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The Weekend



Ocean City New Jersey Ferris Wheel

Happy weekend Everyone! There has been a large dose of spring fever brewing around here. Late last week the temperatures rose a bit and the sun shone and brought it on with a vengeance. That combined with my summer picture perusing adventure to fill the recently finished gallery wall in the bedroom has turned my focus to some of my favorite images from last summer.

Ocean City New Jersey Boardwalk

We have a cherished family vacation tradition that began with my mom’s family back when I was just a little bun-in-the-oven. Each year like so many family’s in New Jersey do, we head to the beach for a week of family fun in the sun Jersey style. Although if you watch the TV show you’ll be in for a shock to see our  spot called Ocean City, tucked far at the south end of the New Jersey shoreline. Our secret is it’s nothing like you’d imagine from the TV show. Well maybe our secret is out now that Sarah Brown from Travel Channel fame went parasailing along the Ocean City shoreline and Travel Channel just named Ocean City as having one of the Best Boardwalks in the USA, but they are just confirming what those of us who go there have known that all along.

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Oh an did I mentioned the homes and gardens along the first stretch of Boardwalk are to-die-for!

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I hoped you enjoyed this glimpse of summertime nostalgia. See you all Monday 🙂

Psst If you want to see more of these homes click here.

The Weekend




Happy Weekend Everyone! I’ve been going through our photos trying to narrow down some good ones for the gallery wall we’re putting up around the TV in the Bedroom.

I came across this picture from one summer night last year. Did I ever mention we have an island directly in front of our house. You could practically swim there. It’s a summer home and only accessible by boat for a few months out of the year. There’s a few of these dappled across the lake. It looks so pretty there sitting all aglow in the summer moonlight. I just had to share.

Anyway, I’m off for some weekend fun. See you all Monday!

The Weekend




Happy Weekend Everyone!

Barring our freak October Snowstorm things have been decidedly mild here for most of the winter thus far. That is, until the other day when the freezing temperatures arrived making it feel pretty much like any other average January.

Cold and Windy.

Good thing we’ll be warm and snuggly by the fire 😉

The Weekend




Happy Weekend before Christmas everyone! Is everyone ready for the big day? The good news is that I’m done shopping for gifts, the bad news is that I still have to wrap them all.

The other day I noticed my gifts-to-wrap pile keeps getting mysteriously larger. I investigated last night (dusting off my Nancy Drew skills) it seems that Bryan has been piling the gifts he bought (that aren’t mine) on the wrapping pile.

He knows I’m onto him…this morning I casually mentioned it and he walked out of the room with a sheepish grin…He thinks he’s gotten away with it.  OH BOY will he be surprised when I break out the wrapping paper and tape tonight and recruit him as sheepish grinning elf!

May your weekend be Merry and Bright and filled with your own elves!

Brownies and Cookies Oh My!



Just stopping in quickly to share some of the yummy treats I make every year at this time. I have a little confession to make, I’m not really a big brownie (or chocolate for that matter) fan. I know weird right, but these are an old recipe my Mom always bakes. Every time someone new tries them the first question; “Is that a three tiered Brownie?”, followed by the second question; “Can I have the recipe?”

Brownies and Cookies

It’s an old Tri-Level Brownie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. They are super simple to make, although do require a bit more time than traditional brownies because the 3 layers are made individual.

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The top fudge layer is amazing, I use this part of the recipe for everything from Sugar Cookie Icing to Chocolate Covered Strawberries…It’s that good, and easy to make.

The other cookie, which happens to be my personal favorite are the traditional rolled Hungarian Cream Cheese Cookie with Apricot filling.

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So delicious and a unique cookie, traditionally filled with Apricot, Cherry, or Lekvar (Prune filling) these cookies are on the must bake list at my house every year.

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Tri-Level Brownie Recipe found here

Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Your choice of Apricot Pastry filling, Raspberry Jelly or Lekvar


Cream butter and cream cheese till fluffy; blend in sugar. Stir together flour, salt and baking powder; Stir into cream cheese mixture. Cover chill dough several hours or overnight.

On light floured surface, roll each portion into a rectangle, cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Place a dot of filling into center of each square. Bring up two diagonal corners to center, pinching together to seal.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees till firm but not brown, about 11 minutes.

Trust me they’re delicious and even from a  non brownie lover like myself those tri-level brownies are fantastic! Speaking of cookies I think I’ll go eat twenty one right now, enjoy everybody!

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