Good People and snow!

Originally posted on Pink Fuzzy Slippers Authors:

Last week we Georgia folks saw snow! Yes, snow.  Yankees comment on our shutting down everything when even one snowflake falls.  Last year we didn’t shut down and people were stuck in a storm of snow and ice. There had been warnings but a lot of people headed home at the same time and a tad late. Truckers from all over lined the highways and interstates.  School buses full of children spent the night in those buses. Kids spent the night in school, causing outrage for those poos kids and those stupid southerners who didn’t know how to handle snow.  Many good folks proved Southern hospitality still exists and took water to as many stranded motorists as possible. A lot of good came from the bad.

Back to my recent experience. Snow was imminent, according the weather folks and I needed to make a trip to the bank, my Ex…

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I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!


I borrowed your blog again!

Originally posted on The Italian Blog:

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Are you the type of person who runs late? I am, so I thought I’d share some common-sense ideas because being late isn’t an attractive personal trait.

Prepare ahead for an easier, stress-free morning by doing the following:

1. One Day before:

Put water in the tea kettle and prepare your coffee machine. Don’t buy your coffee on the way to work. It’s too expensive plus you lose time waiting in line.

Check the weather forecast the night before so you’re dressed appropriately. In fact, check it for the week.

If you have pets fill their water and bowl with food.

If you’re a gym person, have your bag ready to go

Pack all lunches the night before.

2. The Weekend before:

Plan what you’re wearing for the week and wash and iron what’s needed.

Get your grocery shopping done and plan those meals ahead for the week.

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Home made Humidifiers

Originally posted on The Italian Blog:

Thanks in advance to our local weatherman in the Charlotte, NC area for sharing the following tips:

According to the Mayo clinic, the optimal amount of humidity for a room is between 30-50 percent. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in a room. You can purchase them at for $9.99.

If you suffer from sore throats during the winter season, the culprit may be because your home is too dry. Many of our furnaces are running non-stop.

Here’s some ideas for home-made humidifiers:

1. Simply place a glass of water on your heater and let the water evaporate.

2. If you don’t have a flat top heater, soak a clean car-washing sponge in warm water. Squeeze to remove excess water and place in a punctured plastic freezer bag. Place in rooms as needed. When reusing, place sponge in microwave for 1 minute to rid of bacteria.

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Home-made Sore Throat Recipes


This sounds like something many of us need!

Originally posted on The Italian Blog:

It’s the middle of February and very cold outside. Today I’m sharing some home-made sore throat recipes from Health Digest.

For recipe one you will need:

1. Two lemons cleaned and sliced
2. Two pieces of ginger sliced into coin size pieces
3. 1 cup Honey
In a 16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger.
Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly. This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”. To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour hot water over it.
Store in fridge 2-3 months. Makes about 2 cups

For recipe two you will need:

1 cup honey

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Easy Appetizers and Game Day outfits for Super Bowl Sunday

Originally posted on The Italian Blog:

I’m not a fan of the big game, although I’ll be hosting a get-together for family. I do love the kick-off and half-time festivities, though. Here are two easy recipes that you and your family are sure to enjoy:

As a bonus, I’ve added some ideas for what to wear on Super Bowl Sunday. (See below)




1 pkg. (8 oz) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup Frank’s red hot buffalo wings sauce
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 tbsp. chopped red peppers

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl until blended. Stir in chicken and blue cheese.
Spoon into shallow baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with peppers.
Serve with cut-up fresh vegetables and/or assorted crackers.

7 LAYER MEXICAN DIP, adapted from a recipe by fashion blogger…

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A Christmas Story To Touch Your Heart by C. C. Ansardi


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Originally posted on Gilded Dragonfly Books:

From our new anthology, A Stone Mountain Christmas102decover-0x4_1870x2500-5


C. C. Ansardi

If this keeps up, you’ll be able to build a snow man, Charlie.”

His red curls sparked as he ducked back from the brightness of the window, leaving a smudge from where his face pressed against the glass. Charlie turned and threw me a quick grin. That grin of his could light up a room, and it certainly lit up my heart.

I dreaded the Christmas holidays. Charlie and I were facing them alone. His father was in Afghanistan, his mother on the run from an abusive man, so Charlie and I had only each other. But with the wonderland those tiny flakes promised hope surged from deep within, and I gratefully accepted it.

Snow was rare in the South, but a white Christmas had been predicted by all the weather stations. Folks celebrate snow…

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Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake, our Halloween anthology/ Nan Monroe


Meet Nan Monroe a Gilded Dragonfly author.

Originally posted on Gilded Dragonfly Books:

From Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake



Nan Monroe

The night before my parents were killed in a car accident I dreamed of a huge baby buggy smashing through a window of the twentieth floor of a high rise.
I am not, nor have I ever been, a great talker. My custom has always been to observe, listen, and hold my thoughts inside. People call me “unknowable,” and I can’t say they’re wrong. After the accident I hugged my silence more closely than ever, but in a strange moment when I felt my heart would turn inside out if I didn’t speak I told Ethan Chance about my dream. Ethan was my closest friend, because among all the kids my age, seventeen, only he shared my passion for black-and-white movies. Even when I don’t care to talk about my feelings or my views on…

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