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Thursday

See Me by Nicholas Sparks plus easy Chicken Enchilada recipe

Nicholas Sparks novel See Me is a suspense story I’d love to watch on the big screen.  Even when I had to put the book down to fulfill other commitments in my life my mind kept drifting back to the story full of action, suspense and flawed characters.  I got a real sense of what each of the characters were like and what role they played in the book. I am often drawn to suspense stories and books that include food and families that celebrate together the way mine has.  As I read about Maria’s Mexican family and their restaurant I found myself making our favorite Tex Mex dishes for dinner.  I’ve included my easy short cut Chicken Enchilada recipe at the bottom of this post.
Sour Cream Enchiladas inspred by Nicholas Sparks book See Me


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Friday

Caulk a straight line

Have you ever procrastinated a job on your to do list because it just seems like it's going to be a mess?  Yes, me too.  I finished putting down the vinyl floor months ago but had not caulked around the edges.  Around the entire small bathroom renovation.  The good news is that someone told me an easy method to get a straight caulk line.


easy straight line caulking tools


Gift bucket for a man that includes Yankee Candle Car Care fragrances

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Black Friday is a weird shopping phenomena in the USA that makes grown men and women stand in freezing weather for hours and push their way through crowds in a not so friendly holiday spirit.  As I get older the frenzied shopping gets less and less exciting. This year starts a new tradition of gift giving from hubs and me.  I am putting together gift baskets of useful items that will be as much fun to open as a Santa Stocking.  Each basket is tailored to be the perfect gift for a person special to us.

 Winter Car Care Gift bucket

Monday

Where are the connection points to a dishwasher?

Plumbing is becoming my worst nightmare.  The plumber we were using either retired or has too much to do to call me back. Actually he never calls back, just shows up at my door a day or so after I leave a message and fixed the latest problem. This time he didn't call or come by so I found a handyman that is a whiz at plumbing to replace the crumbling pipes under the bathroom sink and to install a new kitchen faucet. I was thrilled to get all that done for a very reasonable price. Then the ancient dishwasher stopped working. That lead to pulling it out and discovering a disaster in plumbing and electrical issues hidden behind it.

vintage kitchen faucet

Wednesday

How I get ready for winter holiday guests

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Last summer we moved to our fixer upper retirement place.  When the family and friends started coming in for the fall and winter holidays it was a bit of a mess but I still managed to make it special.  This season I’m getting organized and stocking up with essentials to make my home “guest ready”.  There are new bed linens, pillows, towels, seasonal remedies and everything is looking so cute I can barely wait for my first visitors to show up!


Make a guest bedroom essential tray