Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
- teal and copper for colors for ornaments and ribbon
- using feathers and other natural elements for Christmas decor
Here is where to find some beautiful items:
Christmas Central - one stop shopping for all that is holiday decor
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It's time to start decorating for fall, so get your pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks while they're hot ;) Here are some other favs that I found on Amazon. I made a slideshow to share:
here are a few other tips:
line walkways with lit jack 'o lanterns
place mum plants in baskets on front porch
corn stalks, pumpkins,gourds, and indian corn are great for decorating your front porch
spread cobwebs attached to tree branches
create a spooky graveyard in your front yard
using old clothing, stuff a fake guy with a mask on. Set him on a straw bale on your porch.
decorate trees with orange and purple string lights
use caution/crime scene tape to tape off yard, garage door and/or front door
hang plastic bats in trees
Sunday, September 12, 2010
A couple of years ago, my sister got me these Poetry Stones for my birthday. I had fun searching for a poem that I wanted to use. I have them planted in my flower bed with Trailing Thyme. In a couple of years this Thyme will fill in and look beautiful. I just have to be patient =)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1.Sift together flour, sugar and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk together with an electric mixer. Beat in flour mixture until smooth; stir in melted butter.
2.Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 2 tablespoons for each crepe. Tip and rotate pan to spread batter as thinly as possible. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 TB sugar
Mash raspberries and sugar together. Spoon into middle of crepe and roll. Top with whipped cream.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
First saute chopped yellow and grape tomatoes with fresh, chopped garlic in EVOO.
Slice a french bread loaf on the diagonal, about 1/2 inch thick slices. Brush with EVOO. Toast in oven until crispy. Spoon tomato/garlic mixture on top of each slice of toasted bread. Sprinkle shreaded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.
1 cup/250 ml whole milk
1/3 cup/35 g unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup/65 g plus 1/4 cup/55 g sugar
1 tablespoon/10 g all purpose flour
2 teaspoons/6 g cornstarch (corn flour)
2 teaspoons/9 g unsalted butter
Additional unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
5 large egg whites
Powdered sugar, for dusting
To make the chocolate base:
Whisk the milk and 1/3 cup/35 g of the cocoa powder in a heavy medium saucepan to blend. Bring the chocolate milk to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, using a whisk, beat the egg yolks and 1/3 cup/65 g of sugar in a large bowl for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick and light.
Whisk in the flour and cornstarch to blend. Gradually pour the simmering chocolate milk over the egg yolk mixture, whisking until smooth. Pour the chocolate custard back into the same saucepan. Over medium-low heat, continually whisk the custard for 4 minutes, or until it thickens and bubbles just begin to burst through the top of the custard.
Transfer the custard to a clean mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the custard on high speed for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it is thick and smooth and cools slightly. Cover the chocolate base with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
To finish the Soufflés:
Preheat the oven to 375°F/160°C. Coat six 6-ounce/170-ml soufflé dishes with butter and dust with cocoa powder to coat. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup/55 g of sugar in a large bowl just until medium stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg white mixture into the chocolate base (this will help lighten the base). Gently fold in the remaining egg white mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared soufflé cups, dividing equally. Place the soufflé dishes on a heavy large baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until soufflés have risen about 1 inch/ 2 1/2 cm above the dishes. Dust the soufflés with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Compliments of Take Home Chef- I love that show!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
It's summertime and a great time to connect with friends and family! Time to grill out, camp out, hang out, and host a backyard summer party! Here are some fun themed ideas:
- Jimmy Buffett inspired 'flamingo' party
- patriotic parties - Ideas for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day...
- garden party - Flowers, veggies, sun and fun!
- pool party - In the hot summer months, what's more fun than a pool party?
- luau - Tiki bar, grass skirts, limbo and more...
- beach party - Invite your friends over for a 'life's a beach' party!
- child's bug/garden party - Host a backyard surprises birthday party for your little nature lover.
- camping party - Time to swap ghost stories, roast marshmallows, and sleep under the stars...
- clambake - Inspired by the 'barefoot contessa'....
- fabulous 50's car cruise - Time to show off your hot rods and celebrate the 50's!
Friday, July 16, 2010
- decorate using cow print patterned fabric for tablecovers...
- line a wheelbarrow with plastic, fill with ice, and add bottles of sarsaparilla...
- use bandanas to wrap plasticware and secure with raffia or twine...
- make a big pot of homemade chili and cornbread muffins...
- set up an area for a game of horseshoes...
- hire a dance instructor to teach party guests how to squaredance...
- call a horse stable and inquire about pony rides at your party for smaller guests...
For more wild west party ideas check out the site!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tips for a fun graduation open house:
- Make a scrapbook for the graduate. Start the book with baby pictures and all through school, with photos of friends and family, as well as, sports, awards, and activities. On the last pages, include what the graduate's aspirations and college plans are. Display on the gift table for all to enjoy.
- Videotape the party! They will have a keepsake to treasure and to share with others later.
- Decorate a box with an opening for cards for guests to put cards for the graduate.
- Hire a fortune teller or caricature artist for a unique and fun activity.
- Ask a friend or family member to take candid photos during the party. Then -- add pages to your scrapbook later with photos from the party!
- Set up volleyball, or croquet for all to play.
- Set a child's mini pool on top of a table and fill with ice. Place bowls of salads on top of ice to keep cool throughout the party.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here is a easy way to make it and it turns out oh-so-yummy!
1 lb. ground beef
1 can Bush's mild chili beans
1- 16 ounce can tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c ketchup
chili powder to taste
Makes 4 servings
Brown ground beef with chopped onion. Drain grease. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season to taste. Serve with Colby Jack shredded cheese... and viola!