Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

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I bet the Pilgrims would have loved a good slow cooker recipe….after long hard day…building a house and pillaging for food…probably would have been real nice to come home to hot cooked meal. I often think….geez-Louise we have it good….I mean we can plug this device in…throw some food in…and it cooks for us…all day long…so that all we have to do … [Read more...]

Homemade Apple Chips with Cinnamon Sugar whipped crème

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I was invited to participate in a really fun blog hop this fall. Over 75 bloggers are participating. All sorts of fun fall inspiration from recipes to projects you name it…all things fall! We call it #FallHarvestIdeas and it is a celebration of all things FALL!!!   I decided to try a new recipe that I've been wanting to do for a while. … [Read more...]

Healthy Halloween Snack (Monster Cheese)

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Nope, I don’t have preschoolers….yes, they are in high school….does that stop me from making really fun, cute halloween treats…NO! Sadly this is how my brain works….while in the grocery looking at string cheese…I thought, “hey it would be so cute to make that into a ghost for a preschool Halloween snack.” Have I seen this somewhere and it is just … [Read more...]

Cheap update for plastic planters

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Thanks for all the kinds thoughts and prayers about my friend's son...this I know...Prayers WORK! He continues to improve everyday and I will keep you posted.... So I was hanging onto 1/2 of a yard of burlap FOREVER….I mean like FOREVER…I have had it for probably 3 years….and yet I still moved it to the new house. Time to put that burlap to … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Planter (Outdoor Fall Décor)

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Good gravy we made it to Friday! My boys have big sports plans this weekend that include an NBA exhibition game...an NFL game and a huge rival high school football game. The peanut and I are looking forward to PUPPYTIME with our Stella girl who will be coming home on Saturday:) Plus, the weather is turning cooler...whoot!!! I wanted to share this … [Read more...]

Mini Tour of Outdoor Spaces

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I have been sharing a bunch on social media showing some of our outdoor spaces. It is slowly but surely coming together. We are really enjoying our new neighborhood... walking for coffee or to grab a beer at night. Both Bill and I never realized how much we would enjoy just being outside and walking the neighborhood. Norton Commons is so pedestrian … [Read more...]

Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)

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Back from a weekend of good food, good drinks and good shopping in Chicago. We celebrated our 18th in style:) I am pulling some fun post together but is taking me a while to get my stuff together. It seems I am still trying to get us "settled" in our new house...September has been a a blur but at the same time a really long month. Hoping that I get … [Read more...]

instafall & Giveaway

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Instagram is almost like a blog onto it’s own. It is so easy to keep in my groove and share pics here and there…..I am an insta-lover fo sur:) Last weekend I pulled out some fall decorations (from the depth of the boxes in my basement….that’s another show for another day.) I can’t find some of my things that I used last year….but I got my hands on … [Read more...]

Fall Entertaining Inspiration: Let’s go pinning…

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Oh my goodness it was a beautiful fall - like weekend here! I was sharing lots of fun fall ideas over on instagram. It was fun to pull out some fall things and spruce up the house a bit. So many great ideas out in blogland. ...and on pinterest! There isn’t a doubt…Pinterest is here to stay. It is this generations form of inspiration and a fabulous … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Playlist (Music for Thanksgiving)

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Good music will set the mood for any great together. I have been compiling a little list of songs that are great to listen to in  the background for your Thanksgiving celebrating. I use Spotify….(which I loooovvveeee). You can make an account and just click follow and my Clever Thanksgiving playlist will show up on your account too. It is a really … [Read more...]