Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake

My Mom was an excellent cook and even a better baker.  But I've never had a "sweet tooth!  I'm not a big chocolate eater either..but I do have a few favorites that I repeatedly make.  Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake is one of them.  You know what else is great about this banana upside down cake?  It's made in your slow cooker!

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A Little Bit Of Winter Wonderland

I  love winter!  Yep, I do! I thought I would bring a little bit of winter wonderland inside!

You might be wondering why I love a winter wonderland?

No sweating
Days are getting longer
It's quiet outside
The sound of snow crunching as I walk on it
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Blogging Friend And A Winter Walk

french sugar and creamer set

Last week was one of those kind of weeks where nothing ran smoothly.  Wednesday morning my car's passenger tire blew out.  Not able to get a hold of Mr. C, I left my car, walked in the freezing cold (no gloves or hat) to find shelter until I could reach him. Later on we bought […]

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Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

pork chops with onions and apples

I'm sure you know by now that one of my favorite ways to cook is using one pot wonder meals. Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions is quick and easy...and is oh so good! Mr. C is a big pork eater and he loves it! Mr. C doesn't love easily :-{ Follow

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Tiny Homes On The Market

Small Home, Westmont VA

Remember when smoking was cool (if your old enough)?  McMansion's use to be cool too but that trend is rapidly changing. Small space living is back in vogue for many reasons. The Charmer isn't a tiny home, but she is small, 1,182 square feet. When I purchased her, as a single woman in 1987, I […]

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Adding To My Currier and Ives Collection

Currier and Ives Porcelain Coffee Cups

Yesterday was predicted to be the warmest day for the next week. It's been so cold I've been staying in and feeling the cabin fever bite. Heading out the door the sun was shinning bright and the snow twinkling.  Gosh you feel so much better when the sun is out! Follow

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Colds, Flu and What YOU Can Do!


Throughout the winter months, it is important to keep a strong immune system. When you do feel illness coming on, there are a few simple steps you can take to help boost your immune response and (hopefully!) kick the bug before it begins or at least shorten the duration of illness. Learn how to rid […]

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One Pot Wonders

Classic Beef Stew

One of my favorite ways to cook is using One Pot Wonders recipes.  One Pot Wonder are dishes that you kind of throw everything in the pot, let it cook, and then it's done! I thought I would share with you one of my favorite “one pot wonders” that is just perfect for this time […]

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Currier & Ives Inspired Hutch

Currier & Ives Winter Scene Dinner Plate

Through the years thrifting I've found some great Currier & Ives items.  When I was down in our dungeon pillaging through my dish stash,  for dishes to use for our New Years Eve tablescape, I found my Currier & Ives dishes. Finding them not only lead to our New Year's table but also to my […]

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The Innocence of Winter

Children with a Sled

The Innocence of Winter Winter came down to our home last night Quietly whirling in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And I was a child once again. Follow

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