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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holiday Tablescape

Are you entertaining this holiday season?  Do you like to set a nice table?  I do and this year I found some plate from Home and Garden at Walmart that I will be using to do my Holiday Tablescape.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chocolate Cranberry Meringue Dessert - #CIC

December 20th already... Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you thought what you will be serving for  dessert or maybe a Christmas coffee?  This recipe would work perfect for either.  It is light and just the perfect amount of sweetness to work after a big dinner or have with your coffee or tea.

This month we picked Cranberries and Cocoa for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge and I thought a dessert would be perfect to make for this month's challenge.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #178

We are finally getting winter here in the UP... although I shouldn't complain as last year by this time we had 100 inches of snow and we have had only a few inches this year... but I am going to complain.. bitterly.  But one good thing is that with the storm coming it will be a good time to crawl under a blanket with a good cup of tea and check out the party... What party you ask....

Homemade Coffee Creamers

I love my coffee, and creamers make them even better.  Did you know that you can make your own creamers at home?  You can for half the costs and the ingredients are something that you can pronounce.

Homemade Coffee Creamers- perfect with to sweetened your coffee or give as a gift.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #177

Thursday again, I think these weeks are going by faster and faster.  This week has been a busy week for me.  I helped host our Staff Christmas Party...  a great party with good food and I had fun decorating for this party.  We also had a Mitten Tree where everyone could donate mitts, scarves and hats to the children in need in our community.  How has your week been and if you are looking for more ideas for your holiday planning, you have come to the right place..

Decorate with Crochet Thread Trees

I came across a video to make these trees on Facebook and thought that they would be awesome to make for our Staff Christmas Party and also use in my own decorating.  They looked easy to do, which they were but not so easy to get off the cone forms.

Decorate your mantle of table with trees made from crochet thread.  Add battery lights from the Dollar tree to make more festive.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #176

I can't believe that it is December already... and as we don't have very much snow it doesn't seem real.  Where does the time go?  But even thought it is hard to think that it is already December, it is Thursday and that means it is time to party.....

Gingerbread Snowman Cookies #fillthecookiejar

Too cold to go outside to make snowmen, you can still make them in your cozy warm kitchen.  Make them with gingerbread and chocolate... and enjoy as many you want with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate ~ your choice!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #175

I hope all my American Friends are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and as you sit with your bellies full of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pies you will come to visit us here at....

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things

Christmas is coming and I decided I would like to share a few of my favorite things.  Some of these items I have but some I am placing on my wish list.  Maybe this list will give you some ideas to give (or put on your wish list).

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sweet Potatoes Fries and Jalapeno Salmon Sauce #CIC


I have to tell you a secret.  I really don't like Sweet Potatoes.  So when I found out that Sweet Potatoes and Jalapenos was picked for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge I knew I would be going outside of my box.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #174

Thanksgiving is next week are all my American friends ready?  Do you still need ideas for food, crafts and DIY... You have come to the right place, as I am sure you will find everything you will need and more here at......

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lemon Brownies Bites

Bite size morsels of chocolate with a hint of lemon,covered with a lemony butter frosting that is drizzled with chocolate makes these brownies awesome.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Tablescape

I found these awesome plates and bowls from Better Home & Garden in Walmart and knew that I had to get them for my Fall Tablescape this year.  My husband also gave me a tea set this fall that worked perfect with plates as the plates have a gold trim that worked great with the gold trim of the tea set.  This tablescape would be perfect for a coffee/tea party.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #173

I missed last week's party as I was downstate learning all about "Trauma".  We had a great trip even though the car we drove got broken in... But we did get the last laugh as all there was in the car were pens, fridge magnets from the conference.. {{poor thieves for picking our car}}...We weren't hurt and the car window can be fixed so all is good.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gingerbread Latte

We have had a wonderful fall here in the UP this year.  Ok, so we did have a few days that it was mighty cold and yes we did even have some snow and ice already.... but for the most part we have had a beautiful fall.  Gingerbread is one of the spice that make me think of fall and winter and it is perfect in your coffee.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday LInky Party #171

Are you ready for Halloween?  Do you go out Trick & Treating or stay in and have a party?  If you need some help getting ready, need some recipes for cool food or instructions to make cool crafts... you have come to the right place......

Monday, October 26, 2015

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake {No Bake}

Did you know that October is National Dessert Month?  I think every month should be Dessert Month... and cheesecake is my favorite dessert.  I could eat cheesecake everyday... baked, no-baked, any kind of baked cheesecake.  I love cheesecake and this recipe is heavenly.

Friday, October 23, 2015

All Things Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween?  
Are you planning an awesome Halloween party?
Do you need some help?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #170

It seems to me that the days are going faster and faster.  It just seemed like yesterday I was typing up my party post and here again it is Thursday and I am typing it up once again.  Only thing about the days going so fast it seems like we party all the time and that it is ok with me.....

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #169

Have you been getting it all things fall?... pumpkin, apples, falling leaves and Halloween?  Let me tell you a little secret.....  You can find some awesome ideas here on......

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Porch Decorations

I am having a very hard time getting my fall decorating done. I have been procrastinating for about a month.   This year I wanted to do some decorating on my porch.  I don't have a big porch but I still wanted to do something.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #168

I missed last week's party and it is something that I really don't like to do.  Last week I started day shift and I found out that I need to figure out how to get organized.  But I am here this week and even if I am working... I am ready to  PAR-TAY with....

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

National Coffee Day

The Aroma of coffee fills the house.... it tickles your nose hairs as you wake up.  Is it a dream or is it real........

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #166

Yesterday was the first day of Fall.  I am so excited about fall... I can't wait to start making fall recipes, decorating for the season and heading out to see all the wonderful fall colours we have here in Michigan.  I know I will go so many ideas that you will be bringing today...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome Fall {free printable}

Fall is my favorite time of year.
I love all the changing of colours....
the reds, oranges and gold.
Today we welcome the first day of Fall.!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #165

Hope everyone is having a great week.  This week I have traveled downstate to Kalamazoo.  We are having wonderful weather here and I have enjoyed checking out the sites and stores here.  Today I headed over the Farmer's Market and can't wait to see the recipes you have dropped off at our party so I can make some of the recipes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #164

Thursday already, I just can't believe how fast these weeks go by.  This week I am downstate.  The exciting part is that I get to see my hubby for a few days... So as I party down here, we can also party online with..

Monday, September 7, 2015

Grandparent's Day Crafts ~ Free Printable

Grandparent's Day is September 13th.  Time to celebrate those wonderful people in our life.  I found saw some chalkboard designs from either Pick Your Plum or GroopDealz that I thought I could replicate and would be perfect for anyone to print out and give to their grandparents as a gift.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #163

Thursday already, NO WAY!
But seeing that is what the calendars says!

Let Par-TAY with....

No Bake Chocolate and Pumpkin Cookies ~ Fill The Cookie Jar

When you hear the word Fall what goes through your mind?  I think of pumpkin, sweatshirts, leaves turning colours and falling and cooler weather.  Fall is our theme for this month's Fill the Cookie Jar and although the weather hasn't isn't cooler yet, it looks like it when we look outside... leaves are turning and floating to the ground.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #162

It's Thursday and that means party time.  I love this time of the week, to see what everyone is up to and get some brand new ideas for recipes, crafts and DIY.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School ~ Clipboards

Have your kids gone back to school, or going to school soon?  Are you heading back to school?  Or maybe you are just getting an office ready.  These inexpensive, cute clipboards are fun to make and will make going back to school easy.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #161

This week I am downstate for a conference... but just because I am doing other things it doesn't mean that I can' party with....

Coffee Rubbed Steak & Cashew Salad #CIC



It is the 20th of the month and that means time for Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  Each month we pick two ingredients from a list and the ingredients with the most votes are the ones we make a recipe from.  This month's winners are  Coffee and Cashews.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Preparing for a Garage Party

If you are anything like me, your garage is not always a place you want to have a party.  Mine is like that, it isn't finished and along with our vehicles we have many other things in there.  This week I had a work party and we held it in my garage.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #160

This week has been flying but then again it seems every week does.. The morning are starting to feel like fall with cool weather and the leaves are falling but as the day progresses we have had very warm weather here in the UP... high 70's and low 80's (yes, I said hot, to me it is hot).  The best part of week's flying by so quickly is that it is time for.....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #159

It is Thursday again and that means only one thing.......

Healthy Fruit Nut Bites ~ Fill The Cookie Jar

I can't believe that it is already August and soon it is time to go back to school.  Do you have kids that are going back to school... or maybe you are going to school this fall?  With school coming it is time to get cookies made and Back to School is our theme for this month's Fill the Cookie Jar.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cheesecake Brownies with Espresso Ganache

Cheesecake, brownies with espresso ganache a wonderful combination and everything you want in a bar.  These bars are perfect to make for a gathering or just to eat yourself... A little secret they are even so yummy right out of the freezer ~ that is if you can get them into the freezer.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #157

I can't believe that it is Thursday already... It feels like we just finished up last week's party and it is time to start again.  I know I have had a very busy week ~ we are moving into the new expansion at work.. So excited, so along with being party day I can celebrate working in a new state of the art facility.  I hope you will join me and bring all your wonderful recipes, crafts and DIY too...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Coconut Pesto Pasta with Chicken #CIC


Can you believe that it is just about the end of July already?  Where has the time and the summer gone?  This recipe is perfect for summer as it is easy to make, doesn't take to long and won't heat up your kitchen.... So to me, who doesn't have a/c that is perfect.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #156

It is time to come and join us for
Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party...
A great place to share your best recipes, crafts and DIY...
Make sure you check out what everyone has been working on.

It is always so fun to see what all you awesome bloggers are doing...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BBQ Honey Garlic Chicken {slow cooker recipe}

Last weekend my hubby came home from downstate.  He told me that he wasn't going to come until Friday instead of after work on Thursday and would need food when he got home.  Well, I knew that this wasn't absolutely true but decided to make something in the slow cooker for the next day.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #154

Do you have plans for the 4th? 
 Are you hosting a get- together or are you invited somewhere? 
 Do you have your menu planned?
Well, don't fear, if you don't I know where you will be able to find some great ideas..
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Caramel Apple Pie Cookies #fillthecookiejar

What is more American than Apple Pie?  With the 4th of July nearly here I wanted to make something that was patriotic and I thought why not apple pie... Patriotic or Summer is the theme for this month's Fill the Cookie Jar.