rock candy #summerdessertweek

Today…. Is day two of #summerdessertweek!And, today I have one of the prettiest candies out there. They are like the gemstone of sweets: shimmery, shiny crystals of pure sugar. And, when you’re a homeschool mom like myself- they are the perfect way to incorporate some science into life. (shhhh…. it’s undercover school in summer)The best part about these candies is that they also serve an adult purpose: sweetening your drinks. And, if you’re clever- you’ll add flavoring to compliment your drink… mint sweet tea, anyone? These are sooooo easy to make. And, chances are you have everything you need. I […]

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mermaid splash cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own.  Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this week from yours truly. In my participation for this event, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Wilton. In it, there was a “DIY-licous” kit for mermaid cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE how mermaids and unicorns have made a “comeback”. As a […]

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Enlarging our tent

Remember my posts about enlarging our tent? No, we don’t actually live in a tent. It’s an expression of expansion. Although, tent living is fine with me as long as there is mosquito repellent… and food. And fire to cook the food. A soap to clean up. And toilet paper. Got it? Okay, we’re good. So: if you caught up on the links above you’ll know that we began fostering, which also grew our family by adopting two little girls. But: we have one tiny problem… our bathroom. You see, there’s just one. And, a family of six with one […]

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Easter brunch recipe round up and Jord watch giveaway!

A few months ago, I told y’all about these fantastic wood watches, in this post . What happened? Where are y’all? So far there is less than THREE entries! This means: that your chances of winning are HUGE. So: head over to this site , and place your entry . It only takes a second, and…. you just might be the lucky winner of a $100 Jord Wood Watch gift card! Woo-hoo! Now: I’m not going to leave you with just that. Today I have some inspiration for your Easter brunch: This week is our Spring Break, our home is […]

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Lemon Ginger Curry Chicken Skewers #stashtearecipechallenge

Think fast: you are having a party, and you want to serve something intriguing and exotic, but not too over the top… you still want to spend time with your guests…. I really you’d like something that can be made in advance, with short preparation time to serve. I’ve got a solution for you. Grilled marinated chicken skewers with a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce. Tender chicken breasts soaked in a soy/lemon ginger garlic marinade and grilled to perfection. With a creamy lemon ginger curry sauce that is amazing… my kids have now requested it for their french fries (!!!!!) […]

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Deconstructed BLT salad with raspberry pomegranate dressing #stashtearecipechallenge

And this is another entry into the #StashTeaRecipeChallenge. Using the tea as a flavor base for my dressing, made this simple salad stand out. The complex flavors behind the pomegranate and raspberry married perfectly with a light splash of vinegar and oil and creamy sour cream . The slight sweetness off set the salty bacon and the crisp crostini was the perfect thing to accompany the delicate salad greens. I added some hard boiled egg, so technically this salad could count as breakfast. hahaha! A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be […]

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Earl GreyMojito#stashtearecipechallenge

I created this recipe for the “Not your usual tea” category in the #stash tearecipechallenge. Personally, I love Earl Grey . What gives earl gray it’s unique flavor and aroma is the addition of Bergamot; a relative of the lime plant, it has an unmistakable flavor and aroma that is unsurpassed, in my opinion. Another favorite drink of mine is the Mojito: a mint and rum infused concoction that is refreshing and light, like a vacation in a glass. I decided to marry my two favorite beverages for this challenge: my morning beverage and my favorite adult/weekend beverage. I decided […]

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Chai Chia breakfast pudding #stashtearecipechallenge

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. A huge than you goes out to Stash tea for their support in this contest. Be sure to check them out on social media for recipes,and delicious teas! AND: be sure to use this code for a special deal: THEVILLAGECOOK-SC Be sure to follow on social media for more recipes, promotions and teas: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stashtea Twitter: https://twitter.com/stashtea Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stashtea/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stashtea/ Note: I was sent samples to participate in contest, however opinions expressed are my own.

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Tropical and avocado shrimp salad #stashtearecipechallenge

Imagine this: buttery avocado, luscious plump shrimp, all smothered in a creamy lemony ginger and dill sauce, and stuffed into an avocado shell. And: the key to creating this one of a kind flavor explosion? Tea. Yep, it’s time to think of tea in a whole new light. Of course, I love a nice spot of Earl Grey, or a tall glass of refreshing sweet tea. But: what if: we captured the essences and flavors of some of the most exotic teas and incorporated them into something new? A savory snack, or a satisfying supper? With all the thousands of […]

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Essential Oils….

Most of y’all know- I was GM of a Natural Foods/Supplement store for 15 years. Back then, there was a handful of people that knew what essential oils were, much less what Aromatherapy meant. Today, you can’t go far without someone telling you “there’s an oil for that” or seeing a social media post promoting the latest kit. And; I have to admit. I have always loved oils, back when there were only a few reputable brands.. I’d mix my own concoctions and people would always ask: “What smells so good?” But; with all the recent hype there are a […]

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vanilla chia pudding

Who remembers ChiaPets? Terra cotta animals that you soak, spread chia seeds on, and they “sprout hair”making a small green topiary for you to enjoy on your windowsill. Who knew they were good for you? Well, they are. And, this creamy breakfast “pudding” is just the treat you need for Monday. Mondays are made for treats. It’s important to give  yourself something special to wake up to, and, when you do-  it may be a little bit easier to get out of bed. Somedays, I find it very easy to get up early. Especially if almost  everyone is still asleep… […]

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The element of time…and a giveaway!

The element of time….  I’m approaching another birthday, which, for me always makes me re-evaluate where I am, what I’m doing and where I’m going… and where I’ve been.   I can mentally time travel my entire life in simple a few minutes of thought.  And, it bewilders me that all of these hours and moments days and weeks simply melt into one big memory.   When I was in college, I did a persuasive speech on this topic. Why can’t we remember time that recently passed, (like what you had for dinner last Thursday)  yet we can remember a moment when […]

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Mahon Cheese and starfruit with lemon pepper oil

Happy New Year! Well. almost.. we are currently in “the old year” now. So: Happy old year?  Either way, I hope this year begins with joy and is filled with goodness for everyone out there. I love New Years: Every year, I give my home a fresh start; I put a crisp white tablecloth on our dining table, put out a vase of white flowers, wash the sheets and give the whole house a good decluttering clean. That was yesterday. Today; I got ready to bring in the New Year. Not that I will be awake past nine or anything…. […]

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last minute ideas!

Note: This is a sponsored post, I was given compensation and giveaway merchandise ; however the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  Here we are, on  Christmas eve, I hope that you are settled in with a cup of hot cocoa and a completed “to do” list, but  there is a possibility that’s not the case. There may be that moment that strikes in the middle of the night, where you completely forgot that your uncle Charlie is bringing his new girlfriend to dinner, and you want her to feel part of the family. Or, maybe it’s that awkward gift […]

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this joyful season …or not

Before I begin, I’m aware that this season is not joyful for everyone. For some, this season ignites pain and stress, resurfaces old memories and bitterness, sadness or despair. For me, I have my winter wounds as well, for it was on December 15 that my daughter and I found my father, which led to many months of hospital visits, nursing homes and,  finally hospice. For me, December 15 opened the doorway to a dark season of my life. But: that door has closed. And, I don’t let the memories of darkness steal away the light of the season. Because […]

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