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Seven Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing - Part 2

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I would love to have a clean, fresh-smelling house.  This is not always easy when you have pets.  It is also difficult at times with soiled diapers from kids or grandkids.  Even some cooking smells, such as broccoli or fish, can be a bit off-putting.  Last week I focused on a few things not to do if you want a freshly scented home called 16 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing- Here is What Not Do!  This week I will focus on what to do for clean, fresh scents throughout your home. I have learned with diapers to take them outside to the trash bin ASAP to solve the stinky diaper dilemma.  1-Candles One way that many of us add a wonderful aroma to our home is through candles.  There is nothing better than burning pine-scented candles during the holiday season.  I also love cinnamon scents and floral scents.  With the scented candles available now, the possibilities are endless. Along with the aroma of a nice scented candle burning a candle can improve your mood and create a nice ambiance

Wine Tasting-What is Chardenel Wine?

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What is a Chardonel Wine? A friend of mine and I had the pleasure of visiting a local winery, Fireclay Cellars, in Siler City, NC.  One of the wines on their wine menu is Chardonel. Here is how they describe their Chardonel wine. "Our dry Chardonel produces a seamless balance of golden apple, honey, and lemon flavors.  Along with a soft refreshing minerality, it has a clean, bright finish." I went online to get a description of what a Chardonel wine is, and here are a few facts I found.   Chardonel is pronounced-shar-dun-el The parents of Chardonel are Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc.   This wine is described as amber in color, fruity, and full-bodied.  Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Chardonel wine... "Chardonel is a late-ripening white wine hybrid grape which can produce a high quality wine with varietal character. It is a result of a cross made by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station of the popular French American hybrid Seyval and the classic vitis

16 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing- Here is What Not Do!

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 I would love for my home to smell nice.  I want it to smell clean and fresh, with maybe a hint of a seasonal scent wafting through the air. Well, I was reading an article on the  14 Things People With Nice-Smelling Homes Never Do  that I found on a site called Apartment Therapy.   Here is her list and my success or failure with each one. 1- Don't forget to clean out the fridge . I do a fair job with this one.  I try to get rid of old or expired items each week on trash day.  I clean the shelves probably every two months or so.  I don't have a true schedule for this practice.  2- Never leave the bed sheets on too long .  This I do a good job with.  I change my sheets once a week.  I love the feel of clean, smooth sheets. 3- They don't wash kitchen towels without bleach or bleach alternatives .  I fail at that. I just use regular detergent.   4- They don't leave wet laundry in the washer for more than a day.  Ninety percent of the time, I put it in the dryer the same

Travel - Old Mill Farm Durham NC

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 Join me for my Old Mill Farm Adventure in Durham, NC.  Yes, there are goats on the farm! Looking over the events on their website, I found they have both paid and free events, many with live music.  The day I was there,  Jason Bales was the musical artist.  There was plenty of seating in which to sit back and enjoy the music. Other animals on the farm. They have both wine and beer for your drink options.  The day I was there, they had food trucks. I could not find very much on the history of Old Mill Farm.  If you go to their website, you will find their hours of operation plus many events and activities planned on the farm. Here is a link to the events page if you would like to take a look Old Mill Farms Home Old Mill Farms Events If you find yourself looking for something to do and live near Durham, NC, I suggest checking out Old Mill Farm.   Happy Travels Kathiey V.

Wine and Food Adventures-Let's Check out Fireclay Cellars in Siler City North Carolina

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 Join me for a visit to Fireclay Cellars Vineyard &Winery in Siler City NC There are about 200 wineries and 400-500+ vineyards in North Carolina, according to the internet.    Karen and I thought it would be fun to check out one that is not too far from our location in the Cary Apex area.  So off we went to Fireclay Cellars Vineyard & Winery in Siler City, NC.   Getting to the winery was an easy shot on 64 west. The drive took about 40 minutes. (Quotes from their website will be in quotes and italics.) We drove up to a lovely house on the property with plenty of parking. According to their website, here is how they decided on the name of their vineyard. "Our name, FireClay Cellars, was chosen to represent the bright red clay in our vineyard. Mineral-rich, deep, and well-drained soil provide the perfect conditions for producing flavorful grapes". Here is what they have to say about their history... Farming and grape growing were always an essential part of our family

My Recipe Reviews-Fresh Applesauce from Southern Living Magazine

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I made this recipe several years ago.  I remember it being so easy and tasty that I think I will make it again this week.   Print With Image Without Image Fresh Apple Sauce Yield: 10-12 Author: Kathiey (A Southern Living Magazine Recipe) Prep and Cook time is approx 50 minutes Ingredients 12 large apples, peeled and coarsely chopped (6 1/2 lb.) 1 cup sugar (I added just a touch more sugar & a couple of sprinkles of cinnamon:-) 1/2 lemon, sliced Instructions Bring all ingredients to a light boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often 25 to 30 minutes, or until apples are tender and juices thicken.  Remove and discard lemon slices.  Serve warm, or let cool to room temperature (about 2 hours).  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I cored and peeled the apples mixed in the sugar and lemon slice and put them on the stove...  Warm and tasty applesauce.   Happy Eating Everyone! KathieyV Take a look at

Five Book Reading Wrap-up for September 2021

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                        Join me for my five-book reading wrap-up! Here is my Youtube Video (There is an Amazon link to each book.  If you are interested in a bit more information, click on the link.  I am an Amazon Affiliate.  If you click on the link and buy anything at all, I get a percent of the sale at no cost to you...thanks:-) ********************************************************************************* Book 1  "The Land of Roar" by Jenny McLachlan Middle Grade, Fantasy, Dragons, Adventure Good Reads Rating is 4.08 My Rating is 4.5/5 stars                                            (click photo below to go to Amazon) Overview I found on GoodReads. When Arthur and Rose were little, they were the heroes of Roar, a magical world they invented where the wildest creations of their imaginations roamed. Now that they’re eleven, Roar is just a distant memory. But it hasn’t forgotten them. When their grandfather is spirited away into Roar by the villain who still haunts thei