Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tuscany in the Spring

Although, today is unseasonably cold, spring is definitely in the air. The trees are beginning to bud and daffodils are now popping through the cold ground. One place I've always wanted to visit during the spring is Tuscany. How, absolutely, beautiful!!! I don't see that happening in the near future, but can certainly do some classic Italian entertaining. An Italian menu is one of the easiest and least expensive meal choices. It's, also, a crowd pleaser. There are many wonderful pre-made pasta options in the supermarket today that have a wonderful gourmet appearance and flavor.
A variety of seasoned rolls are perfect for Italian
sandwiches.  Larger loaves of bread are inexpensive
and work well for additional decoration. We used
inexpensive planters as serving bowls.

Fresh strawberries and grapes are a must.  We made this cornucopia from frozen roll dough!

These anti-pasta skewers were easy and fun to make.  The bamboo picks can be purchased on-line.
We used a combination of sun dried tomatoes, olives, artichokes and mozzarella cheese.
Sliced fresh salami and mozzarella with spicy mustard and cracked pepper mayonnaise.  Yum!
                 Let your imagination run wild while you entertain your friends and your taste buds!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Personalize It!

We've spent the last couple of weeks meeting with several brides as the spring wedding season approaches.  Some are like I was and started planning their weddings long before finding the groom.  After all, that is just a technicality, right?!  Then there are those that have no idea where to begin!  The most important key in planning any function is to make your personality shine through.  Remember, your guests are there because of you!  Before thinking about colors, food, photogaphy, etc., take some time and really think about what best describes you.  We've served cartons of milk with the cake because it was the groom's favorite beverage.  There are so many different resources right now for personalized items.  While doing some searching this week, I stumbled upon this website:  It is filled with so many products and the prices are unbelievable.
 "A Winter Holiday" Personalized Hot Cocoa + Optional Heart Whisk
Are you a beverage fanatic?  How about personalized hot chocolate, cappucino, cider or tea packs.  How cute is that?!
Maybe the beach is your, absolute, favorite place to go and you've chosen a tropical theme.  Check out these seashell magnets. 
"A Jewel from the Sea" Personalized Seashell Magnets
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Let your imagination go wild!  So, whether you're planning a wedding or just a fun night out with the gals, make sure you're showing your personality!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Just had a friend share this recipe and it sounds too decadent!  What a treat on a cold and snowy night.  So, pull out the Monopoly game, throw a log on the fire and ENJOY!!!!
Chocolate Cobbler

6 Tbsp butter
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 Tbsp Hershey's cocoa
1/2 cup milk (I used skim and it came out fine)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 and 1/2 cup boiling water
Hot Fudge Sauce ( I used Hershey's Hot Fudge Topping)
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Snow Day Fun!

January 7, 2011 finds us with our seventh snow day from school and it looks like we may be home for several days.  Although I have a to-do list a mile long, the kids aren't much into cleaning and organizing and I'm not too thrilled about them being couch potatoes.  Checked the craft closet and had some supplies, but couldn't come up with any ideas.  So with a quick google search, we found several fun ideas.  Invite the neighborhood kids in from the cold and have some snowy day fun!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Specialty cakes

Do you ever watch the cake shows on tv and wish you could have just one of those incredible cakes? Unfortunately, I can't make a trip up north and pick up a few. That's ok because there is a company right down the road from me that is just as talented and they are the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet!
Whether it's a wedding cake, birthday cake, cupcakes or just a dessert for your dinner party, they are the one's to call. And let me tell you, their carrot cake is the best cake you will ever put in your mouth!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Take the stress out of your holiday entertaining

We all love holiday parties, but hosting them can be very stressful. Here are a few tips to make your gathering more enjoyable.
  • Make a list of all things that need to be done. Decide how far in advance you can do each of them, but do as much as possible ahead of time.
  • A buffet table looks especially pretty when selections are set out at different heights, such as on footed cake plates or tiered trays. To improvise risers, invert bowls, pans or baking dishes in the table and drape them with holiday fabric.
  • Veggies and dip look great arranged on a platter with a border of frilly savory cabbage or curly parsley.
  • Too little space? Supplement storage with coolers, or store food in a garage or enclosed porch if the weather is cool enough.
  • Trouble keeping food hot on the serving table? Preheat oven-proof serving trays in the oven or rinse other trays in hot water.
  • Never prepare a recipe for the first time for a party! Make it at least once ahead of time to ensure the recipe works.
  • Plan to purchase at least half of the dishes you plan on serving. Decorate those dishes to give them that personal touch.
  • Have your menu posted for a last minute check to ensure nothing is forgotten.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Looking for creative ideas to brighten your spring table? Check out the scrapbook section of your local craft store. Printed scrapbook pages make perfect placemats or table runners. Let your imagination go wild with bright colors and patterns!