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SS logoWhen we arrived home from vacation, I had the most wonderful box of goodies awaiting from ScentSicles.

If you haven’t heard of them, ScentSicles are the first scented ornaments that make any Christmas tree smell like you’ve trekked into the woods and cut it down yourself.

ScentSicles scented ornaments bring the magic to the season by allowing Christmas enthusiasts everywhere to have all the convenience of an artificial tree but with the real-tree smell so many of us desire.  It’s true – no messy pine needles but still the real tree smell that makes it feel like Christmas!

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And the ScentSicles are so easy to use. Just hang on your tree, inhale the wonderful fresh-cut tree smell, and relax knowing that there aren’t any pesky needles to clean up. ScentSicles holiday scents include: White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s a Wonderful Pine, SnowBerry Wreath, and Two Dashes of Cinnamon.

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ScentSicles offer the following products:

  • ScentSicles Table Ornaments – the ultimate housewarming gift!  Better than a candle and always “on”, this festive jar filled with holiday scents is a safe way to infuse the home with the smells of the season…without the flame.
  • AutoSticks – the annual holiday trek to Grandma’s house wouldn’t be complete without the smell of Christmas for that car ride.  Just hang a ScentSicles Autostick from the rearview mirror or hide under your seat, and let the memories begin!
  • Decorative Ornaments – one of the most popular holiday traditions is decorating a Christmas tree.  Enjoy new decorative ornament designs including gold and silver glitter.  Beautiful and fragrant!
  • Scented Sprigs – go from Grinch to Cindy Lou in a flash with the aroma of perfectly sized smaller ScentSicles ideal for tucking in a wreath, placing in a tablescape or hiding in a mantle display!

I’d noticed ScentSicles in a few of our local stores a month or so ago, so when the opportunity arose to review their products I jumped at it.

I can’t say enough about how much I like the scents and the ease of use (my idea of a perfect combination!).

As a special holiday surprise, one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a ScentSicles Gift Package! The gift package includes ScentSicles ornaments, AutoSticks and their new table ornament!

Just post a comment below about your favorite scent of the season to enter!

For more information, visit: www.scentsicles.com

And be sure to watch this fun video with Jack:

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a company that had a unique, acid free ornament storage system.

They asked if I’d like to see a sample and blog about it.

So, of course I said,”sure!”

Oh, my goodness gracious!

I never expected the “sample” to be incredibly awesome!

The company is Ultimate Christmas Storage.

The sample they sent is called the 830 Ultimate Ornament Box. And it is the ultimate.

First, I was impressed with the size of the box. Measuring 22 x 16 x 7 1/2 inches, it is meant for some serious storage.

The beautiful red moire fabric covering the box is quite dazzling and gives it a very luxurious appearance. And it came in heavy vinyl zippered bag for storage to keep everything dust-free and protected.

Once I took the lid off the box, I was even more impressed. The top tray holds 28 ornaments and the compartments are adjustable. The 4-inch deep bottom compartment holds 16 oversized items, again with adjustable compartments.

These storage boxes are a little pricey up front, but when you think of the years and years of use you’ll get out of them, it seems like a good investment.

Ultimate Christmas Storage offers several fabric options for the boxes as well as sizes.

They also have everyday storage boxes and archival supplies. From the sample I received, this company knows how to offer high-quality item meant to last.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.ultimatehomestorage.com

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Since the Fourth of July is tomorrow, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes…

Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

Top with paprika and parsley then dig in!

Chunky Potato Salad

finished-saladFried Mozarella Salad

pink lemonade barsPink Lemonade Bars

Enjoy the finished crisp warm with a scoop of melting ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Berry Crisp

trifle-finishedPatriotic Trifle

banana ice cream bowl 1Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Bundt Cake

Strawberry Bundt Cake

 

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barbecue tips

Since Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. Here are some good barbecue tips I’ve shared before, but bear repeating.

condiment rules

And no cook-out would be complete without following the 10 Rules of Condiments!

Whatever you do this holiday weekend, have fun and be safe!

She Who Needs to Host a Gathering

 

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You’ve still got time to plan a special breakfast or treat for Mom (or your most-deserving wife).

Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started!

chocolate crepe

Chocolate Banana Crepes  by Liv Life

coconut toast plated

Coconut French Toast

Chocolate French Toast

Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

bellini finished

Peach Baby Bellini

summer drinksGrenadine Sunrise

norita's pan quicheEasy Quiche

pavlova platedRaspberry Pavlova

strawberry finishedStuffed Strawberries

Strawberry Bundt Cake

Strawberry Bundt Cake

lemon-cookie-platedLemon Cookies

flourless choc cake finishedFlourless Chocolate Cake

She Who Wishes You All a Very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since Cinco De Mayo is fast approaching, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes with you today.

 

Devour in bliss.

Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

The combination of cinnamon-y chips with the fresh fruit is amazing.

Taco Bites are always a crowd pleaser.

Taco Bites are always a crowd pleaser.

Taco Appetizers

These are so yummy and easy to make and disappear almost as fast as you can make them.

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Beefy or Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy, filling and delicious!

You can pour a glaze over the top, lavish on a ganache, dust with powdered sugar and accent with berries or whipped  cream.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

The perfect finish to any meal!

She Who Needs to Do some Baking

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Easter Cookie cups platedIf you’re looking for a fun and simple dessert for Easter, think about serving Cookie Cups. The kids (and young at heart) will love them!

easter cookie cups cut to fit silicone

Start with sugar cookie dough (either homemade our from the store). Roll it out and cut into circles, then form the circles over an oven-proof container like custard cups to bake.

 

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

 

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

 

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

 

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

 

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

She Who Wishes You All a Very Happy Easter!

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