Going Out Of Style?! The Thank-You Note

I was raised to believe that proper ladies and gentlemen send thank-you notes, preferably in a timely fashion, after receiving a gift or attending a social event. Of course, in our digital age,… Continue reading

Patriotic Mini-Cakes

I recently saw a recipe for star-shaped shortcakes in the Summer 2011 edition of Publix FamilyStyle Magazine.  Please see my Resources page for more information on the original recipe.  The cakes were topped… Continue reading

“Pesky” Place Card Holders

Look at the little “guests” that will be joining my table at our BBQ today! These little guys are actually a set of table weights that I re-purposed into place card holders. I… Continue reading

Sausage Pasta Milano

One of mon mari’s favorite pasta dishes to eat in restaurants is The Macaroni Grill’s Pasta Milano, a rich, bold dish with a garlic cream sauce, chicken, button mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.*  Shortly… Continue reading

A Pillow Fit For Royalty

Now I know that I wrote about pillows earlier this week, but I just had to tell you readers about a great idea I had recently, before it loses its timeliness. I don’t… Continue reading

Necklaces: Custom-Fit to Flatter

One of my favorite gifts to receive is a piece of jewelry, and I suspect that any woman would second that sentiment. However, some necklaces tend to have a interesting fit to them… Continue reading

Tips and Tricks for La Maison, Vol. II

Buy A Stained Home Accent! If you see the perfect napkin, place mat, tablecloth, or pillow with a seemingly permanent stain on it, don’t walk away. Take a closer look. If the stain… Continue reading

Pillows 101

Every once and a while, I get the itch to sew something – Halloween costumes, napkins, clothing, but most often, I make a new set of pillows for the vignette area by my… Continue reading

Savory Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

My Savory Chicken Pot Pie Pasta Serves 4. This is a flavorful recipe that I make quite often, because it utilizes many items I have in my fridge at all times.  The rich… Continue reading

My New Passion With a Clever Name….

It’s official – I’m addicted to the home design website, Houzz. Have you heard of Houzz? I was trolling the Internet one day and discovered this gem of home ideas, décor, do-it-yourself projects,… Continue reading

Place Card Primer: Pebbles and River Rocks

One of the things I like to do when having guests over, is to give each person attending a special place card at my table. A personalized place card tells my guests where… Continue reading

Easy Pesto Chicken

One of my quick, go-to suppers is to make Pesto Chicken with a few sides.  It’s shockingly simple and will yield the juiciest chicken breast ever.  All you need are a few chicken… Continue reading

A Stylish Patio Lighting Alternative

Have you ever driven by a cafe or restaurant with patio dining and gazed at the tables of patrons conversing and eating into the evening? Have you ever wondered how to re-create the… Continue reading

Knock-Me-Out Roses

There is a reason why this blog doesn’t have a Gardening category.  I kill everything.  Yes, you heard me right, everything.  It’s a really sore spot with me, mostly because I try so… Continue reading

A Jumbo Rod in a Jam

In one of my previous homes, I had a gargantuan window. It was in the bedroom, facing east, and the cost of a curtain rod to fit it was very high, (much more… Continue reading

Tips and Tricks for La Maison, Vol. I

I find that one of the things I like to share more than anything is an ingenious tip that makes my life a little easier. Especially when the tips involve simpler ways to… Continue reading