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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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Prairie-Style Weddings (Rustic and Romantic Farm, Woodland, and Garden Celebrations) by Fifi O’Neill makes me want to rush outside and start planning a grand party.

Bestselling author Fifi O’Neill has earned a  reputation for her unique development of prairie style. As an executive editor overseeing several successful, magazines including her latest, Prairie Style, The New American Country, she’s known as a talented stylist who often creates prairie style editorial for dozens of other publications.

Working with talented photography Mark Lohman, O’Neill created a book that is not only gorgeous, but packed full of marvelous, creative notions.

The book’s blurb says: “Rustic barns and gardens are popular settings for the intimate, personalized weddings that are today’s top trend. Stylist Fifi O’Neill knows how to transform such venues into gorgeous “prairie style” celebrations that seamlessly blend ruggedness and elegance. This beautifully illustrated look-book with more than 150 photographs is filled with unique ideas for planning the perfect bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. From a cheery garden-shed party to a dinner set amid a lush cornfield, Prairie-Style Weddings shows how to achieve an effortless look that is rich in personality and bursting with charm. Ten simple DIY projects add a homespun touch to any wedding event.”

Each page holds a treasure-trove of ideas, pops of color, and a definite romantic feel.

Talk about clever – who would have thought to make a chandelier out of vintage silverware and candles? And I want every single plate in the top photo on the right!

How fun are these chairs for a newlywed couple? Seriously, there are just pages and pages of unforgettable style.

barn weddingI absolutely love this idea! I can’t even begin to tell you how every girly cell in me screams out to jump into the photo and attend this celebration. The soft pastel colors, the lace, the candles and the chandelier combine for a perfect ideal of romance against the rustic barn setting.

heart laceI think this lace heart is one of my favorite details. And you don’t have to be planning a wedding to make a few. You could hang them in a window, outside on your porch, on a guest bathroom wall…

If you are a romantic at heart, love beautiful photography, or host parties, this book is a great selection to add to your collection. Especially, if you’re planning a wedding!

Available from Chronicle Books, the book can be found at Amazon and other retail outlets.

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awonton gooeyI have three words that are gonna rock your world.

Won Ton S’mores.

That’s right, Won Ton S’mores.

If you’ve never had them, run to the store and get the simple ingredients as fast as humanly possible to rectify the situation!

Are you heading to or hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend? If so, you’ll be the MVP if you make a batch of these decadent little devils.

The wonderful folks at Nasoya recently gave me the opportunity to test out their Asian Style Wraps. Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was “how can I make dessert with these?”

Below, you’ll find the Won Ton S’mores recipe along with a few other tasty treats using Nasoya’s Won Ton and Egg Roll Wraps.

awonton ingredients

Ingredients

 

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it's almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it’s almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

 

Moisten the edges and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Moisten the edges (use water or egg whites) and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

Yum! You dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

Yum! You can dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

 Won Ton S’mores

1 package of Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 bag of miniature marshallows

1 bag of miniature chocolate bars

Place one chocolate bar in the center of a wrap then add three marshmallows. Using water or egg white, moisten the edges of the wrap. Fold the corners of the wrap up into the center  and press edges to seal.

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a heavy skillet and warm over medium-heat. When oil is hot, add S’more and fry on each side for just a few seconds, until lightly browned. Remove and drain grease on paper towel, then savor the crispy outside and deliciously gooey inside!

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Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

These are incredibly easy and unbelievably tasty. They’ll score a touchdown with all your football fans!

Four ingredients - that's it!

Four ingredients – that’s it!

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Sausage Cups

1 package Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 pound sausage

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry sausage and drain grease.

Mix sausage with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Set aside.

Line a mini-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps by gently folding a wrap into each muffin cup. Spoon sausage mixture into each wrap and bake for about eight minutes, until edges of the wrap are brown.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

burger roll plated 2If you enjoy a good bacon cheeseburger, give these easy wraps a try. Full of great flavors, you won’t fumble by serving these to your hungry guests!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and  cheese.

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and cheese.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You'll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You’ll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle, then fold in the two ends, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle,  fold in the two side corners, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.)

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

burger roll platedServe with ketchup or barbecue sauce… and don’t forget the pickles!

Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

1 package of Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps

1 pound of hamburger

1 cup of bacon bits

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Season hamburger with your favorite seasonings and brown. Drain. Mix with bacon bits and cheese. Spoon about two tablespoons of meat mixture onto the center of an egg roll wrap in a rectangle. Fold the end of the wrap nearest you into the center. Fold in the two side edges, then roll the wrap, sealing the edges by moistening with water or egg whites (I used water, and it worked fine).

You can either bake or fry these.

If baking, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for about eight minutes or until edges start to brown.

If frying, heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry one side, then the other (takes about a minute total).

Serve with a side of ketchup or barbecue sauce for dipping.

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Fruit Ravioli

a fruit ravioli pile2 It’s a guaranteed score with these little fruit pies!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them up once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them inward once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don't get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don’t get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

 

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Fruit Ravioli

1 package of Won Ton Wraps

1 can of fruit pie filling

powdered sugar

*Note – You can use any flavor of canned pie filling.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of pie filling into the center of a Won Ton wrap. Top with a second wrap. Moisten the edges of the wraps and fold them inward. Moisten the new “edge” and fold it inward a second time. Using a fork, crimp the edges to make sure they are sealed.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each side for about 30 seconds, or until brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Enjoy the Super Bowl and party safely!

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garnishing

If you are looking for one go-to guide to dazzle your guests, check out Garnishing & Decorating Ideas for All Seasons by Georg Hartung.

This delightful little book offers step-by-step instructions for creating edible art guaranteed to earn you the title of hostess with the mostess. Arranged by the season, you’ll find everything from spring ideas through winter treats.

Snowman

Isn’t this marzipan snowman adorable? I definitely want to make one of these. There are also directions for making marzipan roses, a hedgehog, piglet and mouse.

White chocolate mousseThis recipe for White Chocolate Mousse looked to yummy, I was momentarily tempted to lick the page. Love the garnish of kiwi and red currant that make it so festive.

Moz skewers

Lest you think I’m all about the sweets (which I totally am), check out this colorful and lovely presentation for Mozzarella Skewers. I want one right now! Just looking at the balsamic drizzle makes my mouth water!

There’s also suggestions for tools, tips on how to make a piping bag and more!

Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., you can find his book on their website at schifferbooks.com

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I’ve shared this recipe before, but it bears repeating. Sooooo yummy!

Happy Halloween!

These are easy to make, quick to bake and just as yummy as traditional pumpkin pie. Especially piled high with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon!

 

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Crust:

1./2 cup butter

3-4 ounce of cream cheese (3 oz. if you have a small pack or cut a large pack in half)

1 cup flour

Soften butter and cream cheese, blend together with flour until a soft dough forms. It will be sticky. Cover and chill for one hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a greased mini-muffin tin, roll dough into walnut-sized balls and drop one in the tin. Use a tart tamper (or the back of spoon – or a shot glass if you have one) to smoosh the dough into the bottum and up the sides of the muffin cup.

Fill with pumpkin filling and bake for about 15-20 minutes until pumpkin is set and dough is starting to brown. Remove from oven, let cool, devour.

Pumpkin Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 egg

3/4 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup evaporated milk

Beat egg, blend in pumpkin and milk then stir in dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour into crust-lined muffin cups and bake.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.

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rosesToday is one of my favorite days.

It just happens to be the birthday of Captain Cavedweller’s father-in-law’s daughter.

😉

Today is a day I freely eat all the chocolate I want, enjoy the beautiful roses CC has given me, and take a day to relax and just enjoy the incredibly blessed life I’ve been given.

Since I know I’ll have some presents to open later, I want to give a present to you all, too!

Love at the 20-Yard Line

You can download a FREE copy of Love at the 20-Yard Line on Smashwords in your preferred format.

I’m including a coupon code below that is only good today – so make sure you download it right away.

And please let your friends and family know they can download it to!

Thank you all for being so wonderful, supportive, and encouraging. Big hugs to you and many, many thanks!

To get a free copy of the book here’s the directions:

Just go to the Love at the 20-Yard Line page on Smashwords.

Add to your shopping cart.

Enter this code at checkout: TV33T

Download it in your preferred format and enjoy!

Happy Reading!

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Cheesy Good Salad

I’ve shared this recipe before, but I made this again the other day and it was so yummy, I thought I’d share it again!

I must issue a warning that today’s salad might not be the most healthy you could choose -but the tastiness more than makes up for it!

Sticking with the Patriotic Theme, this salad is a fun pop of color for your 4th of July table and it comes together quickly!

Place cheese on salad and enjoy if you haven’t devoured the cheese before it makes it to the salad. Even Captain Cavedweller, who does not like cheese, ate more than his share (including some of mine).

Fried Mozzarella Salad

Sliced Mozzarella Cheese

Flour

Egg (beaten)

Panko Crumbs

Parmesan Cheese (shredded)

Salt

Spinach

Raspberries

Blueberries

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Prepare spinach and berries and set aside.

Put flour in one bowl, beaten egg in a second and the panko crumbs mixed with the Parmesan cheese and salt in a third. Make sure the bowls are wide enough your cheese slices will sit flat inside.

Heat oil in a deep fat fryer or cast iron skillet. You want it to be good and hot.

Drench cheese slices through flour, egg and panko mix. When they are all finished, start frying. It will take just a few seconds to brown each side. The smell will begin to weaken your knees. Should you give in to temptation and take a bite, you may never get the cheese onto the salad.

Drizzle dressing over spinach and berries then top with a slice or two of the cheese.

Enjoy!

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