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How to Test Your Baking Powder and Soda

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tips | How to Test Your Baking Powder and Soda

If you are not having much success with how your baking goods are turning out lately, there may be a simple answer.  It could be something as simple as old baking powder or baking soda.  You have to toss them when they have reached their expiration date. The process of finding out if your baking powder… Read more

How to Pick a Watermelon

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Tips | How to Pick a Sweet Watermelon | Great guidelines so you don't come home with a Loser.

So here’s my Tale, and I’m sticking to it.  I recently received an email from someone very dear to me asking if I had any tips for how to pick a watermelon.  Her family had recently bitten into a few, and only one watermelon out of several had met their standards for sweetness and goodness. Apparently she… Read more

July 4th Desserts for Children

– Posted in: Food, Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season
Holidays | 4th of July | Desserts | Children | No Cooking, No Dishes, Only 3 Ingredients! Just a perfect little treat for Children!

A few years ago I posted a July 4th Jell-O Dessert for children; however, I have recently not been able to find the Jell-O Handi-Snacks in my grocery store anymore. This year I updated my methods and made the July 4th Desserts for Children with the Dole Mixed Fruit in Cherry Gel cups.  I bought the sugar-free gel… Read more

How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

Learning how to freeze fresh fruit is easy! Now is the perfect time to freeze these colorful jewels, especially since they are so plentiful during this time of the year.  Fruit is cheaper during the summer, so it only makes sense to purchase it while the prices are low. Cobblers and pies are just a few… Read more

Twinkie Valentines Heart

– Posted in: Food, Valentines Day, Winter Season
Valentines Heart - possibly the world's easiest DIY Food Heart. Made with a Twinkie!

Easiest DIY food heart! Literally … unwrap two Twinkies … cut each one diagonally … and place them together. How easy is that?  The outside packaging of the Twinkie has a design with little red hearts on it, so if you don’t want to unwrap the Twinkie before serving you could simply serve them “as is”.  Put them… Read more

Raspberry Valentine Heart

– Posted in: Food, Valentines Day
Raspberry Valentine Heart

To wake up on Valentine’s Day and be greeted by a heartfelt message is one of the loveliest ways to start a day.  A sweet gesture it is, indeed, and it does not need to be complicated or expensive. If you want your loved one to be greeted with something healthy on Valentine’s Day, as opposed to something full… Read more

Homemade Comfort & Joy

– Posted in: Food, Holiday Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Yellow Roses at Christmas

My niece and I recently spent the day together creating some homemade comfort & joy.  It was a glorious day.  The sun was shining brightly and the weather was perfect. Everything was off to a good beginning.  It soon became even better when my niece, LeShan, arrived at our home bearing an armful of the most beautiful yellow roses. She greets me… Read more

Take a Chill with Frozen Pops on a Stick

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
Take a Chill - Frozen Popsicles

Everybody out there … let’s take a chill.  I don’t care what age you are, you are never to old to have fun.  We only have about 90 days or so to enjoy the season of Summer, and next week it officially starts.  Let’s celebrate it’s rebirth with an old-fashioned favorite – Frozen Pops on… Read more