Friday, January 25, 2019

Two days of storm Harper.....

Storm Harper kept us in NY, unable to go to Ohio for our grandson's first birthday.  We had plenty of warning and I knew we would be spending the weekend at home - I love to be snowed in if there is nowhere to go! 

So, what did I do?

I read this book and planned our next vacation....

 I made a little pico de gallo....

...and tossed it onto a Naan bread with some cheese....

...I baked The Sketchy Reader's pound cake....

...with almond extract....

...I made a few little quiches with leftovers I had in the fridge...

...adding my "secret" ingredient....

...and I tried to be creative...

....for the fun of it....

...and baked it in an enamel bowl....

...but it looked so much prettier served on a pretty dish...

...I washed a bunch of scarves by hand and organized them...

 ...and I painted a table:

I could use one more storm to get a few more things done around here!!  

And then I will be ready for SPRING!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Veggie Galette....

So quick and easy to make...

....and tasty, too!!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I am in the mood for.....

A good hearty meal for a cold winter's day!!

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Real Flavors and a giveaway

recently sent me some samples of their products to try. 

Real Flavors is a privately held and operated natural flavoring company, FDA registered,
that has been satisfying clients for over a decade.


Here are a few recipes I created with 3 of their products:

Vanilla Ginger Beer
3 oz ginger beer
1 oz dark rum
½ lime, juiced
A "warmer" take on a Moscow Mule!

French Toast Cocoa
1 cup hot cocoa
It's like breakfast in a cup!!!

Garlic Carrots
Cut carrots in 1 1/2 in pieces and quarter each piece
Season carrots with lemon pepper and saute until tender.
Everything taste better with Garlic!!


Would you like to WIN a sample of 
Butter Pecan Pie Hip Syrup?  
I can imagine this added to coffee, whipped cream and waffle or pancake batter! 

The rules are simple:


and come back and leave a comment telling me what flavor/product looks intriguing to you! 
(check out their flavored extracts!!)

I will pick a winner on January 19th!
(If you do not have a blog or web address, leave me your email address)

~~THE link to REAL FLAVORS is also on my side bar!~~

Contest closed

UPDATE:  Congrats to Benita @ Chasing Quaintness!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Valentine Ideas....

Here are some inexpensive creative ideas and decorations for Valentine's Day 
TEN on the 10th, 
where bloggers share ideas that cost under $10 on the 10th of the month!!   

I was "late" for the party this time, so I will not be part of the blog hop, however hop around to see what other bloggers came up with, their links are at the bottom of the post!

Take a $3.00 can of spray paint and "pretty up" your snowbanks!

Use glass enamel paint to add flair to a plain glass votive dish ($1 at Dollar store)

Make some candy treat pouches for the kiddies (1 sheet of felt for $1.29 and a piece of plastic I had around the house):

Paint some cheap wooden craft hearts and hang them on your treat jar 
(wooden hearts from craft store for $1)....

....or candlesticks....

...or cupboard doors... 

...or bake some mini cookies (ingredients I had on hand)...

...look around your home for "heart shaped" items and display them together:

...and look on your bookshelf for inspiration:

You'll be surprised what you will find....

...and when all else fails, a bowl of kisses and hugs are always a festive touch ($3.00)!

Visit these bloggers to see what inexpensive ideas they are sharing for Valentines Day:

Benita at Chasing Quaintness
Carol at BlueskyatHome
Cindy at CountyRoad407
Laura at Decor to Adore
Susan at Homeroad
Tammy at Patina and Paint 

Barb at French Ethereal

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Breakfast for a crowd....

This is my breakfast "go to" recipe when I have a crowd.

I have served it for brunches, lunches and pot lucks.

So, if you are looking for an easy one dish meal - try this:

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Life slows down in January....

The decorations are down, the parties are over, the company has gone home, the sweets are all eaten,  the drinks have been downed, and my home is back to normal!

I am now settling in for a long winter - January and February can be quite challenging in central NY!

Follow me on Instagram:@ppultorak

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