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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  I am happy to report that this week's Four'easter was a bust around my neck of the woods.  I hope that you lucked out as well.

Tomorrow, the Mister and I have an appointment with the Global Entry office.  Knowing the Mister, I have a feeling a nice lunch will be involved.

It's finally Friday.  The Mister was away all week so it was a long one.  It was especially difficult for Chowdah and Chili who start looking out the window for him every evening.  The Mister is definitely the fun parent in our household.

The following house tours were published several years ago.  It just goes to show you that traditional decorating never goes out of style.

Werner Straube

Werner Straube

It was love at first sight when I spotted this kitchen.  To see the rest of this lovely Georgian home, click here.

Robert Brantley

Robert Brantley

Robert Brantley

Robert Brantley

Do you believe that these pics are of a beach house?  To see the rest of this Hamptons home, click here.

I love quinoa and couscous.  If you are a fan as well, you can find 21 creative recipes here.

Audrey's Apron

Here's a list of the most popular Pinterest recipes that people actually use.

I have two friends that collect cookbooks.  I wonder if they own any of these.


How would you like a paying job that allows you to cook and eat all day long?  Your new career is only a click away.

Jenny Melick

Isn't this laundry room/office darling?
You can read all the details here.

Dave Burk

Werner Straube

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen?
Here are some tips from a designer.

Photo: Leigh Webber/Carolyn

Here's a list of Salonniere's 100 best party hosts.

If you're wondering how to clear out old Apps that still have access to your Facebook information, click here.


Ryan Murphy is working on a new series called:  Feud: Charles and Diana.  Here's the scoop.
Save me a seat.


If that cooking/taste tester thing doesn't work for you, here are ideas for the best work-from-home jobs.

This fabulous book got me through Nor'easter #2.

A lot of reviewers use the word unputdownable when describing this page-turner.  I wholeheartedly agree.  This one took my mind off of the last Nor'easter.  

It's time for true confessions.
Do you see the lovely lady in this photo?
We have something in common besides being young and gorgeous.

Have a good weekend!

Until next time...

Humberto Santos

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Four'easter Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I feel like a sitting duck awaiting the arrival of an unwelcome guest, the Four'easter.  Don't you love when meteorologists make up pet names for storms?  No, neither do I.  In any case, the weather guys have been circling my area with a bright red pen.  That's never a good sign.

I don't know about you, but it's been a slow week around here.  Even slower for Chowdah who spent a good part of it in time out.

     If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.        

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.

I am looking forward to celebrating my Father's 100th birthday with friends and family in Austin, Texas.

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?

my san

Really? We're supposed to do all that stuff?

I have a couple of things to catch up with in the kitchen before I can begin all of those chores.

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? 

When I lived in The Woodlands, my buddy Martha served the most delicious dip at one of her fabulous parties.  It only requires five ingredients which is right up my alley. The main ingredient is Rothschild Raspberry Salsa.  I've been making it for about 20 years now, and always receive rave reviews.

It's a rarity when I get the compliments on my expertise in the kitchen.  You can find the recipe right here.

Sour cream?

Here's another favorite recipe of mine.  This mouth-watering Sausage dip only has three ingredients and is so yummy.  Just don't look at the calorie content.
The recipe can be found here.

* I put this on early this AM and just realized there is no sour cream in this recipe.  Oh well, it's delicious anyway.

Whipped cream?

This is another one of my favorite recipes, and it only needs two ingredients - a spoon and Reddi Whip.

I really should write a cookbook.

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?

I tend to give this word a few more syllables than is required.

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?

I always loved this song.

* If you've never heard of Barry, you're reading the wrong blog.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Last Friday night, the eve of St. Patrick's Day, I received my results from my AncestryDNA testing.  

I knew I was Irish... but not this Irish!

I was excited because I just assumed that I would be eligible for discounted drinks on St. Patrick's Day due to my strong Irish lineage.

Sadly, I was mistaken.

Until next time...


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