Holiday Gift Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Summertime Writing Essentials

Warm weather and bright sunlight are especially tempting this time of year. Their siren call leads me away from my computer and into my backyard garden. I have yet to find a good way to write on my Macbook or iPad outside in the sunlight. So to keep myself indoors and locked to the screen for enough time to be productive, I make my writing area as comfortable as possible and pack it with a few essentials to keep my motivation level high.

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Easy Weekend Coffee Cake

As I prepared for JuNoWriMo, I did a lot of meal-planning for quick-and-easy meals. This is one of my family favorites for breakfast. Served with some fresh fruit, it can even be considered a somewhat healthy weekend breakfast treat.

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You Can’t Buy Happiness, but You Can Buy Cake . . . by Emma Lane

. . and that’s kind of the same thing. Company coming for a cook out? You want to be a part of the party so what’s for dessert? This “whip it together” is perfect for nights when you just got home and company is due in the door shortly. Fast cooking is my very favorite way to prepare a meal. I always want to be in on the fun and not in the kitchen.

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Happiness is Knowing there is Cake in the Oven by Susan Lodge

The habit of afternoon tea and cake has come back into fashion with a vengeance.

Thanks to the explosion of bake-offs and celebrity chef programmes, baking cakes is big business. Never has the cup cake, Victoria sponge or biscuit been given so many media makeovers — despite the gym gurus and the calorie police. I love cake, but it’s a struggle balancing; bake-offs v gym workout, carrot sticks v carrot cake, bathroom scales v kitchen scales… and so on.

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