Merry Christmas

I hope you have a great day with your love ones and remember the reason for the season!

Merry Christmas


Perfect Party Appetizer: Shrimp

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Hi All,

Are you trying to figure out what to serve for you holiday party? Well, I wanted to share my New Orleans BBQ Shrimp recipe.  I love cooking this dish for family and friends. This is not the BBQ sauce you may think of with a ketchup base.  The base is made with butter and lots of herbs and spices. Very easy recipe to follow.  Perfect appetizer for an intimate gathering.  Lets get started.


1 lb of jumbo shrimp (prefer head on, but hard to find in my area)

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, ground thyme, black pepper, paprika, ground rosemary

1/2 teaspoon ground Oregano, ground basil and lemon juice

3 teaspoon crushed garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot cause

3 bay leaves crushed

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/4 cup dark beer

loaf of french bread (sliced)

preheat oven 350 degrees

On a medium to low fire melt butter in sauce pan.  Then add cayenne pepper, salt, thyme, pepper, oregano, basil, paprika, garlic rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves.  Simmer for about 2 minutes

Arrange shrimp in a baking dish and try not to stack on top of each other.  The butter mixture needs to cover the shrimp. Once the shrimp is placed in the baking pay, add hot sauce, lemon juice and beer to the shrimp.  Cover and place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.

place a couple of slices of bread in a bowl and spoon shrimp with sauce on top.  Enjoy!


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Easy Holiday Napkin Rings

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As a DIYer, I always try to figure out a way to make some of the things I want. I gave my self a challenge to make something for my dining room table with items in my scrap container. I decided to make napkin holders for my Christmas place setting.

I knew I wanted to use this blue velvet fabric scraps because it coordinated with the family/dining room.  I purchased the green brads at Michael’s on clearance for $.99 about two months ago, and I used the paper towel cardboard roll.

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Other items needed are and X-Acto knife, measuring tape and spray adhesive.

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First I measured the length of the ring 1 1/2 inches wide and marked my lines with a Sharpie using the tape measure as my guide.

Cut the fabric with 1/3 of an inch allowance on each side.  Spray back side of the fabric, apply to cardboard and tuck in sides.  Pierce the center of the cardboard with the X-Acto knife to insert the brad and open brackets to secure…..and you’re done.  Very easy project.

Close Up of Napkin Ring

Napkin holder project

This project took less than 20 minutes to complete all six rings and it only cost less than $2.

Beginning to Look Like Christmas

With the help of my little one, our tree is finally up. I’m still loving the green, blue, pink and purple ornaments I started collecting two years ago…..they are fun and vibrant.  I love decorating for Christmas. I try to involve the family, but it’s usually just the two of us and my husband would step in when we’re done and put the star on top.


Taking inventory of my tree decorations

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One of my holiday decorations.  I actually found this at New Uses store for $2.00

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Our Tree!

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After decorating the tree all day, I still feel like it needs more.  Do you ever feel that way?

Transform my Serving Tray

Happy Happy Happy Happy Friday!!!!!  I wanted to share a quick post with you guys.


I purchased this serving tray from New Uses about a month ago for $5.  It’s cute the way it is, but I wanted to change the color.  It really didn’t match this room’s décor, so I painted it.


Some of you may know, I’m in the Windy City, and spray painting in 40 degree weather is really not a good idea, especially when the wind is blowing…..LOL.  While I was outside painting, my husband peeked out of the window as shook his head and laugh.  I didn’t care, I was determined to paint this tray before the weather really gets bad.  It actually took 3 coats of paint.



I currently use it on my bar for entertaining. I love the pop of color.




Holiday Illumination


We’re getting into the holiday spirit around here.  Every year we take the little one to see Christmas lights somewhere in our area.  I’ve been trying to make the Magnificent Mile Light Festival since I moved here, but I still haven’t made it….one day.  We took our son to see Illumination at The Morton Arboretum.  According to the literature, “It’s an internationally recognized non-profit outdoor museum working to build a greener, healthier more beautiful world by conserving and caring for trees.  It was amazing.

We actually had a great time.  I believe my husband and I were just as excited as our son.  It’s amazing how the movement of light could excite you, yet calm your spirit.

The exhibit is a foot walk through the walk path of the park. Strolling down the park’s walk path, you will pass through Treeflections and Tinsel Colonnade, which is lights and sounds that are cascaded down tree branches.  We made it to the Tree Harmony sections, this is one of my son’s favorite sections.  This is where you sing into a microphone and the colors on the tree changes.  Check out some our pictures.

You even get a chance to huge a tree and it lights up.

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This was a nice interactive light exhibit for the little ones and the children at heart.