Maple Oatmeal Scones

I love these scones. The recipe makes a large amount, but they don’t sit around on the kitchen counter very long. Make sure you use real maple syrup and you won’t be disappointed.

The recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa and her recipes are always wonderful.

I think it is so fitting to serve these as winter is hopefully winding down and leaving us.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/maple-oatmeal-scones-recipe/index.html

20130228-144728.jpg

20130228-144747.jpg

20130228-145105.jpg

20130228-145125.jpg

20130228-145055.jpg

20130228-145246.jpg

20130228-145615.jpg

20130228-145645.jpg

20130228-145632.jpg

20130228-145700.jpg

20130228-150053.jpg

20130228-150113.jpg

20130228-151008.jpg

20130228-154249.jpg

Sofa Sheet

I have two big chocolate labs, Rufus and Charlie. They love to lie on the sofa when the weather is cold and the slate floor just isn’t comfortable for them.

To avoid having the sofa cleaned every week or replacing it, I came up with the idea of putting an old fitted sheet on the sofa. I tried a regular old sheet, but it never stayed put. Keep in mind these guys don’t gingerly get on and off the sofa. It is more of a “launch”. The fitted sheet stays put and at the end of the day I just throw it in the washer. It has been a “sofa safer” with this awful rain/wet snow that just won’t let up.

I also use it when the rain in the spring comes and these guys have mud on their paws and bellies.
No matter how well I wipe them down some dirt still stays on their fur and ends up on the sofa.

If I have guests or the weather is not a factor, I just store it away.

It may not be pretty, but it is a sofa saver.

20130227-125433.jpg

20130227-125805.jpg

20130227-125858.jpg

20130227-130732.jpg

Laundry Sorting

I am very particular about my laundry. After all, I only use The Laundress.

I made these labels for the three laundry baskets in the laundry room in the hopes that all family members will chose these over the floor. What can I say, they are idiot-proof.

All you need is a laminator, a hole punch, paper and some attractive raffia or string and then hopefully, nothing is left to chance. No more cashmere sweaters that end up in hot water and fit “Barbie”.

20130225-142023.jpg

20130225-142038.jpg

20130225-142056.jpg

20130225-142109.jpg

20130225-142118.jpg

20130225-142131.jpg

20130225-142158.jpg

Changing the Flower Arrangement

Since it is so cold and gray outside I decided to visit the flower shop. My hyacinths were looking pretty sad so I bought white hyacinths to replace the pink and planted some yellow tulip bulbs around them. The tulips were in a pot and I just carefully separated them and put them inside the pot outside the hyacinths. I think in a couple of days when the tulips open up, it will look gorgeous.

This is the time of year we all need to visit the flower shop to keep our winter blues away.

The whole arrangement cost me about $12.00!

20130222-122716.jpg

Galentine’s Dinner

Tonight my middle daughter and I are having our own “Galentine’s Dinner”.

We are having blood orange and avocado salad, homemade pasta with mushroom cream sauce and pecan coffee cake for dessert.

The pasta recipe was posted on January 1, 2013. The only difference is that I have made homemade Fettuccine.

Of course, pink champagne and chocolates are also on the menu!

Sometimes you have to celebrate love without a man in your life. I encourage all “single” woman to make your own party with your good friends and/or the family you love.

Buy yourself a great box of chocolates and crack open the champagne or wine. Celebrate yourself!

20130214-160407.jpg

20130214-160438.jpg

20130214-160739.jpg

20130214-160912.jpg

20130214-215625.jpg

Decant your Beauty Products

I love to display my beauty products on my bathroom counter, but sometimes the packaging can be less than pretty to look at.

My solution is to buy inexpensive glass containers and decant my products into something more attractive.

With this particular container all I have to do is remove the lid and scoop out the body lotion. No fussing with finicky caps.

When something like this is out on the counter, I am more likely to remember to use my body products which we all need during these dry winter months.

20130213-094020.jpg

20130213-094212.jpg

20130213-135132.jpg

New Kitchen Tool

When I was in Sarasota last at T.J. Max I came across this Martha Stewart stirring tool.

I tried it out this afternoon when I was making the b├ęchamel for tonight’s mac and cheese and it worked great. I don’t like the scratch marks you get with a wire whisk and this worked equally well as the wire whisk without leaving any marks.

This is the best $5.00 I have spent in a long time!

20130206-134415.jpg