A Paws for Celebration: National Dog Day!


If you’re a dog owner, every day is a paws for celebration . . . and August 26th is National Dog Day. National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure,…

Featured in Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine: Spooky Settings and Spellbinding Decorations!


The countdown to the witching hour has begun. . .Halloween is just 72 scary days away! Better Homes and Gardens special publication, Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine, hits the newstands August 23rd. I had some bone-chilling fun setting up some spooky settings for this issue! Editor Ann Blevins arrived on a very rainy day last November with…

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves!

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves

Here’s a last hurrah for those summer heirloom tomatoes with a nod to fall~  Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves! I prefer a tomato tart over a tomato pie since it cooks in half the time, and is easier to cut and serve with the removable outer ring of the tart pan. I took a short cut and…

Beat the Heat and Escape to The High Country


We took a trip to North Carolina’s High Country to escape the heat. . . Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoying the scenic blue ridge mountain views. No humidity and a 15 degree drop in temperatures makes me want to pack my bags and head for the hills in July and stay until the end of September!…

Muffin Pan Ice Cream S’mores


Happy National S’mores Day! Muffin Pan Ice Cream S’mores are an easy way to beat the summer heat and enjoy this campfire treat in the comfort of your kitchen! This muffin pan version has your essential s’mores ingredients:  graham crackers, melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows, but with vanilla ice cream for a summery treat. They’re super easy and fun…

A Mad Tea Party Continues


A Mad Tea Party continues, welcome to Part 2! You don’t want to be late, let’s get started!   Choose your tea cup from the wheelbarrow. . . this Mad Tea Party is taking place at the Potting Shed! Warning: Photo heavy post ahead, take some advice from the King of Hearts on how to proceed.…

Pound Cake Tea Sandwiches


Pound Cake Tea Sandwiches are finger sandwiches of cake, filled with layers of chocolate buttercream and strawberry-cream cheese. Enjoy these as a no-bake teatime treat using store-bought ingredients, as easy to make and as they are to eat! This is my favorite kind of recipe, since it’s really more of a method or procedure, adjusting to your taste. You can…


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