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Many people love this dish but are intimidated by the thought of preparing it. Actually, this recipe takes all the worry out of preparing Paella and puts all the great taste in. Give it a try!


20 clams, mussels and prawns (peeled)
¼ C olive oil
10 chicken pieces
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb Chorizo sausage, cut in ½ inch slices
5 C saffron rice
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
32 oz chicken broth
½ C dry white wine
6 to 8 C water


Wash clams thoroughly, discard any open shells. Set aside

Remove beards on mussels and scrub shells well with a brush.
Discard opened, cracked, or heavy mussels. Set aside

Heat oil in 17” paella pan (or heavy skillet)
Add chicken and cook over medium heat until golden and juices run clear.

Add garlic and onion and cook until tender
Add sausage and cook until thoroughly heated
Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until grains are coated with oil. 
Add tomatoes, broth, and wine, and bring to a slow boil.
Cook 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add extra water as needed

Add seafood and cook 15 minutes or until prawns turn pink and mussels and clams open

Done -  And delicious too!


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closet envy

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Does anyone else out there have closet envy? You know what I mean, the feeling you get when you open a style magazine and see the most beautiful, perfectly organized, perfectly sized, perfectly laid out closet in a full-page photo… and I believe, I hear the angels weep.

Well, good - because, guess what – have I got the post for you! Just scroll through these breath taking closet photos and be sure to listen carefully, because you might just hear weeping (FYI – it’s probably me!)



OK, I am going to need just a moment to myself, here...

Oh honey, I don't think we need that extra room that you are calling your office, do we?

march 20th

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how to style a coffee table

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Don’t be Afraid to Use a Large Coffee Table

Sometimes it seems like a larger piece of furniture will make a room seem smaller, but it actually will not. A larger piece of furniture placed in a small space makes the space look like it can hold a larger piece. Plus, a larger coffee table can offer additional space that can be used in many ways.

How is it Being Used?

Coffee tables can be used so many different ways. If the coffee table is in a Family Room, sometimes you could be doing crafts on it, sometimes you could be eating on it, sometimes you could be sitting around it and just putting your feet up on it, so you need to take into consideration what needs the coffee table will be required to handle in that space.

What Needs to Happen in the Space?

Depending on where the coffee table is, you need to style it so it’s a “WOW” piece, because it actually is the middle of the room. Don’t be afraid to put bold things on it that compliment the theme of the room. You can also use beautiful storage boxes to hide the things you don’t want to see, for instance, remotes, kids’ things/toys, books, even hand lotion and keys.

Make it Pretty

The thing that draws your eye the most to a vignette is the use of mixed media. Using large trays for vignettes, stacked books with pretty things on them, some iron, glass, or some ceramic is a perfect way to highlight the coffee table. And these items can be rotated out depending on the season or the event/activity of the day.

Show Different Elements at Different Heights

Showing different elements at different heights is a great way to create interest on a coffee table.

Children and the Coffee Table

If you have children in the home and they tend to use the coffee table for all sorts of reasons and activities, consider using a finish on the table that is more forgiving.

Here’s an All in the Detail Quick Tip to styling a coffee table.

sunday in bed

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It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.

march 17th

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enjoy your saturday

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Oven Fries


2 russet potatoes,
cut in ½ lengthwise,
halves cut lengthwise into ¼ to make 16 big, fat wedges
¼ C extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
2 T chopped parsley leaves
¼ C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
*I also sprinkle with garlic powder, at times.


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat a baking sheet in the hot oven for at least 5 minutes.

While the baking sheet is heating, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and ¾ tsp salt in a large bowl.
Dump the potatoes out onto a baking sheet, spreading to a single layer.
Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan every now and then, until the potatoes are cooked through, brown and crispy.

Toss the fries in a big bowl with the parsley and cheese (and maybe the garlic powder).


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when to replace household items

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When was the last time you looked at one of your household items and said, “I wonder if this is still OK to use or maybe I should throw it away and get a new one?” I bet I have said this to every single kitchen sponges at one time or another!

So, how long has it been since you replaced your kitchen sponge or even your mattress? And when did you buy that fire extinguisher under your kitchen sink? So, you know what the shelf life for a jar of dried oregano is?

Our homes are filled with so many items that often fade into the background as we go about our daily routines that we might not even think twice about its ‘expiration date’.

Let’s take a moment and look at some of our household items and see if it’s time to toss and refresh.

In the Kitchen

How often should I replace the kitchen sponge?

That go-to kitchen sponge that is constantly used multiple times of the day is the one item that needs to be tossed on a regular basis. Depending on whom you ask, it ranges from once a day to once a week. Aim for replacing it every 5-7 days. Extend its life by tossing it every day into the top rack of your dishwasher to kill bacteria. Do not wait until it “looks bad.” It’s what you can’t see that you should worry about the most

How long do herbs and spices last?

Of course, the answer here will depend on how often you hit up your spice cabinet when cooking. For the average cook, there are a core batch of bottled herbs and spices that get used often, like cinnamon, oregano, and thyme. Then we tend to accumulate miscellaneous herbs for the occasional recipe that then rarely gets used again. The result can be a spice cabinet filled with spices that are losing their flavor. Dried spices can last up to 3 years. Take inventory and toss any that you can’t remember the last time, if ever, that you used it.

In the Bedroom

How often should I replace my mattress?

Generally, mattresses should be replaced every 5-10 years. There are plenty of factors to consider, like how often you sleep on it, how often you rotate it, etc. If you start to consistently experience a bad night’s sleep, or you can’t remember the last time you bought a mattress, then it could be a sign that it’s time to replace your mattress. When you do buy a new mattress, consider purchasing a mattress pad to help extend the life of the mattress

How often should I replace my pillows?

Replace bed pillows every 6-12 months. Pillows accumulate all sorts of things, like dead skin cells, your body’s natural oils, drool and dust mites. Not to mention, their stuffing will eventually break down and not deliver the support that you experienced when you bought them in the first place.

In the Bathroom

When should I replace my bathroom towels?

Let your senses be your guide. If it seems like your towels have lost their absorbency or have a smell that won’t go away even after a washing, then it’s probably time to replace them. Did you know that there are tricks to washing your bath towels that can keep them fluffy and soft longer?

When should I replace my toothbrush?

According to the American Dental Association, replace your toothbrush every three to four months or whenever the bristles begin to fray.

When should I replace the bath pouf?

Just like a kitchen sponge, a bath pouf can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Plan to replace a pouf at least once a month. Hang it between uses so that it dries completely.

When should I replace the air filters?

This can depend on your climate and your location, but generally, you should replace air filters every three to six months.

Do fire extinguishers need to be replaced?

Most of us add a few fire extinguishers around the house and then forget about them. Most extinguishers will work five to 15 years. If the pressure gauge needle is in the green areas, then it should function just fine. If it’s not, or if it looks like there is some wear and tear that makes you question whether it will work, then either replace it or have it serviced by a qualified professional.

When should I replace the smoke detectors?

Replace the batteries every year. While you’re up there, check the date of manufacture. If it is greater than ten years old, then replace the entire unit.

Now, what have you have around your house that you might need to take a look at and make a decision?

A big thank you to Country Door for the help with this post.