Month: April 2011

My Victorian Home – Purple Mood Board

Our official move to the suburbs of Long Island isn’t scheduled to happen until the end of summer, which gives us plenty of time to plan out the style of the house, inside and out. There are lots of rooms to consider, which is typical for a Victorian home built in the late 1800′s.  It’s made up of numerous small bedrooms upstairs with grand open rooms for entertaining downstairs. The house was a two-family home at one time, but the previous owners reformatted it to accommodate their large family. Part of the work we’re waiting on involves turning it back into a living space suitable for two separate families.  My father and stepmother will be on the lower levels and we’ll be on the upper, which includes a finished attic with four adorable bedrooms, rooms that remind me of a dollhouse my grandmother made years ago. With all this space and all this time to think about it, there will no excuse to not have everything picture perfect by the time we move in. The first mission: paint…. I definitely want muted colors, colors that will reek calmness. I have a few vibrant accent colors in mind, but I’m going to keep the walls fairly tame. I’ve been feeling inspired by deep, heavy velvets and relaxing, sun-washed bits of nature, just trying to find a nice balance of the...

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Light Gingery Blueberry Shortcake Sliders – Lower in Fat and Calories but Not Taste

Another Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy recipe redo!  This time it’s their Gingery Blueberry Shortcake Sliders. I’m a sucker for anything with fruit, especially blueberries. We grow our own blueberries along our driveway right here in the suburbs….big, juicy, organic blueberries (because we prepared the soil really well when we planted them 10 years or so ago and we’ve done nothing to them since :).  We get an abundance of blueberries in the middle of July and you can be sure I’ll be making this recipe when our berries are at their best.  But if you don’t have access to...

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Shari’s Berries Delivers Gourmet Treats For Any Occasion

Yes, I’ve been rethinking my eating habits and trying to lose weight, but that didn’t stop me from taking advantage of a recent offer to try out Shari’s Berries! I got to select something from the website to taste test, and since I no longer eat non-organic strawberries, I went with a cookie and brownie combo. What else does Shari’s Berries offer?  Cakes, cookies, cheesecake, cake pops, brownies, truffles, cookie bouquets, dipped apples and other fruits, and so much more.  Though the name might imply they only offer strawberries, I can assure you they have a huge assortment of goodies to choose from. All-Natural Brownie Cookie Medley – Your Gift Includes – 18 Chocolate Chip Cookies and 8 Caramel Pecan Brownies; Certified Kosher Dairy by Star-K; A wonderfully decadent pairing! With eighteen chewy chocolate chip cookies (made with loads of chocolate chips, brown sugar, pure vanilla, and rolled oats) and eight huge and rich caramel pecan brownies, this cookie medley is not to be missed. So you can see why I ordered this one!  Caramel, pecans, chocolate chips all wrapped up in pure vanilla and rolled oats with the promise of being all-natural. My reservation was that ingredients weren’t listed on the site, but I figured if they had ingredients I won’t eat (animal, artificial coloring, etc), the hubby would.  So I ordered and waited…. Two days later a...

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Light Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes with Strawberry Gelee Filling

I was Stumbling blogs the other day and came across the most amazing food blog called Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy.  The blog post I landed on was her Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. These are the most drool-worthy cupcakes I’ve seen – sweet and sticky strawberry gelee filling in Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cupcakes, topped with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting, and fresh strawberries.  I hardly make it sound as delicious as it looks; you need to go take a peek at these delightful little cupcakes. I will make the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from SCCC (sans the gelatin since I’ll be making mine vegetarian),...

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Alcohol Awareness Month – Help is Available, Please Reach Out

Many of you know that my husband is a Fire Fighter.  In his 30+-year career, he’s seen the devastation an alcohol-related crash can cause many, many, many times.  And while we hear about drunk drivers in the news quite often because of the death and injury they cause, there’s far more to the trauma drinking causes that doesn’t make the headlines. This poem highlights more ways that the abuse of alcohol ruins lives… One Too Many. One too many – drink and drive; One too many – can result in high risk behavior; One too many – people have died from alcoholism; One too many – families have been torn apart due to drinking; One too many – can increase your risk of cancer; One too many – victims of alcohol-related domestic violence, abuse, assault or homicides; One too many – one is too many, if you are pregnant; One too many – don’t understand that help is available; One too many – children are growing up in a family with alcoholism; One too many – active duty military personnel and veterans need help for alcoholism; One too many – deaths of young people due to alcohol overdose; One too many – people need treatment and do not have access; One too many – are in jail rather than in treatment; One too many – can cause accidents, falls...

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