Graduation season is here! It is so important to honor those special graduates in our lives, but it can get expensive too. I always want to celebrate graduations so we came up with some inexpensive gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Check out our list of high school graduations gifts on a budget. We happily receive announcements from friends and family that are graduating from preschool to high school…. Continue Reading
This weekend my family were on our way to Santa Barbara and we happened to be near a Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. We decided spontaneously to check out the festival. There were lots of craft booths, entertainment booths, game booths and of course lots and lots of strawberry food items. They even had strawberry beer and wine! We especially liked the chocolate covered strawberries – they were dipped in white,… Continue Reading
This easy macaroni salad recipe is a classic! The weather is beautiful here in California this weekend, so we are having a BBQ at my mother’s house for Mothers’ Day. I am making a macaroni salad because there is nothing like comfort food when seeing my parents. This recipe is quick to put together, which fits in with my schedule. It is also easily doubled and you can make it… Continue Reading
I am preparing a Mothers’ Day gift for my mother this weekend. She is in her eighties and her doctor has recently recommended that she keep her brain challenged and active. When I visit my mother, we often will make cards or scrapbook, but when she is not with family or friends, it is just her and my dad. I wanted to give my mother something different than the usual… Continue Reading
I love seeing all the flowers blooming this time of year! Even though my allergies kick up, I just cannot resist the opportunity to bring flowers into my home. Sometimes I pick up flowers from the florist or supermarket, but usually they are from my local farmers market. There is always a wonderful selection and it is nice to know that the flowers were grown locally. When I visited France… Continue Reading
These Caramel Custard Flan Cupcakes are a fun dessert and go nicely with a Mexican dish. I am a cupcake fanatic. I do not make them as often as I used to because I found out as you got older, it is not so easy to fit into your clothes if you eat too many cupcakes. But this one is still a favorite to make. I used a yellow cake… Continue Reading
So finally after months of thinking about doing this, I am actually doing this. Just a place to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences. I am so inspired by the beautiful and interesting blogs out there. I love all things that make a house a home including: cooking, crafting, decorating, organizing, entertaining and all the while saving money. I hope you will stop by from time to time and visit.