Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Sanibel and Captiva Islands are one of my family’s favorite vacation spots.  It has all that most beach paradises have to offer but the souvenirs are free. The islands are located just west of Fort Myers, Florida making it easy to get to. Once you are on the islands you will […]

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie

It is no secret that I am a huge Sanibel Island fan.  To see why I love Sanibel so much click here. When I can’t be in Sanibel there is no other dessert in the world that brings me back to all the feel good vacation feelings like this, Key Lime Pie Recipe. Below you […]

Homemade Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Meal

Fried Chicken with ChezEddie There is something special about enjoying delicious homemade fried chicken in the throes of summer, and ChezEddie, in-demand home-chef in San Francisco and Marin, showed me his step by step process to his famous fried chicken. Here are the recipes for the fried chicken, potato salad, sriracha honey and honey butter/parmesan […]

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Slow Cooker Recipe Caramelized Onions

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions Recipe – Easy & Delicious! Many recipes are enhanced with the addition of Caramelized Onions and many times the making of these Caramelized Onions is what slows down the cooking time of the meal.  So here is an easy, slow cooker caramelized onions recipe, to speed up your meals by making […]

Paleo Stromboli Recipe

Cauliflower Stromboli

So a recent girls night at my friend, Sarah’s house, introduced me to the world of Paleo.  I had previously dabbled in a few recipes like this Spaghetti Squash but the taste of this Paleo Stromboli has made me a convert. Paleo Stromboli Recipe Ingredient: Crust 1 Head of Cauliflower, cut in small florets 1 […]

Best Banana Bread Recipe

Best Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread of my Youth When I was a preteen and life was full of changes: new house, new school, and new friends, I found comfort in the consistent taste of the banana bread we had for breakfast.  I have tried many recipes over the years and this one comes the closest to my […]

Light Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas

This pasta recipe is hitting the Duff Favorites file.  It was so easy and quick that I had to make a second batch before I had a chance to serve myself.  Take a look at the ingredients, there isn’t any cream.  Truly amazing since it tasted like it was loaded with it. When you are […]

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters


As you all know, I love my slow cooker.  I especially love it when the recipe makes me look like the most amazing cook around.  It is recipes like this one that remind me of that great Rice Krispies commercial where the mom comes out of the kitchen with a plate of treats but she […]

M&M Chocolate Chip Pizza Cookie

Pizza Cookie Cake Valentine

The following recipe is adapted from a 2008 3rd grade school cook book. I have watched Eric’s mother parade these masterpieces through the school for at least five years and I am always in awe by them. The chocolate chip pizza cookie has been on my “kitchen bucket list” ever since the first time I […]

Grinch Cookies – “Now that’s Holiday”!

Grinch Cookie

At our house we are very aware of the “Reason for the Season”.  We have two mangers that are among the first holiday decorations to be unpacked each year. But along with the seriousness and importance of the holiday season, we are big fans of the Grinch.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas won again as […]

Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Thanksgiving dessert

I hope this post finds you all planning a warm, cozy meal that you will be sharing with loved ones.  Our Thanksgiving meal traditions are a combination of three generation favorites with a strong influence from the in-laws, who are fabulous cooks. 2005 was the last Thanksgiving I shared with my father.  Thanksgiving was our […]

Top 6 Ways to Reduce Stress

Floating Flowers in fountain

Top 6 Ways to Reduce Stress We all have stress in our lives no matter what our life circumstances are and it would benefit all of us to remember that there are ways to reduce stress without making major costly changes in our life.Sleep – Getting enough sleep seems so simple but it takes work […]

Crock Pot Lasagna

Emeril's Bam

Crock Pot Lasagna Ingredients: 11/2 – 2  lbs of ground Beef 2 Jars of Marinara Sauce 1 Box of “no boil” Lasagna Noodles 2 lbs. Ricotta Cheese 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese 3/4 Cup of water 2 tspns. Emeril’s Italian Seasoning Parmesan Cheese to top (Optional) Directions: Use a slow cooker liner or cooking spray. Cook and Drain […]

Empty Frame? LyveHome Time!

Printed Photos

I am a CEO with a plethora of ideas and too many undone projects around the house.  I currently have over 70,000 photos and about 100 empty frames 

Sphero: Cool Robot Ball!

Sphero visits Philly

Win a Free Sphero 2.0 Robot Ball-Details Below Sphero 2.0 is a super cool robotic ball that you control with an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. With four kids, from 11 to 15 years old, I am sad to share that it has been quite a while since a gift other than […]

Looking for Puppy Names-Giveaway!

All Black Miniature Schnauzer puppy female

WINNER Announced Below Thanks for all of your suggestions in the comments, it has been fun to see everyone’s ideas!  Our new little angel puppy arrived at our house in the wee hours last night and we still have not named her, so we are running a poll for you to vote on our final […]

Keep Your Grill Fired Up!


T-Bone Steaks There is still plenty of time left to enjoy the warm nights of summer and the tasty foods that come off the grill.  All of us in the East remember this past winter all too well and are in no hurry for a repeat performance.  So I, for one, am determined to keep […]

Benton Rodeo – Summer 2014

Rodeo Stunt Riders

Benton Rodeo-Benton, PA. We attended the 30th annual Benton Rodeo, which claims to be the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi.  The rodeo was held for 6 consecutive days in July.  TeamDuff had so much fun the first night we went that we headed back for more.  More cowboys, cowgirls and funnel cake. The stands […]