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  • A Wee St. Patrick’s Day Date Night

    It’s Date Night. And even though we don’t have even a teeny tiny bit of Irish between the two of us, it seemed a good idea to set an Irish theme to a Date Night that occurs on St. Patrick Day.   In his usual fashion, my resident bartender grabbed the Irish whiskey. . .  … Read more »

  • Doll Party Breakfast

    My youngest granddaughter, Brynn (5), inherited her big sister’s (Reese, 11)  American Girl doll.  Brynn was so thrilled to take possession of Chloe that she decided to throw her a last-minute birthday party to celebrate that very night.  Soon I received this in a text from Brynn’s mom: That just made my whole day.   Do… Read more »

  • Cauliflower Stuffing

    4 Tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 2 big carrots, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 small head cauliflower, chopped 1.5 C baby bella mushrooms, chopped salt & pepper to taste 1/4 C parsley, chopped 2 Tbsp rosemary, chopped 1 Tbsp sage, chopped 1/2 C chicken stock   In a large skillet over medium… Read more »

  • Super Bowl

    Super Bowl Sunday is like a national holiday in my house.  Not for me.  I don’t understand football, nor do I like it.   I know – that’s just unAmerican, right?  I used to suck it up, keep my husband company and watch – just for the commercials, but in the past few years, even… Read more »

  • Getting My Ducks in a Row

    I have been nesting like crazy.  You know – that kind of nesting that women have been known to do right before they go into labor?  I have been a whirlwind of productivity. In the past week since we’ve returned from vacation, I have done 16 loads of laundry.  No, all of the cats and our… Read more »

  • Welcome!

    Hi there!  It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but that’s because we’ve been working on something that I’ve dreamed about for quite a while now – a website of my own.  So . . . ta da! thefairytalegirl.com was born! I still don’t have all the bugs worked out of it, like… Read more »

  • A Tale of Two Processors

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was given a food processor.  I did not have one, and was trying to make do with a blender to make horseradish with fresh horseradish root from my garden.  My other-mother Liz (who has been best friends with my mom since they were 9 years… Read more »

  • Tea Time

    I love tea.  It has amazing health properties for me.  No, it’s not loaded with vitamins and minerals.  It DOES contain antioxidants, but that’s not the health benefit I’m going for either.  There’s just something about the warm, fragrant mixture that just soothes my soul.  I love holding the cup of warmth between my hands…. Read more »

  • Lily Love

    This time of the Summer makes the lilies come alive.  No words needed.  Just enjoy these beauties from my garden like I do.   These two are similar in color, but so different in size.  The ones on the left are average -sized Stella D’Oro Daylillies.  The ones on the right are huge! See? Bigger than… Read more »

  • Vacation with GG

    I just got back from a wonderful trip to Illinois.  It was truly a special time with my very special friend. GG and I “met” online in a group for cat lovers about 5 years ago.  She has visited me several times now, and I was very excited to go visit her this time.  I’ve… Read more »