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Planning a 2014 Academy Awards Party

I love the Academy Awards! The actors, the dresses, the red carpet – the whole event is over the top glamour. Ever since I was a young girl, I’d sit and watch and dream. I was ten years old when Tatum O’Neal won her Oscar for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon. Watching …

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Enjoy a Famous Wet Woody from Gar Woods

Whether winter or summer, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to be. I have hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail, jet skied Carnelian Bay, skied down mountains, and played golf at Old Brockway.  I have also enjoyed many Wet Woodys at Gar Woods. These drinks are especially refreshing on a hot summer day. The …

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Vegetable Frittata – An Impressive Dish

This frittata recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nantucket Open-House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase.  I received this cookbook as a gift in 1987, and I have been using it ever since.  I have many favorite recipes from Sarah Leah Chase. Another excellent factor of this recipe is that it is so adaptable. …

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Goals: What’s the Cost? This is Step One of Goal Setting

I am a huge goal setter. I always have been. In high school (many years ago) I wrote in my journal a list of activities I wanted to do/achieve in my lifetime. Essentially, I wrote a bucket list at age fifteen – long before I had ever heard the term bucket list. I am someone …

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How To Make Heart Shaped Pizzas

Creating a beautiful life is not about surrounding yourself with beautiful objects.  It is about creating fun and warm experiences.  Last night’s Valentine’s Day dinner with the kids was just that. One of our traditions is to make heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s Day.  This is so simple, easy, and fun!  Our youngest came home yesterday …

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe: A Valentine Dessert

My husband’s two favorite desserts are cheesecake and Red Velvet cake. So what better idea than to combine the two? My husband has type-2 diabetes – so I substitute Splenda for sugar wherever I can. Since this cake was especially for him, I made this as a reduced-sugar cheesecake. Cheesecake bakes remarkably well with Splenda, which …

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