Create your own Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece


You can change almost any container and flower bunch into a pretty and elegant table arrangement.

Today I used a small pumpkin I’d been decorating my fall front porch with, and picked up a bunch of flowers at the market for $14.00.

1. Gather everything you will need. Flowers, vase/glass, tape (i generally use green floral tape but in a pinch you can use masking tape as I did in this photo) scissors, pumpkin (small)

2. Trace the glass or vase you’ll be using for the flowers on the top of the pumpkin with a pen.

3. Pierce the circle you traced all the way around, until you can lift it.

4. Remove the lid of the pumpkin (set aside), then trim the edges of the pumpkin until the vase/glass fits inside the opening.

5. Use the tape to make a grid over the top of the glass.

6. Insert the vase/glass into the pumpkin. Fill with water.

7. Add flowers. Try not to group flowers that are the same, it looks more balanced to spread out and separate the blooms.

Other tips:  My flower bunch that I bought came wrapped in a pretty piece of fabric which I added between the pumpkin and the glass. Also, I cleaned the pulp from the pumpkin top and used it by attaching it to the body of the pumpkin with a wooden skewer.

Total time: 15 minutes

The Fantastic Women of BlackBerry

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What do all these women have in common?  Besides being powerhouses of the executive, writing and entertainment industries? Look closely.  All of these women have made the decision to trust Blackberry.  They rely on the power of QNX to safely operate in this mobile world, resting assured in the security only BlackBerry is capable of providing.

But why am I only speaking of women? In a world of men vs women, the fairer sex vs testosterone, amidst the struggle of feminism and gender equality,  we women have scratched, clawed and climbed to the peak of the mountain. Yet, we still endeavor to close the gap on gender pay differences, end sexual harassment in the workplace, and balance the demands of juggling family life and building a career Continue reading

AT LAST! A decent, almost normal, practically carb free bread! Perfect Primo Bread


Perfect Primo Bread

Like I’ve said before….I am a self admitted BREAD JUNKIE. I love bread. I like it toasted with butter, I like it grilled with cheese and bacon, I like it slathered with peanut butter and jelly. French toast, cinnamon toast, pizza toast. Panini, club sandwich, toasted with tuna, chicken salad. Egg sandwiches, finger sandwiches, BLT. Fluffernutter, ham & cheese, open faced turkey & gravy. Patty melt, Monte Cristo, Po’ Boy. Rueben, Sliders, & Dipped (in soup. au jus, sausage gravy)

So when I went low carb in July, giving up bread was the most difficult part.

Earlier this month I posted about my desperate search for the perfect bread recipe. The reason for THIS post….is that I may have FOUND IT!

Check it out low-carb, banting, LCHF, Paleo friends.  A delicious bread with under 2 carbs per slice!  It grills, toasts and spreads very well. It tastes as close to regular bread as it gets and it looks like white bread. Definitely worth a try!




1/2 cup Kerrygold butter, melted
3 teaspoons bacon grease
8 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Add eggs to food processor and process about 1 minute
  • add bacon grease and melted butter to eggs, mix until well combined
  • Add remaining ingredients, mix until it is a very thick milkshake consistency.
  • Scrape into a buttered loaf pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, make sure it passes the toothpick test.
  • Allow to cool before slicing into 16 slices

*Store in fridge for up to a week.


Sliced Loaf


Toasted with butter


BlackBerry Slider: This is not your Father’s BlackBerry


This week I’ve had a fantastic opportunity to connect with a large number of BBM Channel users, thanks to a feature in BBM’s Discover Channels Page. Many of those I’ve talked to are using iOS and Android devices, but a lot of those people have told me that they would love to go back to a Blackberry device or try a Blackberry device for the first time….if only.  “If only what?” I asked. Here are the answers they provided: If only…

  • Blackberry offered all the apps I want, like Instagram, Snapchat, Pop the Lock, Messenger, Circle of 6, Periscope, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Birds 2, Tile, VSCO and many, many more.
  • Blackberry were sold by my carrier.
  • Blackberry had a virtual keyboard device that also met the standards listed above
  • Blackberry had a physical keyboard device that met the standards listed above.
  • Blackberry offered Qi in their devices

These are the main wish list items that I have been hearing about this week.  As an avid BlackBerry user and supporter, I read this list and I think ONE SIMPLE WORD…..”Venice”.

See many users of iOS and Android devices have  no idea, that BB10 even exists. They think of BlackBerry as the Bold, the Storm, the Curve, the Torch.  They think THAT is where BlackBerry still is with technology.  They have NO IDEA, not even a clue, how far BlackBerry has come. They don’t know that all most of the apps listed above are easily and readily available for current BB10 devices, they know nothing of the partnership between AmazonAppStore and BlackBerry or our ability to use Google Play Store with a simple download. Simply put, they are just not educated about BlackBerry anymore.  BUT….that’s not their fault!  It is up to us BlackBerry brand enthusiasts to lead them to the information they need to make the decision to pick up a BlackBerry and see what all the hype is about.

Currently, the hype I am speaking about in this post is this….the soon to be launched BlackBerry Venice*


Recently, some of my friends over at Crackberry, BerryFlow and BlackBerryCentral have blogged some of the latest information about this highly desired and long awaited new device. I recommend you check out the following three articles to really educate yourself about the device.

The Blackberry Slider is Bad Ass James Neives at BerryFlow talks about the upcoming BlackBerry Slider and the rumored specs

Hands On Video of BlackBerry Venice Bla1ze at Crackberry posted a great video yesterday detailing the styling and design of the actual device.

BlackBerry Slider…Venice or Avenger? Dylan Habkirk of BlackBerryCentral talks about the possible names that this new BlackBerry Slider device may be dubbed.

While the specs, name, and design features have not yet been confirmed, I, and many other avid BlackBerry users feel very confident that this device is truly unique and will likely be the first mobile device on the market to TRULY combine all of the features that one could wish for in a device.  Users will have the ultimate security and versatility of BlackBerry combined with the ability to utilize any app that Google Play Store and Google Play Services offer, loading them as seamlessly as you would on any Android device.  You’ll have the choice to use a amoled display virtual keyboard, or the slide out physical keyboard. And although it has also not been confirmed, rumors point to this device being available at all of the major carriers. So, one would likely be able to get it with their upgrade if they have a contracted plan.

If rumors prove to be true, this device has the potential to be a DREAM DEVICE for many people, from all walks of life, on a global scale. Speaking of rumors, the device is rumored to be launched in November 2015.

Do yourself a favor and just check it out…what are you to lose from doing that? Absolutely nothing.  What can you gain?  EVERYTHING!

BlackBerry Wallpaper Nostalgia

Hey boys and girls! Remember this?

How can we forget some of the wallpapers, memes and quotes with a BlackBerry theme, that we’ve loved over the years?

This one, is one of my very favorites of all time. I may even order it on a t-shirt.

I’ve no idea who the creator was, otherwise I would surely give credit.  But here it is nonetheless, so feel free to use this on your device, or whatever you wish to use it for…two sizes for whichever device you need.

Eat, sleep, BlackBerry.

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My LOVE/HATE relationship with the Keurig Machine

Like every other house in America, we have a Keurig machine.
We buy K-cups in all kinds of flavors. We clean out the water dispenser, use filtered water, everything we are supposed to do to make amazing coffee. Yet, said keurig coffee still does not impress me.

Let me back track enough to say that I love coffee.  Last year my husband and I built a coffee bar in an empty nook in our kitchen.  It houses the Keurig, a regular automatic drip coffee maker and a french press.  There is a “space” for a very expensive, serious espresso machine, which I have yet to afford.


I’ve had and HAVE some of the best coffees in the world. My coffee bar is stocked with Jamaican Blue beans, Kona beans, Fazenda Santa Ines beans and even a

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