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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  See link….   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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First Snow

~~First Snow~~ Yesterday we had our first real snow of winter. While I am not a big fan of cold weather, it creates another season for coats, boots, and scarves. Being chic in wintertime is a challenge, but there are some creative ways to dress up your winter accessories. I got to try out my new boot cuffs, hand knitted …

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Warm Drinks Cold Days

~~Warm Drinks Cold Days~~ Irish Coffee is one of my favorite weekend warm drinks for cold days   The Buena Vista cafe in San Francisco is rumored to be where Irish Coffee first gained popularity in the United States.    My husband and I visited the cafe and enjoyed an Irish Coffee before taking a sail in September of 2010. …

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Real Simple

~~Real Simple~~ Easy prep + minimal baking time = real simple!  This brie and mandarin appetizer fits the description, and is well liked by children and adults.   You will need about 1/4 cup drained mandarin wedges , 1/2 wedge of brie (use rind for more refined palates), one egg, and one puff pastry sheet. After defrosting pastry, unfold and …

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~~Gobblers~~ It’s day three past Thanksgiving and you still have leftover turkey!   Here are some Panini recipes on how to get the most out of your remaining turkey.   I use a Hamilton Beach panini maker, it’s also great for quesadillas. Turkey Apple Panini Use Italian bread, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, turkey, and cheddar cheese.   Prep according …

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Take a Hike

  Autumn is a beautiful time of year to take a hike.   My family and enjoy hiking at local parks to collect leaves for collages.  Crisp, fresh air and beautiful trails are good for the heart.  Here are some photos from last month during one of our excursions.   Enjoy and bundle up because winter is just around the …

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