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Have you heard the term Meatless Mondays? It became a popular term to promote one vegetarian meal a week for a healthier diet. Regardless of the day, beans are a great substitute for meat and are full of protein and fiber. I always have canned beans in my pantry, including black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc. I love preparing them in a variety of ways from entrées to salads. Today I am sharing three dinner recipes that can be made in 20 minutes.

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Flowers make me happy. Whether I am gardening, arranging flowers for a dinner party or just walking through an outdoor market, I love looking at beautiful blooms!

So when its time to host a celebration, I believe special occasions call for special flowers. Here’s a round up of gorgeous florals to give you inspiration for your next festive occasion.

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When I heard that green is the color of the year for 2017, I had to laugh. Why? Over the years I’ve had various shades of green walls in a few rooms in my home. My woodwork and cabinets are a cream color, and the green was striking against it. However I got tired of it, and in the last year repainted the rooms a more neutral color. I guess I can look at it that I was ahead of the trend. Continue Reading

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Instead of giving holiday cookies as a gift, why not make a box of delicious chocolate truffles! They are pretty and festive and make a nice hostess gift for the holidays. They are also a great dessert to serve at a cocktail party.

Chocolate truffles originated in France. They were given the name “truffle” as they resembled the black subterranean fungi which is a mushroom that grows underground.

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Whether you want a holiday craft to do with your kids or grandchildren or simply want to channel your inner architect, you’ll enjoy looking at these adorable gingerbread houses. I love seeing the creativity behind them. Gum drops for shutters, shredded wheat for a thatched roof, pretzels for a fence, etc. Continue Reading

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Christmas wreaths don’t have to be elaborate. They can be simple and elegant as you will see in this post. This collection of holiday wreaths will be a warm welcome to any guest arriving at your front door.

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Plan ahead for winter by forcing some hyacinth bulbs to bloom. They will brighten the dreariest winter days. Per Martha Stewart, they can take approximately six weeks to bloom if you purchase pre-chilled bulbs that have received a cold treatment imitating winter. You can visit your local nursery where you will find a variety of hyacinths to choose from. Continue Reading

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Brenda Coffee getting her hair colored by Rita Hazan
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I am late in joining the gray hair club. It’s only been this past year I’ve had to deal with some gray roots showing and even then, it’s not a large amount of gray. There are enough to be noticeable where I part my hair. Since I don’t have a lot of gray hair, I can really stretch my hair color appointments. Two weeks prior to having my roots professionally done, I turn to a product my hairdresser recommended. Continue Reading

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Deviled eggs are one of my favorite appetizers, and they’re so easy to prepare. I enjoy them so much that I even make them for lunch. I always have the ingredients on hand and by substituting Greek Yogurt for half of the mayonnaise, I can have a healthy homemade lunch. You can barely tell the difference.

In the past, I would shy away from making deviled eggs because I had a hard time peeling the eggs. I was thrilled to find a new method to prepare hard-boiled eggs, making the shells easy to peel.

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We’ve all been there. You need a dress for a special occasion and no matter how much you shop, you can’t find it. That was me trying to find a dress for my niece’s wedding. I spent the day shopping with my mom and sister, all of us on a mission to find a gown for the wedding.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten pickier. I know what I want, and I know what looks good on my body. Not an easy task to find the perfect dress. Continue Reading