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Sesame Street Cookie Buffet

Last week on a trip to Houston to plan my mother's 80th. birthday party for next summer my daughter and I had literally 24 hours to plan and put on a Sesame Street themed party for my sister.  My mother was throwing a birthday party for my sister who has special needs.  When we arrived we found out that my sister really wanted a themed party but my mom just doesn't do themes, her idea of a party is very different form ours.  We wanted to make this party special so we asked my sister what ...

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I'm a confirmed chocoholic!  These delicious Triple Chocolate Cookies are one of my favorites.  I love the combination of white and milk chocolate chips in a dark chocolate cookie.  It's the perfect combination!  Ingredients 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 ounces best quality unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 1/4 cup unsweetened European ...

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they're basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one. I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look ...

Key to Shiny Stainless Steel Appliances

When my grandsons were staying with me I had given up the battle of trying to keep my stainless steel refrigerator and other appliances shiny and spotless.  The boys were always in the fridge for a snack or drink, keeping the fridge doors spotted with fingerprints. My son warned me that the longer the prints and smudges remained the harder they would be to remove.  But what could I do?  It seemed pointless to clean the doors only to have them in the same or worse condition a few minutes ...

Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Every so often I get a yen for some home cooked Filipino food like Shrimp Sarciado.  This favorite Filipino dish is usually done with fish, but  it's also made with chicken, pork, and eggs. I like it best with shrimp. Sarciado literally means "cooked with a thick sauce" in Tagalog, the main language spoken in the Philippines.  The word is derived from the Tagalog word "sarsa" that refers to a thick sauce which in turn comes from the Spanish word "salsa" which means sauce. The ...

Crocheted Mermaid Costume for Infants – Free Pattern

My Version I saw this cute mermaid costume on Pinterest.  It was being offered for sale on Etsy.com for just under $50. I really wanted one for my baby granddaughter but wasn't will to spend $50 for it.  I knew I could make it myself if only I could find the right pattern.  I searched online and found several different free patterns.  None of them really worked for me.  I ended up using 3 different patterns and combining the pieces to make the version I ended up ...

DIY Up-Cycled Wine Bottles

Recycled wine bottles have sure come a long way from the old Chianti bottles turned candle holders you see in Italian restaurants.  These days wine bottles aren't recycled, they're "Up-Cycled".  They can be painted, covered in yarn, etched, and glittered.  They can be turned into vases, candle holders, lights, and even chandeliers! Perhaps you'd like to spruce up your decor with an up-cycled wine bottle or two.  It's a great excuse to drink more wine! Don't have wine bottles, you can ...

6 July Kids’ Party Themes – FREE Party Printables

July is a great month to have a party! There is so much going on and so many themes to choose from. July weather just begs for an outdoor party.  Pool and Splash Parties are sure to cool things off, you can even combine party themes and host a Hot Dog Pool Party or a Super Hero Splash Party.  And of course you can have a 4th. of July themed party!  Click on the links for Pool, Splash and 4th. of July party ideas! Here are 6 more July party themes to help you plan a July party! Batman ...

Chicken Milanese – Italian Fried Chicken

Chicken Milanese is the poultry version of Cotoletta alla Milanese, a signature Italian dish that is said to have originated in Milan. Cotoletta alla Milanese is more popularly known as Veal Mianese,  veal cutlet that's breaded and fried. Chicken Milanese uses thinly sliced chicken breast that's breaded and fried.  So basically it's Italian fried chicken. Chicken Milanese is one of my favorite dishes.  It's very versatile.  If you add tomato sauce and a slice of mozzarella cheese you've ...

4th. of July Craft Ideas – Free Templates & Printables

For many of us the 4th. of July means baseball, parades, picnics, barbecues, and other fun family activities.  I'm sure we all have our own special way to celebrate our Nation's Independence Day.  In our house it's definitely a backyard barbecue while the kids light up the yard with sparklers. This year spruce up the house with these 4th. of July Craft Ideas!  You don't need fancy tools to make them, just red, white, and blue paper, cardstock, paint, scissors, and glue.  If you're more ...