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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

“…to have a child… is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

~Elizabeth Stone

Being a Mother is a strange combination of the most momentous and the most mundane thing you will ever do.  It is cooking and cleaning and nagging with such repetition as to be mind numbing.  But the significance of nurturing and loving in such a deep and profound way cannot be overstated, it leaves you forever altered.  Without question, being a Mother is the most meaningful endeavor of my life and I feel so Blessed to have my two beautiful daughters.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2011

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Who Wants Pie?

November 14, 2011

One of the things I love about the weather cooling down is making those yummy dishes that seem too heavy in warmer weather.  This weekend I made a chicken pot pie.

I used my set of adorable pie-crust cutters from Williams Sonoma.  They are so easy to use and add a fun touch to any pie, sweet or savory.  My set has two leaves, an acorn and a pumpkin.  The set currently available has a cute turkey too!

So, who wants pie?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2011

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To wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day I’ve gathered a bouquet of roses from the garden to share with you.  I hope you all have a lovely day!

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A Happy Easter

April 30, 2011

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A gorgeous vintage Easter postcard to share with you …

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We had a lovely Easter!

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I love all the fresh colors of the season.

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This year I used personalized eggs instead of place cards at the dinner table.  These two were for my grandparents who will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary this May 6th!

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We go a little crazy coloring eggs around here!  My little secret is that I don’t hard boil the eggs.  Yes, there are a few casualties!  But that way we can have fun dyeing tons of eggs and they won’t go to waste.

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My elder daughter, who is 12, loves to garden.  She planted Geranium cuttings for everyone to have as favors.  She used tin cans for the pots, added some cheerful ribbon and Easter grass for a fun and easy gift.

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My younger daughter, who is 10, has as many hobbies as her mother!  One of her latest is making little felted animals.  She made these colorful bunnies for everyone to take home with them.  Aren’t they sweet?

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See you all later!

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The week between Christmas and New Year is actually one of my favorites.  Most of the wonderful chaos of Christmas has past and it’s a perfect time to relax, spend time with loved ones and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the Season you were too busy to really take in before!  So, get that fire roaring, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy your all of your pretty decorations; play a game with the kids, and have a yummy cocktail … I know you’ve earned it! 

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I love this cocktail anytime, but it’s lovely to add a little Christmas kiss to it with some crushed candy cane around the rim.

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Christmas Kiss Cocktail

Mix together:
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. orange liqueur
1 oz. lemon juice

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Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice, give it a good shake and pour into pretty glasses you’ve rimmed with crushed candy cane.  (Put a candy cane in a freezer weight zip lock bag and gently hit it with a hammer or something heavy – run a wedge of lemon around the rim of your glass and then dip it into the candy.)  As an alternative you can make your cocktails ahead of time and chill them in a bottle in the refrigerator.  You can easily multiply the recipe to make any amount you desire.  Enjoy!

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Christmas Cupcakes!

December 17, 2010

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I wanted to share these adorable Christmas cupcakes with you !  They are the concept of the very clever Cupcake Queen, Karen Tack.  Her book, “Hello, Cupcake!” is the most fun baking book you’ll ever find!  While these cupcakes aren’t from the book there are plenty of ideas in there to keep you in cupcake heaven for a long time!  I modified mine slightly from the original designs, so I could use ingredients which were more readily available.   They are super simple and fun to make, it was a great afternoon project with the kids!

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Rudolph is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, animal crackers for antlers, and a red M&M for his nose!  His eyes are made by cutting a mini marshmallow in half and then putting a small piece of chocolate in the center.  Easy peasy!

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Frosty is made of a white cupcake and fluffy white frosting which has been dipped into sugar to give the appearance of snow.  His eyes are upside down chocolate chips and his mouth is made from tiny bits of chocolate.  An orange slice gummy sugared candy has been cut and formed into the shape of a carrot for his nose.  The top hat was a little tricky and if you look closely you’ll see mine is in pieces!  I used a chocolate covered mint cookie that I cut one side off of to form the brim (this is the broken part – but it still works) and then cut both sides off the remainder of the cookie to form the main part of the hat.  Voila! Frosty the Snowman! 

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These little Poinsettias cupcakes are so sweet!  This one is also a white cake with fluffy white frosting.  To make the flowers just take some mini marshmallows, cut them in half, shape them a bit with your fingers and then dip the sticky side into red sugar.  Form your flowers, add a bit of yellow gummy candy for the center.  The leaves are made with green gummy candy, again cut and shaped.  So pretty!  Have fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010

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Whether you are staying close to home or have travelled a great distance on this day, I hope that you are surrounded by those you love.  Today, take a little time to truly be Thankful for all the Bounty and Wonder that your life has been Blessed with.  This is a day to forget our troubles and look for the things which we sometimes forget to notice.  Say something kind, show your appreciation to someone you might normally overlook, try to see only the good in those you are with, listen with your heart…. 

Have a lovely Thanksgiving everyone!

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Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2010

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Happy Halloween everyone!  Have a fun weekend!

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Scrumptious Steak Salad

September 14, 2010

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Hungry?

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How about now?

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Won’t you join me?

This is a delicious salad that is so easy to make!  It’s a great way to use up that leftover steak you’ve got in the fridge from last weekend’s BBQ!

You will need:
Grilled Steak
Broccoli
Baby Tomatoes
Vinaigrette, Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

Cut your broccoli into bite size florets, cut a few baby tomatoes into quarters, and add a few slices of grilled steak.  To season, drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.  Add a pinch of kosher salt and a dash of freshly ground pepper and Voila!  A tasty meal in a snap!

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