I recently purchased a blue wire basket that brings out the subtle blues in my couch, but didn’t have anything to fill it. I first thought about using hollow vine balls. But then came across a tutorial on making decorative hollow yarn balls on the Jo Ann Fabric and Craft website that sparked my creativity and was the perfect solution to my decorating dilemma. I had an old skein of yarn that would highlight my couch perfectly. I had to … continued…

Yarn Balls
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

Freezing herbs is a great way to use and preserve summer’s bounty both in season and out of season. In season, I love to make ice cubes for summer drinks; mainly sun tea. Most days I set out a pot of water, herbs and tea bags to brew and leave it there until dinner. Since we use it right from the outdoors, my family goes through a lot of ice. I use this as an opportunity to spice things up … continued…

Freezing Herbs
DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I admit to being a tech geek. I love using my iPad, even in the kitchen. But I still also love a great new cookbook filled with lovely photos and great notes or even essays, a book I can page through and mark up with post-it notes to remind me of recipes I want to try. So even while I aim for a paperless office, I’ll never give up on my cookbooks!   Here are (relatively) new releases worth a … continued…

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Barb Freda Foodie Gift Ideas Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

‘Tis the season to tailgate! Or maybe for those who enjoy watching the games and grilling from the comfort of your own homes, “homegating!” Either way, food and fun are both on the menu. We’ve teamed up with The Big Green Egg® to bring you the ultimate grilling experience! Each week through September 28th, we are giving away large Big Green Egg® grills. For your chance to win one of these amazing prizes, head on over to Laura’s Facebook page … continued…

Great Grill Giveaway
Contests & Giveaways Homegating Summer Grilling

Jerk seasoning is widely known in Caribbean cooking, and it’s widely known as hot-hot-hot! I made this recipe milder, giving you the option of adding 1 to 2 hot peppers. You can buy plenty of prepared versions, but as with so many things, this is far better when made at home with fresh herbs and spices.   Note: For party appetizers, skewer one or two cubes of marinated beef onto shorter bamboo skewers and pass as small bites. Prep time: … continued…

Jerk Beef Skewers
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Homegating Summer Grilling

The flavors of a sizzling fajita come together with enormous success in this burger. Four tortillas make a nice substitute for a traditional burger bun to let these flavors really pop.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons oil 1 large onion, sliced 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch Salt 2 teaspoons chili powder Juice of 1 … continued…

Fajita Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Homegating Summer Grilling

When my kids first started school, they always did their homework at the counter and had little to no need for a desk. This changed as they got older. While I still make them do homework where I can see them, the amount of “stuff” they have has grown with them. And, with back-to-school this month, this presented the perfect opportunity to get organized! Buying a desk is not hard. There are tons of options. I chose a basic IKEA … continued…

desk space
Back to School Pam Freeman

It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a new frozen yogurt store popping up. I must admit I do enjoy the sweet treat but is it really healthier than ice cream? Of course nothing with nutrition is ever black and white and this answer isn’t either. It just depends on the amount you eat, how often you eat it, and the toppings you add.   Here’s how frozen yogurt compares with ice cream. The base of the yogurt is 100 … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe is for traditional tacos with a mild homemade seasoning. Making your own seasoning allows for better control of heat, salt, freshness and more. You can play around with substitutions to make it your own – Sub celery seed for celery salt (or eliminate altogether). masa harina, which has a “corn-y,” tangy flavor is also a thickener – cornstarch would be the substitute. To punch it up, feel free to add a hefty dose of straight-up ancho chile powder … continued…

Classic Tacos
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

My family is about to embark on a late summer vacation – my husband and I and our two young children. From the minute we pull out of the driveway, I already know my kids will want to know if we have any snacks. It never seems to matter if we just ate before we left, there’s something about a packed car that seems to trigger their appetites. Sound familiar to anyone?   Being stuck in the car for several … continued…

Healthy road trip snacks
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques Travel