Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finding God in the Ruins

Please watch this, it is so moving. 

The world is a dangerous and difficult place.
There is much pain and much ruin. 

But together, with LOVE and GOD
we can overcome anything. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Escape to Paris Tea Party

Last year for the St Andrew Catholic School Gala I donated a themed tea party and some of my very best friends bid and won it! 

How LUCKY was I to not only donate to a great cause but also host some of the most kindest, lovely women I could ever know. 

The theme was.....Escape to Paris!!!

Here are some pictures, I hope you enjoy. 

I just wanted to post this so that I always can look back and remember what a fun and amazing time this was. 

A memory I really, really treasure. 

Themed sugar cookies were a buttery, soft dream....

Thank you to my DEAR FRIEND KIM for this beautiful dessert stand!!! LOVE! 

Although the first two courses were delicious, the dessert tray stole the hearts of all...swoon! Every tea party in Paris needs macaroons!

A delicious and decadent salted caramel tea was served. 

Champagne anyone??

I had a few takers on that! Love these ladies! 

I hope you enjoyed your Escape to Paris! 

Here is a little party gift from the hostess!! I gave each guest a beautiful tea cup with homemade cream cheese mints! Smooch!

Sharing with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her
"No Place Like Home" Link Up found HERE!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Easy Christmas Dog Treats!

Don't forget Fido this Christmas!!

Here we made our sweet boy, Darby, some great and EASY pumpkin and peanut butter snacks.

He was pretty excited!

Watching for his COOKIES to be done!!!

He loves to get in the HOLIDAY SPIRIT!

You can find the easy recipe by clicking HERE!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fun & Easy Turkey Cookies

I love trying to make the fun things I see on Pinterest & my favorite blogs. It is always HILARIOUS to see what my daughter and I turn out during these adventures. 

This time, we attempted these easy and fun Turkey Cookies from one of the best blogs I follow, The Decorated Cookie

Meet brothers Larry, Daryl and Daryl....

I used store bought everything (frosting and sugar cookie mix) 
and they were so fun to put together. 

oh and their other brother Daryl. LOL

It is awesome to spend that time with Sophia as she is getting older (middle school now AGH!) and the quiet times of sharing laughs are being rivaled by text messages, Instagram and her "squad". 
I do not take these moments for granted!

Visit the Decorated Cookie"s  tutorial on these gems right HERE!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nutella Bruschetta - Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer

Nutella Bruschetta

Easy appetizers during busy times of year are the best.
I tried this gem from The Reluctant Entertainer and it is a hit.

A scrumptious something different that both kids and adults LOVE.
Be prepared as it usually garners loads of "recipe requests". 

To find the how to please visit The Reluctant Entertainer's
recipe page by clicking HERE!!  Thanks for visiting. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Black Forest Ham Quiche - Tea Party Favorite

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!

This week I would like to share an all time Tea Party favorite, a super yummy QUICHE!

This Black Forest Ham Quiche is so rich and creamy. I found the recipe one day searching online & could hardly resist when the title read, "Our Famous Black Forest Ham Quiche". 

The recipe is adapted from An Afternoon to Remember Fine Tea and Gifts Website. Click on the link for the recipe! 

I made this the last time my SWEET mother was in town and it turned out wonderful. Very dense and the flavors just burst out in your mouth!  The addition of a bit of rosemary was wonderful. 

I love to pair a heavy quiche like this with a light salad or fresh fruit. 

A great tea choice for this decadent quiche would be one of my all time favorites, Harney & Sons Paris divine. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and make sure you stop and make time for tea this week!

Photo Credit - So Gorgeous, I want this!!!!


Linking up with these parties:

Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
A Return to Loveliness
The Charm of Home

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ice Cream Cone Puppies (and Monkeys!)

Welcome to Inspiration Thursday!!

This week I was inspired to make these CUTE ice cream cones that look like little puppies!



I was inspired by Beth at Hungry Happenings who has made some super cute ice cream cone creations. 

Sophia and I made her Monkey ice cream cones this weekend and it was a blast. For her easy how to click on her link above. 
They were so fun to make and the neighbor kids loved them too. 

Just a monkey, hanging in the trees. 

And did I mention super easy and delicious!

Sophia and I are now obsessed with decorating our ice cream cones so be prepared for some more cute creations as the summer goes on. 

To make Ice Cream Cone Puppies:

1. Nutter Butters
2. M&M candies (or something similar)
3. Edible Food Writer in Black
4. Nilla Wafers
5. Candy Eyes (Wilton) 
6. Chocolate Ice Cream & Cones 

First draw your little nose shape on your Nilla Wafer and adhere the candy for the nose. We used some left over frosting but corn syrup would work as well. Also, if you don't have candy eyes, you can use small marshmallows cut in half and put a little black eye on with your edible writer or chocolate frosting. 

Now get your Nutter Butters ready to go!

Scoop out ice cream into cone and decorate with nose piece, eyes and ears as shown. 

Simple, cute and fun to do. Perfect for summer. 

Sharing with these blog parties: HERE.

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