R.I.P. Mom, You Weren’t There

mother and daughter

Dear Mom, When I was a little girl, you made me warm chocolate milk every day, kissed my boo boos and wiped my tears. You dressed me, rocked me and sang me to sleep at night. You taught me how to count to ten, color between the lines and share with my friends. You taught me right from wrong, the importance of faith and helping others. You taught me how to ride a bike, sew a button, bake a cake, and weather unkind words from others. You taught me to save money and how to spend it wisely. You were […]

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One Pot Corn and Crab Chowder

One Pot Corn and Crab Chowder

Ugh! Another cold, windy, rainy day here in the Northeast! This is one of the few things I do not like about living in the north…consecutive days without sun. But, having a nice homemade bowl of soup helps perk up my winter blues. When is spring coming? I suppose it is way too early to ask that question. This chowder is comfort food by definition. It embodies the flavors we like to eat in the winter- bacon, potatoes, and corn.  Well, bacon we like to eat all year, along with the potatoes and corn but, it is especially nice combination […]

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Easy Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Need a tasty, easy to prepare Super Bowl appetizer for your Super Bowl party? These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are easy to make ahead and are sure to be loved by your guests. Easy and tasty are the operative words here! The Super Bowl turns into a late night and you don’t want to spend the whole weekend preparing for it. Aren’t you so tired by Monday morning? I’ve been pondering what appetizers I can make for the Super Bowl that are great tasting and easy to prepare. A lot of people seem to like stuffed mushrooms and bacon […]

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Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake with Heart-Shaped Strawberries

Heart-shaped naked cake with heart-shaped fresh strawberries

Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches, do you feel guilty that you haven’t planned something ahead to give to your significant other or to make with your kids? I know I’ve felt like that so this year, I planned ahead. I used the heart-shaped baking pan that I bought last year and never used. I thought about which cake recipe I’d use and how I’d decorate the cake. Pink icing was a must! Heart-shaped strawberries seemed perfect. I made this buttery, Almond Sour Cream pound cake with pink Almond butter cream frosting and fresh heart-shaped strawberries for my husband and […]

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One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup

One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup

A tasty, hot, homemade soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day. It warms you up and is comforting. This broth based soup has so much flavor because it is made by stewing a ham bone in chicken, turkey or vegetable stock which produces an incredibly delicious broth for this One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean soup. With only one pot to clean, why buy canned soup when this tastes a hundred times better? This soup tastes great with little seasoning. It is one of my favorite soups because I love cannellini beans and when the ham bone is cooked […]

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Videos: How to Make No Knead Artisan Crusty Bread in 10 Min!

Fresh Artisan Crusty Bread

Two days ago, on a snowy, cold day here in the northeast. It was a perfect day to make homemade, fresh crusty bread. My husband LOVES this bread! He surely agreed to taking videos of me making it just so he can eat it afterward! Hence, I was able to make videos of the bread making process. I really wanted to show you how easy it is to make homemade bread and with a loaf of bread at $4 plus, it makes sense to  make fresh loaves of bread myself for a fraction of the price of one loaf! See […]

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10 Ways to Pay Off Christmas Debt Fast!

How to Pay off Christmas Debt

Have you just opened your credit card statement and are surprised at the balance $2566.41 cents? Or maybe it’s even higher than that and you have no idea how you will pay if off before your summer vacation down payment is due.  Although, I am never in favor of paying credit card interest, I know sometimes it is unavoidable if your car breaks down or if you already have a balance you simply cannot pay off in one lump sum. Here are some quick tips on how to pay off your Christmas debt to help you sleep at night. Return […]

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How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet Like Martha Stewart!

How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet

Have you ever folded a fitted sheet and the result looks like a big linen ball that just came out of the dryer? And if someone walked past it, they wouldn’t even know it was folded. How is that going to fit in your linen closet? See my 90 second “how to” video on You Tube! Video: How to Fold a Fitted Bed Sheet Like a Pro! Subscribe to my new You Tube channel: No Plate Like Home on You Tube I’m pulling out my domestic skills here and am going to show you how to do it. I believe […]

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