Vegetable Barley Soup

What do you cook for a crowd of friends who are vegetarians and allergic to garlic?  Lol.  I wish that was a joke.  Let me tell you, I had to search very long and hard to find a recipe that I thought was tasty enough to serve to this crowd. How about Italian food?  Love it, but almost every Italian dish contains garlic.  Shocker, I know.  I’m half Italian and it would be a sin to remove garlic from an Italian dish.      😉 How about vegetarian chili?  I find most vegetarian chilies tend to be bland.  Meat is an essential source of …

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Whites & Greys

A white and grey color combination is so chic!  I like using that color combo in my wardrobe and throughout my home, like in my guest bathroom. Since this bathroom will primarily be used by guests, I want the decor to be simple and functional.  I tend to avoid matching bathroom sets because I like mixing different accessories to give a more natural look. After I wash up in a bathroom I don’t like dragging my wet hands around looking for a towel.  Maybe that’s me being neurotic but I’ve placed hand soaps and towels at each sink so that …

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Classic Banana Bread

I had a couple of bananas that were on their way out the door and I didn’t want to throw them away.  So I decided to make my favorite banana bread with them.  I could have slathered it with a tasty icing of some sort or used some sweet chocolate chips in it.  Trust me, with my sweet tooth I was ready to do just that but I decided to keep it simple and classic today.     🙂 Classic and easy are two great words to describe this banana bread recipe.  There are few ingredients in this recipe and …

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Easter Tablescape

Time to set the table for Easter dinner!  I don’t have a lot of Easter decorations so I tend to have more of a springtime table with accents of a bunny and Easter egg here and there. The delicate eyelet lace table runner creates a soft backdrop for my tablescape.  Table runners can be a good tool to help you get a sense of where things can be placed on the table.   I used a variety of hurricane glasses (mercury glass and clear glass) and tall chunky candles which run down the table.  Using objects of different heights creates …

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Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve got the munchies and I need a snack!  I would love a chocolate chip cookie (or two) right about now and even my husband has been nudging me to make a batch.   I’ll make cookies some other time and share them with you then, but for now the healthy snack wins.  For now, what I need is something I can nosh on that won’t blow my calorie intake.  Oh and of course it HAS to be delicious too. I cook with chickpeas for dinner a lot but I never thought to roast them.   These golden brown nuggets are a …

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