Sunday, June 10, 2018

I'm Back!

After a VERY extended period of no stitching, I'm back!  My eyesight went bad... so it was, I thought, useless to keep trying.

However, Happy Husband bought me a new OTT-LITE desk lamp and some 5X readers (yes, 5X, can you imagine?) and I cautiously picked up an old WIP.

This is Celtic Heart from M-designs.  I started this several years ago on 36 ct. Lugana.  The floss is Vikki Clayton's HDF in Lavender and Rose.  I'm working 1 over 2 and getting fantastic coverage.

I have the chart divided into 4 parts to make it easier to keep my place.  So far, so good.

It's so nice to have needle and fabric in my hand again.  I've missed this.

I'll update my progress in a couple of days.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Shop with me!

From #Needlework Mysteries to #camping to #fashion, you can find it all at #amazon -- visit my page and allow me to help YOU discover the perfect item!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Find the Needlework Supplies you want and need!

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Let me help you discover the joys of knitting, crochet, cross stitch, embroidery, punch needle, needlepoint, and more!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays -- Review!

Disclosure:  I received coupons for free products in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and based on my own use of, and experience with, the product.

I LOVE parties! I do -- especially during all of the Fall and Winter holidays! What I DON'T love is shopping for appetizers.  This year I was truly blessed to be asked to review 
Hormel Brands Party Trays for my readers!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  After dinner, we had a fire in the firepit and indulged in the Hard Salami and Pepperoni Party Tray (28 oz!). We finished it off in record time! #StressFree

Unfortunately, I didn't get photos (not any that turned out).  However, I do have photos from a second smaller get-together.

Ah... Christmas parties! This time we chose the Honey Ham and Turkey Party Tray! Colby Jack and Cheddar Cheese with buttery crackers makes a delicious pre-dinner snack or even a light meal for nights you don't want to cook!

Doesn't that look amazingly delicious? IT IS! 

Hormel Party Trays are perfect for game days, tailgates, rainy days, parties, or picnics! Anytime is the right time!

Visit for tips and suggestions on how to make your holiday get-together a success!

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Disclosure:  I received coupons for free products in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and based on my own use of, and experience with, the product.

Monday, July 31, 2017



2 eggs
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water
4 tablespoons soft butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 deep dish pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat one egg with the lemon juice and rind, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 cup water. Beat until smooth and pour into unbaked pie shell.
Beat butter and one egg in a large bowl; add 2/3 cup sugar and baking powder; then alternatively add milk and 1-1/2 cups flour (about 1/3 each time). Beat until smooth then spoon the mixture over the first layer of the pie.
Bake 35-40 minutes. 
Check with toothpick for doneness. Cool on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy. Be sure to spoon the lemon filling left in the pan over the top of the slice before serving.

The baking time may vary for this pie. Best success for baking at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Be careful not to overbake or underbake. The top layer should be a firm sponge layer with the bottom being a creamy lemon pudding. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toastees From Almondina Review and Giveaway! Ends 6/27/2017

My family is snack crazy.  We are always searching for the perfect snack! Happy Husband is an after-work, TV time snacker.  Me? Early morning / late evening whilst enjoying coffee or hot cocoa.

Sweet, gooey cookies and cakes don't appeal to me, oddly enough.  I prefer lightly sweet, crunchy snacks.

I was simply delighted to discover Toastees from Almondina!  These wonderful, crunchy almond cookies are fabulous! Thinly sliced and filled with almonds and assorted flavours -- they are a tasty, low-calorie, low-fat, healthy treat! 

Toastees come in assorted flavours: Cranberry Almond, Coconut Orange Almond, Lemon Poppy Almond, Sesame Almond.  The Coconut Orange Almond is my favourite. My Mother just loves the Cranberry Almond!


Grandmother’s Secret

Grandmother’s secret recipe is a no added fat,

no-cholesterol cookie for our time.

dadi-momAlmondina® is the inspiring success story of a man whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina’s most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crispy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds and the natural sweetness of plump raisins.

“Generous as she was in giving away her recipes, Grandmother Dina kept the one for Petit Gateau Sec a total secret until the end of her life. Only then did she finally reveal the secret to her daughter, Ahuda, my mother.”

“It is with her blessing and with pride that the Zaliouk family shares these delicious, healthful wonders with your family.”

Long after his grandmother’s death, Zaliouk became aware that the remarkable characteristics of this addictively delicious but extremely nutritious cookie fell squarely in line with the growing demands of health-conscious buyers at the end of the century. Within seven years having started baking in his kitchen, the cookies, renamed Almondina® for his grandmother, were available in all fifty states, sought after in seven foreign countries, and had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.

This all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be (paired with something else to be enjoyed). However, it is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to this enticingly delicious cookie.
Since the introduction of the classic Original flavor, more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds.

Almondina makes all of their products with love and care. That's why they taste so good!

Don't just take my word for it, just look at the joy on my Mom's face!

Sheer Bliss!

Each 5.25 oz bag retails for approx. $3.99.  You can find them at a store near you!

Almondina Toastees are also available at 

The generous folks at Almondina are giving one of my readers the chance to win a sample package just like the one I received:
A Toastees Variety Pack! Two bags each of Cranberry Almond, Coconut Orange Almond, and one bag each of Sesame Almond and Lemon Poppy Almond!
 (Retail Value: Approx. $40.00)

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

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Disclosure: I received a Variety Pack of Almondina Toastees for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -- Review!

Do you wear eyeglasses? I do! Both Happy Husband and youngest daughter do, too.  Shopping for glasses can be tedious as you stand in a crowded shop, jostling other shoppers, searching for the "right" pair at the "right" price.

I was absolutely delighted to discover GlassesShop Online.  It has everything the shopper needs and wants! Reading glasses, Clip-ons, Prescription Sunglasses, Prescription Glasses, and more!

Every frame style imaginable is available.  Cat eye (don't you love the retro chic?), round, oval, square, aviator, and other fabulous styles.

You may use the "TRY ON" tool to see how the frames will look on your face. Just upload your photo and try them on! I love this feature!

Now, I have a round (okay, it's a moon-pie) face. So, I choose frames that would "open" my eyes and give me balance.

I chose for my first pair the Hackensack Round in Red.  I love these glasses! Perfect for my face. Don't you think?

For my second pair, I chose the GrandPrairie Wayfarer in Pink and Purple!  Slightly smaller than the first pair, but equally amazing. I love them.  

I will admit, I was rather skeptical about getting prescription glasses online.  I shouldn't have worried. I just sent them my prescription info, specified my need for bi-focals, and within two weeks, my glasses arrived!

The glasses come in a sturdy, clear, plastic protective case with a soft, micro-fiber cloth for cleaning.

The generous folks at have offered my readers a special coupon code GSHOT50, which is 50% off for all eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses only on their site. 
*Except sales frames.* 

You may connect with on their social media sites: Facebook, PinterestInstagram, and @glassesshop on Twitter.

DISCLOSURE:  I received two pairs of prescription glasses in order to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation. My opinions are based on my own use of and experience with the items.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Costa Farms Review

CONFESSION: I am a plant killer!

At least, I was a plant killer. Wandering Jew, Aloe, Ivy... KUDZU! You name it -- I made it die. At one point, I think the City of Atlanta was hoping to hire me to touch the Kudzu growing by the freeways -- a sure way to kill it off.  :(

Not anymore, I'm happy to tell you! Nope. You see, I discovered the magical world of Costa Farms of Miami, Florida. The plants supplied by Costa Farms are beautiful, hardy, and come, happily for me, with detailed directions for their care and feeding!

I haven't killed a single plant! GO ME!

A couple of months ago, I received some absolutely lovely plants for review. It was... poignant. You see, my beloved Nan was President of the Tybee Island Garden Club. Sadly, I never attended meetings with her or shared her love of flowers and plants.

I recall, though, one time I planted Impatiens under our old oak tree. She was just so tickled that I'd done that for her. She's gone now and the oak tree toppled...

Well, I love my plants now and I do my best to take care of them properly. They bring me no end of pleasure -- they make me smile. And that's what it's all about. I understand now, Nanie.

I received several plants and gave my Mom a couple for her apartment, my sister fell in love with the fern!

My favourites are the Anthurium and the Zamioculcas. They are both low-maintenance, air-purifiers. That's a HUGE factor for me as Mike continues to smoke those evil cigars occasionally.

Anthurium [Flamingo Flower, Pigtail Plant]

Plant Features:
Anthuriums are subtropical favorites with varieties growing in such diverse areas as South America and the Pacific. They are perfect as cut flowers or as potted plants in varying sizes. They are popular around Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. To get them to flower continuously, place in a filtered light location and fertlize during the growing season. The plant should be kept clean of all yellow or decaying leaves.

Zamioculcas [ZZ Plant]

Plant Features:
The Zamioculca, also known as the ZZ plant, is one of the strongest plants on the market. Frequently found in low-light locations such as malls, and any areas of the home or office where minimal light shines through, the ZZ is a true survivor.

The dedicated folks at Costa Farms would love to hear from you! Connect with them via their amazingly informative Newsletter and on their Social Media Pages: Facebook, @costafarms on Twitter, and YouTube.

Ideal indoor houseplants are of ‘heavy mettle’ – durable enough to withstand low light and irregular watering. The plants that fit this category seem to handle abuse fairly well, and can adapt to a variety of conditions. One characteristic that seems to be consistent is that these plants are slow or slower growers then other indoor tropicals.

Aglaonemas are durable, versatile tropical foliage plants that are very popular for use indoors and for interiorscape settings. The old standby varieties and newer hybrids come in shades of green with faint silver bands, dark green with cream colored bands or predominately silver with some green banding. Heights may range from one foot to three feet and these easy to maintain plants tolerate low light levels indoors and remain attractive for long periods with minimal care.

The ponytail palm is basically a ‘plant it and forget it’ kind of plant, providing it has enough light to thrive and somewhat steady water throughout the growing season. Because this is an arid plant by nature, periods of dryness are not deadly for an established plant. As with all palms, ponytail palms should never be top-trimmed, and they will respond wonderfully to a consistent feeding program in the growing season. Keep in mind, though, that the ponytail palm is an extremely slow-growing plant, so don't expect your desktop plant to transform into a corner unit in one or two growing seasons.

A tropical plant, sansevierias could be elected easiest of all houseplants. They like warmth and dry air; will accept a little sun or a lot; and are not even fussy about the amount of moisture in the soil. Called many nicknames by gardeners, including snake plant and mother-in-law’s tongue, Sansevierias are favored for its ability to grow in low-light situations. The durable snake plant will tolerate benign neglect in a wide range of temperatures.

The Zamioculcas zamiifolia, otherwise known as the ‘ZZ plant’, is a durable houseplant that requires next to nothing in care, thrives in almost all conditions and isn't bothered by pests and diseases. The ZZ plant, with its shiny foliage and stems, grows up to three feet tall. It needs shade, so it's perfect for dimly lit areas in the house. This easy-going plant doesn't require a special soil mix, and it can go for weeks--perhaps even months — without water, thanks to its big underground tuber where water is stored. It does best with occasional watering — about every other week or so.

I received an assortment of plants for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

For More info on these hearty plants:  Epic Gardening