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Kitchen Organization with ShelfGenie Custom Shelves: Installation Day

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The day I have been eagerly waiting for is here!  ShelfGenie installation time. As I mentioned in Part 1 of my kitchen’s small renovation project, I discovered a solution to my cabinet organization challenges when I learned about ShelfGenie at a home design conference. 

ShelfGenie is a national organization with local outlets that provide custom shelving and design ideas to help improve the way your home functions. This could be in your kitchen, pantry, bathroom, laundry room or office. Working in the housewares industry, loving to cook and entertain friends and family but having limited storage means everything I have is stacked on top of each other. … Read more

SWISSOTEL CHICAGO STAYCATION

A Staycation at the Swissotel Chicago Offers Rest, Relaxation & Stunning Views

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The start of the new year isn’t so much about resolutions for me as it is about the need for a refresh. You know what I mean. A getaway to clear your mind even if just for a few days. The reason why a Swissotel Chicago staycation with the beauty of the city architecture seen from every window, relaxing environment and close proximity to all things Chicago is just the remedy to welcome in 2022.

A Swissotel Chicago Staycation

If you haven’t considered a staycation before, I highly recommend it. Whether you reside in Chicago or live in close proximity (driving distance if air travel is not being considered), you must book a stay at the Swissotel.… Read more

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Easy Homemade Caramel Corn

Posted by | Desserts, Recipes | 16 Comments

This post was sponsored by Truvia® Sweet Complete®. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

As soon as the weather has a chill in the air, my baking equipment comes out of the cabinet. Pantry shelves become filled with different varieties of flours, chocolates and nuts. And of course, I need a sweetness to make my desserts decadently good. Which is why I am sharing my first recipe of the season for my Homemade Caramel Corn using Truvia® Sweet Complete® Brown Sweetener.

Caramel Corn with Truvia

This zero-calorie per serving sweetener adds a warm brown sugar flavor using plant-based stevia. When you use it in your recipes, it measures cup-for-cup making it so easy to replace traditional brown sugar in your creations.… Read more

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ShelfGenie: High Quality Custom Shelving for your Home

Posted by | Home Design, Organization, Remodeling | 10 Comments

What’s your favorite room in your home? For me, it is my kitchen. No surprise to anyone who knows me or follows me on social media. In my houseware world and home design adventures, I learned about a company called ShelfGenie. And they really are!  

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A Genie that is. They can magically make cabinets and drawers a place of organization and not dread. I’m sure you know what I mean. You need to find an ingredient in your pantry but it looks like a deep cavern of boxes, bottles and bags. In order to find what you are looking for, you have to take everything out.… Read more

NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

National Coffee Day 2021: 14 Coffee Beans and Flavored Treats to Try

Posted by | Coffee, Foods | 5 Comments

Coffee lovers, our day is fast approaching! National Coffee Day is Wednesday, September 29 (and October 1 for International Coffee Day). Whether you are a fan of coffee from your local shop or brew your own at home, there is a cup waiting for you. Since I drink most of my coffee at home, exploring new brands and ways to enjoy my favorite beverage flavor is a challenge I welcome. So, on this special day designed for coffee fans, I am sharing a selection of 14 coffee flavored drinks, sweets and snacks for you to sample.

Now, some people drink coffee for the energy boost – thanks, caffeine!… Read more

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30 Organizational Ideas for the Ultimate Kitchen Design

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When you are in the middle of cooking dinner, do you open every cabinet and drawer trying to find what you need? Is your goal to have nothing on your countertops? Organization and efficiency are the most wanted features when it comes to designing or remodeling a kitchen. Here are 30 kitchen design ideas from outlets to islands to create the kitchen of your dreams. 

Cabinet and Drawer Organization

Divided Drawer:

Create a drawer that is set up with containers for flour, sugar and other ingredients you use frequently. Include a sticker for identifying purchase date, expiration date or any other details that are important to remember.… Read more

Summer Salad with Raspberry Honey Vinaigrette

Summer Salad with Don Victor Raspberry Honey Vinaigrette

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This post was sponsored by Don Victor Raspberry Honey. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

 

One of my absolute favorite foodie things about summertime is being able to incorporate fresh fruit into my recipes. Whether we are talking desserts, side dishes, sandwiches, main courses or salads, fruit is a welcome addition to any dish. In this Summer Salad with Raspberry Honey Vinaigrette, I have not only included fresh raspberries, but Raspberry Honey from Don Victor Foods to enhance the fruit flavor. 

The beauty of salads is how versatile they are from the salad ingredients to the dressing itself.… Read more

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Explore Puglia, Italy: Culinary and Landscape

Posted by | Food, Foods, Tourism, Travel | 4 Comments

My virtual suitcase is packed. Travel agenda is made. Excitement is high as I get ready to explore Puglia, Italy. 

The Puglia Landscape

Exploring the Puglia region, pronounced pool-ya, is one of Italy’s hidden gems. You may also hear it called Apulia, its Italian name.

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Puglia is easily identified on the map, as it runs down the east coast of the country from the Gargano Peninsula all the way into the “heel of the boot”. Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. Six provinces make up the Puglia region on the southeast coast of Italy.

    • Gargano and Daunia – the northernmost coast of Apulia where you will find an almost deserted beach.
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16 Amazon Prime Day Deals: Housewares and Smart Home

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Today’s the day for the start of Amazon Prime Day deals. I’m sharing my favorite finds in the housewares, cooking, smart home, electronics and cosmetics areas in this post and adding on over the next two days. 

Big lesson, don’t wait too long as two I wanted to share are already gone! 

Amazon Prime Day Deals

 
Peugout Pepper Mills Amazon Prime Deals
 
Want to try and easy to make dinner using the sous vide method of cooking? Try this Herbs de Provence Fish recipe
 
Sous vide Amazon Prime Deals
 
Don’t have a lot of counter space?
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A Showstopper Colorful Spring Vegetable Tart

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When you entertain family and friends, do you have a specific style or dish that you like to include? I am all about creating a beautiful table which includes delicious recipes as well as a tabletop design that reflects the look I want. This colorful Spring Vegetable Tart is served in my new favorite find from Peugeot Saveurs.

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Now, you may know Peugeot Saveurs as the iconic, world class French manufacturer of spice mills. Having worked in the housewares industry for so long, I am very familiar with their gorgeous and extremely well-made salt and pepper mills. These are their u’Select Paris Manual Wooden Salt and Pepper Mills in Graphite. … Read more