweet.

Oh my goodness … I just baked this wonderful Fall dessert called Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp.  It is the perfect recipe for your Fall Baking.  Delicious, and not overly sweet, it makes for a superb ending to any Fall meal.  Every bite of tender apples, covered with creamy pumpkin, and then topped off with a golden crumb mixture… Read more

Swaddle Yourself in Blankets

– Posted in: Fall Season, Your Home
Fall Decorating | Swaddle Yourself in Blankets

While the outside temperatures are still rather warm in our part of the country, we are keenly aware that cooler weather is on the way.  Lately, I have been rather busy getting our home ready for fall.  It is the perfect time of year to bring out all the blankets you can get your hands… Read more