Cozy Christmas Kitchen

If there's one place I want to be in the Charmer it's in my Cozy Christmas Kitchen! I love my kitchen, now that doesn't mean there aren't things I wouldn't change about it, there is. But when I walk in to the kitchen I have such a wave of being enveloped in the warmest feeling! [Continue reading...]

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Christmas In Our Master Bedroom And Dressing Room

I was planning on sharing our Cozy Christmas Kitchen with you, but to be honest I'm feeling a tad tired today.  There's so many photos (300) to edit that I switched gears and I'm sharing Christmas In Our Master Bedroom and Dressing Room. [Continue reading...]

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Large Batch Cocktails

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Serving mixed drinks at a party can be a tricky business.  You could have someone serve drinks, or you could leave a bunch of mixers and liquor out.  A great solution is to offer large batch cocktails (mixed drinks) that you make before the party and you won't have to worry about! Margaritas It's easy […]

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Sophisticated Deviled Eggs

Pesto Deviled Eggs

For my taste, any deviled egg is a good egg!  Mr. C loves deviled eggs, but my taste buds wanted a more sophisticated deviled egg. Pesto Deviled Eggs is an alternative to the classic with a few alternative ingredients! I use Costco organic eggs (2 dozen for under $7). Pesto Deviled Eggs makes a great […]

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Christmas Living Area

vintage soup tureen, red tea cups

Hello Everyone, I'm excited to be able to share with you more of our Christmas Home Tour! A few days ago was A Charming Christmas Dining Room and today is our Christmas Living Area.  It's hard taking photos in the Charmer because she is a long house (front to back) and not very wide. I […]

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Torta

Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Crostini

The holiday season is upon us and we are busy decorating and planning/attending parties.  One, go to appetizer, I serve during the holidays is Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Torta.  It is excellent! It is a real buffet centerpiece with brilliant layers of red, white and green alternating to create a beautiful and impressive hors d'oeuvre.  […]

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A Charming Christmas Dining Room

vintage tool box, red transferware

Merry Christmas! Welcome to A Charming Christmas Dining Room. The theme for my Christmas decor sprung from the knitted stars I've been making, and of course a red and white color theme. Usually I do individual post, the mantel, buffet etc, but with Christmas so close they are being shared as rooms. The one thing […]

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A Charmer Holiday Home Tour Sneak Peak

Charmer Holiday Home Tour

Today the sun finally popped out and I snapped photos all day to share in a Charmer Holiday Home Tour Collage. I've been a busy bee since the day after Thanksgiving decorating the Charmer in her holiday delight!  It seems like I wasn't getting anywhere fast? I mean I'd work on it thinking each day […]

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Everyday or Holiday Chicken Recipe

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

I think you know by now I am passionate about cooking... it is such a creative outlet...and then y0u get to eat it!  I love recipes that are good for everyday or holiday chicken recipe. Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato with Cream Sauce Warning, we have not had sun in almost a week and the photo […]

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Women’s Christmas Retreat

Palos Center House

Saturday I attended a Women's Christmas retreat at the Center.  The Center is one of my favorite places to spend time for spiritual renewal.   It is a place for celebration, enrichment and healing.  Over 30 years I attended retreats, yoga, painting, weaving, teas, lunches and special holiday events. This was the first year the retreat […]

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