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Silhouette Mint – make your own...

Silhouette Mint – make your own stamps!
The Silhouette Mint allows you to make stamps from your own artwork.  I’ve tried a few other tools that promised to do this, but failed miserably (in my experience.)  The Mint delivers on this promise, though! This isn’t the best example, but it’s the first stamp I made.  The original photo is on the left & the stamped [...]

Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Ter...

Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing
This was one of those gazillion video recipes that flash up on Facebook.  But I modified it for my own (as usual) & it turned out great!  I will definitely be making this again.   The recipe below is my modified version.  The original recipe is here. (NOTE: Normally, I don’t use exact amounts for salads, because I tend to just mix [...]

Mother’s Birthday Luncheon 2017

Mother’s Birthday Luncheon 2017
For those of you new to this event (and at the risk of repeating myself for the gazillionth time to those of you NOT new to this event), my mother passed away in 2012 two months shy of her 95th birthday.  To keep myself from being so sad on that day, I decided to have my girlfriends over for a girly luncheon.  I got out the wedding china, cry [...]

Recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles

Recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles
This has been a long time (~25 years) fav-o-rite recipe of mine.  And it’s from one of my long time fav-o-rite cookbook authors, Lorna Sass. I follow most recipes (oncluding this one) loosely & adjust the soy sauce, vinegar & maple syrup according to my whim.  I love this recipe so much, that I’ve been known to use creamy [...]

Box cards using SVGCuts files

Box cards using SVGCuts files
I have made most of our greeting cards, since 1996.  I’d been wanting to try making box cards (cards that fold flat for mailing, but pop up for a 3D card) but figured they would be very time consuming & difficult to make.  NOT TRUE!!!  I found these cards not only easy to make, brilliant in design & have a big wow factor!  I us [...]

Where are my dishes???

Where are my dishes???
Definitely a first world problem.  I love, love, LOVE dishes & I have the various patterns stowed & stashed in closets & cupboards to prove it.  I also inherited a couple of patterns from my husband’s mother & grandmother.  The ones we don’t use daily are stored in those quilted china keepers.  I made sure to get a [...]

Folding chair makeover

Folding chair makeover
So as I’m gearing up for my ladies lunch, I’m going through my “to do” lists and trying to get stuff knocked off that I can do this far ahead of time.  One is “dust off folding chairs”.  And then I visualize the folding chairs I have & think while they are functional, they are really not very attractive [...]

Trader Joe’s gorgonzola gnocchi...

Trader Joe’s gorgonzola gnocchi sauce repurposed
One of my guilty pleasures is Trader Joe’s gorgonzola gnocchi.  The gnocchi is tender & the sauce is a-maze-ing.  But there is more sauce than I use for the gnocchi, so I always have some left over. (Note: for some reason this photo shows up correctly on my computer, but upside down on my phone…) So to repent for carbo loadin [...]

Prepping for the 6th annual Mother...

Prepping for the 6th annual Mother’s birthday luncheon!!!
It’s getting to be that time of year again – time for the annual Mother’s birthday lunch!  The invitations are done & most went out in yesterday’s mail.  I still have a few more to send out today & then that task will be completed.   In February, I bought the stamps the PO had for Valentine’s Da [...]

Amazon Music – a great option for a c...

Amazon Music – a great option for a couple of reasons!
The past week, I’ve been uploading our music to Amazon storage. I’m doing this because over the past year, I’ve been moving from many hard drives (like FIVE) to a NAS (a personal network drive) and was trying to figure out how to play our purchased music (we have a lot… a whole lot) through Sonos. Although there’s a way to play from the NAS, [...]