What kind of Foodie are you?

I was scrolling through articles this morning & came across one by Anna Brones that cracked me up: “The 10 Types of Foodies.”  I thought to myself, “There’s more than one kind?!”   Oh yes, yes there are:

Made It Myself
I’m probably this one…

The Organivore

The Europhile
Yea, yea we got it – the crepes in Paris are much better than the ones here… 

The One Upper

The Snob
We all know that nothing is good enough for these folks! 

The Anti-Snob
You just gotta love these Foodies…Or should I say the Anti-Foodies, ha

The Avoider
I unfortunately know WAY too many of these.  They’re annoying to have over for dinner because you’re constantly having to ask what they aren’t eating now

The Blogging Food Pornographer
We love them & yet we hate them…always posting mouth-watering photos of their meals 

The Bacon Lover

The DIYer
While homemade beer is often delicious, I often wonder if making it yourself is always better/cheaper?! 


Hmmm…Which one are YOU?


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Christmas Present Ideas

I’m checking my list, checking it twice.  I still am struggling what to do for some of my family members & also what the heck to get for my boyfriend… 

Here are some ideas I’ve come across that could be a possibility for some people you may still be struggling with what to buy for on your list…


Fair Trade:

$39 Colorful basket made in Uganda
To purchase: Ten Thousand Villages 

$24 Bike Chain Clock made in India
To purchase: Ten Thousand Villages 

$10 Sun & Star Ornaments
To purchase: SERRV 

Funny gifts:

$5.99 Lump of Coal (soap)
To purchase: perpetualkid

$14.99 Angry Birds Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes Cook Book
To purchase: ThinkGeek

$24.95 OCD Chef Cutting Board
To purchase: x-tremegeek

The Baker:

$23 Easy Accent Decorator
To purchase: PamperedChef 

$136.99 101 piece baker tool caddy collection
To purchase: PasteryChef 

The Entertainer:

$39.50 Trifle Bowl
To purchase: PaperedChef 

$49.95 Hootch-Owl Corkscrew
To purchase: RedEnvelope 

$49 Cheese & Cracker Board w/Slate Trivet
To purchase: Vermont Fine Gifts 

Art Lovers:

$75 Framed Warren Kimble Brandon Barn
To purchase: Vermont Fine Gifts

$18-250 Prints by Dug Nap
To purchase: DugNap 

$95-395 Bren Bataclan prints
To purchase: BenBataclan


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Christmas Decorations…The good, bad & the ugly!

After my post last year on the good, bad & the ugly Christmas trees, I’d mentioned I would do the same for Christmas decorations.  Sadly, I never got around to it.  I now have.  After browsing through some catalogues and photos, it really surprises me what some people think is a tasteful decoration.  Below you will find some gems I came across…Enjoy!

GOOD: Flowers are (almost) always a tasteful decoration.  These poinsettia plants are a classy way to add a little holiday cheer to your living room.  Found: CollectionsEtc

BAD: This toilet seat cover is pretty horrid.  If I walked into a bathroom & saw this, I would probably not be able to stop laughing.  If that’s what you’re going for, buy it.  If you’re decorating your home and actually think that this is cute, then we need to talk.  Found: CollectionsEtc

UGLY: I posted these last year, too.  I will reiterate: these are ugly and should not be used to decorate your chairs!  Found: Country Living

GOOD: Cute DIY idea for a wreath – yarn wrapped around Styrofoam balls & glued onto a Styrofoam wreath.  This is creative & can be re-used year after year. Found: Country Living/The Farm Chicks

BAD: I don’t know where to start.  Just don’t… Don’t buy the chair cover or the table feet covers, unless you are hosting a tacky holiday party & want to give your friends a good laugh (or gasp in horror).  Found: Christmas Tree Shop

UGLY: This is an adorable house & the lighting is very tasteful.  Surprisingly enough, I actually don’t really have a problem with the lit deer in the yard – it’s the giant inflatable Santa and polar bear that I think is just plain ugly.  Found: HomeDepot

GOOD: Wrap some of your picture frames or framed art in holiday gift wrapping paper for a fun & inexpensive way to get into the holiday spirit.  Found: Small and Simple Things

For some more GOOD simple holiday decorating ideas, please check out my Pinterest Simple Holiday Decorations board

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Thanksgiving Yum’s

I’m going to be taking a (much-needed) vacation this week – from work & my blog.  Since it is Thanksgiving week, here are some recommendations for Thanksgiving dishes, if you’re still in search…

Appetizers & pre-meal snacks:

The key is to serve appetizers that won’t be too heavy & spoil everyone’s appetite for the main meal!

The Stir gave some great ideas on their website for 5 Simple Thanksgiving Appetizers using seasonal ingredients: Recipes

Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread from Martha Stewart

Fruit Gobbler from FamilyFun

Side Dishes:

Caramelized Sweet Potato, Beet & Goat Cheese from the TravelBite

7 Layer Side I made last Thanksgiving
(green bean casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied pecans, sweet potato, Copes Corn, Stuffing)


Turkey Cupcakes I made last Thanksgiving

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake by cbsop

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Fall Harvest Pizza…3 Cheese Butternut Squash Pizza

I made this pizza about a month ago, so I apologize for the delay.  It was absolutely delicious & highly recommended. 

Ingredients: Organic pizza dough, red onion, apple, mozzarella, gorgonzola, cheddar, olive oil, garlic, butternut squash & spices.

You’ll need: a pizza stone or round baking sheet.

Cook time: 25 min (butternut squash) + 5 min (cool time)+ 10-15 min (pizza cook time) = 40-45 min


Slice butternut squash length-wise, rub a little butter and brown sugar, then place on a baking sheet in a 400 degree (F) oven for 25 minutes. 

While butternut squash is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients:

Slice 1/4 of a red onion and saute in a hot pan with a little olive oil, until just about fully cooked (still slightly hard).

Grate 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

Grate 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

Chop up 1/2 an apple.

Remove butternut squash from oven & allow to cool for a little bit (put in fridge to speed up the cooling time).  Once cool enough to touch, chop up 1/2 into good sized chunks (remove skin).

Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on some flour & a little cornmeal, to about an 3/4 inch thick.  

Crush a clove of garlic in a couple tablespoons of olive oil with some basil (dried), oregano, salt & pepper.  

Brush the olive oil mixture over the entire crust.

Evenly spread the ingredients on the dough.

Place pizza in oven for 10-15 minutes, until dough a golden brown & cheese melted.


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Fun with Frosting Friday…American Flag Cupcakes

In honor of Veteran’s Day, today I’m posting some American Flag Cupcakes.

Recipe on Easy Cupcakes

Stars and Bars American Flag Cupcakes on The Cupcake Blog

And if you’re feeling ambitious…

Patriotic Cupcakes posted on Divine Dinner Party



Thank you to all of those who have served or are currently serving our country.



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Happy & Healthy…Interesting Article About Gardening & Being A Frugal Locavore

I want to share an article I read, which was in the New York Times last month.  This is such an inspirational story of a dedicated woman going back to the land to feed & take care of her family.  It truly makes me want to keep up all that I have already started to do in my own life & go even further.  I already participated in a CSA (community supported agriculture) this year, tended to my own little herb garden & use alternative cleaning methods, whenever possible.  Now to just convince my condo association that a compost bin won’t look horrible in the neighborhood…

Susan Gregory Thomas, author of “In Spite of Everything: A Memoir,” and the article I read in the New York Times, brings gardening, cooking & cleaning to a whole new level.  She gives examples of how she makes her own bread, raises chickens, plans a garden to feed her family, and makes her own cleaning products. The cost savings are incredible.  This mother of 3 is able to live on $100 a week for food, which alone is amazing, but even more is that she is able to do it in a healthy way and live in a city.  Truly inspirational.

Here is the link to read her article & story:

Back to the Land, Reluctantly 

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