Pass the Filling Please

My parents grew up in eastern Pennsylvania so a Thanksgiving favorite is filling. It is similar to stuffing but also includes potatoes. If you like perogies, you’ll love filling. Filling is something I make the night before Thanksgiving. Continue reading


Pinterest Party

Thanks Kim for hosting our first ever Pinterest party. What an amazing hostess…..stations, spiced wine, adorable holiday decorations and a bag to take it all home. Our projects included the frosted mason jar, key for Santa, a holiday door sign and painting our nails. Continue reading

Avocado Corn Salsa

Football season is salsa season. Avocado corn salsa is a good for you snack my children will actually eat  which I am sure is because they don’t know the ingredients. This recipe is a variation of California Pizza Kitchen’s White Corn Guacamole and Chips. I use my slap chopper from Pampered Chef to cut everything into very small pieces and think color when making this dish.

2 cans of white shoepeg corn
1 jalepeno – add more for more heat
1/2 small red onion
1 yellow pepper
1 bunch fresh cilantro
2 avocados

In a bowl combine drained corn, diced jalepeno, 1/2 red onion diced, 1 yellow pepper diced, and chopped cilantro. Cover and chill. Because avocado browns when exposed to the air, I add the avocado right before serving this dish. In a small bowl mix smashed advacado, a squeeze of lime juice, and a dash of salt.  The best way to remove the skin from the avocado is to cut it in half and remove the pit. Grasp the avocado halves like a lemon and squeeze over a bowl. Combine avocado with the corn mixture and serve with your favorite corn chips.

Craigslist Hunting

I have been searching for over a year for the perfect piece to add to my dining room. I know that is sad, but yes sometimes I’m slow to make decorating decisions. I had an empty wall in the dining room that looked completely naked, needed more storage and knew I wanted something that looked rustic. I found exactly what I wanted when visiting a local antique mall in Williamsburg, a jelly cabinet. The $500 price tag was more than I really wanted to spend so the Craigslist hunt was on. When searching Craigslist, it is important to be patient and diligent. When I’m on the hunt I check daily, don’t settle, and act quickly when I find something I like. After several months and a few missed opportunities I finally found just what I was looking for and the price was amazing, $40. Happy dance! Continue reading

I LOVE Pinterest!

Yep…I’m hooked! I love the ideas that people share on Pinterest. It is helping me to solve some of the “I hate” areas of my house. Areas like the front steps; the horrible eyesore everyone could see when entering my house. We replaced the carpet on the steps and second floor when we first moved into our house  and it had certainly taken a beating over the years. I didn’t want to replace the carpeting again because I knew in a short period of time it would look the same. Anyone else out there in a constant battle with your family to remove their shoes in the house – I’ve finally surrendered to that battle. And then I saw the pin of painted steps posted on the Southern Hospitality blog. LOVE!!!!! Continue reading

Kelly’s Room

Before our oldest daughter, Amanda, left for college the girls traded bedrooms. This gave me the opportunity to help Amanda sort through her all her mementos. She decided what to save, donate, take to college and discard. After the switch I wanted to give our younger daughter, Kelly, a “big girl” space. We found some amazing furniture on Craigslist and applied a shabby chic finish. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls are a simple and easy family favorite that disappear quickly in our house. The typical reaction from both girls when they discover I’ve made a batch is a fist pumping, “YESSSS!” This is a variation of a recipe in a community recipe book my cooperating teacher gave me many years ago at the end of my student teaching experience. If you are anti-sugar, this recipe isn’t for you as it has just a little sweetness.


  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pint Karo syrup
  • 1 box Rice Crispies

Bring the sugar and syrup to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, mix well. Pour ¼ of the box of Rice Crispies in a large metal bowl. Add ¼ of the sugar mixture. Continue alternating adding cereal and sugar mixture until all have been added to the bowl. Stir until cereal is completely coated. Using two table spoons, drop mixture onto a lined cookie sheet to cool slightly. Roll each into a ball and continue to cool. Store peanut butter balls in an air tight container with wax paper between layers.