This past weekend while my boys were off watching the Michigan State vs. Notre Dame game, the girls and I stopped at the W. A. R. Chest Boutique to browse around. WAR stands for Women At Risk. Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) is a nonprofit organization established to place circles of protection around women […]

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keepin’ it REAL- I mess up recipes.

Confession #1: I do not always have recipes come out perfectly the first or even second time around. Sometimes the recipes that I make the most are those that I mess up. Like the one I am going to share with you today. My mom’s Apple Bread. I have watched my mom make this my […]

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins


If you have been hanging around here this week you know I have been trying to keep things real. Letting you know a little about myself. Here is something you should know. I love pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins, whipped pumpkin hair mousse, pumpkin flan….just call […]

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Mac-n-Cheese redo

I know I have already posted this recipe before. But I love it so much I felt the need to share it again. This is what we had for dinner tonight. I realize there are a few ingredients, but the base is the cream and the cheese. You can even switch out the cheeses if […]

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keepin’ it REAL- I could get it refinished……

We have had this kitchen table for fourteen years. At first glance it looks like it has stood the test of time and the wear and tear of a family of six. Let’s look a little closer…. WA-WA-WA! I know this might give some of you nightmares. I let me kids craft on my kitchen […]

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keepin’ it REAL- I’m a classy chik

This week I just feel like I should reveal a few things about myself to all of you. Just in case you had the wrong idea about who I am. tap, tap tap,tap,tap Oh! Hello…Hi… there you are, erhmmm…. So as I was saying….I didn’t want anyone to think I am something I am not. […]

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paquet de CHOCOLATS

This package arrived, this summer, ten minutes before we were to leave on vacation for a week. It was a good sized box. It was from France. From my sister Kraut. You didn’t know I had a sister named Kraut? Well that’s not her real name, but that’s what I call her, and a few […]

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Hawaiian Burgers

Remember the search for the Best Burger in West Michigan that I was doing? Did you think that I totally ditched it? I didn’t. Life just got in the way, and I had to put it on the back burner. I did eat my share of fantastic burgers this summer, which I need to share […]

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Do you have a minute? You might want to grab yourself a cup of tea… My baby, she’s eight, she went back to school this week. All my kids did but really who cares about them, I am just worried about my baby. I can’t believe she is going in to second grade already! I […]

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A day in the life….

This my friends is Smitty. Smitty is my sons guinea pig. Smitty has very big…um er um well lets just say Smitty is well endowed. We had no problems telling this little creature was a male. Have I told you I am not a fan of animals? I really am not. I tolerate them. And […]

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