Valentine Wishes

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May you have sweetness,

May you have fun…

Happy Valentine’s Day….to EVERYONE! ❤ ❤  ©JLH

Enjoy! 😊


Black Friday / Tree Friday

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A great way to kick off the holidays 🙂

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While America now knows the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, for the last couple of decades at our house it’s been Tree Friday. For many years this was the day that Child and I headed out to chop down a tree for the holidays.  These days I head down to Bachmans (they have a 25% off fresh trees on Black Friday and they are really close by).

In fact, it was 7 years ago on Tree Friday that I got my nickname from Jacque. Dale had written that day a great bit about Black Friday and used some Shakespearean language to get us going.  My bit was:

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the north and Hansen Tree Farm is the sun.

Open up, fair Tree Farm and await the crowds
Who, already stuffed and sleepy from yesterday
Swing saws and other implements of destruction.

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Must See Creative Table Decor To Wow Your Guests

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Hey! How are you? Do you have all of your Thanksgiving preparations ready? Well, since I wasn’t able to post this on Friday…I just had to share these great tips on how to present your meal with some extra pizzazz. Enjoy! 😊


Flaming Foliage Candle holders

Give colorful fallen leaves one last chance to shine…or glow, by repurposing them as decorations on glass candle holders.  Dress up inexpensive glass candle holders with real fall leaves.  The kids will have fun helping to gather leaves for this craft.


Kernel Candles

This idea, again…only requires a couple of glass candle holders, or you could even use your own large drinking glasses.  Add some un-popped popcorn kernels & a pillar candle of your choice. Surround the outside of the glass with nuts or leaves…voila!


Glass Bowl Leaf Candles


A beautiful, simple way to embrace fall’s beauty. A glass bowl filled with an array of colored leaves with candles. You can also use flame-less candles to avoid any mishaps.



Mayflower Ship Place cards

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Really neat huh?  The pilgrims had a long voyage before hosting their first Thanksgiving. Luckily, your guests only need to walk to the dinner table! These paper ships double as both place cards & an easy way to serve dry snacks like popcorn, nuts, & dried fruit. Perfect for the kids table. You’ll hit a home run with the kids with this one…believe me. 😉

Great ideas right?

Now…my question for you is, What are YOU thankful for today?

Fun Friday – Caramel Apple Treats

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Happy Friday Everyone.  It’s fall y’all!  I’ve been waiting all month to say that. 🙂  Yes, fall is here, & although its early in the season, I have a fun activity the family can get together to do this weekend.

Apples are very popular this time of year.  They’re great for a variety of known favorites… apple pie, apple muffins…etc.  I especially love caramel covered or taffy apples as they are also called.  And this is the perfect season for apple picking.

So, how about making your own caramel apples!  It’s much more fun when you get together & whip up the ingredients to do it yourselves, & I have the perfect recipe for you.  Enjoy! 🙂



8 large tart apples (can adjust accordingly)

8 wooden chopsticks for handles

1 cup butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

30 min Prep time ~  30 min Cook ~  Ready in 2 hrs  (Directions)

(You can add whatever extra toppings you prefer…nuts…etc)

Because the caramel requires constant attention when cooking and you will be in a hurry when coating the apples, prep everything beforehand. Have your parchment paper laid out, your toppings ready in bowls, etc. Also, each stove differs as far as temperature & how long you will need for the caramel to cook.  It can take 20 min for some…others 40 min, so it can vary greatly.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the recipe…& if you prefer not to do it yourselves, that’s ok too, just go to your local grocery store & buy some already made! Have a great weekend…until next time, “Toodles!” 😉


Fun Friday – Back To School Tips


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Things can get hectic when the school season starts, using these simple tips can help you plan ahead. With a little organization, your kids will develop good habits that will help the whole family transition into the school year with ease. 🙂


Plan Ahead 

1) The beginning of the school year is an exciting & nerve-wrecking time for not only for the kids, but for the parents too, so try to start your routine early, like a few days before school starts to prepare the kids to get into school mode. 

2) Have everything the kids will need such as book bags & supplies, at the door the NIGHT BEFORE, to cut down the stirring chaos of looking for items at the last-minute. Also, have most of their hot breakfast meals(if applicable) pre-cooked if possible the night before, as well as their lunches, to cut down on prep time the morning of.

3) Have school clothes laid out the night before as well.  Have fun with it. Let the kids help pick out their own outfits.  Especially, if they went shopping for new school clothes prior, they will be super excited to step out in their new, stylish threads. 🙂

4) Keep Calm!  Try to keep your cool & focus. (Easier said than done I know 😉 ) The first couple of weeks will be challenging for all of you, but if you can plan the essentials ahead of time, hopefully, your transition will be a smoother one.

Well, that about wraps up my tips for now.  Have a great school year…& happy learning! “Toodles!”😊


Fun Friday – Tasty Fourth Of July Party Food Ideas


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Wow, summer is here!  The Fourth of July is vastly approaching, but no worries, help is here 🙂  I’ve come across some mouth-watering grilling ideas to help kick off  your awesome summer celebration 🙂


1)  Asian Turkey Burgers


Now, what kind of party would it be without a delicious burger to throw on the grill? Ok, I know some of us our trying to be more health conscious, no problem. This recipe is sure to satisfy!


2)  Asian Chicken Burgers


Here is another great healthy alternative.  Prep time is under 30 min! Sambal-oelek, a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, onions, green peppers, vinegar & spices, replaces the traditional ketchup condiment for this burger.  Add the extra fixings you desire to this savory meal 🙂


3) BBQ Chicken Burgers

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You can easily ease up on the beef with this juicy chicken burger recipe.  Each grilled patty is souped-up with a homemade, concentrated barbecue sauce & piled high with slaw once finished.  I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to salivate 🙂


4)  Grilled Ratatouille Salad


Take your salad to a new level by taking a classic French stewed side dish to the grill! And you don’t have to worry, unlike the movie, “Ratatouille”, no rats are involved 😉  This smoky salad packed with yummy favorites, is bound to be a hit at your party bash.



5) Mango-Strawberry Snow Cones

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Bring out the treats! A favorite childhood treat gets grown-up flavors (and an extra bonus, no added sugar!)

Well, I hope you enjoyed all of the recipe tips…now get your party on! Have a spectacular Independence Day! Until next time, “Toodles!”