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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.

close up of spring vegetable tart

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

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How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware

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What’s the best way to clean and maintain cast iron cookware? That is a question that anyone who has worked in the housewares, more specifically, cookware industry, has been asked a thousand times.

Lodge cast iron cookware

The good news? I am going to answer that question right here so you can use those amazing pieces sitting in your cabinet every day. Here’s the reason why you want to use them:

  • Cast iron cookware will last forever. It’s literally passed down from generation to generation.
  • It’s essentially indestructible. Use on the stove, in the oven, on the grill and on the campfire.
  • It cooks evenly no matter how well the heat is dispersed.
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Golden Peanut Rama Chicken Soup Recipe

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If you like Thai food, you will love this Golden Peanut Soup Mix from Frontier Soups by Anderson House. Frontier Soups features a selection of 36 different soup mixes to appeal to every taste and craving.

Originating in a midwestern kitchen more than 30 years ago, Anderson House soup mixes are made with wholesome ingredients with names we can actually pronounce. They are gluten-free and non-GMO with no added salt, no preservatives and nothing artificial. The vegetables are simply dehydrated and easily combine with the broth for full flavor. The recipes on the packaging work with meat or vegetable broth making it an easy vegetarian dish.… Read more

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How to make Easy Homemade Bagels

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No need to run to the bagel shop on Saturday mornings anymore with this easy homemade bagel recipe. Comfort food means something different to each person. For me, it’s fresh bagels. More specifically: everything bagels and cream cheese.

I’ve been making a lot of bread in the year of quarantine. I find it to be a stress reliever to knead out the dough. Plus, getting creative with flavors is always something I enjoy. So, it made perfect sense to me to try my hand at making bagels. With only six ingredients, they are simple to make. It just takes some steps.… Read more

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Holiday Gift Guide: Work From Home Relaxation Gift Ideas

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2020. A year that changed how we live and work. This holiday season, the best gifts we can give (and receive) are those that help us to relax in our own homes. Since people decompress in different ways, here is a selection of 10 work from home relaxation gift ideas that include day to day living, comfortable clothing, scents and lotions, travel alternatives, humor and food and beverages. Something for everyone to celebrate this holiday season with a little cheer.

23 Work From Home Relaxation Gift Ideas

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Work From Home More Comfortably

Yeedi Robot Vacuum 

yeedi 650 vacuum

Here’s the reality, you and your family are home more now than ever.… Read more

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6 Smart Home Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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With the festivities of the holiday season in motion, here are 6 Smart Home Gift Ideas to give (or add to your own wish list). Technology has so many benefits in almost every aspect of our lives. The one that is top of mind for me is protecting my home both inside and out. I have found 6 home safety products that will keep an eye on your property whether you are there or not. The good news is most you can install yourself and are inexpensive. They are also a great way to get the recipient started with smart home automation.… Read more

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Easy Pepper Cream Vegetable Pizza is Perfect for any Occasion

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This post was sponsored by Southeastern Mills as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

Ever think, I’m going to have a pizza BEFORE dinner? Well, how about if it was made with fresh chopped vegetables, topped with a peppery cream cheese spread and all on a buttery biscuit crust? This easy to make Pepper Cream Vegetable Pizza appetizer is just what you are looking for during the busy holiday season.

vegetable pizza appetizer with southeastern mills biscuit mix

I think appetizers are my favorite course when it comes to the menu. Small bites of different flavors and textures.… Read more

What You Wish You Knew Before Your Home Remodel

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With all the time we are spending in the house these days, the opportunity to really SEE our homes has become even more visible. The time in the kitchen cooking three plus meals a day, working from home and having adult children returning to their childhood bedrooms highlights what’s working and what’s not in your home. Which brings me to the purpose of this post: home remodeling. More specifically, what you wished you knew before you started your home remodel. 

Have you done one? Want to do one? Still cringing from the experience of a past renovation? If you are like me, you are watching HGTV and home remodeling shows more than ever.… Read more

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Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast Recipe

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Are you starting to think about recipes for holiday entertaining? This time of year always puts me in the mood for comfort foods and special recipes to celebrate the season. My Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast fits perfectly in both of these categories.  

Fall is my favorite time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and cooler air. It is also when my refrigerator becomes full of apples. I always have a variety as some are perfect for eating (Honey Crisp!) and others are great for baking. This recipe uses Granny Smith as they are tart and remain firm even after baking.… Read more

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Grandma’s Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Food and family go together in my world. Memories of happy times come from special meals or dishes cooked by my Mom, Grandmothers, Aunts and Cousins. While many recipes remind me of those days, it is this Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream that simply “takes the cake”. 

Grandma’s most requested dessert to honor a birthday or occasion. We were wowed by the presentation. Served on a pedestal platter from her china collection. A candle-lit white cloud of sweetness with pieces of coconut trailing her along the floor from the kitchen to the dining room table. The slight citrus smell arrives once the cake is sliced.… Read more