Friends, Football, and Fun

I must confess, I packed a lot of living into my Sunday this past weekend.  The hubby and I hosted a brunch for ten friends, we witnessed a football game of epic proportions, and we played the most extraordinary and engaging board game with a pair of our lively grandkids.  Life is good. Sunday morning …

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Wine, Food, Beer, Flowers

I must confess, I had a near death experience today.  It happened at the car wash.  I was getting the plethora of dead insect remains off of my car as I happily rolled on through the scrubbers when everything stopped. WHAT!  When I was a kid this was one of my worst nightmares.  The last …

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A Walk on the Sunny Side

I must confess, it's been taking extra effort these days to look on the sunny side of things. With the cold and continued snowy weather being the main culprit that's been bringing down the mood around here, I woke up today and made a conscious decision to look on the brighter side of things and …

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Three for Thursday

I must confess that Easter is my favorite holiday, and one of the reasons is because it usually means warmer weather is on the way here in Western New York.  Yet, this is the scene outside my dining room window as I write... When will this cold snap end?  Where is the forsythia in bloom? …

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Is It a Recipe or a Story?

I must confess, there are certain dishes that always bring back pleasant memories from my childhood.  Being raised in a family with two distinct heritages, Polish and Italian, there were always interesting and tasty recipes at family gatherings (along with some truly weird foods, but that's a story for another day).  My hubby always compliments …

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Thanks for the Memories

I must confess, it's been a looooong time since I purchased a dining room set - thirty years to be exact.  I bought my first set as a young wife and mother while working at a part-time job to save up the cash.  It  was a beautiful oak set that was Amish made and included …

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A Tasty Road Trip

I must confess, I recently saw an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (click here to view), and a pub was featured that is located in the Syracuse, New York area - only a couple hours away from my home.  It was a repeat of a past show, but the dishes that were highlighted looked awesome, and …

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The Friday Five

I must confess, it's been a week of celebrating for our family, and this is a much needed change of pace after all the germs and sickness of these long winter weeks.  We had a birthday or two, followed by Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day, and a new recipe to try. Birthday Banana Cream Cheesecake  …

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Cheers to Meatless Meals

I must confess, eating meals without meat used to make me feel as if something was missing on my plate, like I was being cheated somehow.  Growing up with my father as the main meal preparer, our plates ALWAYS had three things on them - a meat, a potato, and a vegetable.  Since embracing a …

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Five More For Friday

I must confess, it’s been incredibly challenging to look on the sunny side of things lately with myself and most of my family being sick for such a long time.  I’m hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon by getting past the used tissues, cough drop wrappers, half drunk cups …

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Christmas Blessings

I must confess, I felt quite blessed this Christmas with the many gifts I received; not only the actual presents given to me, but the gifts of my family and the time we spent together for three days.  Yes, Christmas Day actually lasted for three days at my house!  My hubby and I hosted a …

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Sunny’s Small Plate Saturday

I must confess, I absolutely had a blast this past Saturday with a cozy gathering of friends for small plates and wine tasting. I must further confess that I may have had an ulterior motive in planning this night in order to get my friend KB over to the house to give me a lesson …

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Easy, Fun, and Yummy

I must confess, making chocolate covered pretzels  definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.  I always make them this time of year even though they could be made during any season.  They are easy to make, fun to give as treats, and taste so yummy.  Quite honestly, the hardest part of the whole process is …

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All’s Fair in Love and Shopping

I must confess, when I started writing this blog I never would have believed that my love letter to Aldi post would have been the most popular one so far.  I guess people take their grocery shopping seriously.  In all fairness, I am also a huge fan of Wegmans, a local grocery store chain in …

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