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Pumpkin marinated chicken recipe

Pumpkin Marinated Chicken Recipe

Foster Farms is sponsoring this post, but I bought only their chicken even before they were nice enough to do that. Little did Verda & Max Foster know when they began raising birds in 1939, that a blogger in California would be creating a recipe around their chicken in 2015 and sending it out over the internet.  What would they say to that?! Foster Farms has been in operation for 76 years and is still a family business now run by Ron, their grandson.  Verda, from one female entrepreneur to another, this one is for you!  Pumpkin Marinated Chicken Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 & 1/2 cups pumpkin puree  1 cup chicken stock 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon … [Continue...]

Estate Sale Tales and Treasures

Estate Sale Tales & Treasures

I didn't know her. But I have a pieces of her life and I have pieced together a portrait of her. She was ... a mother, a daughter, organized, a fashion plate, a dog lover, a crafter, a lover of Christmas. So organized in fact that every thing was labeled. Even ALL her hats.   So crafty she had a stash that would put us all to shame.  And she was so much more that I will never know. Taking a bit of editorial license, I think she wore Lily … [Read More...]

Five Tips for a Less Stressful Move

Five Tips for a Less Stressful Move

I am generally pretty chill ... until I am not. And I want to stay chill throughout our upcoming move, so I have complied my top tips for a less stressful move.  (I will be referring to this post when the … "until I am not" moments arise.) A friend who recently moved described the experience this way: "move is a four letter word".  That sums it up for lots of people, but it doesn't have to be that way.   Moving, especially for women, is a stressful … [Read More...]


Fabric Pumpkins Give Away

As you are reading this post, I am on the top of this mountain. What???  I know, I am supposed to be packing up my house for our move & all that, but instead... I am making memories. When I am old & grey I won't remember that I had all my boxes packed before the movers showed up, but I will remember all the laughs & adventures I had today & yesterday with my Goats.  Read here for some of our other adventures. While I am off making … [Read More...]

Farmhouse glam Kitchen

Farmhouse Glam Kitchen – the Elements

I have had something cooking for a year & a half. Many of you know what I am referring to... The purchase of our new/old house.  Can you believe, a year & a half?  And not just a sitting & waiting year & a half ~ a crazy roller coaster year & a half in connection with the house. Well, one good thing about all that time is I am READY!  My Pinterest boards are chock full, notes taken, plans drawn, team assembled - plumber, … [Read More...]

Lavender plant

A Makeover ~ from the grocery store

Sometimes all you need is a flick of a brush, the right earrings & a bit of gloss ... to go from ho-hum to WOW! Then again, sometimes all you need is a square of fabric, a rubber band , twine & a bit of moss to do the same. Let me show you how to upscale a grocery store plant to floral shop lovely in less than 5 minutes. How to Makeover a Grocery Store Plant Here is the before: lavender from Trader Joe's in an awful pot with garish plastic … [Read More...]

Perfect pumpkins fall decor

Perfect Pumpkins – DIY & Decor Inspiration

More than the Christmas tree. More than the first bulbs poking through the dirt. More than the days getting longer. I look forward to the arrival of pumpkins more than any other harbinger of a season. What is it about those orbs of orange and white that make my heart skip a beat? Maybe it is because fall has always been my favorite season, mixed in with the fact that you can do so much with pumpkins. Countless DIYs and decor possibilities. I know … [Read More...]


Porch decor mood board inspiration

Porch Decor – a mood board

I have always wanted a front porch. We once had a tiny one - big enough for one chair, me & a magazine. Soon - how soon I am not exactly sure - we will have a porch built for more than … [Read More...]