Terri

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Name: Terri Ashley-MacQuarrie
Date registered: August 31, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Remembering David Bowie — January 15, 2016
  2. Dinner and a DVD: Elf — December 24, 2015
  3. Happiness is a Warm Bath — December 23, 2015
  4. Dinner and a DVD: Animated Holiday Edition — December 22, 2015
  5. Workforce Reduction — October 21, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup — 5 comments
  2. Finding My Joy — 5 comments
  3. Tea Time — 4 comments
  4. Best Blueberry Muffins — 3 comments
  5. Fabulous Summertime Beverage: White Wine Sangria — 3 comments

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Cherry Chocolate Granola

Our local community center gives away food donated by local supermarkets and I picked up a 3 pound bag of oats when I was there recently. The bag was faded, battered, and taped, but I was intrigued by the challenge, so when I got home, I searched for ways to use up 3 pounds of oats before they were truly unusable. I used those oats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a facial product! First, I made Cherry Chocolate Granola.

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Maple Bacon Oatmeal

This one is really more of a serving suggestion. You don’t really need a recipe for oatmeal – just follow the directions on your oatmeal container, then add bacon.

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A Luxurious Afternoon Tea For 15 Cents!

  Afternoon Tea at the The Langham Hotel, Pasadena is like stepping through a glorious doorway to another time and continent. Relax in the beautiful surroundings overlooking the gardens while you savor a wonderful array of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, tarts, luscious fruit, and delicate French macarons as you sip from the elegant Wedgwood …

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The Bite That Takes You Home

What food memory takes you home? What flavor or smell transports you to a long-ago time or place?
Baked custard is forever linked with my grandmother. Whether she came to our house, or we visited hers, there was always baked custard with nutmeg on top. She baked it in white milk glass custard cups. Custard and any food filled with custard remain my absolute favorite foods. My ultimate comfort food.
In honor of DreamWorks’ new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, we’ll be sharing recipes inspired by the film this week.

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Your Job Is Not Your Life

Recently, as I was packing up archery equipment following our weekly classes, I was approached by a family of four: father, mother, son and daughter. They all agreed that archery looked like a lot of fun. Watching a small group of archers shoot brought back many memories for the father. He recalled the six years of archery he had done during childhood and adolescence. The longer he watched, the more excited he became, remembering the positive experience.

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Ron Howard and Distinguished Speaker Events

Recently I was fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the Distinguished Speakers Series to hear Actor/Director Ron Howard speak.
It was great. He told lots of stories of growing up on camera, working with Andy Griffith, starring in Happy Days, making Cocoon and working with great old school Hollywood actors. He even took a selfie on stage. Ron Howard lived an extremely unusual life which he readily acknowledges. Not every 14 year old kid making movies in 8mm gets to show their work to Henry Fonda.

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Jimmy

It seems like lifestyle bloggers come in three flavors:  1) Cute, hip DIY crafts featuring cute, sometimes quirky young women and their magazine-ready homes and  beautiful lush photography 2) Coupons, flash sales, giveaways, and mostly corporate-sponsored posts; 3) Christian homeschoolers who primarily feature recipes and frugal living advice. Blue Collar, Black Tie doesn’t really fall …

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Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have wanted a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree. The previous one was sewn from fabrics that no longer suited my style or my home. Marked down for clearance a week before Christmas, I found a 60″ round tablecloth at Target that had the right shades of red and green …

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Delicious and budget-friendly meals from Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’re so happy to have lots of leftovers. We’ll have turkey sandwiches (hot or cold) today for lunch, then I’ll start on the soup, pot pies, and shepherd’s pie. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes on her blog.

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Gorilla My Dreams

The day after Halloween is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year. All the decorations, costumes and accessories go on clearance! Go get yourself some new bats and rats and skeletons marked down and put them in an appropriately labeled box so you can find them next year. As you are …

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