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Jul 31 2015
Comments Off on Left Over Salad Serves as Summer Chilled Soup!

A SOUPER SENSATIONAL way to re-purpose left over green salad into soup! How many times have you felt remorse throwing a terrific salad with dressing into the trash because it just won’t keep another day? Weep no longer and whip yesterday’s lunch into today’s 1st course on the table in only five (5) magic minute steps. 1. Add left over veggies and lettuce to blender 2. Add in V8 Juice slowly and blend to desired consistency 3. Mix in extra dressing and a few dashes of Worcestershire...

Jan 09 2015
Comments Off on Part Two: Waste Not, Want Not – A Week of No-Shop, Quick Comfort Meals!

Ham and Potatoes are a classic combo and family favorite featured throughout the holidays. When served in big batches for Christmas or New Years, leftovers are likely! What to do? Whip up warm Potato Soup with a secret ingredient…and prep a must-have pasta with asparagus and a hint of mustard dill cream sauce! Both of these recipes are personal heart-warmers that have been in our family for years. You’ll never guess the easy to find favorite that makes up the secret...

Jan 07 2015
Comments Off on Waste Not, Want Not: A Week of No Shop Quick Comfort Meals…Part One!

Clean out the fridge and waste not-want not while you work on another New Years Resolution + cook up great comfort food! As the decor is “un-decked”, cleaning out the fridge is on-deck…and with that comes being constantly on the prowl for yummy leftover recipes.  With so much grocery shopping over the holidays, I find myself being challenged to create that delish dish without going to the market. And so…we have three tasty meals in one! At a family get-together...

The Christmas Boxes are pulled out and the dismantling of decorations has begun. Make this task merry and wave goodbye to Christmas with one last hint of holiday music and spiced cider. While reminiscing about memorable moments over the last season, I feel a sense of gratefulness of all that we have to look forward to. Now back to business… 1. Gather all decor and set it into groupings. Ex: angels, trees, Santas, decorative bows, reindeer, snowmen,...

Dec 30 2014
Comments Off on Repurpose Christmas Into New Years with a Low-to-No-Cost Celebration!

Laying low at home for New Year’s Eve can still delight and dazzle with low cost tips, tricks, and time-savers. Set a party table or buffet in minutes as you count down to midnight + take a sneak peek at what some celeb chefs have on the menu for NYE eat-spiration! Let’s make a little noise and get this party started! 1. Use gold, silver or sparkly holiday wrap as a whimsical table/buffet runner. Mix up your party-table-plan with a touch of China and crystal to dress...

Nov 19 2014
Comments Off on Books and Brunch: Well “Red” with Ripe Offerings for the Holidays!

With the holidays around the corner, hosting “Book Club” at our house brings new “Brunch for Lunch” ways to munch mid-day. We’re crunching right along with amazing apple offerings: Overnight Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal and Applewood Smoked BLT’s on a Bun! All while “booking it” right along to enjoy a day with our literary lovelies. Read into fast and festive ways to minimize the effort of a big brunch, while still enjoying a memorable...

Oct 11 2014
Comments Off on Delectable and Different: A Practically Perfect Thanksgiving Menu for a Small Fall Group!

With our tablescape falling into place, it’s time to plan our Practically Perfect Thanksgiving menu for 4! When keeping your holiday gatherings intimate, you can play with different and delectable dishes that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to serve. We chose a few classic recipes to bring to the table: Nana’s Glazed Cornish Game Hens, Homemade Harvest Wild Rice, a Pear & Gorgonzola Salad, and “Pear Crisp” Made-Microwave-Easy! Simple dishes, big...

3P is in the game to share two tasty sports-time snacks with all of the flavor and none of the guilt! Featuring a fresher, lighter take on fried wings and heavy dips, without sacrificing taste. We cooked up spicy “naked” buffalo chicken tenders and a creamy tangy blue cheese dip in under 30 minutes. Just in time to watch the game and enjoy! Join the healthy huddle and check out how it all played out: First play of the game: Low-Fat Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip...

Talk about simple! If you’re tired of using sugar-filled jellies and jams, simply switch out your sugary spread for sliced fruit for breakfast! 3P’s giving a quick how-to on fresh and fast fruity breakfast toast ideas! Strawberries and bananas are a great option because they can be cut into flat pieces, but use whatever fruits you have on hand – blueberries, peaches, raspberries and blackberries all make great choices. Not only will the kids benefit from the lower sugar...

Practically Perfect Planner turns their Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show booth into an “A for Apple” showcase for our readers. Learn to make rosy red apple pens in 10 minutes or less…discover our how-to: back to school centerpiece:  adorable, affordable and gets the kids involved to celebrate back to school by digging into their backpack treasures. Before we “head to class”: We have a 3P WINNER to announce! **JILL...

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