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TV hacks, tips, etc.

My dear friend, Tram Mai, morning anchor on 12News, and I have filmed several little segments for her morning show recently. The first one aired yesterday.

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Tram sent me a LINK. This one is all about how to easily peel soft fruits.

Future clips include proper table setting, how to grill pizza, a homemade all-purpose cleaning solution, packing hacks, and more.

Thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes yesterday! I want to tell you that I kept my word and didn’t complain about the heat for the rest of the day yesterday … but today is a new day and the photo below says it all!

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October 28, 2016   3 Comments

Free Cooking Classes!!!

It’s contest time!

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To be entered to win a free cooking class, all you need to do is leave a comment on ANY post on this entire site. You can leave a comment on a recipe you’ve made. Or one you want to try. Or on a party theme you’ve enjoyed. Or on this very post. You can say whatever you want.  “This is great!” or “I want to win.” or “Come on pick me, I never win anything!”

Here is the low-down:

You are entering to win one of four (1 of 4) spots in an evening class that I teach at Les Gourmettes Cooking School.

It would probably be best if you actually lived in the Phoenix area, since that’s where the classes are held … because airfare and lodging are not included. 🙂

Classes are demonstration, they begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. At the end of the cooking demo, we move to the dining room to enjoy the meal prepared in class. The classes are held at:

Les Gourmettes Cooking School
6610 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012

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October 21, 2016   15 Comments

Les Dames d’ Escoffier International

I’ve been out of the practice of blogging over the weekend for quite some time now.

Today is an exception because I want to invite you to something wonderful!

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October 15, 2016   1 Comment

a couple of weeks early

Do you remember, back at the beginning of the month, when I told you that I had big news to announce on October 1st?

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October 1, 2016

 

Well, I’m announcing it to you, today, a couple of weeks earlier than expected!

I have a new business! It was built out of my love of entertaining, my love of stuff and my wish to share. You see, I am a collector, an “Organized Hoarder”, some in my family would say.

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When I entertain, the first thing I do is come up with a theme. I build the entire dinner, event, party, or whatever around that theme. The theme is what sparks my imagination and helps me create. Once I have the theme, I’m off and running. The theme is where my inspiration comes from for the decor, the food, the cocktails, the music playlists and sometimes even the guest list.

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So what does all of this lead to? It takes me to the fact that I have A LOT of stuff. A bunch of great collections.

One evening last fall, while enjoying cocktails with my BFF’s, Peggy and Anne, we discussed the obvious need for me to do more with all The Stuff!

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September 14, 2016   11 Comments

Travel Tuesday

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Some of you asked if I plan to post more about our trip to Germany and down the Rhine River. I’m sorry to have started with a few posts, then abruptly stopped.

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The problem with being away for a couple of weeks and then getting home and blogging about the trip, is that I actually have recipes I want to post and other events that come up, such as the 7th Blogiversary.

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My solution is a new feature called Travel Tuesday. This way, I’ll be able to share pretty photos and fun travel info without allowing the travel posts to hijack the entire blog.

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So we’ll pick up here…

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August 23, 2016   4 Comments

We have our WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who participated and left comments for the 7th Blogiversary.

My special guests arrived yesterday morning to draw the winning names out of the saucepan. I made two videos, one for the Grand Prize Winner and the other for the Seven Individual Cookbook Winners. Unfortunately both videos were too large to post here and I have not idea how to fix that, so I’ve posted them to YouTube. They are fun, so be sure to click on the links and watch.

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The special guests were Tram and her sweet twins, Zoey and Zak.

We’ll begin with the Grand Prize Winner drawing.

The eligible contestants are: Amy K., Nancy B., Amy G. and Sheila C.

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Please click on THIS LINK to watch the drawing and discover who won.

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August 19, 2016   6 Comments

Happy 7th Blogiversary to me!

Incredible! This blog is 7 years old! Last year, on the 6th Blogiversary, I was on a “wedding break” so I missed that celebration. That means that this year we need to go all out!

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As such, there will be Seven Individual Prizes and One Super Cool Grand Prize.

Before I explain how to enter and what exactly it is that you can win – a little history.

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Two and a half years ago, I posted THIS… all about how I cleaned out and reclaimed a large part of the kids’ playroom upstairs as my new craft room. At the time, Connor still lived here, so about half of the room had his stuff in it. Three months after the reclamation, Marissa and Jeff got engaged.

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Slowly but surly the room became the dump-room for all things bridal shower, wedding and after-wedding brunch related. In other-words, I trashed it.

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August 16, 2016   16 Comments

lucky 7

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There will be a contest.

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For Prizes!

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August 15, 2016   3 Comments

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Our last night before joining the land-tour group was spent in Germany, in the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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On the way there, from Munich, we stopped at Ettal Abbey, a beautiful Benedictine monastery.

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One thing I noticed was that the monastery gift-shop sold not only wine but also beer. It was a pretty great gift-shop!

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We stayed at Hotel Zugspitze, which is named after the highest Alps peak in Germany.

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I really wanted to take the cog-wheel cable up to the peak, but at 49.50 euro per person (about $126 total) … on second thought… no thanks!

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I can just image how packed this sweet hotel must be during the popular ski season.

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Just as in Oberammergau, many of the buildings are covered in beautiful frescoes.

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August 9, 2016   No Comments

Germany and Austria

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As I mentioned in the last post, before we joined up with the land-tour portion of our river cruise, we were on our own. First in Munich with Hope & Nick and then in a rented car as we traveled toward Switzerland.

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We visited two of the three castles of King Ludwig, king of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886.

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First we toured through the Rococo-style Linderhof Palace.

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The grounds were especially beautiful with a breath-taking fountain.

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Next we went through the fairy-tale Romanesque-style Neuschwanstein Castle.

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It honestly looks like Sleeping Beauty’s castle!

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Not surprisingly, my favorite part of this castle was the kitchen.

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I’d love to get my hands on all those copper pots and the vast variety of vintage molds!

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August 8, 2016   3 Comments