A Tasty Gazpacho Soup

#gazpacho soup

Have you ever tried gazpacho?  I hadn't until this past Spring when my friend Angela brought this cold soup to a lunch I hosted.  It was so delicious and fresh tasting. I didn't feel an ounce of guilt eating it.  I've waited until now to share it since this time of year there's  an abundance of fresh vegetables to be found at local farmer's markets … [Read more...]

Buttercream Bakehouse Favorite Finds

butter cream bakehouse favorite bakeware

I hope you've been enjoying my series of favorite finds from other bloggers.  Today, Dina from Buttercream Bakehouse is sharing some of her favorite baking items she uses on a regular basis.  I was introduced to Dina through my affiliation with Taste of Home.  We've never met in person, but I would love to go to her house for dessert.  I have a … [Read more...]

The Secret to Making Mugs Look New

cleaning coffee cups

Do you know the secret to making porcelain mugs look brand new? I bought these white mugs at Target a few years ago and they get lots of use every day when my husband and I enjoy our morning cup of coffee.  I also use them for tea and hot chocolate during the winter months.   As you can see, unfortunately  these porcelain mugs don't stay pristine … [Read more...]

Chicken Salad Roll Ups

chicken salad roll ups

My friend Kristin made these chicken salad roll ups for a lunch I hosted this past Spring.  They are very tasty and would make a nice light summer meal when you don't feel like turning on the stove or firing up the grill.  I love a good chicken salad that isn't swimming in mayonnaise.   Kristin developed this recipe after searching for a chicken … [Read more...]

10 Things to Do With Travel Photos & Memorabilia

10 things to do with travel photos

I returned from our family vacation to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore this week, and I'm excited to do something with all of my travel photos.  The only problem is finding the time to do it along with the other projects on my to do list.  I hope you enjoy these 10 ideas of things to do with your vacation photos and memorabilia.  They range from … [Read more...]

Thistlewood Farm’s Favorite Home Decor Finds

thistlewood collage

I've been following the blog Thistlewood Farm for over a year and I'm always amazed at the DIY projects that KariAnne creates.  She has a great eye for decorating and I love her cozy farmhouse style. She recently renovated this amazing beach house bedroom. I love sharing my favorite finds and asked KariAnne if she would share some of her … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous

#lemon basil grilled shrimp & couscous

This recipe for lemon basil grilled shrimp and couscous comes from the June/July issue of Taste of Home. I love burgers, hot dogs and steaks on the grill, but in the heat of the summer I also want dishes that are light and fresh. The basil and lemon dressing is easy to mix up and gives the shrimp and couscous a fresh citrus flavor. If you've … [Read more...]

Splurge Vs. Steal Lip Balms

#splurge vs. steal lip balms

     Splurge vs. Steal Lip Balms by dpasco featuring lip treatments Lip treatment / Maybelline® Baby Lips® Moisturizing Lip ... : Target I love a good splurge versus steal.  I have shared some of my favorite lip balms in the past HERE.  Fresh Sugar is one of those.  It glides onto your lips smoothly, has a nice scent and leaves a hint of color. … [Read more...]

Sweet & Sour Chinese Dip

sweet & sour chinese dip

My friend Jamie made this Chinese dip for a Super Bowl party and it was a huge  hit especially with the teenagers.  You know a dip is good when a half hour into the party most of it is gone.  The word spread it was good, and luckily I was able to snag a taste of it before it disappeared. Her kids request it all the time and it's also a favorite of … [Read more...]

Phone Photography Love

New York City skyline

On my recent trip to New York City I was amazed at how many people were taking pictures with their phones rather than a camera.   Actually, the majority of people were using a phone.  I also used a phone to capture memories of my trip instead of lugging around my big Cannon T3i.  I have a small Cannon Elph which I brought along with me, but because … [Read more...]