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Roasted Potatoes with Spices and Lemon

These roasted potatoes with lemon are cooked in the oven, not deep fried, to make them tasty and healthier at the same time. Roasting any vegetable brings out their natural sweetness.  I love roasted potatoes. There is nothing like biting into a crispy outer skin and then having a creamy center surprise.   Roasted Potatoes with …

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Pizza Roll up with Spicy Chicken – Easy Week Night Meal

If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal , this pizza roll up recipe is a great option.  The recipe combines chicken with spicy sauce in a refrigerated dough. It’s kind of like a pizza in a pocket. All the flavors combine to make a delicious filling that tastes amazing. Pizza Roll up with …

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Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry with Mushrooms and Tomatoes in Wine

This recipe for sugar snap peas, mushrooms and tomatoes is easy to make and just full of flavor.  It would make a fast side dish for any weeknight when time is limited. Best of all, the ingredients are fresh from the garden!  What could be better? Nothing tastes quite like a vegetable dish made from …

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Food Art – Artistic License in the Kitchen

Food carving and creative food art is something that requires a great deal of patience to end up with just the perfect result.  I love seeing what creative people can do with food to make it into an art form. Food is soft and this makes it the perfect medium for carving into life-like objects. …

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Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

Sweet Williams have pretty fringed flowers that grow in a cluster on top of a long stalk. Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the dianthus species. Dianthus Barbatus – is a tender perennial.  It is often treated as a Biennial with leaves the first year and flowers the second before dying off. My Dianthus Barbatus …

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Brighten up your Outside Space with Tiki Planters

Tiki torch Planters add a nice bit of ambiance to your parties and have a more natural look than normal lighting does. There are lots of ideas for how to brighten up your patio space for night time entertaining.   This fun idea combines lighting and plants for a decorative effect that your party guests will …

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Roasted Rutabaga – Bring out the Sweetness of Root Veggies

 I recently tried this roasted rutabaga recipe and it is just delicious and makes a wonderful fall side dish. I have always used rutabagas in casseroles and stews.  I like using lots of root vegetables in recipes like this type of recipe.  Roasting rutabagas concentrate the natural sweetness of the vegetable.  This is the same …

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Wheelbarrow Planters – Reuse Re Purpose Recycle

Wheelbarrow planters are one things on my bucket list of must do gardening ideas.  I have been looking for just the right old fashioned wheelbarrow for months. I want to add them as focal pieces in my perennial garden beds. Since wheelbarrows are an often used garden tool, recycling them into planters just makes sense. …

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Favorite Amaretto Cocktails – Almonds at Cocktail Hour!

These Amaretto cocktails all use an almond base liqueur as part of the drink. I first tasted Amaretto when I lived in Australia.  It was very common to end most meals in a restaurant with a liqueur of some sort. Amaretto soon became one of my favorites.  Some of these cocktails are simple and some …

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Hotel Riley Rum Cocktail – Vacation Time!

The Hotel Riley Rum cocktail combines vodka, amaretto and coconut rum with the refreshing taste of lime and pineapple juice. Let’s enjoy another of my delicious tropical rum cocktail recipes!  This one is so, so delicious. There is nothing quite like the taste of a Caribbean-flavored drink. From frozen strawberry daiquiris to mixed drinks made …

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Toasted Almond Cocktail – Kahlua Amaretto Cream

This Kahlua Amaretto cream is a great cocktail recipe that is perfect to serve at a cocktail party. Amaretto is one of my favorite liqueurs. The flavor of almonds is just delicious and I use them all the time in recipes for both food and drinks. Not all good cocktails contain spirits.  Sometimes, they are …

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Cuban Breeze – Amaretto, Vodka & Pineapple Juice

The Cuban Breeze cocktail combines Amaretto, vodka and pineapple juice for a refreshing tropical style drink with just a hint of almonds. Looking for a refreshing cocktail recipe that gives a tropical feeling when you drink it? There is nothing quite like the taste of a Caribbean-flavored drink. From frozen strawberry daiquiris to mixed my …

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DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner – Today’s Household tip

This easy recipe makes a super DIY stainless steel cleaner at a fraction of the price of a retail produce. There is nothing quite like the look of stainless steel appliances in a kitchen. They are very popular right now and most kitchens seem to have them. But one of the problems associated with them …

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Easy DIY Jar Opener – Just use a Rubber Band – Today’s Tip

Food manufacturers seem to think that all home cooks have muscles to spare! This easy DIY jar opener shows them I mean business without heading to the gym before opening their jars! The older I get, the more I start to believe that some jar lids were just not meant to be opened.  Some just …

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