Crave and Co.- Healthy Food in Harrisburg, PA

Israeli salad

I have been busy! And this is why... My family and I opened a vegetarian food coffee shop called Crave and Co. in Harrisburg, PA in June, just about a month ago!  We offer a unique atmosphere, friendly service, organic coffee, and delicious healthy vegetarian food! Here's a little bit about me: I worked in the food industry from the time I was a teenager through college and longer.  My bachelors degree is in creative writing so I continued as a waitress even after college and during that time, I also traveled a bit. Then I went to law school and became a lawyer but it never killed the poet in me. Now I am married and we have 5 kids and we opened a fabulous little coffee shop with healthy food in mid-June called Crave and Co.! Please visit us at:       … [Read more...]

Purple Ombre Room

Painting Done-wall above bed

Purple Painted Ombre Room for my Daughter. Our kids all recently switched rooms around and so I painted a striped ombre room for my 9 year old daughter.  She originally wanted her room to be painted a blended ombre where you wouldn't be able to tell where one color stopped and where one started, where they blended perfectly into each other.  I told her that I thought that might be a little hard for me to make it look right so instead I did four separate ombre stripes, from light at the top to dark on the bottom.  The walls were just plain before I started.  Here's one side of the room with the doorway. Here's the "before" of the closet side of the room. This room had been my 15 year old stepson's so hence The Clash wall decal.  (He moved to the room next to this one.)  We tried to save the decal but it wouldn't come off! It just tore in pieces.  NOT like removing a sticker.  It also took the top layer of the wall off with it so I had to skim coat those parts of the … [Read more...]

Fantastic French Toast

Fantstic French Toast by Sensi and Bijou

    This is the most Fantastic French Toast ever!  Thanks Sensi and Bijou! We got this recipe from  It is the best french toast we have ever tasted.  The secret is the flour. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 30 Minutes Servings: 12 Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 pinch salt 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon white sugar 12 thick slices bread Directions: 1. Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth. 2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. 3. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.   Measure 1/4 cup of flour into the mixing bowl. Whisk in the milk. A pinch of salt. Keep whisking!  We kind of lost … [Read more...]

Refrigerator Spin Art

Spin Art- arial view

My daughter Bijou and I made framed art with a crusty old spin art spinner that we bought at Michael's a few years ago.  The machine doesn't look pretty anymore because it's covered in paint but the thing has paid for itself over and over again with the priceless entertainment it has provided our kids.  Then we framed the spin art and put magnets on the back of it to hang on our refrigerator. Starting out with a small bit of fuscia. Lifting the lid and checking progress. More colors!     Arial view of Spin Artist in action!  As you can see, we need to repaint our deck.  It's on the list to be done this summer....along with fixing everything else in the house! More PAINT! Good job Bijou. hmmmmmm....I'm getting bored.   Side view!   Spin Artist!   Finished spin art. I had these frames from when my oldest daughter was a baby and I printed out fairies and framed them.  Now … [Read more...]

No Sew Kitchen Curtain

No sew curtain panel

I am here with a quick how-to make a no sew simple kitchen curtain.  If you go all the way back here to before I started remodeling the kitchen, you can see that one of my initial goals was to put up a new kitchen window treatment. Here's a photo of the kitchen before.   So we did some shopping at Joanns Fabric.  You can go here to see us looking at the fabric at Joanns.   I ended up picking out this bright orange and green fabric. All you need is a piece of fabric, a curtain rod and I used Stitch Witchery- Fusible Bonding Web which is a tape that bonds the fabric together and takes the place of sewing! (Yeah!!!) My kitchen window is 35 inches across and I wanted the curtain to be about 10 inches long.  To make room for the hemming tape, I added two inches to each side. So I measured 39 inches of fabric across and 14 inches of fabric long. Here is the cut piece of material. Then I measured two inches on each side and put a … [Read more...]