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!