Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pretty In Pink

A pretty in pink baby shower
...featuring a delightful candy bar & dessert table!
The perfect setting for celebrating a new miracle of life!
A girlie-girl of course!
~*~ The Candy Bar ~*~
A magnificent array of pink and white confections.

I embellished each glass vessel with ribbons,
little acrylic pink pacifiers and other varieties of baby bling.

It was truly a decadent display of all things delicious!
Each guest was able to fill a bag with their choice of sugary morsels!
Butter Mints~Strawberry Whoppers~Pink Jelly Beans

Smarties~Cotton Candy Sticks~Pink & White Hearts~Berry Lollipops
Grapefruit Slices~Good & Plenty~Chocolate Sixlets~M&M's

~*~ Baby Cheesecakes ~*~
Please click here for recipe!

 My favorite ~ Favor Time!

I love~love~love party favors~!
I love~love~love making party favors~!
Hand-dipped white chocolate spoons adorned
with pink ribbons and little charms!

I am linking to the following parties this week:
Thank you for stopping by and spending time with me today!

StoneGableLark's Country Heart
The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen
The Weekend Round-Up
Bizzy B Bakes

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tea Treasure Gifts

Beautiful packages arrived in the mail today!
My friend, Gayle, from Garden of Daisies
sent me a box full of tea treasures!!

My heart was bursting as I was opening 
 each little exquisitely wrapped present!!
I won the loveliest tea cozy made by Gayle. 
 It is flawless!  Handmade Perfection!
The detail is amazing.    

The teapot and teacup are a little set
tucked away in one of my china cabinets.
The napkins sent by Gayle match perfectly
 I love anything with roses!
This is the teapot that will now be kept cozy!

From the bottom of my heart I thank you Gayle!
You made my day so special. 
 I love each sweet precious gift!

I will be filling this teapot with the
English Breakfast Tea that was in my gift box!
For a treat I will be dunking my shortbread cookies
 in my delicious steaming tea!
It is a wonderful day for a tea party!

Simply gorgeous!

Gabriella has joined our tea party today -
see her looking up from underneath
 my glass dining room table?
So adorable!!

I am linking to the following tea parties:

Nova Scotia Blueberry Cream Cake

 Look what was baking up
 in my oven today!

Nova Scotia Blueberry Cream Cake

 A slice of rich dreamy heaven!

Nova Scotia Blueberry Cream Cake
1-1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1-1/2 t baking powder
1/2 c butter, soft
1 egg
1 t vanilla
4 c fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9" springform pan.
Stir together the flour, 1/2 c sugar and baking powder.
Mix in the butter until texture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in the egg and 1 t vanilla. 
Pat lightly into prepared pan.
Pour Blueberries on top evenly.

2 c sour cream
1/2 c sugar
2 egg yolks
1 t vanilla

Mix together until blended.  Pour over the blueberries.
Bake for 60-70 minutes until top is lightly browned.
Cool and run a knife along the edges of the pan.
Slice and served!
I think this would be delicious with almond extract
in place of the vanilla....yum!!!!

I am linking to the perfect food parties:
Lark's Country Heart
Hearth and Soul Hop at the 21st Century Housewife


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fudge Brownies

My son, Ryan, and I are starting a new culinary adventure together!
A through Z  
Cooking Extravaganza
It all started with the adorable little children's cookbook:
Alpha Bakery by Gold Medal
We love this book!!  The recipes are unbelievably delicious!!
We got halfway through the book and now we are ready
to launch out and expand our alphabet repertoires.
Our new goal is craft an appetizer, main dish and dessert
with the corresponding letters.
Can I tell you we already have the letter "S" planned out!!

STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB PIE mouth is watering already!!
Why are we starting with "S".  Simple.  Ryan's favorite food is shrimp.
We heart steak with all our heart.

Our most favorite dessert in the world is Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie!
Let the quest begin......

Here is a sampling of an
alphabet cooking masterpiece!
Ff Is For Fudge Brownies
1/4 c butter
1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chips
3/4 c sugar
2/3 c flour
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 eggs
1/2 c walnuts (optional)
1/2 c semi-sweet chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom of an 8x8x2 inch square pan.
Melt butter with package of chocolate chips until smooth and blended.
Remove from heat.  Stir in remaining ingredients expect nuts and 1/2 c chips.
Stir well until mixed.  Stir in nuts and remaining chips, if desired.
Spread in pan with a spatula.  Bake until center is set, about 30 minutes.
Allow brownies to cool completely.  Cut into squares.
The perfect pairing with ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce
and homemade dreamy whipped cream.  

I am linking to the following parties:


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daddy & Daughter

Daddy & Daughter
Our church just hosted a Father-Daughter Dance!
The baby daughter and the Daddy went on a date!!!

The leaders of the Junior Youth - Jen & Chris
coordinated the whole gala affair.

I cannot begin to tell you all the attention to detail that went into
making this a night that the girls will treasure always!
There was a video with many pictures of the fathers & daughters,
a photo booth, a sit-down gourmet dinner, ice cream bar,
prizes, dancing with music and precious words spoken on how
to impact your children throughout their lives.
I am in awe of all the love this couple poured into this night - thank you!

Soooo adorable!  Don't they look like twins?
Notice how my daughter looks nothing like me?
Are you asking why am I even in this picture?

Kisses of a lifetime... 

oohhh....there I am again with the happy couple!
You will see at the bottom of this post a luscious ice cream bar...
that was my portion for the evening!!!

My daughter has one handsome Daddy!
She is blessed!

It was an enchanted evening!  It was a spectacular party!

The ages were 2-11 and those little girls were
breathtaking on their father's arms!
My husband has always been faithful to take our
children on dates - spend time with them
 and make memories that will last forever and always!

The evening ended on a very sweet note!
The Ice Cream Bar

Decadent and Delicious!!

A display of tasty treats to put your ice cream over the top!

My beloved Kitchenettes' Girls helped the entire evening
by serving in every capacity - they were amazing!

I don't think we will ever forget this night!  It was truly magnificent!

You know that awesome picture of the little girl
standing on her Daddy's feet dancing?
This is my version -
I love this picture of my husband holding his little girl in his arms!
Look at those tiny toes - her sissy painted them!
I am linking to the following parties:


The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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