Rachel Maria’s Simple & EXTRAordinary Shrimp Scampi

I can make this in record time.  So can you!   Recipe Yields 2-4 Servings Ingredients 1 lb. Angel Hair, Spaghetti, or Linguini 15-20 Large Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined 1 Stick of Butter 1 Clove of Garlic, chopped 1 Tsp. Salt. 1 Tsp. Pepper 1 Cup White Wine 1/2 Lemon (squeezed) 1/4 Cup Pecorino Romano Fresh Parsely Directions * Melt …

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Rachel Maria’s Super Sunday Hot Wings

Ingredients * 2 Dozen Chicken Wings * 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil * 1/4 Cup Flour * Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, and Garlic Powder * 2 Cups Wing Sauce (Franks® is recommended) * 1/4 C. Brown Sugar * 4 Tbs. Butter Directions * Preheat Oven to 400°. * Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium-high flame. * Mix flour with …

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A New Year’s Resolution – Giving, Loving, and Forgiving…Without Conditions.

For those who really want to shake things up in 2014; This one is for you.   We all know how it feels to be let down by someone.  From my experience, it seems like it only hurts after we open up our hearts and give of ourselves. It’s hard enough when we choose to give more than we get …

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Rachel Maria’s Chicken & Pasta Soup

I’m fairly convinced that you can throw just about anything into a soup or stew!  (Ok, maybe not everything…)  But, at least there are fewer rules to follow (have I mentioned how much I prefer to color outside of the lines!)  All that to say, I love to make-up my own soups or stews based upon whatever I can find …

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Framing Has Begun!

Last week, a carpenter was hired to do several framing projects.  So far, the Master Bath and Master Closet were framed out.  In addition, three upstairs doorways were repositioned to help make room for the second story Laundry Room and Jack & Jill Bathroom. Master Sitting Area & Master Bath   Demo Between Spare Bedrooms for Laundry and J&J Bath   Spare Bedrooms Opened …

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Rising to REALNESS

I find it interesting that the majority of facebook posts are positive. I notice that people (myself included) prefer writing about nice things, which I think is almost like the expected code of conduct. More often, I find myself posting recipes I’m proud of, mini-accomplishments, and interesting experiences and revelations. It’s easy and common to share these things with my …

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My First Sewing Project!

I did it!  I made my first sewing item on my new sewing machine.  This is a pair of pajama pants that I will give to my sister, Gabrielle, for Christmas.   It took several hours, but I never used a patten before.  I have never made a clothing article before.  AND, this was my first time using my new …

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Farewell Pizza Oven!

Ok, I am a little heartbroken.  Within the past few weeks, we made the decision to “ixnay” the pizza oven (in the kitchen…per se’), as it was becoming a little “too much” if ya know what I mean.  Too much weight (like 2000 pounds).  Too much space (at least 4’x5′).   And a little too much from our budget!  Just …

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The Importance of Hospitality

This past weekend, my husband and I attended a dinner party hosted by a lovely Indian couple that lives nearby.  Scott met this gentleman through work, and this was now the second time we had the pleasure of socializing with both him and his wife.  This particular occasion took place at their home, eating Indian cuisine, and intermingling with their …

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Rachel Maria’s Extraordinary Holiday Cookies

Ok, here is why these cookies are extraordinary. (Secret, revealed.) I use an already-made pie crust. Of course you can use a homemade pie crust if you prefer. But, my theory is, why do something that’s already done for you? These cookies are quick, easy, BEAUTIFUL, and oh so good. They take about 10 minutes to assemble, and the kids love …

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