Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

smoothie recipe

  I’ve been a self-proclaimed Elvis girl from the moment I finished watching Girls! Girls! Girls!   And my love for the King of Rock and Roll was only cemented with Viva Las Vegas. And Follow That Dream. And Blue Hawaii. And The Trouble With Girls …   … and let’s not … [Continue reading...]

Chia Pudding

chia recipe

My sister Carol is my health and beauty advisor. Even though we live thousands of miles apart … and don’t get to see each other often  … our conversations always tend to veer toward her giving me advice and tips on healthy eating and healthy living and healthy skincare.   She is a nurse, … [Continue reading...]

Gold In The Kitchen

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Delta Trinsic Faucet (center) // Nautical Bathroom // The Hunted Interior’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // White and Gray Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Pulls // The Lettered Cottage’s How to Add Height to Builder Grade Cabinets // The Lettered Cottage’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // Life in Grace’s … [Continue reading...]

Summer, Interrupted

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This summer has been fraught with challenges.   It started with the book deadline. Looming large in June. A July 1 submission date. So I postponed summer until July 2. Disregarded the calendar and the weather. Fully intending to emerge fresh and ready and victorious on July 2. Ready to … [Continue reading...]

Tissue Paper Banner

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I may or may or may not be freaking out right about now.   Seriously.   In one week I have to turn in the book copy. Introductions and tutorials. With, hopefully, some wise and witty prose. Oh, and I’m trying to keep the snark away.   That’s a tough one for … [Continue reading...]

Flip Flop DIY

flip flop switch flop

Once upon a time I had a bit of a shoe thing. Some might call it a fetish. Others an obsession.   Me? I called it options … At the bottom of my closet sprawled a selection of pumps and wedges, boots and ballet flats, sandals and peep toe shoes. Nowhere as extensive as the very real Imelda … [Continue reading...]

The Book Deal

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The headline pretty much says it all, right?   Yes, there is a book deal. And no, it’s not for my YA fantasy fiction novel that I wrote seven years ago …   I wish.   It involves crafts using a particular glass vessel that some use for canning and preserving … [Continue reading...]

The Screen Porch

navy white fabric

Summer arrived in Chicago with a vengeance.   There was no save the date card sent out months in advance. There was no phone call announcing it’s arrival. There was no gentle knock on the door asking if it could come in for a visit …     Oh no.   Summer … [Continue reading...]