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Place Mats to Pillows, Pottery Barn Style for Less.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013

Pottery Barn pillows on bed

 

Pottery Barn is consistently one of my top home decorating inspirations because they do a magnificent job with styling, color combinations and fabric patterns.  I’m in there all the time enjoying the eye candy and gathering ideas. Continue Reading

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Super Easy Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Brulee Topping

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

cooked sweet potato casserole

 

I love sweet potatoes- well, more accurately yams *.  Love. Love Love.  So when I had this sweet potato casserole at a fancy-shmancy restaurant in Las Vegas I took notes.  It was the most incredible sweet potato dish I’d ever eaten, miles better than traditional candied yams. Reluctantly, I shared my new found Food Network Recipe worthy nom nom with The Mister and we agreed we had to- HAD TO   Continue Reading

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Top Trick To Make Chocolate Store Caramel Apples

Posted on Dec 2, 2013

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If you’ve ever been to a chocolate store that sells caramel apples covered in chocolate and toppings, you’ve seen how expensive they can be.  If you’ve ever tried one, you know how delicious they are! They make a wonderful treat Continue Reading

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Thankful For Fall And Its Color

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Orange Maple leaves

Yes, the holidays are right around the corner.  Soon we’ll all be caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, baking, parties, family, friends.  Just for a little longer wouldn’t you like to enjoy fall? Without school nights, home work and tests to worry about anymore, it’s quite possibly become my favorite season.

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Julian, California

Posted on Nov 25, 2013

Julian, California.

Famous for pie.  It’s fall.  I need PIE.

Do you ever have one of those days where you think like the dog in the Disney movie “Up”? Sort of scattered, easily distracted, with limited grammar?  These are my exact thoughts on a recent trip to Julian, California with my family.  My only excuse?  It was early.  And I was hungry.  And I was tired of the gloomy beach weather.  And… and, I am simple, like a dog, when it comes to pie …

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10 Tips For An Affordable Thanksgiving Tabletop

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

Layer table cloths

 

A couple of weeks ago my sister contacted me in a panic: she was asked to give a presentation at her church on affordable Thanksgiving table decorations.  Not one to decline a design challenge, I decided to see what I could come up with without having to spend a dime! It seemed to me that she and her church group are not the only ones who would like some ideas for an affordable Thanksgiving tabletop, so I put together some tips and tricks to share. Continue Reading

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Yummy Butternut Squash Soup

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

 

As the days get shorter and cooler do you find yourself thinking about soup? It’s got that warm, cozy appeal that makes us feel satisfied and cuddled.  I love to wrap my cold hands around the warm bowl on a chilly day and smell all the aromas, the steam warming my face.  My favorite is butternut squash soup. Continue Reading

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Versitile Golden Acorns

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

Golden Acorns Pottery Barn

 

Confession: ever since reading the Artemis Fowle series with my daughter when she was a tike, I have this thing for acorns.  Without going into a lot of detail about the story, acorns play a pivotal role in supplying energy and new life into some of the characters. (Ohhh, yes, I could go on…That scene with Pecs and Chips and Mulch Diggums…Funniest piece of children’s literature. EVER.) I related to that theme in the story because to me, even though they fall off of trees and turn brown, they are little nuggets of hope for the future, a reminder that spring will come again, a time capsule waiting to become a magnificent tree. (Sigh) So amazing! Continue Reading

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Apple Picking

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Apples on tree TIH&G.com

 

Every fall I have some primeval urge to go out among trees-  not the palm trees that line the local beach, but real trees, with changing leaves towering overhead. It must be a gatherer instinct.  The colorful leaves, the crisp air, the clear sunshine, all call me outside and toward trees.  This fall, instead of ignoring it, I managed to convince the whole family to head out apple picking. Continue Reading

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Part 2: It’s My Party And I’ll Buy What I Want To

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

chevron black and white party ideaBy Kathy Sullivan

My daughter is definitely a little bit of Hollywood Glam mixed with a smattering of Las Vegas sparkle when it comes to style.  I am fairly certain that she sees me as just this side of Hillbilly Traditional.  Whatever my style is, I am fairly confident I can pull an engagement party together pretty well.  I love having a party.

She is the girl that has dreamed about her wedding since she was 5.  Continue Reading

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