Category Archives: Weekend

This Site Has Moved!! “Just Like Perfect” Becomes “The Awkward Bird”

Come visit me over in my new website “home”. It’s sweet! Click here to go to my new site “The Awkward Bird” and thank you so very much for joining me in my adventures. There must be something in the air this time of year that makes me create websites. “What?”, you must be thinking. Well, my happy people, I […]

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars

These beautiful flavorful bites of buttery cranberry orangey yumminess are based on a recipe from my grandmother for Apricot Bars and they are so delicious. So delicious in fact, that the recipe popped in my mind when I decided to enter my first ever cooking contest last October. Our local newspaper held a holiday cookie contest and I entered. It […]

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My 2016

The beginning of 2016 has begun with a messy house, a cold that has left me with no voice and I also have a new age as of this past weekend…45. The cold will eventually go away and I will get my voice back one of these days, (I know people are happy about that) but the messy house and […]

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Me & My Peppermint Pants

Me and my peppermint pants headed out to the mini-mart last night to pick up a last-minute Power Ball ticket. It was Movie Night at our house and I was freshly showered, and truth be told, the peppermint pants were technically my jammies. Paired with a “Santa” sweatshirt I was looking “sweet”. I forgot about Power Ball earlier in the […]

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Belly, Billie & Baileys

Good eats and no exercise have left me searching for my “big” pants as we roll into the New Year. Luckily, we have been on school vacation so my “big” pants selection expanded into my jammies wardrobe since my belly has expanded too. The month of December usually finds me letting everything go in favor of savoring every moment as […]

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National Family Pajama Night

The Company Store, a Wisconsin based company, and Ronald McDonald Charities created National Family Pajama Night to donate pajamas to the Ronald McDonald House and to encourage families of all sorts to don their PJ’s and spend time together. Since that is the preferred attire in our home, there’s a big “Woo-hoo!” from us! Today was our first snowstorm and […]

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The 2016 New Year Promise

The new 2016 year promises to give me a headache. I will be working on my newest adventure, “The Awkward Bird” (there’s always something with me, right?) and I will fill you in when I ever get somewhere with it. It’s all new territory once again. There are many avenues that I may take to begin this adventure and I am not […]

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The BEST Thanksgiving Hostess & Host Gifts Ever!

There is only one gift, in my mind, that tops the list for giving at Thanksgiving (aside from hugs, kisses and thankful sentiments, of course)…empty “Tupperware”, known these days as Food Storage Containers – that’s the “Heirloom” name version. (Have you noticed that everything from your youth, if you are in your 40’s and beyond such as myself, ahem, is […]

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Just baking WAS the contest for a cookie contest

I decided to enter my first ever cookie contest and I have been a crazy person on a mission this past week. I donned my Halloween apron, ’cause it is only October, and set out to make winter holiday cookies. It did not start well. In the first place, I really have no business entering any contests right now that call […]

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What Not To Wear

I often get out for my walks after dinner, until the days become shorter. Then, I have to come up with a new plan. Now, as the night creeps in sooner and I am still trying to get my walks in after dinner, I am scrambling to get out. The dark does not bother me but we have coyotes around […]

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“Go Pack Go”

My oldest wee one is a Green Bay Packers fan so it was only natural that at some point we needed to make a trip to Green Bay. I am not sure where his deep love of sports comes from because neither my husband nor I are diehards. My closeness to sports was as a cheerleader in high school and […]

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That Guy

My daughter has the most wonderful ability to describe life and all of its components in such a fantastical way that you often think she is out in “left field”. Recently, I was getting my toddler out of his room from a nap when she called in from outside that she saw an animal with brown stripes and golden eyes. We […]

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A Post Card From Iowa

This has been a summer for making moments that matter. With my husband joining us full-time this summer as we search for the next employment adventure, we have been taking full advantage of the gift that we have been given. We started out working on our home in the event that we need to sell it and relocate. That became old […]

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Mother’s Day Waffle Sundae & “No Diet Day”

I am preparing for my own Mother’s Day celebration this weekend and one of my favorite desserts came to mind – a waffle sundae. I love Vanilla Ice Cream on a store-bought waffle. I might like it on a homemade waffle too, but right now, it is an easy toaster oven fluffy waffle that sets my heart afire. For this […]

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Chilled Pear Soup

I adapted this “soup” from one of my favorite recipes for entertaining. It was originally a recipe for Chilled Peach Soup and it looked elegant and delicious, yet so simple to make. Through the years I have made it often and only recently have started using different fruit, even though it always seemed like the kind of recipe for substitutions. […]

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Iced Coffee Bar

When planning my “Open House” party for my new blog site, an Iced Coffee Bar seemed to be the perfect idea since I love Coffee and Iced Coffee. To keep it simple, I used a “half n’ half” coffee – half regular and half decaf. The majority of coffee drinkers in my world are serious, so I knew we would […]

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Iced Coffee

I love coffee and Iced Coffee, especially. I used to make my iced coffee by refrigerating brewed coffee that I made fresh or was leftover from a hot pot of coffee. But one day I was perusing the Pioneer Woman’s website and she shared her way of making iced coffee that she discovered from another source and became a convert. […]

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Meat & Veggie Stuffed Shells

I am an odd duck. I do not like traditional stuffed shells because I do not like large amounts of ricotta cheese. I know, crazy. I love ravioli. The difference is that in a stuffed shell, the ratio of pasta to ricotta is off-balance. There is way more ricotta in my bite than pasta. So, I make my own version […]

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Carrot Spice Cake Mini Trifles

This little dessert has a bit of a story. I wanted a carrot cake so I made one. The problem is that I have not had a carrot cake in so long that the only flavor I can remember is the cream cheese frosting. But I wanted just the cake, and not the frosting, because I wanted to make a […]

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Hash & Hash Brown Egg Cups

These are a fabulously delicious morning treat. They are super easy but have a few steps involved so you can’t be in a rush. But… If you make extras on a slow morning, you can freeze some and then enjoy one on the mornings when you are rushing. Brilliant, don’t ya think? I got my breakfast all planned out this […]

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a “PANcake” for Breakfast

I have been fooling around with basic recipes lately looking for the best ones, or at least just like perfect. My dad always made fabulously delicious pancakes but he claims that he didn’t do anything special. I’m thinking he just doesn’t want to dish on his secret recipe. I found a recipe in the Feb/March 2015 issue of “allrecipes” for […]

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Coffee Can Pumpkin Bread

A family member makes the moistest pumpkin bread that I have ever tasted. And the super fun thing is that she makes them in coffee cans…does anyone remember that? I do! I have the old-time black and white photo… The interesting thing is that metal coffee cans are harder to find these days because many are made of plastic or […]

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“One Cup” Mini Hot Chocolate Mixes

I was determined to get to at least one homemade gift project this season and I am happy to say that I did and this was a lot of fun…and very tasty. I have had 3 mugs of hot cocoa already – I did have to test my recipe ya know! Present a gift of homemade “One Cup” Mini Hot […]

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Roasted Cinnamon Pecans

These did not last long in our house! The smell of the nuts roasting was so wonderful and cozy and then when they were ready to eat, we just couldn’t stop. Print Roasted Cinnamon Pecans Ingredients Gather: 1 egg white 1 Tblsp water 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or regular […]

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Coconut Creme Pie

(I have the worst natural lighting in my house – it is either too bright or too gray!) This delicious pie was from a family friend. I make it a little more “coconutty” by using coconut milk. I have also used coconut cream but then I do not add any additional sugar because it is sweet all on its own! […]

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