Weeknight Meals: Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

By: Matt allison Aug 22, 2014

Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

One of the things I enjoy about eggs is their amazing ability to hold things together. Frittas are a case in point, super easy to make, usually with left overs, set in whisked eggs. The perfect early dinner. To beef it up a bite I cooked it with bacon, hash & onions. A quick meal to have on the table in under 20… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

By: Matt allison Aug 15, 2014


Roast Mushroom Burger With Pesto

About a year ago while traveling in NYC I experience my first 'shroom' burger at the landmark Shake Shack, I was hooked. I stumbled across my friend Sam Linsell's roast mushroom burger with pesto recipe and had to try it out. Now you can… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard"Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Spicy Beef and Pepper Casserole

By: Matt allison Aug 01, 2014

Spicy Beef & Pepper Casserole

As the nights get cooler I feel a hankering for good old comfort food. This spicy beef & pepper casserole is a perfect 'one pot wonder' and while it's not a quick dish, it is a simple one. Combine the ingredients, pop it on the heat and let the stove do all the work, serve… Continue Reading

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5 Kabob Recipes for a Killer Summer Weekend

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 18, 2014

5 kabob recipesIt's mid-summer and that means your grill (if you have one) is out and seasoned! Have yourself a grilling party this weekend with these five tasty kabob recipes!      

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Husband v. Wife Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 18, 2014

Christy's husband had made over his kitchen when their house was 'his.' When she moved in, she wanted to make it over in her own image. (You know what I mean.) She made a wish list. New solid surface counters, new backsplash, farmhouse sink, and new flooring. Hubby balked. He was attached to his… Continue Reading

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Dramatic Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2014

This kitchen makeover was not a DIY. The folks behind it are Westhaven Builders, and whether you like the final design or not, I'm sure you'll agree that it's a dramatic one. Windows and doors were movedContinue Reading

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Make A Tasty & Traditional Strawberry Pie For Independence Day

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 04, 2014

strawberry pie

What is the 4th of July without pie? Nothing, I tell you. Well, not nothing. But it could be a whole lot more delicious with this strawberry pie!  … Continue Reading

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How To: Make Patriotic Strawberries

By: Diy maven Jun 27, 2014

How cute are these strawberries?? A perfect addition to any Independence, or Bastille Day celebration, they're super-easy to make and… Continue Reading

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Eggs Benedict On Roasted Brown Mushrooms

By: Matt allison Jun 20, 2014

Eggs Benedict On Roasted Brown Mushrooms

This glorious image popped up in my Pinterest feed and it turned out to be another delicious creation from my food stylist friend, Sam Linsell of Drizzle… Continue Reading

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Before and After: 1980's Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 06, 2014

Carolyn described her 1980's kitchen "yucky." It's certainly far from that now. Confined to a tight budget, she and her husband did all the work themselves except for the installation of the countertops. The DIY mostly happened in the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Mexican Inspired Couscous Salad

By: Matt allison May 30, 2014

Mexican Inspired Couscous Salad

There are some nights I just want a quick, healthy meal. I don't want to be fighting with pots, pans and dishes. This delicious recipe is one of those 'one pot wonders' that makes for a quick 'set and forget' dinner: 20-minutes, 1 pot, let's… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Recycled Wine Bottle Hanging Herb Garden

By: Diy maven May 30, 2014

It took Ben about $30 dollars and a few hours to create this marvelous copper tubing and recycled wine bottle hanging herb garden. Besides the tubing and wine bottles, supplies to make oneContinue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Cuban Black Bean Fritters & Pineapple Rice

By: Matt allison May 23, 2014

Cuban Black Bean Fritters & Pineapple Rice

These cuban style black bean fritters put a vegetarian spin on traditional crab cakes, served here with a delicious zesty pineapple and cilantro… Continue Reading

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Jenna's One-Hour DIY Kitchen Island

By: Diy maven May 23, 2014

Jenna confirms that the hardest part of her DIY kitchen island was figuring out how to construct it. Once that was done, the island took about an hour to build. That, however, doesn't… Continue Reading

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GENIUS: How to Turn a Paper Plate into a Basket

By: Diy maven May 16, 2014

This is another one of those smack-my-forehead, why-didn't-I-think-of-that deals. A paper plate turned basket?? Yeah, it's perfect for when we take treats into the office or give them as a thank-you gift to teacher, but they would also be great for backyard BBQs for… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 90+ Recipes and Tips to Make the Perfect Breakfast in Bed

By: Diy maven May 09, 2014

Do you have a mom who has everything? Are you tight on cash for a Mother's Day present? Do you want to do something extra-special this Mother's Day for the special mom in your life? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, the perfect gift for your mom or momContinue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Three-Pepper, Chicken & Pesto Pasta

By: Matt allison May 02, 2014

Three-Pepper, Chicken & Pesto Pasta

This dish is a spring favourite, easy to pull together in around 15-20 minutes and packed with flavour, color and… Continue Reading

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25 Best Store-Bought Party Appetizers

By: Diy maven May 02, 2014

Appetizers are BIG in Sweetie-pie's family. Christmas eve is oftentimes a collection of cheeses, rollups, tiny meatballs, chicken wings and other delectables that you can eat with your fingers or toothpicks. Which isContinue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Country Captain Inspired Soup

By: Matt allison Apr 25, 2014

Weekinight Meals: Country Captain Inspired Soup

For those that have not experienced country captain, it's a southern-style casserole of curried chicken and rice. With the change of seasons my wife was feeling a bit under the weather and so I was inspired to fuse the two into a springr style chicken soup borrowing from the captains aromatic middle-eastern… Continue Reading

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