Interview with Social Media Sensation @RoyalTeaWithJam

Sharron Molcak of @RoyalTeaWithJam

@RoyalTeaWithJam is one of the most popular royal-themed accounts on Instagram.  With over 168,000 followers from around the globe, this is where avid fans of the British royals convene to get the latest on the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the extended royal…

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Julie Chan Lin of Instagram’s “Beyond the Book with Julie” on Career Pivots and Listening to Your Inner Voice

Julie Chan Lin smiling and wearing a pink dress

My good friend Julie Chan Lin is the force behind the popular Instagram Live series, “Beyond the Book with Julie.”  Her heartfelt and always entertaining conversations with well-known authors offer personal glimpses into how the books we love came to be, and the personal journey each writer has taken to make it happen.  Whether she…

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What Would You Like to Talk About in 2021?

photo of the night sky with gold fireworks and a sign that reads Happy new Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good holiday. It’s my first work day of the year and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get back into the groove of post-holiday life. Give me my mug of caffeinated tea and I’ll be rearing to go here in a few minutes. I think…

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Great Gift Idea: Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix Jars

A close up look at the cookie jars

Do you have one of those friends who always has the best creative ideas?  My good friend Salve has the best projects going (I’ll be writing a separate post about how she single-handedly transformed her backyard including pouring her own concrete – now that’s a DIY for you). Last weekend we got together in her…

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Top Tips for Mailing Holiday Cookies

Two cookie boxes

One of my favorite gifts to make for family and friends during the holidays is a cookie box full of their favorite homemade treats. It’s so fun to decide which cookies I’ll bake and how I’ll wrap the whole thing up to look festive and enticing.  When my cookie boxes are going to friends who…

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How To Make The Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

Pumpkin bread loaf

The recipes that mean the most to me have a personal history. An interesting backstory if you will. Of course they also need to produce food that is absolutely delicious. This recipe for Pumpkin Bread ticks all the boxes for me. So here’s how to make the Best Pumpkin Bread ever! The Backstory on this…

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Safe and Creative Ways To Volunteer

Rainbow colored thank you cards

During Covid-19, everything in our world has changed and we’ve had to adapt to a new way of doing things — even volunteering. Volunteering in person may not be the safest thing to do for others right now, so we need to find safe and creative ways to give back during this socially-distanced time. Why…

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Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Doggie biscuits

Our dog Buttercup is a doggie gourmet and a genuine food snob. But even she loves these homemade Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits created with the help of our friends from the Humane Society! This is just one of the recipes that the Humane Society asks volunteers to make for the dogs staying at the shelter.…

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