Good chocolate when baking makes a difference!

Guittard Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sometimes the smallest changes can change the results of a recipe, especially when baking. Always try to use the highest quality ingredients for recipes that matter (i.e. in a brownie recipe, where chocolate is the main flavor). I almost didn’t purchase this because “the other baking bars” that I’ve used since I was a kid have worked just fine. Until…

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Bright Window Box on a Gray Day…

Bright Window Box on a Gray Day… #savethebees

We were out and about a few weeks ago and I ran across this beautiful window box (complete with bee in flight). It was so stunning against an exceptionally gray day. No complaints, I do love a gray day, have no problem with them at all! The brilliance of the pink against the gray was gorgeous. Now, to come up with what to plant (Zone 9) in the shade for our own window box.

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Making Applesauce – Easy & So Tasty!

Homemade Applesauce!

It’s fall Y’all! (I love saying that) – there are certain things that come to mind this time of year. The smell of apples and cinnamon are a few of my favorites. This quick and easy recipe will fill your home with fall aromas like you won’t believe – I made enough for several days – it makes for a nice (and healthy) dessert, a little something sweet after dinner.

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Saltverk Hand Harvested Flaky Sea Salt!

Saltverk Flaky Sea Salt from Iceland – Best of the best!

Owie! I ran across a treasure. Something as unique as a unicorn AND something you can actually use. This salt is AH-MAZING, it’s not just any old salt, it’s special in so many ways (and I’m not a salt lover) – it’s great on savory dishes (eggs/arugula and avocado toast) or something as delightful as Katharine Hepburn’s brownies (to die for).

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Long Leaf Cottage SL1961 by Lew Oliver for Southern Living!

Long Leaf Cottage SL1961 by Lew Oliver for Southern Living! (Anna Braund Home – Overall Exterior)

I think this is such an interesting house plan. It’s intriguing and unique. Gorgeous doors across the front, they pull you right into the space. I love the porch, no spindles, barely a step up, which is great. A very classy design for sure, and just wait until you see the inside! Wonderful porches front and back!

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Cooking Light Magazine…

Happily Subscribed Once Again… at least for a while.

Cooking Light magazine – one of my all time favorites. I was an avid reader (from the early 90’s until they decided to merge some of their info into Eating Well magazine and sell Cooking Light as a magazine that you can buy in store only (no subscriptions). I never bought one of the special interest publications, but once the subscriptions started back, woohoo, I was too excited.

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Light and Shadows: When One Door Closes…

Kitchen Swing Door from 1931

I love living in a house built in the 1930’s. The charm and character can’t be beat. We found this old swing door in the attic of the garage many years ago, we cleaned it up, painted it and hung it. Now, when we need privacy in the kitchen (Fred’s WFH office is on the other side of that door. Since he’s on conference call after conference call, I close the door if I’m going to be in the kitchen, or if the dog acts up with UPS, FedEx, Amazon, USPS, any human, animal, etc. that moves past our house). I cannot imagine having a kitchen without it…

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(Healthy) Apple-Cinnamon Muffins!

Too good for words!

It’s fall y’all! Time to bake something and fill your home with those autumn baking aromas, particularly apples and cinnamon. I have just the recipe! I’ve made this several times and wouldn’t change a thing, except for the one step I keep forgetting to do, ha ha. This recipe works when I buy a small 2 cup buttermilk. (I use 1 1/4 cup for cold cucumber soup and the remainder for this recipe)!

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The Edgewater Carriage House Plan by Yankee Barn Homes

Edgewater Carriage House by Yankee Barn Homes

I love barn homes. There is a special ✨magic✨ about them. They can be as exquisite and fancy as you like or as warm and comfortable with a more relaxing vibe. This plan has a garage/pool room downstairs with a living space upstairs. The living space isn’t an afterthought, that’s for sure! So many windows – there is stunning light in every space! I could live there happily!

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