How To Cook Your Halloween Pumpkin

So, you’ve carefully cut out 2 eyes, a nose, and a mouth.  Your jack-o-lantern is looking pretty cute – that is until the next day when it starts to rot onto your front steps.  I always hate to throw out a perfectly good pumpkin – even if it’s just into the compost pile. Several years […]

I Want To Finish Well

Because I write some of my blog posts ahead of time and schedule them to publish, you had no idea that I was driving up to Richmond, VA today to visit Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University to meet with a transplant team.  You were not aware that I was being poked and prodded and evaluated […]

Spicy Appetizer Recipe

This weekend we went to a friend’s annual “Fall Fire Bowl”.  We had a great time eating chili and cornbread and sitting next to their fire pit.  The weather was perfect and we all had a great time.  Each of us brought an appetizer or dessert.  I came up with a last minute salsa/olive/spicy/beany type of […]

Monday Motivation:

This is the time of year that makes me want to clean out closets.  Call me crazy (I know you are), but the cool weather sends me scurrying into my coat closet to make sure everything is in order.  Last year’s post on organizing the coat closet created a bit of a stir.  I got […]

Family Favorite: Hot Fudge Sauce

Yesterday was our youngest grandson’s first birthday.  We had to celebrate long distance as he is in Boston and we’re in Virginia. Our newly married daughter (who lives locally) and her new hubs came over for dinner and we all Skyped with the rest of the family, singing Happy Birthday and watching the little birthday […]

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I’ve been slowly converting all of my “chemical”  cleaners over to more “natural” cleaners.  For the past month, I’ve been experimenting with several recipes and combinations of recipes to find the best cleaning solution for my dishwasher. I finally came up with a combination that works well for me.  We have well water which is […]

Thrify Finds

Yesterday I took the day off. I spent the entire day thrifting, antiquing, and eating with a dear friend.  I didn’t spend a lot of money, but I had a lot of fun. Here are a few of the items I picked up for next to “nut’in”. I found two amber glass votives with adorable […]

Simple Math: Addition for Fall Decor

Ah. . . Autumn.  I love all of the Fall colors. I was looking around my house this weekend and decided to add a bit of color to a basket I already had. First I added some sticks for height and then I added some clearance purchased orange berries for filler. A metal urn (thrifted) […]

Monday Motivation: Changing Your HVAC Filter

Today’s Monday Motivation is a reminder to change or clean your HVAC filter. OK, OK, I know. Boring stuff. But, important stuff. This filter traps a lot of the junk that floats around in the air in your home. If it gets too dirty, it keeps the heating and air-conditioning system from running efficiently. It’s […]