Showing posts from February, 2019

Turn Your Into a Haven, Even on that Busy Road

Living on a busy road is rarely pleasant. Even worse, this is an issue which often creeps up on us when we’re least expecting. It may be that the road in question was quiet when you first moved in. Or, perhaps you simply didn’t foresee this being an issue when you decided to move here. Either way, you’re paying for it now because that traffic is about to drive you crazy.

This is an issue many of us are facing as our roads get busier, and it can be a struggle. Sometimes, you may want to sell and move to the middle of nowhere. But, we all know how much time and money goes into moving house nowadays. Instead, then, it’s worth remembering that you can make your house a haven again without going anywhere. And, we’re going to look at how.
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Consider sound-proofing

Often, it’s the cons…

Pissaladiere, A Year in Provence, and a Provence Red

I am so excited to share with you that I have joined the French Winophiles on Facebook.  This group does a Twitter chat and blog posts on their favorite subject: French Wines.  This month we are looking at the book A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, Provence wines, and a delightful recipe that combines both.

First, let me share the book with you.  I read this book in the early 90s and it has been a book that I read annually since then. I cannot say enough about this book.  We read it as a book club selection and from this several couples found themselves on tours of Provence in later years.  I gave my original copy away when one of my friends was heading to Provence and hadn't read it. I received my new copy from Blue Vase Book Exchange.  They graciously provided copies of the book to…

Winey Mary: Blood Mary meets Red Wine

Our Improve Cooking Challenge puts two ingredients together and challenges us to make a dish with those ingredients!  For February we were challenged to make something from red wine and Italian seasoning!  For my submission, I recreated a cocktail I had long ago when my husband and I ate at a steak restaurant in Minneapolis. It was called a Winey Mary.

According to various resources on the web, a Winey Mary is a Bloody Mary that uses red wine as part of the ingredients.  My concoction includes Italian seasoning and I think it is a winner!  I hope you do, too.

Winey Mary

4 oz red wine
3 oz vodka
2 oz Bloody Mary Mix
1 t lemon juice
1 t pepperoncini juice
1 t Italian seasoning
1 t A-1 sauce

In a shaker glass, combine all the ingredients and shake until ingredients are blended and cold. Pour…

The Alamo Bride #ourgoodlifebooklist

I read a lot of historical fiction, mostly about World War I or II, so I was pleasantly surprised to pick up a book about the Alamo. Author Kathleen Y'Barbo does an excellent job with her research to create a truly enjoyable read.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to leave a positive review. 

From Amazon:  

Will Ellis Lose All at the Alamo?

Ellis Dumont finds a man in New Orleans Grey unconscious on Dumont property in 1836. As his fevers rage, the man mutters strange things about treasures and war. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives. With the men of her family away, Ellis must stand courageous and decide who she can…

Fixing Problems Around the Home

In today's blog post, we are going to look at two of the most common problems around the home: washing machine problems and plumbing problems!
Washing machine repairsWasher repairs can become more and more costly if the problem has been left unintended for a significant amount of time. However, the trouble is that a lot of people do not know how to spot issues with their washer. Of course, there are times when it will be obvious that you need a repair. For example, if your washing machine won’t work and you simply have no idea why, it is best to leave it to the experts, as opposed to fiddling around with it yourself. A professional should be able to get to the bottom of it in no time. Another sign there is a…

Amy's Cozy Cocktail #FoodBloggerLove

#FoodBloggerLove is all about sharing our friends in the food blogging world. This is the third year that I am participating in the #FoodBlogger Love blogger event for Valentine’s Day hosted by the lovely ladies from The PinterTest Kitchen.

I was so excited to get paired with Amy Bartlett from Savory Moments.  Amy is the mom to twins, which I love, and runs a blog that is dedicated to healthy eating, eat locally, eat seasonally, savor the food culture and foraging. My own grandmother took me with her to find poke salad every spring, and my dad foraged for mushrooms each spring. Below are all her social media contacts so you can follow her, too!

Amy Bartlett Savory Moments…

Cheesy Chili Cornbread Casserole

Casseroles are quick and easy, portable and satisfy your hungry family. You can make them ahead of time and reheat (usually with even better flavor!) Each of my family has their go-to casserole and for me, it is this Cheesy Chili Cornbread Casserole!

Winter is the perfect time to dig into comforting and filling dishes like this Cheesy Chili Cornbread Casserole. Tucking into something so warm makes you feel like getting cozy with a blanket in front of a snapping fireplace.

Could there be a prettier chili? I had some fresh tomatoes that I chopped up and added to the mixture.

Pour the chili into a 9 by 13-inch pan. I love using this stoneware from Pampered Chef.

I like my cornbread to have a little crunch to it, so we let it bake a little bit longer.  My son-in-law likes to spread good butte…

3 Reasons Why Getting Involved in DIY Might Improve Your Entire Life 100%

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Usually, people get into DIY because they want to save a bit of money because they feel like dealing with a particular issue in a hurry, or maybe even because they want to feel more “useful.”

What you don’t hear about so often, is people getting involved in DIY because they feel it might improve their entire lives.

All the same, though, there is actually a good argument to be made that getting involved in DIY – and improving your DIY skills – really might improve your entire life.

We live in a time when most of us scarcely need to lift a finger when it comes to repair work around the home. We’re fortunate enough to have services such as at our disposal so that we keep from having to be completely accountable for everything that might go wrong in the home.


Sweetheart Coffee

As we inch toward Valentine's Day, I have been thinking about ideas to start your sweetheart's day and this sweetened coffee drink with hints of cardamom and anise and cinnamon. Doesn't this sound like a wonderful way to get one's day going?

I love using cardamom in hot drinks. There's a smoky element that goes well with coffee, with a bit of freshness that reminds me of lemon or mint.  Cardamom is the world's third most expensive spice, following vanilla and saffron (by weight.)  Don't worry, we only use a small amount!

Serve on a tray with some buttered toast with a single rose and a pretty napkin (not paper!) and you will win kudos for a long, long while with this drink!

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Mending Fences #ourgoodlifebooklist

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the latest book in The Deacon's Family series.  My guilty pleasure is reading Amish fiction. I have been reading Suzanne's books for a few years now and have reviewed Phoebe's Light, The Return, and The Devoted. I have enjoyed each one of them!

I received this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest opinion.

From the publisher:   Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. S…

Green Beans Almondine #tastecreations

Our Taste Creations bloggers have put together the ultimate dine in Valentine menu for you!  You can make this gorgeous meal for your loved ones and impress them with your culinary talents!  Dining in has lots of advantages.  It's generally cheaper and you control what goes into the dish. You need less salt? You can do that. It's easy to do this in your own kitchen!

To start our meal, take a look at this beautiful Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Hearts appetizer made by Lauren from Mom Home Guide.  This is easy to make ahead of time so you can set it out when you start cooking. This would be good with some sparkling wine, or sparkling grape juice.

Our next course is this heart-healthy salad made by Evelyne from Nemcsok Farms. The Happy Heart salad is fresh with delightful fruits and…