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Aperol Spritz

One of my favorite summer drinks is the Aperol Spritz.  Light, refreshing and very easy to make. Ingredients are…. Aperol aperitif Prosecco Club soda Orange slices Everyone makes them a little different, according to taste.   My recipe is as follows; mix 1/2 cup Prosecco, 1/8 cup Aperol, 1 tablespoon of club soda, and garnish with an orange slice.  Serve …

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‘C’ is for Cookie

‘C’ is for cookie and that’s good enough for me!  My son’s 4th birthday is this Monday, June 29th; we are having a small celebration with family over the weekend.   These cookie monster cupcakes are a fun option for a toddler boy’s party.  You will need…. chocolate cake mix blue icing coconut (with added blue food coloring) large marshmallows …

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Hermes Mini Bow Tie

It is no surprise Hermes can design a whimsical little piece of silk the whole family can enjoy.   There are many creative ways to make a statement with this mini bow tie as seen below.   The mini bow tie is adjustable, just like the traditional version. First, some modeling photos….. my son, he is almost 4 years old, …

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Clothespin creations

A wonderful benefit to working with women is the many creative food recipes and art projects discussed at the office. My dental assistant showed me some clothespin creations the other day at work, which are a very easy and inexpensive  project for adults and kids.  All you need are clothespins and an clean, empty can of tuna (I used the …

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Arugula Mix

This simple Arugula salad has the perfect mix of spicy and citrus.   It is very presentable for guests and easy to make. For the salad you will need: Arugula lettuce Sliced Avocado Blackberries Marcona Almonds (Trader Joe’s offers Marcona Almonds with Rosemary that are delicious) Plate the salad and chill while making the homemade citrus dressing.   For the …

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Magic Jelly Beans

Planting some magic jelly beans today to see what sprouts on Easter Sunday.  This is a fun and easy project for kids, mine are very excited as this is our third year of planting! First, prepare your soil. Next,  dig several holes and place a few jelly beans in the hole.       Don’t forget to water after you …

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Ice Spheres

Introducing a fun kitchen gadget called Ice Spheres.   You can find them for $9.99 at Target.com.  See link….http://www.target.com/p/prepara-ice-spheres/-/A-14872040.   I’m making “spa” and lemon ice spheres today along with some colored cubes for my kids.   First chop your ingredients.  I used mint and cucumber for the spa cubes, and also chopped lemon for lemon flavored water.  Will definitely …

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Blueberry Parfait

A blueberry parfait is a delicious and healthy way to start the day.   The ingredients are as follows: 12 ounce bag of frozen blueberries 12 ounces vanilla greek yogurt (divided between two bowls) granola 4 ounces of fresh blueberries Heat the frozen blueberries over medium heat with three tablespoons of water.  Cook and stir occasionally until a sauce is …

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Under the Sea treats

Yesterday my daughter had a Kindergarten school party and I signed up to bring a snack.  After a bit of research I found these “Under the Sea” treats online and on Pinterest (a mother’s savior).  Prep and assembly took about 30 minutes, for 25 treats. You will need: mini bagels cream cheese blue food coloring Goldfish crackers broccoli florets (most …

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2 degrees

~~It’s 2 degrees somewhere~~ Well, actually here! My son and I spent the morning at the conservatory warming ourselves up both physically and visually. (Just in case you don’t believe me ) Palm trees and orchids, help thaw us out a bit….      My son’s favorite, the train set up.  And “hey, where did Santa go??”        …

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