Cranberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Jello Salad is one of our family's holiday staples! Everyone loves it! Recipe from @kikiverde

A few years ago my friend, Eileen, was visiting and opened up the fridge to help herself to a glass of water when she turned and looked at me, pointing inside the fridge and questioned “What the hell is THAT?! Is that a jello salad in your fridge?!” I responded that it was, and quickly added that it’s really good. She said “I’m sure it’s delicious, but you are not …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 11/16/2014


This last week has been a flurry of activity. Hubby took off from work on Monday and had off Tuesday for Veteran’s Day which left us with some extra time together during the week to get projects done around the house. Luckily, the weather was cooperative! Knowing that a freeze was almost guaranteed this week, we finally cleaned out the tomatoes and squash from the garden (even though they were …

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Holiday Spice Potpourri Candles

Make your own holiday spice potpourri candles. Super easy and add a fragrant warmth to your home for the holiday season! Tutorial from @kikiverde

One of my favorite simple things about the holiday season are the delicious smells– cookies baking in the oven, crackling fires in the hearth, egg nog and nutmeg, spiced pumpkin pies. There’s something so magically comforting about it all and the simple inhale of a familiar scent can transport you back to such happy, vivid memories. As a child of the 80’s I remember seeing potpourri everywhere. As a teacher, …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 11/9/14


Good Morning! I’m writing this on Saturday morning and it is literally freezing. It was 28 when we woke up this morning and hovering right at 32 now. Brr. My mom sent me a coupon code that she found (Save $15 on Orders $75+ Use Code: LSPHSAVE15) for Plow & Hearth because she knew that I’ve been looking at getting an electric fireplace for my studio. We love the one …

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Indian Chicken Biryani

Indian Chicken Biryani recipe from @kikiverde

I modeled this recipe after one of our former meals of convenience– a rotisserie chicken from Costco served with a bag of Vegetable Biryani from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. I was disheartened to pick up the bag earlier this year and check the ingredients only to find that it contained things I was no longer able to eat. That’s okay though, because I managed to create an inspired …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 11/2/14


Did you remember to fall behind and turn your clocks back this morning? Ranger didn’t. He was up at his usual the-early-dog-gets-the-kibble time. No sleeping in for him! It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and test to make sure that they are working. And if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, please do buy one today. It’s not …

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Printable Meal Planner- Autumn (Free!)

Free printable meal planner for autumn from @kikiverde

I’ve taken some of the drawings that I made for the Happy Harvest Shrinky Dink Magnets and put them onto my printable meal planner to jazz it up for autumn! (You can check out my original free printable meal planner here.) To get the free meal planner for autumn, just download the PDF here, save it, and print! Hopefully this will help keep your organized in your meal planning efforts …

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Pineapple Kielbasa- in the Crock Pot

Pineapple Kielbasa is an easy Crock Pot recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Smoky kielbasa, veggies, & sweet pineapple in a simple sauce over rice. Recipe from @kikiverde

Pineapple Kielbasa is an easy Crock Pot recipe perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Smoky kielbasa, veggies, & sweet pineapple are simmered in a simple barbecue-style sauce over rice. This recipe for Pineapple Kielbasa is an adaptation of one we received from our friends Mark and Nicole back at our wedding shower picnic in the spring of 2005! It’s incredibly quick and easy to throw together. Because of the shorter …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/26/2014


This past week has been one of those weeks that seemed to drag on forever yet there still wasn’t enough time to get everything done. Do you ever have weeks or days like that? On Monday evening when he went out before bedtime, Ranger somehow caught his dewclaw on something (probably the fence) and nearly tore it off. We weren’t able to get him in to see the vet until …

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Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice Soup is a warming, fragrant soup that draws inspiration from traditional Thai curries & Tom Kha Gai. Recipe from @kikiverde

I didn’t try Thai food until well into adulthood but it quickly became one of my favorite cuisines after tasting it for the first time. Unfortunately, my food allergies and sensitivities preclude me from enjoying anything prepared at a Thai restaurant anymore so I’ve tried to incorporate Thai-inspired recipes into my repertoire so that we can still enjoy the intense, comforting flavors that Thai cuisine offers. Slow cooker Thai coconut chicken …

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