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Opalhouse at Target

A new line of home decor from Opalhouse is now available at Target!  With three collections to choose from. Indochic is a french Vietnamese elegantly inspired look with bright colors and luxurious fabric.  Canyon Sunrise is simplistic in taste with bamboo sprinkled with layers of texture and lighter colors.  

Picture black and white except switch out the white for a neutral with a bright bold color thrown in. Don't forget to add personal items and you have the final collection, Mallorca

With plenty of accent pieces and sheets, blankets, throws, faux plants, chairs, sofas, bedding and more, you can't mess this up! These pieces can even be intermingled. Decorate your hall, bedroom, bathroom, living, or dining you name it. 

Carol A. 

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Keeping Pets SAFE this HOT Summer.

It's important to emphasize signs of heatstroke in your pet this summer. Please feel free to copy or share any of these RSPCA fliers or this post with your friends. Last summer, we waited to get our dogs hair cut and she was outside for only 5 minutes when she came in panting and wobbly. I was so concerned, that I turned the fan on and put some cold water on her with a rag and gave her water to drink, as well, as turned the AC down. After a little time, she was much better. If you have a dog with a lot of hair, it's vital to get them groomed just in time for hot weather. I know I wouldn't want to stand outside in the heat wearing a fur coat either. 
These are great ideas to bring your pet in with you while you do your dining or shopping and such, just make sure the establishment is pet friendly.
Take note of the temperature outside in order to be aware of the actual temperature to the dog. Dark patches on the tongue represent dehydration.
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Free Art Print from Atelier Susana Tavares

Atelier Susana Tavares on her blog,,  gave away this free art print last year. It's so inspiring!  Just print it out and put it on your fridge or desk! 
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A Christmas Story

This Christmas I wanted to get in on some of the actual Christmas discounts on Christmas items. So, on December 24th I took to the streets to catch some deals. There were 50% sales on lighted deer yard ornaments, garland, and bows that I indeed purchased and precisely set up in my house and yard immediately as time was "a wasting".

There were also, some cute Christmas tree ornaments 50% off which I bought just one of. Didn't want to get too crazy. But, here's my cute story. When I walked over to the ornaments at the store, the very first one at eye level staring my straight in the face with a big smile...was just that, a big smile chalk full of teeth! I thought, oh my gosh! Who in there right mind would want that?Then 2 minutes later an older gentleman was looking at the ornaments. I asked what he was looking for and he said, "it's going to sound funny, but I'm looking for some teeth". Low and behold! I showed him those teeth! He said they were just…

Patty Melts

Some butter and one sliced onion.
Extra lean ground beef with salt and pepper and Worstershire sauce.
Substituted rye bread for Hawaiian buns. The sweet flavor complemented the meat well. Two slices of swiss cheese on each with onions. 

Well, guys I did it! I made some homemade patty melts. The recipe is from the Pioneer Woman's blog for Patty Melts. It's so easy that I just kept in mind what was needed and estimated. Give it a try!!!

Carol A.

Easy Grilled Chicken

Recently, I cooked grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. This may not seem like much too some, but cooking meat had always been a challenge for me. But, here's my secret! I've been watching a lot of cooking shows and have learned to make it simple and less so daunting. So, I'm sharing with you how easy it was to make this meal. 

 First, I bought boneless skinless chicken. Sprinkled seasonings (Morton's Seasoning), onion powder, and garlic salt on one side of the chicken. I add a touch of salt and pepper.

After I have put some butter or margarine in the cast iron skillet and melted it, I laid down some chicken pieces with the seasoning side down. Then sprinkled more of the seasonings, onion powder, and garlic salt. 

I cooked them for about 7 minutes on each side with a medium to high heat. 

Then they are ready! How simple is that?

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