Eats & Treats

Easy Fruit, Cookies and Cream Parfait

Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipe

What’s red and white and blue all over? This dessert! It comes together in a snap and can be made in a sorbet glass or a clear plastic disposable “glass.” It’s such a fun dessert to put together because the variations are limitless. When you’re feeling patriotic, strawberries or raspberries and blueberries or blackberries can’t […]

Waffled Ham and Cheese Slider

Waffled Ham and Cheese Slider Recipe

The waffling craze has hit the Rolek household. Even though we have a panini press, I like the nooks and crannies created by a Belgian waffle maker. This is my riff on the King’s Hawaiian Bread Roll slider recipe that’s been making the rounds. Instead of using the petite dinner rolls for my sandwiches, I […]

Hobbies & Crafts

Comparing cotton, flannel, and fleece in a rag quilt

Rag Quilting Fabric Fray Test: Cotton vs Flannel vs Fleece

One of the first questions most people ask about rag quilting when learning how to make a rag quilt is, “What fabric do I use?” Originally, rag quilts were all about flannel. However, as more traditional quilters joined into the rag style, they dug into their beloved quilting cottons and found they liked the results. […]

Halloween Witch Hat Door Hanger Instructions

Rag Quilt Style Halloween Witch Hat Door Hanger

Rag quilts are very popular right now but the rag technique lends itself to many applications. This easy rag quilt style Halloween witch hat door hanger is cute and quick to create! Halloween Witch Hat Door Hanger Supplies Scrap fabric (about 1 yard total but varies by finished size) Witch hat template (click here) Scissors […]


Happy Father's Day

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Photo Credit: © Artsybee This might be an over-generalization, but nearly every man I know loves to cook. Some of these fellows are of chef caliber while others are mad scientists in the kitchen. These Father’s Day gift ideas are sure to please any man who loves to eat, cook, grill or read about food! […]

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On Review

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On Review

Like most women in their mid-forties, I’m entering this stage of my life kicking and screaming. Wrinkles, sagging skin, dull skin, and eye bags are not on my agenda, no matter what my skin thinks. Oh how I hate eye bags more than all the rest. Nothing makes you look old faster than giant puffy […]

Photography & Technology

Canon Online Photography Learning Courses Review

Canon is one of the big names in photography. From cameras, to lenses, to how to courses, they produce it. One of Canon’s latest offerings is a series of online photography courses. With offerings ranging from an introduction to Canon’s Rebel DSLR to getting better kid photos to specific courses like New York photography, the […]

Golden Hour Photography Lesson

The golden hour is a name used to define two different times of day when the light has a distinctive look to it that is not found during any other time. The golden hour occurs very close to the blue hour and both lighting situations are heavily sought after by photographers. What is the Golden […]