Sunday, February 28, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday~MARCH is here!

I am so happy February is over!

March means hope, ie I HOPE this winter weather is almost behind us!

So here’s something to do on a snowy day to keep your sanity…

You can randomly call people and ask them if they have Chef Boy ar dee in a can…then tell them to let him out..

(Remember doing that when we were kids, or were my friends all juvenile delinquents..??  :)  )

Or you can make these..

Start with this.. wood dowels,  wood clothespins, thin ribbon..

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Wrap the ribbon tightly on the dowels and clip with clothespins…

Place on a baking rack, and bake at 250 for 20 min.


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Allow to cool, and carefully remove from dowels..

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Cut into 3 or 4 in pieces.  You can use that no fray product or clear nail polish on the ends..

Pile them up mixing the colors…I used thread and sewed them, but you can just tie them with a piece of ribbon or thick thread…pull it tight.

I made mine into napkin rings..Just tacked them on to dollar store napkin rings..

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I am using those colors for my St. Patrick’s Day’s a surprise..:)

Stop by Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch to see some amazing morphs…Thanks, Susan!

And I made a few to put on barrettes  for Lily…

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You can google how to make Korkers and you will find detailed directions… lots of them!

Hope you plan on attending the party here on the 16th!  Just a little bit of green??

No Mosaic Monday, Mary is taking a break…

Thanks for stopping by!

Tabletop Tuesday is next…

2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen's

2nd Annual St. Patrick\
Mar.16th..Please join in! Anything Irish..a table, a recipe, a poem, , whatever you'd like!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Foodie and Flashback Friday


I am joining ML at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday and Suzy at Kitchen Bouquets for Flashback Friday…

First of all, thank you, ML..I won the Irish Coffee glasses in her give away.  BTW, she is doing one every hop over and get in on the fun!

I made a Seafood dinner..we observe Lent so meatless Fridays.

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A baked clam with mozzarella, 3 panko fried shrimp, and a crab cake…Home made cole slaw..

Here’s the crab cake alone..

table 3231 Cathy at Wives with Knives gave me the recipe…and she said she will post it in the future.  But her excellent tartar sauce is here .

table 3234Crunchy on the outside, moist in the middle..

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And I found the perfect plate for it..( last summer at CTS)

table 3229For my Flashback I  am doing Date Nut Bread.  I think all of 10 people looked when I first posted it..:)

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Dee's Date Nut Bread
1 1/2 c hot water
1 1/2 c dates, pitted and chopped
2 t baking soda
1 c white sugar
1 t salt
1 t melted butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 c chopped walnuts
2 3/4 c all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease loaf pan
Pour hot water over the dates and let stand until cooled
Sift flour, baking soda, together, add sugar and salt.
Stir in the cooled dates and water.
Add melted butter, egg, vanilla and walnuts
Mix well
Pour into greased pan
Bake at 350 1 hr or until toothpick comes out clean
Cool on a wire rack...
I add a splash of OJ to the mixture..
I made 2 in a 3 1/2 cup fluted pan that I have had for marking on them other than the measurement....

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Thanks for visiting!  Have a good weekend.

I have something cute to show you for Monday’s post..


2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen's

2nd Annual St. Patrick\
Mar.16th..Please join in! Anything Irish..a table, a recipe, a poem, , whatever you'd like!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shamrock ♣♣♣ Table and the letter F

Tonight I am combining Tablescape Thursday hosted by dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch , and joining  Jenny Matlock for the letter F on her Alphabet Thursday..a FIRST for me.

So I start with F for FABRIC….

I used this pretty eyelet fabric with a FLIRTY trim for my tablecloth…

table 3241It is also FRUGAL…as I know I paid less than 2.00 a yard for it at the fabric outlet..

Next is FABRIC FUN shaped place mats..

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F is for light FIXTURE when  I hung shamrocks and FINE ribbon..

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F F for FRESH FLOWERS that I put in a shamrock vase..

table 3248Those Gibson white dishes and  the soup bowl is FROM Christmas Tree are the shamrock napkins..

For FUN meet Finnegan….you know, he had whiskers on his chin agin..:) Come on..sing along…I know a man named Michael Finnegan…….You know you know it!  :)

table 3250And FINALLY, F is for friend, who gave  me this tiny little shamrock dinner bell…

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And pretty shamrock pitcher..

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And F is for FAILTE, which is what I want to do to all  of you who visit!

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FAREWELL, and fanks, I mean , thanks for coming…

See you for FOODIE FRIDAY..hey Jenny, I hope I passed!


Please mark Mar. 16th on your calendar for the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl…I’d love for you to join in,  anything Irish!  ♣♣♣

A tablescape, vignette, recipe, Irish history, or you could even you tube a song!  Whatever you want, just join in the fun!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tabletop Tues…… Outdoor Wednesday


Time to bring out the shamrocks!  To me, St.Patrick’s Day tells me it won’t be long till Spring..the showin’ of the green… Right now..we are showing white!

My friend Foley  at Foley’s Follies made a beautiful birthday card for me using the picture of the wreath .  I loved it..

I join Susan for Outdoor Wednesday .  We have snow from the last storm, and another is supposedly headed our way..

I am also joining Marty for Tabletop Tuesday

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A little breakfast set up..Soda Bread, Tea, Bacon , Egg and strawberries..

I hope you will join me for the Second  Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl .  Anything Irish is is all for fun!

Sign up on Mr. Linky the 16th.  More details later, but please mark the date.  We had a lot of fun last year!

It will be an Irish theme for Tablescape Thursday this week..come back and take a peek if you can!  ♣♣♣

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cloche Encounters~Foodie Friday Anniversary

Happy First Anniversary to ML at Designs by Gollum!  She cooked something special to celebrate!  Please go see her lovely blog and all the other entries….

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I saw this cute trivet at CTS , and made my own version of the cupcake for the celebration…

I am not good at cloches, I really must work on it, but I wanted to go to Marty’s party at A Stroll thru Life, so I tried…

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I know I said I would work on it the last time, but I keep forgetting to practice! But the cupcake was good..:)

I roasted a small chicken to make this Bow Tie Pasta,  Chicken, and Snow Pea Salad..

table 3175Remove all the meat from the bones and cut up into bite size pieces.  Add chopped onions,chopped celery ,parsley, mustard powder, splash of OJ, salt, pepper, packet of Herb Ox broth, and whole Mayo to taste . Chill a few hours, then add the snow peas in last…keeps them crunchy.

Try it, you’ll like it!

Happy Blogaversary to my friend Barb at Foley’s Follies.  She is having a sweet give away..go visit! Hurry, the drawing is soon!

Thanks for coming..I’ll be posting the details of the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl in my next post…

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The BIG Cupcake…Lent Begins…Tablescape Thursday…

I don’t like fish…I don’t care how you make it, uh uh..

Well, I like tuna salad, and if I have to I can get a McD’s filet o’ fish down, but all those years of fish Fridays growing up, just did me in!

So Lent is a challenge for me…8 meatless dinners..and no full of fat and calories mac and cheese, pizza, etc!

But that’s what it is supposed to be..a I'll try...

My table tonight reminds me of Lent.  I hope that isn’t irreverent  :)…but purple is Lenten…the statues were covered in purple until Easter.

This cloth is a little funky.., ok , a lot funky..( don't worry, Sue, you didn't hurt my feelings..I'll offer it up..:) but such a good bargain, ..table 3204You know I didn’t pay that!  Wouldn’t…I think it was 5.00

table 3220 Not my colors at all..purple, black, brown, white, gold, green and even a little turquoise…I thought maybe I would use it for a Mardi Gras table..but I never got to just an every night dinner table.

So you will have to look at last year’s here

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I had these handled purple bowls I’ll use for soup…Home Goods..

table 3210Since we are having soup, I used a white tureen from Dansk as the centerpiece.

table 3213 Black charger from CTS,  and white dishes I got from LinensN’Things pre no they are not from Big Lots!

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Flatware by Dansk, Stems I forget, and water glasses are very old and thin, they were my mom’s.

The rounded soup spoons are Oneida.  I like rounded soups spoons, and they are not that easy to find in stores..

table 3212  Please stop in at Between Naps on the Porch to see what Susan has in store for us this week…

And my friend, The Tablescaper used the cloth in a fun Mardi Gras tablescape..go check it to see from everyday Lenten :) look, to party!

Now for the Big Cupcake…I made it Sunday as we had a special Valentine/Birthday dinner for my ds. ( This is an old picture, we are covered in snow!)

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Here’s what it looks like after you bake it in the BIG Cupcake Pan by Wilton….

It serves the same number as a regular cake would…10 to 12..

And here it is ready to light the candle..

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The bottom part is iced in  melted chocolate icing, and the top is fresh whipped cream.

I cut the top and bottom in layers and fill with creamy chocolate icing….

Thanks for visiting…I’ll be here for Marty’s Cloche Party and Foodie Friday. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Party HEARTy~ Happy Valentine’s Day ! ♥♥♥

Good Golly Miss Molly

I hope I’m not tardy..

The day has arrived

For LAURIE’S big party!

I’ve polished the silver..

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And baked a heart cake..

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Sure hope Stinky Linky

Didn’t make a mistake!

I made potatoes and muffins..

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In the shape of a heart…

But if you don’t like them..

Here’s a sweet apple tart..

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I bought placemats and dishes..

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And these came in handy…

Some heart shaped delicious,

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Maybe you’re tired?

A bit of the droop?

I made you a heart…

In a bowl of Spud Soup..

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Come sit at the table..

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Have some blueberry preserves..

On a sweet heart shaped scone?

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It’s getting quite late

A big thanks to Laurie,

Your party was great!

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Thanks for coming, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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