If you know a thing or two about ol' Lamps, you know that summer is my favorite time of year, and I love hosting parties as much as I love attending them. What you might not know is a year ago I found out I'm allergic to wheat. I'll spare you the details of my sinus struggles […]
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I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.
Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works.
With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.
Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years, by some estimates, or perhaps forever by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing.
Our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner. One of the things we started doing years ago was a Potluck style dinner.
After the elegance of a full course Thanksgiving Dinner just a few weeks earlier, I have found that offering a buffet style meal is the easiest way to do things.
I just make sure I am covering the main dish which is generally a ham, but you can choose anything you think your guests will like.
I love giving my guests the option to bring a dish to contribute to the meal, and the eclectic nature of a potluck dinner simply adds to the charm of a low key night celebrating with friends and family.
With summer here, and the heat upon us, its a great time to focus on eating Healthy. So many of the foods that are good for us, are in season right now, and grill up great!
While we love Kabobs, and grilled chicken, we have searched the internet to compile 8 summer grilling recipes that are a little more unique for you to try on the grill this year!
8 Great Summer Grilling Recipes
Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Tomato and Basil - This recipe from Whole Living looks delicious, and if you have a garden you likely have many of the ingredients right in your back yard! I might try to "sneak" a little fresh mozzarella in my version though.
If you want mom's day a little extra special then you have to spoil her with breakfast-in-bed. Most moms are the first to get up and the last to eat. Amidst all the chaos, sometimes mommy just doesn't get enough time for herself.
For this Mother's Day, switch things up. Let her sleep in and wake up to the smell of her breakfast-in-bed. Clip a rose from the garden and place it next to her pillow. Treat her like the queen she is.
If you want to give her the best breakfast-in-bed, you must have these 7 things on the menu (you'll thank me for it):
Hosting a holiday cookie exchange or party where you'll be serving appetizers? Or did you offer to bring an appetizer to the office Christmas party?
Holiday Entertaining can get expensive fast…as there is so much pressure to impress and show up with the tastiest dish at the party. Here are some easy ideas that will be a party favorite:
Cream Cheese and Pickapeppa Sauce, served with crackers. Find some zesty Pickapeppa Sauce in the condiment aisle at the grocery store (it's generally near the steak sauce), and pour it over an 8 ounce block of cream cheese. Serve with your favorite party crackers.
Marinated Olives – when you're in a total rush, it never hurts to pick up a few dollars of marinated olives from the olive bar at the grocery store. If you have a few extra minutes, use canned olives and marinate those in your favorite store bought or homemade vinaigrette.
Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Brushetta (recipe below).