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OY WITH THE POODLES ALREADY: THE GILMORE GIRLS "WELCOME TO STARTS HOLLOW" WORKOUT

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Maria Chamorro, Sister #3030

The world of Netflix is going ga-ga over the addition of the Gilmore Girls series to their lineup. The series, which ended in 2007 (Gosh, has it really been that long?), has quite a following cult-- myself included. If you are one of the few peeps not familiar with the series you were probably living under a rock, or a dude... or not into the WB later the CW. Now, I am going to go all fan-snob here but all the quasi GG fans are not really fans. A true fan misses a show so much that they get the series when they come out on DVD. Haha! And yes, I have all seven seasons. :D Why? Because this show was the perfect combination of family and friends dynamics, pop culture references, quick-witted comebacks and amazing characters. I love it so much that when I miss it, I go into a binge watching marathon of all 7 seasons.

So in the "Welcome to Netflix" spirit and everything that is awesome about this series, I came up with the "Welcome to Stars Hollow" workout, named after the charming little town in Connecticut where the series takes place. Which if you are familiar with the series, will find hilarious because if there was one thing Lorelai and Rory were against was working out (who can forget the racketball episode?). This workout takes the things which in my view made the show so funny and awesome, to create a workout that you can do home. I hope you enjoy! ... Read more →

What??

Posted on October 29, 2014 by MaryBeth Schwartz, Sister #46

I am uninspired today. We have had so much rain it is just gloomy around here. We did manage to get 7 big boxes of apples picked between showers the other day. And there are more out there. Apples for the taking---anyone?
Everything is still green out and the trees are still showing great color except where the rain and wind have taken care of the leaves.

It's so nasty out the dog won't even go out for his morning run and other duties.

So last night I made Salmon Chowder. Fresh Salmon and good to boot ... Read more →

Paprika Sweet and Red Potato Fries

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Jennifer Black, Sister #6039

I must admit that putting a meal on the table has been a bit of a struggle this past couple of weeks. Things have been so busy with my kids’ soccer and basketball schedules, school events, and other things that it feels like we have been running ragged. It is all good stuff, and I am glad my kids are involved in activities they enjoy. But eating well during this busy season can be a challenge. The recipe I posted below for homemade fries made from sweet potatoes and red potatoes is a good one for this busy time.

It does take a little time to slice the potatoes and bake them, but while they are baking I can throw together a salad and heat up some veggie burgers, and by the time the fries are done, I’ve got a delicious, healthy meal ... Read more →

2014 Coastal Carolina Fair Canning Competition Submissions

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Rosemarie Thompson, Sister #6055

I’m so excited! The 2014 Coastal Carolina Fair starts tomorrow, and I entered some of my canned produce in the competition. This is my second year competing, and I headed to the fairgrounds last Saturday to submit my goodies.

For the first time, I entered my pickles – sliced kosher dill pickles and pickled garlic ... Read more →

Chuck's Apron

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Dolly Sarrio, Sister #3883

I've been pretty blessed to have a husband who is so supportive of my, should I say "habit"? I'll admit it a habit. I love fabric, sewing along with all sorts of crafts. He will go shopping with me and I have so much fun with him. He and the ladies at the fabric shop are becoming friends. Today I share the fabric and his apron that he wanted me to make for him ... Read more →

Fabric purse with lotsa pockets

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Sarah Daniels, Sister #5076

Using the Large Fun Fabric Purse pattern from Craftsy, I quickly whipped up this delicious version in a coordinating fabric with the kindle cover. Here are some photos from the process ... Read more →

Banana Muffin Tops; A Twist on Mom's Cookies

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Erica Sullivan, Sister #5694

When I was a kid, i used to get really excited when the bananas would start to turn brown (a mean feat because I like to eat mine green). The reason you ask? Well when when had enough ripe bananas, my mother would bake with them, making either banana bread, or my personal favorite; banana cookies! These were puffy, cake-like cookies topped with a browned butter glaze and usually rainbow sprinkles (dont get me started on the significance of rainbow sprinkles!). These were addictive as a kid, and even more so as an adult! I had some inspiration to make them flatter as an experiment, and so I altered my mother's original recipe to create what are essentially muffin tops! ... Read more →

20 Recipes for Preserving the Harvest

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Amy Maus, Sister #2791

One of the really fun things about joining the blogging world is the people you meet. And from these awesome people you get some really great information, including recipes! Recently I asked some folks I have met online if they would be willing to share some of their favorite food preservation recipes. The collection below is a compilation of these recipes. There is a lot of good stuff here that I hope you will stash away for future use. So without further ado here is the collection ... Read more →

fog in the valley

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Judy Torola, Sister #599

Wordless Wednesday ... Read more →

Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Tracy Fredrychowski, Sister #2523

Cut-out Cookies.

It wouldn’t be a holiday if I didn’t bring out the cookie cutters, and make my favorite simple sugar cookie recipe.

Every holiday at my house is celebrated with an array of yummy sugar cookies decorated for the season. Whether it is Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine's Day my grandchildren know the cookie jar will be filled with these colorful treats.

My grandmother passed this recipe down to my mother and the only change we have made over the years was to use the addition of the Butter Flavored Crisco ... Read more →