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Photo by Cathy Mortensen Design

Thanksgiving is the optimal time to set a tantilizing table. Let those creative juices flow and pull out all the stops, as well as the good china, crystal or whatever else you have. But, have … Continue reading




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Photo by Art de Fete

Happy holidays! The holiday season is here and invitations are arriving for festive gatherings. If you are like me, you already have your outfit planned. However, as exciting as it may be to see friends, … Continue reading




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Photo by Ivy Deleon

Autumn is perfect time to catch up with friends. Why not gather friends and get outside to enjoy the season? That’s exactly what I did last weekend — an early brunch and apple picking with … Continue reading




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Photo by Deb Wolf

So you’re not ready for cold weather, but be honest, you love pumpkin season. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin pie. But why stop there? Pumpkin is readily available, inexpensive and it’s so good for you. … Continue reading




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If you’ve ever attempted to clean out and reorganize your refrigerator, it can be a daunting task. Here are Joan’s seven steps to making it a more manageable project. 1. Set up a coolers or cooler bags next to … Continue reading




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The other day while shopping at HomeGoods, I was feeling a little bit copper. Copper is one of those gorgeous metals that just oozes charm. It is not gold, not silver, not too anything. It … Continue reading




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Photo by Lisa Storms

Last year I shared some great ideas for creative back to school lunches and I thought it might be a good idea to give you some fresh inspiration for this year. Here are a few tips … Continue reading




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Photo by Deb Wolf

You love taking a thank you gift to your host and hostess, but struggle to come up with ideas beyond a bottle of wine or box of candy. I challenged myself to visit HomeGoods and see how … Continue reading




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Who is ready for Labor Day? Every year I say the same thing, “Where did the summer go?” Today I have rounded up some of my favorite barbecue ideas for your Labor Day celebration. Whether you are outdoors … Continue reading




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Photo by Cathy Mortensen Design

As the saying goes, “Summer summer fruit, it wouldn’t be summer without them.” And it’s so very true! Why not let fruit inspire some fun color for the kitchen? I’m working on a project featuring some … Continue reading




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Photo by Heather Lynn Photographie

It’s been years since I last set up a lemonade stand in the front yard and drank cup after cup of that tart sweetness with the neighborhood kids while waiting to make our fortune, one … Continue reading




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I’m not a culinary artist. I like delicious food that requires minimal time and easy clean-up. If I’m speaking your language and you love burgers, you will love my first-ever kitchen creation. Burger Stack-up Ingredients Burger … Continue reading