Thursday, November 30, 2017

The "miracle" cloth

If you don't have one of these cloths, you MUST buy one!

It is perfect for dusting, windows, counters, mirrors, and anything else you can think of!

I don't know how I lived without this cloth for so many years!

Tell them Pandora's Box sent you, and if you purchase more than one, there is a discount!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

An easy holiday appetizer....

It's as simple as it looks!
Skewer a cube of sharp cheddar and a green grape and drizzle with dark chocolate balsamic!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Caitlin and Pedro's Engagement Party....

 Our daughter, Caitlin, was a bit surprised on her birthday when Pedro proposed:

...and we were so lucky that Pedro shared it with us and his parents!

Last night we hosted an Engagement Party at The Gust of Sun Winery in Spencerport.

There was plenty of food....

...and cute favors made by Caitlin's future Mother in Law:
Popcorn and Candy Bars

The dessert table:

This was a fun way to get to know the couple:

And there was plenty of WINE!

It was fun to get the wedding party and both families together to meet and mingle before the big day!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Kielbasa Boys...

John plays cards with a group every Thursday night.

Lucky me, I have a quiet night to putter around, watch Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, and eat buttery popcorn!

Every now and then his card group has a pot luck and he and his partner have been dubbed 
"The Keilbasa Boys"!

The reason?  He always has me make this quick snack:


I simply slice up and fry 3 pkgs of Polish Kielbasa....

....toss it with 2 jars of sweet and sour sauce and keep it on warm in the crock pot!

He brings the crock pot to cards (and even remembers to bring it back home!)

 It's even good to serve as a side dish for brunch!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

I'm anxious to plan my holiday decor....

As I begin to plan my holiday decorations this year, I wanted to keep out some of my Courtly Checked pieces....

This is my newest piece and I have turned it into a centerpiece.... turning the lid upside down...

...and placing a Grandin Road candle ring and battery operated candle on top...

...I turned on the candle timer and placed it on the dining table!

This is another piece I adore and I hate to hide it during the holidays:

...I bought a small Luminara candle at Pottery Barn...

...and pulled out a small candle ring from my Christmas stash...

...and turned on the "timer" so this will light every evening!

I am slowly pulling out a few decorations....have you begun yet?

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

National Bundt Cake Day....

I am getting better at baking bundt cakes...

...or should I say "better at getting them out of the pan"

...and even though I love cherry cake.....

...gingerbread is so good at this time of year!!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

There is NO focus here....

This post is a jumble of ideas - one thing does not lead to the next....

...that's how my mind works lately!!

I was cleaning out the photos on my computer, got distracted and ended up here.

So here goes....


I have this little table that my dad bought in Italy in the late 60's.  It is actually a music box as he was a big collector..

...and I placed my HUGE MacKenzie-Childs tray on it to make a larger end table.  It worked in a pinch for company when I needed an extra end table!

It wasn't my original idea - - I saw it on another blog and stole the idea!


Just got this in the they have industrial spies in my local liquor store?

I love jewelry, but doubt I will be wearing this pin!


I am thinking about having this phrase put on a t-shirt....


I just bought this....

...I really wanted this chair, but I couldn't get Sarah out of it....

...and she looked better sitting in it!

Love my new necklace.....and yes, it is a crown, so happy someone finally acknowledged my nobility!


This is how I will spend my weekend....I will start with Tiffany's catalog and if not too depressed after perusing through it, I will set myself into a deeper depression by looking through perfectly decorated, organized homes in all of these mags:

So, there you have it....a nonsensical blog post.

I must work on staying focused!

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