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DIY Photo Centerpiece

We hosted my mother's 80th. Birthday Party  in her Texas home the other year.  3 rows of retangular tables were set up in her driveway between the main house and the guest house.  We decided that the simplest and easiest way to decorate the tables was by placing groups of Mason Jars in 3 different sizes along the center of each row. Mason Jars are so versatile, they come in several sizes, can hold almost anything, and can be decorated to fit your theme and color scheme.  For our event ...

Egg, Dairy & Nut Free Crazy Cupcakes

We are always looking for egg, dairy & nut  free recipes for my grandson Jett.  He has many allergies making finding treats he can have a problem. Here is a recipe I found from Sweet Little Bluebird, it's called Crazy Cake.  It uses no eggs, dairy, or nuts. She mixes and bakes it in an 8" square pan, really easy! She has adapted the recipe to make different flavor cakes. I used the basic chocolate cake recipe, but made cupcakes instead. Obviously I had to mix it in a bowl to make ...

Tips on Cleaning Small Kitchen Appliances

Now that school's back in session it's time to clean house and transition from the lazy days of summer to the fall season.   While we're all busy cleaning the big things; bathrooms, kitchens, windows, and more we tend to forget about the the small stuff. It's a good time to check all your small kitchen appliances and give them some TLC too, after all you invested lots of hard earned money purchasing them and we tend to use them more in the months ahead.  Here's  some tips on cleaning and ...

The Best Shrimp Kebobs

There's definitely something to be said about "shrimp on the barbie", it's one of our family favorites for our Sunday night barbecues.  I love shrimp, but whether raw or cooked I hate peeling them.  It's a messy stinky job!  That's why the easy peel shrimp that I've been finding in my grocer's freezer are terrific. Here's the recipe for the best, and easiest shrimp kebobs ever! Ingredients: 2 lbs. Jumbo shrimp 1+ cup Italian Dressing Directions: 1.  Clean, shell, and ...

Things to Do on Corfu

Corfu, the second largest of Greece's Ionian Islands lies at at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. The island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and heavy rain fall during the short winters.  It is blessed with warm weather from March to October. According to archaeological findings the island has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age (70,000 to 40,000 B.C.) From about 300 B.C. Corfu was successively attacked and conquered by Spartans, Illyrians, and Romans. It ...

The Perfect Roast Beef

Have you ever wondered why your Roast Beef has never come out perfect?  No matter if you followed every step of the recipe the Roast Beef still ends up just a bit overdone, a bit dry, or too bloody and not quite how you expected? I know there are tons of recipes out there using all sorts of method.  Some insist you cover the roast in foil during baking to keep the juices in; others insist you don't salt the meat until after it's cooked; then there are those that say slow roasting at lower ...

DIY Dog Treats – Healthy, Inexpensive, Easy!

Recently we went to Petco to buy more dog treats, we usually buy the bulk biscuits from the treat bar. The price had gone up to over $6 a pound.  The pre-packaged ones were more expensive, even those on sale.  The "organic" treats were in my opinion ridiculously priced, over $10 for a 6 oz. bag. It was time to DIY dog treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, who is very treat motivated.  After a bit of online browsing and experimenting I came up with this recipe for dog biscuits.  It's very ...

Rhodes – What to do in and around Old Town

Located in the eastern Aegean Sea just 11 miles southwest of Turkey is Rohdes.  It is the largest of Greece's Dodecanes islands. Rhodes is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe.  It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year.  Making it a popular destination for sun lovers and a popular port for cruise ships plying the the Greek Islands route. Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age and has a long and illustrious history.  It's most significant period was around 407 B.C. when three ...

DIY Toddler Costume – Chick Magnet

Halloween is next month and my youngest daughter is again looking for the "winner" costume.  She has been trying to win a costume contest for years.  When she was single she dressed our poor Doberman, Portia, in all sorts of doggy costumes from Wonder Woman to a Roman Chariot paired with my grandson, her nephew, in a Roman Gladiator outfit.  A few years ago  she dressed my 1 month old grandson in 2 different costumes, a lion bunting and a skeleton.  Alas all her ...

Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kabobs

One of our favorite food is Korean Kalbi, or barbecued beef short ribs.  We usually order this at one of the local fast food Korean restaurants, but it's pretty pricey; you get 3 thin short ribs, a couple of scoops of steamed white rice, and a choice of 4 side dishes (kim chee, bean sprouts, tofu, etc.) for a over $12 a plate.  My husband's main complaint about the local restaurants isn't the the price or the serving size, it's about the flimsy plastic utensils they provide which usually ...