Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design Part 2

Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design Part 2

Shannon Imlay of Shannon’s Shanonigins is making me see green.  Shannon sent me her second floral design written in a festive St. Patrick’s Day font color.  It made me a little giddy, so I had to keep it to get us in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!  As all of you saw yesterday, Shannon has an unbelievable ability to make something beautiful out of items we may not have thought about using…and she does this without spending a lot of money!  Her way of explaining floral design can make us…

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Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design

Shannon’s Shanonigin’s ShamROCKS It – St. Patrick’s Day Floral Design

Are you tired of lining your linens with Leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day?  Have you had your fill of four leaf clovers and want a centerpiece for the celebration without seeming cheesy?  Desperate for a centerpiece and floral arrangement, I turned to the go to gal for all things beautiful, Shannon Imlay of Shannon’s Shanonigins. Explaining to Shannon that my skills in floral design and centerpieces were seriously lacking…and how I’m so cheap…I mean, frugal…that I sometimes pondered even purchasing one, she took pity on me and ShamROCKED the request…

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The Alexander Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast

The Alexander Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast

The Alexander Hamilton House When people come to New York, whether it be for business or pleasure, it’s often missed that Westchester has historical places to stay that are convenient to New York City. In the quaint Village of Croton-On-Hudson on a quiet dead end street that has sweeping views of  the river, sits the grand Alexander Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast. The backyard view from the Alexander Hamilton House. Although built in 1889, the Alexander Hamilton House came into operation as a bed and breakfast in 1982 under the…

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Katie’s Senior Recital

Katie’s Senior Recital

Of course, I have to write about my oldest daughter’s senior recital.  Since I was never a music major, I wasn’t aware of senior recitals and what they involved. When my daughter sent out an announcement with the date of her senior recital and announced appetizers were being served,  I asked, “Is the school providing appetizers?”  Her response, “No, you are!” I wasn’t sure what I was going to make until the day before my flight was scheduled.  I pondered how fancy I wanted to be and my time constraints. …

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It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s something I never thought about when I bought my freezer less than 12 months ago.  I didn’t think about it when I bought that huge ham on sale either.  I mean, the price was right, and there I was, pondering my quest of saving money. The freezer came about right before my surgery.  I knew it would be awhile before I could make a good meal again. I figured I could put some meals together and freeze them so everyone would be fed.  I made it easy with instructions…

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Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Prior to Peggy Calhoun’s article, Peggy had told me that she made a chocolate bread.  As a confessed chocolate addict, I just knew I had to do something with chocolate bread.  My first attempt at creating a recipe was a success, and I just knew I had to share my recipe with all of my closeted chocolate addict friends.  My oldest daughter, Katie, told me it was good, but asked, “What can you do with it?” Of course, I answered, “You EAT it, Silly.” Then, I suggested that it must…

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How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

How to Move it When You Can’t Move It

Author – Chris G. I Like to Move It, Move It Sometimes you need to move something and there’s no one around to help. What can you do? Use your noodle. I love to work alone, but now and again the job has within it a task too heavy for one person. I sometimes get around this by using BRUTE STRENGTH, but when that doesn’t work (more often than not) I get creative. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall…

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Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Donna- “I’d like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Peggy Calhoun for her article on bread baking.  She presented this in such a way that even a true beginner could bake a loaf of bread.  Her pictures will make your mouth water.” Author – Peggy Calhoun I was inspired to make bread when my favorite little bakery went out of business.  They made the most wonderful tomato basil baguettes and asiago cheese bread. I was bound and determined to make my own bread for over a five year…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

I created my own recipe for a whole wheat bread that I love.  Then, it disappeared.  I was trying to recreate it this morning, and I’m close to having it. For whole wheat bread, I like to use 100% whole wheat…not half of a recipe of whole wheat…100%.  My favorite brand to use is King Arthur Flour.  They have a lot of great recipes on their website too.  I’ve always had great success with that particular flour when I’ve made bread. This particular recipe I created this morning will have…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing

If you want it, then you knead it..or maybe you don’t knead it at all. In this day and age, time consuming tasks aren’t our cup of tea.  We like things to be simple, yet we treasure recipes made from scratch.  Today, I’m going to introduce to you the way I “cheat”  with  making bread.  These are my own personal secrets  and recipes.  My guess is that my bread making ways probably aren’t the way any fancy culinary school would tell you how to bake bread.  This is one of…

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