Inside Santorini – Off the Beaten Path

When we think of Santorini pictures of white washed houses with blue domes and pristine blue waters come to mind. I'm pretty sure everyone has seen pictures of the iconic churches located in the main town of Fira and the quaint village of Oia on the island of Santorini. Fira and Oia are probably the most visited towns on the island.  They're always bustling with tourists, specially when a cruise ship or two are anchored in the bay. There's no question they are beautiful towns and should ...

Start The School Year Off Right, With A Back To School Party!

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child, is a love of learning. This starts with reading and teaching and showing enthusiasm when a child learns something, even before they are school age. An involved and dedicated parent can open a magical world of learning in a young mind. This gift grows with the child and transferred into everything the child does. Therefore, it is not surprising that a parent who shows excitement and spirit about an upcoming school year, has a child ...

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 ...

Ginataang Gulay (Vegetable Simmered in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!

Ginataang Gulay is a stew like dish usually prepared with different kinds of vegetables like green beans , okra, squash, ampalaya, eggplant and sitaw. A little slices of meat and seafood are also added to add more taste and flavor. This is very simple yet a mouth watering meal of the day. Any kind of Filipino dish that has gata (coconut milk) as a main ingredient is called “Ginataan”. In tropical Countries like my home town Philippines, coconuts are common and abundant so we don’t have a ...

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 ...

Backyard Camping Party – FREE Printables

Camping out is not an outdoor activity for me.  I love the great outdoors, but I love basic comforts  such as indoor plumbing, hot showers, and comfortable beds much more.  My idea of a vacation is a luxury hotel with room and maid service, not a sleeping bag in the woods! My in-laws are avid campers, they take the family on week long camping trips all the time.  When my kids were younger my in-laws tried for years to drag us along on a camping trip but to my kids' ...

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 ...

Filipino Style Spaghetti

Unlike any other spaghetti recipe Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids, famous for every events, parties and celebrations in Philippines. It is very simple recipe and you don’t have to be an expert to prepare and cook this Filipino Style dish. As I told you, this is a very simple dish, so I decided to share to you my own version of Filipino Style Spaghetti with a twist. I’m ...