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6 Life Lessons Learned from Mothers I Know and Love

Often times, the only way to learn a life lesson is to try something, fail, and then pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. Sometimes, though, you learn valuable lessons for living from others in your life just by following their example. For me, it has been at some of the most painful […]

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10 Homemade Salsa Party Bar Recipes

With Cinco de Mayo and summer coming up around here, I’m hoping to put together a salsa party bar at one of our next gatherings. I’ve been inspired by this chips and salsa bar party from Bakin Bit and the apple bar party I had last fall. A themed party bar is not that hard to pull […]

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Rte 66 Wandering - Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket - Original Route 66 restaurant | Stowandtellu.com

Rt 66 Wandering #6 – Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket

I had the pleasure of meeting a few of my friends at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, IL. While, I could say we went there to have some of their famous fried chicken, we actually went for the Friday fish fry. Which happens to include whole lobster, fried shrimp or all you can eat fried […]

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5 Curiously strange vintage Easter figurines

5 Curiously Strange Easter Figurines

Have you ever noticed that some of the older, vintage Easter figurines are not so happy-go-lucky as our more contemporary lamb and bunny molds?  Honestly, I never really gave it much thought until last year when I spotted a mixed media style Easter bunny at the thrift store. It’s a decoupaged deal with lots of […]

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When Someone Brings You a Basket of Kittens

The neighbor girl, Rosalyn, brought over a basket of kittens to ask me which one we wanted. It wasn’t a fancy basket, it was a laundry basket. And it wasn’t a basket full of kittens, there were only two. “Can I have both?” I asked. There was no way I could choose between the two […]

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Leftover Grilled Hamburger Chili

Next time you cook hamburgers on the grill, consider cooking extra.  This way you can make chili with the leftovers for one of your next meals. Back when I was a single mom, one of my moonlighting jobs was as a cook in a corner tavern. My friend was the owner and she had a […]

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Pumpkin Patch Musings

When my sister called me on Sunday, I was knee deep in a list of things that had to get done. She asked if I wanted to go with her to a pumpkin patch in DeKalb, and I answered, “Sure!” Of course I wanted to spend time with her, but I also knew what she […]

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These FiftySomething Bloggers Want You to Know That…

Born before cable T.V., cell phones, and computers. Oh my!  Yes, that’s me, and a slew of other DIY Bloggers who are over 50 and proud of it! Do we have any alternative? I am fortunate enough to belong to a group of bloggers who are all 50+ years old. Most of the time we […]

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You Know You’re in the Smoky Mountains When…

A few weeks ago, we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It was mostly a getaway to relax, unwind and unplug. I did pull out my camera phone for a few shots of Smoky Mountain style that caught my eye. Smoky Mountain style Hospitality We went out for breakfast one morning and […]

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Rt 66 Wandering: Henry's Drive-In and Cindy Lyn Motel - Cicero Illinois - StowAndTellU

Rt 66 Wandering #5 – Henry’s Drive-In and Cindy Lyn Motel

As some of you may know, I grew up just outside of Chicago, near Route 66. Exploring some of the old Rt 66 stomping grounds has been an intriguing past-time. I’m working towards putting them all together into a travelogue titled “Route 66 Wandering”. Sounds corny doesn’t it? Oh, well.  Sometimes, you just can’t help […]

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Unless You Can Be a Vintage Mermaid Statue

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a vintage mermaid statue. Then always be a vintage mermaid statue. Fess up. Haven’t you ever dreamed of being a vintage mermaid statue?  No? Okay. How about just wishing you were a mermaid? I’ve wished such a thing.  And from all the quotes on Pinterest, it’s seems to […]

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Walking tour of Philadelphia and some of the sites you can see car-free in one day - StowandTellU.com

Car-Free and Charmed in Philadelphia

I’ve always wanted to see what it was like to live in large city and get around without a car.  I know people do it all the time, I had just never experienced it myself.  But when my son parked his car on the street after our day trip to Valley Forge and Amish Country, […]

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Breezing Through Amish Country. Is it Worth It?

The Amish people have always been somewhat of a fascination for many of us. The fact that these people forgo all of the modern necessities for a simpler life style seems almost unbelievable in this crazy, mixed up world. But like the doubting Thomas that I am, I wanted to see it for myself. Now, […]

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Chimichurri sauce made with cilantro and lime rather than vinegar and parsley, goes very nicely with many Mexican dishes and as a salsa or pico de gallo - StowandTellU.com

Lime and Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

If you can get past the part about jamming your mini food processor, and I’m sure most of you don’t have that problem, then you will really enjoy this variation of chimichurri or chimmichurri sauce as either a homemade salsa or as a marinade for cooking meat.  I was given this recipe from a workmate […]

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Glimpse of Restoration at Valley Forge

Imagine if you had a knock at the door one day, and it was a group of tattered looking soldiers who said, “Hi.  We just fought this this huge battle and we seem to have gotten snowed in.  We’re going to need you to let us move into some of your homes and ask that […]

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