What I Love This Week: Puzzles


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This week I’m loving making puzzles with the family. Husband was perturbed with our collective addiction to electronic devices and television and these puzzles were the ointment for his burn. It’s especially great now that we have a dedicated dining room with a table that is rarely used so we can leave out the puzzle until it’s done. That wasn’t possible in our previous house. Yes, I know that there are other solutions that allow you to put away a partially made puzzle but thankfully we don’t need that. These puzzles drew the kids away from the Kindle/iPod/iPad/etc. My daughter who plops herself right in front of the TV after school headed straight for the dining room one day declaring that she needed to get the puzzle finished.


I highly recommend these great quality puzzles. My favorite is the Charley Harper puzzle because I love his artwork. The family puzzle is fun because the sizes of the pieces are varied which allows even the little ones to get involved. My wish for you this holiday is to go out and buy a puzzle for a present. There might be some instances of annoyances like when my son hums the entire time that he’s searching for a piece but you’ll find that the bonding time will outweigh the disturbances.

What I Love This Week: Fiskars Kitchen Scissors

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This week I’m loving my Fiskars kitchen scissors. I actually own three sets of these scissors because I use them all the time. Every piece of chicken that I cook first gets trimmed with a pair of these scissors. I also use them for opening up packages of meat and for snipping fresh herbs. The best thing about the scissors is that they come apart for easy cleaning. If they break, you can send them back to Fiskars and they will send a replacement for free. Read more…

Zucchini Scallion Pancakes

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This recipe is perfect for using up the extra zucchini from the garden. It makes for a healthy and satisfying lunch or a tasty side dish with fried rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken. Although my family wasn’t brave enough to taste it, I cooked this over and over for myself.  My photos were not the best so you should check out the marvelous photos over at The Lemon Bowl where I found this recipe. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Maple Hill Creamery Creamline Yogurt


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This week I’m loving this amazing yogurt by Maple Hill Creamery. I think that I picked these up because of the artwork of the tree on the container and I purchased them because it’s made with organic milk from grass-fed cows. I am so glad that I did because it’s my new favorite yogurt. We eat a lot of yogurt here and it’s usually Stonyfield brand because that’s the only organic choice usually available at the store for us. This yogurt appeared at Wegman’s last week and I’ve already tried 3 different flavors. It’s a little pricey at $1.49 for a 6 oz. container but I think that it’s worth it. Read more…

Chocolate Mousse Torte

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First I want to establish that I am personally not a fan of whipped topping because of the artificialness of it. It’s one of the main ingredients in this recipe, that’s why I’m giving this disclaimer up front. My family however thinks that Cool Whip is Kraft’s gift to dessert. My daughter once bought herself a container of it to eat by itself. I’m sharing this recipe because it turned out well but I’m hoping to try it again at some point with real whipped cream. I will admit that this was a fun recipe to make and that it certainly is pretty. My husband’s feedback was that I should have put more raspberries on top. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Hand-Lettering

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This week I’m loving making this hand-lettered artwork. One might call it an obsession. As soon as I finish one of my pieces I’m planning out the next one. Someone else might call it inspiration. Whatever you might want to call it, it doesn’t matter because I’m loving creating this artwork. This story starts with Doodlers Anonymous, a website that I follow, for submissions for their next coloring book. The coloring books look so cool and last year I submitted several pieces but none were selected. Not getting my hopes up this year either because I only submitted one drawing and I don’t think that it was my best work. Plus DA reportedly received 1,400 submissions. I’m glad I’m not the one sorting through and choosing because that will be one tough job. The other good thing is that ever since, I’ve  been consumed with making more and more of these hand-lettered pieces.  Not sure what I’m going to do with them but as long as I’m inspired I’m going to keep producing. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Chocolate Earl Grey Tea

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This week I’m loving more tea. It’s Chocolate Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea. This weekend I was restocking my current everyday tea of Numi’s Golden Chai and next to it on the store shelf was this new Chocolate Earl Grey. The white box grabbed my attention and it took about three seconds for me to decide to grab it for myself. I’m so glad that I did because it’s awesome. My first sip filled with my senses with orange and chocolate scents and I was reminded of those chocolate oranges that my husband buys me for Christmas. It’s got to be a dark chocolate orange and it’s so fun to smash the orange to break it into pieces. Getting off track here… Read more…


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