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Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

I hope you’re not too tired of sweets, because there is one more brownie recipe I would like to share with you. I love Peppermint Patties. It’s somewhat of a guiltless pleasure that I enjoy on my way home from the grocery store. So when I came across this terrific recipe for Peppermint Brownies that included Peppermint Patties I thought I give it a try. Ingredients: 3/4 Cup Hershey’s Cocoa 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided 1/2 cup boiling water 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. salt 16 to 17 small York Peppermint Patties, unwrapped and coarsely chopped Instructions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; stir in 1/3 cup butter Add boiling water, stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt; blend completely. Stir in peppermint pattie pieces. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Enjoy! ...
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Fall Decorating is coming along….

Hi Friends! How are you doing? I’ve been busy decorating the entry way. What can I say, I’m a piddler at heart. Sometimes I will take my newest inspiration piece and use it to create more than one vignette. Switching things around is a bit of a challenge that I like to take on from time to time. This happened to me the other day after I finished creating this vignette on the sideboard. I guess I had big plans for that sweet plate with the single leaf painted on it. It totally inspired me to add some fall to the foyer and I started gathering items for this arrangement. I didn’t have to go far, just shopped the house. All things gray and neutral in color were used to stage this vignette, except a couple of faux leaves, which added a touch of brilliant, warm color. I arranged all of the items on the rustic tray my husband made out of reclaimed wood. This is a simple vignette, subtle hints of color work best in this space. I’m almost done “falling” around the house. Maybe a couple of fall touches in the kitchen? Let’s see if I can keep ...
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Another Craig’s List Find

I’m a happy camper today! I’ve been patiently waiting and checking Craigslist on a regular basis for a secretary desk and I found it. Yay! We’ve lived in this house for quite some time and one of the walls has been such an eye sore. Well, it’s been bare….I’ve never shown it to you for that reason. In the past I tried to decorate this area with pictures, collages and an antique wall clock…nothing seem to work in that space. Aimee, my dil, suggested botanical prints, which I really like, however we’re talking quite a bit of money for 6 or 9 prints including framing. A couple of months ago I’ve started paying attention and was inspired by secretary desks. I never really thought about them before, but now I was smitten and on a mission to find one for our living room. I love the simplicity of it….and the lead glass doors definitely had my attention first time I laid eyes on the piece. Very charming! I can’t wait to decorate the inside! I have one small challenge…it came out of a smokers’ home and I’ve already cleaned it with Simple Green and Murphy’s Oil Soap. I’ve read on ...
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Favorite Projects 2013

Like many of you I’m taking a moment to reflect on favorite projects of 2013. The year went by way too fast if you ask me. I shared with you about replacing our fence early in 2013 and hubby and I got creative on re-purposing the old boards. Wood-working is truly a hobby of his and he will enjoy it even more after his retirement in a year or two (hint hint). Oh, yes there will be more reclaimed wood projects in 2014, trust me on this. In March 2013 I shared about the Reclaimed Wood Tray….this was a fun project, the tray adds lots of rustic and vintage charm whether it is placed on the coffee table or out on the patio table. The weather turned warmer and a Potting Bench was just what I needed to get started on gardening projects and spring planting. I love this box, it is so versatile…I have used it over and over again …I blogged about the Fall Centerpiece here. The ideas for more creative ways to use weathered fence wood just kept coming. Finally, this box came in handy in November, it’s also made out of fence board, I stained it ...
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Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad

I’m always looking for new salad recipes. With the warm weather we’ve been having we’ve really enjoyed dining on the lighter side. Today I found a yummy chicken salad recipe on-line that I would like to share with you. I love it when I have all of the ingredients on hand! Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon 1 tsp. grated lemon rind 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 3 cups chopped cooked chicken 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped 2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half (optional) Garnish: halved lemon slices Instruction: Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool pecans on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in pecans, chicken, celery, and onion just until blended. Stir in grape halves, if desired. Garnish, if desired. When fresh tarragon isn’t available, substitute 1-1/2 tsp. dried crushed tarragon. Enjoy! ...
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Gingersnap Dip

Hi there! I hope your week is off to a good start. I’m experiencing some trouble with WP…not allowing your sweet comments. That’s not cool! Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon. To make myself feel better I went straight to cookie therapy…I found this yummy dip from Taste of Home, Gingersnap Dip, and couldn’t wait to try it. So appropriate for the fall season, don’t you think? And Judy, hubby’s niece and my best friend, if you’re reading this….thanks so much for this cute plate, it makes this presentation even more special! Ingredients: 1 package ( 8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 carton ( 8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 package (16 oz.) gingersnaps Instructions: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and pumpkin pie spice until fluffy. Beat in whipped topping until blended. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with gingersnaps. Simple and delicious! This would taste yummy on gingerbread as well. Enjoy! ...
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Mini-Carnations and Ramekins…

Hello sweet Friends! I’m writing this post in the afternoon and may I tell you what the outside temperature reading is? 70 degrees! Unreal! I think there will be another cold front headed this way though. In meantime I’m having some fun setting up a Valentine’s tablescape. My inspiration? Fun mini-carnations and ramekins! These ramekins are great for small floral arrangements and perfect for keeping a low profile in the center of the table. My simple Valentine’s tablescape….Dinner for four! My dishes are mix and match…from Mikasa. The dinner and salad plates are Mikasa Antique White, I own a set of twelve, the cup and saucer are Mikasa Italian Country Side, I own a set of four. Stemware is also mix and match, the smaller set of glasses came from Germany. The square pedestal cake plate came from Steinmart, silver flatware - a wedding gift. The square table-topper with the alphabetical print also made it’s way from Germany. It is so nice having a sweet sister living in Germany, she always sends me the best gifts! She is my only sibling and I miss her dearly at times. A closer look at the ramekins bursting with color from the mini-carnations ...
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Valentine Hearts…

Pinterest and blog-world are filled with inspiration for Valentine’s Day, it makes me want to jump right in and join the fun! Visiting Jane’s blog ~ Cottage at the Crossroads~ inspired me to go to the fabric store where I picked up a couple of fun Valentine prints. I took them with me to our daughter’s house, she provided the pinking shears and we had fun creating fabric Valentine hearts. We cut out the hearts with pinking shears, hand-stitched around the edges, filled the hearts with some poly-fill and secured the stitching. I was excited to take some of the hearts home and put them on display in this small rustic carrier, along with some felt and wooden hearts adding more texture and interest. For extra fluff and lift I put some poly-fill in the bottom of the carrier – and placed the hearts on top. My grand-daughter gave me one of the hearts she made, it’s the one in the front left corner. That’s a special one! This little charming box found it’s way to the guest-bedroom….and I also took a couple of the fabric hearts (fabric only) and put them in a white frame. What a neat way ...
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Time for a Treadmill ~

We purchased a treadmill and plan to use it faithfully! Husband and I decided it was time to get moving. We always talk about including walking in our morning routine but very seldom get out there and do it. No more excuses ! All the pieces are assembled and she is ready to roll! What are you up to this weekend? I’ll visit with you soon, thanks for stopping by! ...
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Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta

I think I’m getting pretty predictable when it comes to sharing recipes. You can probably guess I like lemon. The latest Southern Living magazine had a lemon bar cheesecake on the cover…oh my, that looked delicious!! No, I haven’t made that one yet but I would love to make it soon. I went to the “quick-fix suppers” section and decided to make the Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta…also delicious, and packed with flavor. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. kosher salt 1 lb. broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces 1 (16-to 17-oz.) package file, penne, or fusilli 3 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper 2 tsp. lemon zest 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tbsp. lemon juice black pepper 1 (4-oz.) package goat cheese, crumbled Instructions: Bring 4-qt. water to a boil in a large dutch oven. Add 2 tsp. kosher salt, return to a boil, and stir in broccoli rabe. Cook 1 minute or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop cooking process; drain. Cook pasta in dutch oven according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup hot pasta water. Melt butter with oil in dutch oven over ...
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