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Recap of 2012 and Happy 2013!

Dear Tommy and Ella readers,

Thank you all for reading and following my blog in 2012.  I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.  It’s been a very busy December with work and holiday festivities.  Also I started a professional organizing business, Solution Mavens, with my friend, Grace.  We’ve been diligently working for the past few months getting our business plan together, website up and working on some friends’ homes for our portfolio. 

I was home for the holidays with my sisters and their families.  We haven’t all been in the same place in over 7 years and it was wonderful spending time with my “little” nieces and nephew.  Work is always busiest in these winter months, as I work for a restaurant and that’s the nature of the business. 

As we head into a new year, what’s next?  One new thing I have planned for 2013 is A Sprinkle of Sunshine, a website devoted to inspiration, positivity and ideas for bringing happiness to others.  I also want to refocus on my photography.  My dad gave me some of his old cameras and I want to test them out and take some old school film photos.  I’m going to put Tommy and Ella on a hiatus.  While I’ve loved posting about style, food, inspiration quotes and life, I sometimes over commit and I think I need a little break for right now.  You never know, Tommy and Ella might come back…maybe in a different format?!?  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram @tommyandella or Twitter @tommyandella. 

I want to thank everyone for reading and supporting me.  It means a great deal and I am forever grateful to my readers.  You guys rock!! 

What are you plans for 2013?  Big or small…I hope you accomplish them.  Good luck my friends. 

XXOO,

Sheree

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Five Delicious Recipes Using Oreos

This week the Oreo cookie celebrates its 100th anniversary!  Did you know the first one was sold to a Hoboken, NJ grocery store in 19112?  The Oreo is the best selling cookie in the US, selling over 362 billion in its lifetime.  Learn more about the history of the Oreo here.

To celebrate Oreo’s anniversary why not make one of these recipes this weekend?


Easy OREO Truffles –  So easy and so good.  This recipe only calls for 3 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese and chocolate.  Definitely a crowd pleaser!


My Sweet Creations Peanut Butter Cookie Pie – with an Oreo cookie crust, a light peanut butter filling and peanut butter cup topping, you can’t go wrong.


Oreo Cookie Bark – Easy, easy, easy.  I could eat a whole container of this bark.  Yum.


Deep Fried Oreos – this is a carnival favorite.  The pancake coating creates a nice soft crust while the cookie melts inside.

Cookies and Peppermint Ice Cream Cake – Mmmm this reminds me of a giant Thin Mint cookie!  Perfect for your next special occasion cake.

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Heart-shaped maps are one thing, but maps of the human heart are quite another, and I’ve got both on this Valentine’s Day.  The charting of emotional territory, as opposed to physical space, has resulted in the production of several interesting maps from the seventeenth century to the near-present.  Below are the companion Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart and Map of the Fortified Country of a Man’s Heart, ostensibly and anonymously drawn “by a lady” and published by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut in the 1830s.  These heart maps, along with lots of other examples of the Kellogg’s impressive lithography, can be viewed at the online gallery of the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.

I’ve brightened and cropped both maps so that you can better see the different regions that make up these human hearts. It’s very interesting that the woman’s heart is an “open”…

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