Food · Recipes

It’s tea time! Everything you need to know about hosting a casual tea party.

I read somewhere that tea parties are comprised of choosing your best tea set, selecting the perfect flowers, setting a beautiful table, performing the ritual of steeping a lovely blend and spending hours dedicated to this elegant ceremony. It would, it seems, make one slow down and cherish each and every moment of the activity.

Guess what? I LOVE a tea party, but I don’t spend hours dedicated to it. OK, maybe I do, but in a really fun, creative cooking and decorating way. So, here is the run down on what is sure to make your tea party a success.

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Food · Recipes

Faked Ziti Keto-Style

I LOVE just about any tomato dish with pasta in it. This ziti has no pasta in it, so it was a surprise to me that it is just as delicious with only meat, cheese and veggies. And it is, like any ziti, easy to whip up, perfect for a Keto meal.

My mom used to make lasagna with cottage cheese rather than ricotta. I still like that down-home taste of Mama’s cooking so that is what my recipe calls for. If you like ricotta better, use that instead.

Ziti with cauliflower, zucchini and Italian sausage
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DIY · Dollhouse miniatures

Weathering Dollhouse Shingles

Well, I just stepped back to take a look at my new stone foundation, and WHAT?! I love the grey color of the stone, but now the roof shingles are way too dark and heavy. Grrr…1 step forward, two steps back.

Dark shingles with a light rock foundation. It looks totally unbalanced.
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DIY · Dollhouse miniatures

How to make stone blocks for your 1/12 scale model house

OK, yeah it’s a dollhouse, but “1/12 scale model house” just sounds better. It’s more in keeping with the amount of work that goes into making a dollhouse, don’t you think?

I’m still working on the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse kit. Cladding the foundation was next and it took me a great deal of time to decide on material, but when I did, it was gung-ho!

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Food · Recipes

Keto Krazy Zucchini “Pizza”

It’s lunch time and I have very little groceries in the house. My car has been in the shop all week so the pantry is paltry and the refrigerator is fairing little better. Taking stock, I see that there is one kind of sad, small zucchini. Better cook that today or else. I also have a bit of marinara sauce that I need to use before it goes bad. Let’s see…no mozzarella, but I do have a small block of Havarti cheese. The meat drawer yields a couple slices of deli sandwich ham. Throw in a couple cherry tomatoes, some diced black olives and I say that will make a great zucchini pizza! OK, pizza with no crust, but still…

Top view of Keto zucchini pizza
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Dollhouse miniatures

Making a Hip Roof Bump Out in Miniature

More on the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse build:

The kit is arranged for a flat roof on the dining room bump-out on the front of the farmhouse. I kept looking at it like something was wrong. Why a flat roof? It’s not like I can make a little porch or balcony with only windows above.

Plain flat roof on the Victoria’s farmhouse dining room bump-out
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Food · Recipes

Kick-ass Keto Bagels

Keto bagels – cheesy jalapeno

Bagels on Keto? YES! One of the reasons that I presumed that Keto may not be for me was that I LOVE chips, crackers and bread. Well, it turns out that after three weeks on the diet, I actually do not miss carbs like I thought that I would. There are plenty of recipes in books, magazines and the bazillions of internet blogs on the subject that would keep anyone satisfied for a long time without even any repeats of dishes.

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