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Somewhere…over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbowWay up high,There’s a land that I heard ofOnce in a lullaby. Someday I’ll wish upon a starAnd wake up where the clouds are farBehind me.Where troubles melt like lemon dropsAway above the chimney topsThat’s where you’ll find me. “Over the Rainbow” Sung by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg I …

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Fun Finds

Animal Chips from Family Fun – Cut tortillas with animal cookie cutters, spray with cooking spray and bake for some healthy, homemade chips! Tank Top Totes from Crafty Nest – Turn a tank top into a tote – another easy DIY if you have a sewing machine. How to Open a Dragon Fruit from Soft and Stiff Peaks – She’s …

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Fun Finds

Envelopes, by D-Bros –  Such a cool way to open a letter! Plane, car or train, your choice. World’s 50 most delicious foods, from CNN Go Blue Corn Posole, from Bev Cooks – Say it with me, “pahhsoooleee” – Doesn’t it sounds grand? Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi, found via Pintrest – three ingredients and only three steps! Flower Pinwheel from Heather …

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Creating Magical Moments

Some call it a personal mission statement, I prefer something a little less business-like, something more meaningful, playful, and so I’ve adopted the term, “Life Motto” to describe what I stand for. My life motto guides how I feel (sometimes how I should feel), how I treat others and how I want leave a legacy. I’ve never been a religious type, …

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Food Blog Forum Nashville

We’re doing it again! After the last Food Blog Forum in Orlando, Lindsay of Purr Design (my web designer) insisted that the next FBF event should be in Nashville — and so I listened to her (like I always do — I’m a good design client) and here we are, getting ready for an October 8th event. Pre-sale tickets are …

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Fab Finds

Recycled vintage silver plated flatware – Spread Love. Spread Joy. Spread Cheer. Spread Peace.  Salad In a Jar – Reformed salad-hater, Paula has devised a way to make salad for 7-9 days at one time. Her trick?  Mason jars! Pig Dishtowel, from Terrain – Oink. Crayons in the Summer! – A DIY craft! Wouldn’t it be so fun to watch …

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Lovely things

1. Leaf-It Notes – Forget square and boring sticky notes for these naturally inspired leaf-it notes. They come in green for Spring and brown for autumn. 2. Note from the past – An unexpected find: A note dated 1973 and addressed to “Future Man” was found during a renovation. Have you ever found something during a renovation? 3. Jar Toppers – With these jars …

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Balance.

hand-carved butter spreader I bought in Seattle. When I first started SteamyKitchen.com, it was just an itty bitty website just to store recipes that Mom would recite to me over the phone. The blog was a safe place, away from the dangers of hard drive crashes, spills (how many of you have soiled your favorite recipe cards?) and curious toddlers …

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Chinese

Coco has been with us for almost a month now….and I’m happy to report that’s she’s doing just fine and fitting into our family perfectly, especially the Chinese part of the family. She ate the chicken feet first. Oh you bet I was a proud Chinese mama. I went all Joy Luck Club on her and carried the chicken toy …

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Hiiii-ya!

I’ve never been much of an exercise person. Okay, okay, I’ve NEVER been an exercise person at all. I once tried spinning, thinking the loud music would quell my inner dialogue of, “my body is in pain. stop.” The classes were great the first few times, but in my fifth class, the instructor put on Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. When …

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Intervention

Yesterday morning, after forcing myself to get up and sending the boys off to school, I collapsed back to sleep on the couch. There was absolutely no reason why I was so tired, I had gotten a full night’s sleep, hung around all weekend long without answering a single email and even assigned myself zero responsibilities for Monday. I oculd …