Holidays

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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10 Tips For An Affordable Thanksgiving Tabletop

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

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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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Versitile Golden Acorns

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

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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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Posted on Nov 7, 2013

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Growing Pumpkins

Posted on Nov 4, 2013

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Every fall I vow to make things festive with only live decorations so I can compost them and don’t have to find a place to store them.  Consumables, I call them.  Rather than shelling out the big bucks for pumpkins, I have  always wanted to grow my own.   In the past I was scared off because they need so much room and our beach town doesn’t get a lot of heat, which pumpkins seem to need.  This year I finally just gave it a shot.

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The Place To Go On Halloween

Posted on Oct 30, 2013

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Does your town have a place where everyone goes on Halloween?  You know the place, that no one wants to miss because it is just that special.

In San Clemente, California, and for a lot of Orange County, there is a place to go on Halloween.  The Place to go trick or treating. It is an unexpected cute little beach town block of Barcelona street.  The appeal isn’t because giant-sized candy bars are handed out or that there are commercialized haunted houses.   Nope.  It’s because a guy named Jim put out a few pumpkins 30 years ago. Continue Reading

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Rogers Gardens Halloween

Posted on Oct 28, 2013

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No store of any kind does it up at Halloween better than Rogers Gardens. Strong words?  I suppose, but I can back it up and am so excited to share!

Take a look. Go ahead, gander. Continue Reading

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Pumpkin Heads

Posted on Oct 24, 2013

Orange pumpkin face whole head

 

Well, hello, Gorgeous (Pumpkin Head)!  Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California does the best Halloween decorations. Ever. Period! If you’ve never been there and you’re in the area, you really have to go, particularly at the holidays.  The displays Continue Reading

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