Wow Guests With the 'In' Dessert This Spring: 14 Easy Pavlova Recipes

Pavlova recipes starting popping up in my social media feeds this spring. That made sense: These meringue cakes are light and fluffy on the inside, but crispy on the outside, and they are often topped with fruit. Then, more photos filtered in, as people started making pavlovas the star of their birthday celebrations. I decided it was time for me to get in on the pavlova action—and you can, too! Here are 14 pavlova recipes you can make. They look fancy, but they're actually really easy to master!...more
WOW! Each one looks better than the last.more

10 Books to Read This Spring

When it comes to selecting reading material, sometimes I feel like I suffer from an abundance of riches. There is just so much choice. There are so many wonderful books being published all the time. When I feel like this, I turn to my friends for their book suggestions. ...more
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5 Key Facebook Insights Metrics All Bloggers Should Look At

If you are a blogger who has a Facebook Page for your blog, chances are you've looked at Facebook Insights. Facebook provides fabulous metrics to users, with LOTS of data. The reports can be overwhelming, but once you figure out what metrics you want to track, you'll fall in love with these reports. I'm here to help you with that....more

#ToTheGirls: What Do YOU Want Girls to Know?

What do you wish your younger self knew? What do want your daughter to know? What do you want girls to know? I knew that young adult author Courtney Summers had a new book coming about shame. And how those who are shamed are silenced. I don't have to go far to look at how our society fails to protect girls against shame. We've seen in the news what that does to girls. How it slowly destroys them. I live in a society where everyone knew Rehteah Parson's name, but no one was allowed to say it. ...more
Don't keep family secrets from good friends. If they're really a good friend they won't judge. ...more

What to Do With All That Leftover Turkey

I love making a big turkey dinner. I love planning it, cooking it, and eating it. I especially love the leftovers. Mostly. No matter how well I think I've planned things, I always seem to end up with more leftover turkey than I had planned. Here are seven leftover turkey ideas I'll be putting into my leftover turkey rotation. Turkey Pho...more

Four Easy Leftover Ham Recipes

When I was a kid I used to get really happy when my mother made a big ham dinner. Part of it was because I legitimately enjoyed the dinner, but it was mostly because I loved the leftovers. Ham for dinner always meant ham and cheese omelettes the next morning. As awesome as that breakfast is (and it always is), hams are large and I need to make more than one dish out the leftovers. Here are four recipes that will help make sure that none of that ham goes to waste. ...more
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8 Gorgeous New Ways to Make Easter Eggs

One of my earliest Easter memories is watching sharp pins being delicately pushed in the ends of an egg and then being shown how to carefully blow out the whites and yolk. We handled the fragile empty eggs with care as we dyed them. I recall we used wax and carefully, though not exactly skillfully, layered on the colours and designs. Well, the adults and older children mostly used the wax but I was able to help with the dipping....more
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7 Green Treats for St. Patrick's Day

One of the things I love about special occasion baking is how it gives us the freedom to get creative in the kitchen. We take treats we love and add a new spin to them. Maybe we change up the colours or add a new flavor. Here are seven dessert recipes that have a St. Patrick's Day twist. Enjoy! Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip...more
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6 Fun Crafts for St. Patrick's Day

I've always had a soft spot for St. Patrick's Day. It's probably because I have auburn hair and it's the one time a year people are really into gingers. Sadly, as far as I know, I don't have a speck of a Irish in me. I still celebrate it and while in year's past it may have involved a bit more of a parades and party feel, I'm more of homebody these days. You know what's perfect for homebodies? St. Patrick's Day crafts. ...more
I love the bottle centerpiece idea.  For some reason, glass bottles just always seemed special ...more

How to Build an Awesome Online Community (and Why It's So Important)

When you start a blog, you will hear a lot about how to grow your audience. You will read about gaining readers and followers, and why SEO is important. All of those things are important for page views—but there is something I believe is far more rewarding and important for everything you do online: building your online community. ...more
Kindness. Exactly. I think it's the kindness above all else. Yes, you can have bad days and ...more