Halloween Pillow or Wall Hanging

I inherited a number of unfinished sewing projects from my mother-in-law, one of which was a template and enough fabric to make a set of Halloween placemats.  Instead of making a set of placemats, I used the template my mother-in-law made to make a Halloween pillow that can also be used as a wall hanging. […]

Felt Flower Wreath for Summer

Our front door needed a new wreath for summer.  I wanted something colorful and fun and also something that I could make without having to buy any supplies.  I love what I created! To make the wreath, I started by wrapping a straw wreath form in two inch strips of teal fabric used for the […]

Roasted Shrimp and Orzo

This recipe is a perfect summer dish, full of succulent shrimp, crunchy cucumber and onion, tangy feta, and spiced perfectly with dill and parsley.  It can be served either chilled or at room temperature.  Best of all, it makes a lot, so a little bit of cooking time ensures you’ll have enough for a crowd […]

Flag Centerpiece for the Kitchen

I’ve enjoyed decorating for the 4th this year.  If you missed my patriotic mantel or my red, white, and blue bandana wreath, be sure to check them out.  My kitchen table is also decked out for the fourth with a patriotic flag centerpiece and a runner that I crafted last year.  Click here for directions for making this easy […]

105 Calorie Margarita

There’s nothing like a good Margarita on a hot summer’s day.  I love a Margarita but I don’t love the calories.  This 105 calorie Margarita delivers all of the flavor and punch of a Margarita with few calories.  I’m all for that! 105 Calorie MargaritaIngredients: 3 T Tequila1 1/2 T fresh squeezed lime juice1 1/2 […]

I wanted to craft a unique wreath to use over my mantel for Flag Day and the 4th of July.  A wreath crafted from red, white, and blue bandanas is the centerpiece for my 2012 patriotic mantel. I’m thrilled with this red, white, and blue patriotic wreath and it’s easy to make, too. Supplies: Wreath […]


High Bridge State Park in Virginia

High Bridge Trail State Park is trail created by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation from a section of railroad that originally ran between Petersburg and Lynchburg.  The trail is closed to motor traffic and can be enjoyed for running, walking, biking, or horseback riding. The crown jewel of the trail is a historic […]

Patriotic Wreath for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend.  How did that happen?  It truly seems like it was just Christmas.  We fly our flag nearly every day and when it’s a special patriotic holiday, I enjoy adding extra flags to our outdoor décor. I crafted a patriotic wreath using a tennis racket as the base that will be […]

Spinach Couscous

Meatless meals are common at my house.  Spinach Couscous has been a favorite quick and easy weeknight meal for many years.  This recipe is great for a main dish and it also makes an excellent side dish.  It makes a lot, so you may consider halving it if you have a small family or if […]

Staunton Garden Day :: Part Two

Today I’ll share the final two houses that my mom, aunt, cousin, and I toured on Saturday in Staunton as a part of garden week in Virginia.  Be sure to check out part one if you missed my post yesterday. Fourth on our tour was 521 East Beverly Street, Merrillat House, a mid-19th century Gothic […]