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12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs

  Easter Sunday will be much more perfect if your house is anything like mine you will have at least a couple of dyed hard boiled eggs on your hands before lunchtime. My first inclination is usually to chop the eggs up and make egg salad sandwiches for lunch for the next few days if not longer. This year if you want to try something a bit different here are some recipes using hard boiled eggs along with some new twists on old time favorites like egg salad ...

Roasting the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

This time of year I get hungry for a juicy turkey dinner!  It's no wonder, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It's about the only time of year that I roast a whole turkey. I still remember my first time roasting a turkey, I had no idea what to do.  Over the years I've perfected it, and my family expects a Thanksgiving feast every year. In recent years deep frying turkeys have been real popular.  I've heard deep fried turkeys are delicious, but in our family you don't experiment ...

Westin Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina – Great Dubai Resort!

To say that Dubai has a ton of  hotels would be an understatement.  I believe there are almost 600 hotels in this city state that covers 1,588 square miles, that's roughly the size of Rhode Island which covers an area of 1,544 square miles.  And the hotel count is growing with 140 more set to open in 2016 and still more during  the next 4 years to accommodate visitors expected to flock to Dubai during the World Expo in 2020. So there definitely isn't a shortage of hotel rooms! There are ...

Crocheted Kitchen Hot Pads – FREE Crochet Pattern

Well the new year is officially here.  At our house that means a year of events to look forward to.  But before I can start planning our next event I had to clean up and organize after a very busy holiday season. My kitchen was a mess!  Specially this year when our refrigerator decided to go on the blitz on Christmas Eve.  We found ourselves shopping for a new fridge the day after Christmas, when did they get so expensive? We found one at the Home Depot who delivered it to our home ...

Shell Pattern Leg Warmers – Free Pattern

I've been in a legwarmer mood and have been crocheting them in various designs.  This Shells and Cords pattern by Creations Chaann is one of my favorites. It takes a little longer and more yarn than some of the other legwarmers I've made, but it's thick, warm, and cozy.  I made it using almost 2 skeins of Red Heart yarn in Black Fleck.  I love the small pops of color throughout. The pattern isn't that easy but it's not hard either.  You will have to be familiar with front post ...

Kawabunga! A TMNT Beanie with Mask – FREE Pattern

Kawabunga dude!  It's a cool TMNT hat!   My daughter asked me to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat for her friend's son, Braden.  She wants to give it to him for Christmas. I made this really cute Leonardo hat, he's the guy that wears the blue mask.  That's Braden's favorite TMNT!  But you can make the mask any color; Purple for Donatello, Red for Raphael, or Orange for Michelangelo. The eyes are lightly stuffed with fiberfill so that they "bug" out from the mask giving it ...

“Minnie Mouse” Inspired Hat with Earflaps – FREE Pattern

Last month I shared a pattern for a "Mickey Mouse" inspired hat with earflaps.  I also made a "Minnie Mouse" version, after all I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi. The girl version of the mouse ear hat is made the same way the boy version is done, just change the bottom color to pink and add a bow! For the Mickey version click here! To download free pdf version of Mickey hat click here! Below is the simple pattern for the bow. To dowload free pdf version for the bow ...

Inexpensive Fall Mantel Decorations

l I live in Hawaii and don't have a fireplace hence no mantel.  When we lived in Texas the mantel was one of my favorite spots to decorate.  But my daughters who live on the mainland have fireplaces with mantels that they decorate for each holiday.  Here's the one my daughter Jenny made for her Georgia home. She used the jars that she uses for her children's  candy buffets  when they have birthday parties.  It's a great way to use those jars in between parties.  She filled the ...

Crochet Toddler Halloween Costume – “Eye Candy”

Last year my toddler grandson, Jett, dressed up as a "Chick Magnet"; I made  him a chick costume and his parents made him a "magnet" to carry around or wear around his waist.  This costume earned him an honorable mention in their local costume contest. This year in keeping with this play on words we decided to dress him up as "Eye Candy".  The eye part was easy, but it took us a while to decide what type of candy he should be and what it should be made of.  In the end we thought candy ...

Pumpkin Patch – Great Family Fall Activity

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere!  One of my favorite fall family activities is a day out at the Pumpkin Patch.  When my kids were young finding a pumpkin patch in Hawaii was nearly impossible, but somehow we managed to find ourselves somewhere on the mainland in the fall and visited pumpkin patches up there. These days my 2 daughters and their families live on the mainland where they have their choice of pumpkin patches.  In Hawaii we take my son's twins to Aloun Farm's the biggest pumpkin ...