Showing posts with label Seasonal Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seasonal Fun. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Red, White and Blue Danishes




Getting ready for July 4th.
Last year we were headed for a celebration breakfast, 
before the parade. Obviously I wanted to bring something yummy for the potluck.
So decided to make a version of the Strawberry Danish.
The fruits used were fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Take a peek, they were super yumm.
What are you planning?



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Monday, May 5, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Keeping track of your garden



I am continuing my garden journal this year but adding to it.  Last year I did this schematic to help me remember where and what was planted in the rock garden. You may remember we decided to triple it's size last year and so added quite a few more perennials ,after amending the soil.



This year the journal is going to have dates of blooms and progress of the flowers with photos. I'm keeping a journal on the computer but am also printing out pages and adding to a three ring binder so I can also keep seed packet info, add drawings/notes and take it out to the garden with me. I'm pretty pleased with myself on this one.

Let's see how I do this season?
What's your plan? Do you keep a garden journal?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

21 Favorite Ideas to Decorate Easter Eggs


40 Days-40 Lenten Recipes (and more)

So with Easter/Pascha approaching, a girl's thoughts turn to... the eggs of course.
It can't be recipes and food all the time.
I started thinking about all the gorgeous egg tutorials I've seen on Pinterest.
So I thought I'd share some of my favorites and some history I learned, along the way.
Enjoy and then let's get cracking!
Sorry couldn't resist.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Would you like to Guest Post for 40 Days-40 Lenten Recipes 2014 Challenge?

Last year I challenged myself to complete posting daily and offer to you all, 40 recipes for Lent.  



My hope was that it would help that ever present question, "what are we going to eat?" and I am always trying to answer that question. In fact, it is the question that led me to discover blogs in first place. Admittedly this season always brings with it, a sense of excitement and renewal. I am looking forward to Lent this year and returning to cleaner whole eating.  This year's lenten offering to you all, will focus on easy and healthy recipes and few other surprises.

Drum roll...offering 5 guest post openings . 
Would you like to be that guest?


If you would like to be a guest, please email me.  To be considered, please submit either a tutorial or recipe with at least one clear picture of the finished food item or activity.  If submitting a recipe it must be vegetarian or vegan to be considered. 

40 days Recap will be posted soon!
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Monday, January 20, 2014

How does your Sunday Start?

How does your Sunday start?
Last year on the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day,
 I had the pleasure to host coffee hour for our Fellowship hour at church.
Sweets for the Sweets!

We had Cake balls, Quiche, Cupcakes, Brownies, Pepperoni/Salami Slices and cheese with crackers and Tarama with bread, Cheesecake cookies, Greek Sugar Cookies, Spanakopita, Fresh Fruit and 
Granola Vanilla Berry Yogurt Parfaits.

I tried to make sure we had a little something for everyone, those who wanted something healthier, those who don't mind indulging, something for the kids, something for those who need some protein, and of course, coffee. Someone else made that for me. Many hands helped,  our community is wonderful and always ready to lend a hand to anyone.

I have this pretty valentine fabric, it's one of my favorites, you can see it in the middle,
I placed cooking pans from the pantry upside-down in order to make some raised platforms.
Heights make a difference, in being able to reach something and in general prettiness.
You can see them in the fall buffet too, remember?

I'm starting to plan, I signed up for this weekend again.
What should I make, hmmm?



Thursday, November 21, 2013

What to give-what to give?

I love giving. This is something my hubby knew well, when he met me. He understood it even better, when we married too. It's always part of the budget, crafting and gifting. Trust me, the eyes start rolling in July, when I start talking about Christmas. 
Is it just me? I didn't think so?




Anyway, I thought I would share some of my faves today about great ideas to give those who are housebound or in a nursing home.  Things to think about when giving a gift; what would they like? what do they need? what is a luxury? In the end, what would brighten someone's day or bring them a lasting smile?  Being remembered by someone unexpected is always a good feeling.

I love fingerless gloves which can help keep the person toasty, or a fleece wrap.
Although I think anyone of any age would love these!

Pattern Found here on Etsy


Easy Crochet Fleece
Other ideas include,
treats and fresh fruit which are always nice, a small planter or indoor garden, photos and cards. 
Warm socks, warm packs, and warm hugs. 

Anything bird-watching-related is also popular. And why wouldn't it be, they are so fun to watch! 
A great gift can be  bird feeders or as simple as a bottle of birdseed with a bow on it.
I think making a simple birdseed ornaments, with no cleanup to be a great gift.
It's fun to do with the kids and so pretty.
Below are my two favorites!







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Fun things in the holidays would include, decorating for someone, whether the porch or a window, use clings, lights, a wreath, anything to make it beautiful.  Remember if you decorate for someone who is homebound or elderly, please, please, please remember to set a time to go back and take it down for them. They should not be getting up on anything to take something down, or worried about it. What would be the point of the gift if it caused more worry. Another thought, singing to them, the old wonderful treat of carolers, it's fun and inexpensive and a beautiful way to connect.

Having listed all these things, let me add the all time best thing!
All time best thing to offer is TIME



There is nothing like time together, whether it's sharing a pot of tea, watching a show together, making small talk, playing cards, or even better, helping them reminisce about the beautiful moments.  I have found that any amount of time offered including a hug, holding hands and a smile is appreciated more than anything else.

So, go get out there
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

More Love for Fall

I know I said I would post the Fall Mantle Reveal this week...
I just couldn't get to it,
multiple factors, I won't bore you.
It is on it's way.

But I did want to share some more of my love for fall 
and the beauty it holds.

Fresh apples from the trees.



The last of the dahlias and a bit of wine to share with friends.
So grateful for the moments we have.



Are you able to slow down a bit, 
at least once in a while,
 to enjoy the colors, and each other?
Go outside and take a deep breath.
Look at the beauty that God has given us.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Beautiful Fall


Beautiful Fall Geese-to be watched-out of formation



Beautiful Fall Colors-to be enjoyed.



Beautiful Fall Bulbs- to be planted.


Beautiful Warm Fall Nights- to be ending soon




Beautiful Fall Gourds- to be arranged.

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Coming this week, Rustic Breakfast Stromboli Recipe and Fall Mantle Reveal...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Breakfast Buffet Menu




When planning an event when you need to feed a crowd, 
the place to start is to know the location and resources available. 
For this function, there are two sets of stairs, no elevator and no kitchen but lots of tables. 

How did we overcome this, you may ask?

Four ways is the answer. 

1. Have fantastic help,
many hands make everything more fun,
and more beautiful.

2. Plan the menu 
(nothing that needs to be reheated/cooked at the site)

3. Coolers/ Pack smart

4. My favorite-this year we were blessed with a clergy kid extraordinaire,
 who joined us and did tons of running up and down those two sets of stairs. 
God Bless Her!



This year's Menu included:
Coffee, creme, etc.
Apple Cider
Bougatsa (creme-filled fillo pastry-sweet and delicious)
Assorted Fresh Fruit including,
Grapes, Watermelon/Melon, Pineapple, Figs, Blueberries and Strawberries, Apples
Rice Pudding with Cinnamon and Nutmeg on the side
Pumpkin Cake
Apple Strudel
Blueberry Cake
Pumpkin muffins
Cornbread
Apple Crisp
Sesame Anisette Biscotti
Cheese Plate and Rolled Deli Meats
Bagels and Cream Cheese and Jams

When planning a menu, try to consider dietary restrictions and a balance of sweet and savory.
The little leaf toothpicks doubled as decor and we had written on them if something was gluten-free, or had nuts, etc. you get the idea. 




Some of the decor you will end up seeing back on my mantle, reveal will be soon. You may recognize a few pieces already from last year, like the Three Little Sweater Pumpkins and this year's Glitter Gourds before they were dressed for a party.



Still loving me some burlap.
Do you think we missed anything?
What should we add to the menu for next year?


                                 
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

How to Decorate Fall Table


So we had this beautiful Fall Breakfast Buffet in past few weeks. 










It is an annual event, 
last year we made the table theme, 
"Fall Chicken and Sunflowers."  




















At least I think that would be a good name for it, 
we had these lovely centerpieces, for the buffet, 
from one of my best-ies! 

Isn't this rooster, GORGEOUS!












Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Paint a Bench Ombre-Style




I picked up this bench last summer at a yard sale. 
End of the day and $20, yippee!
I even pinned an inspiration.
I had great plans, I wanted to ombre it!


It sat for a long, long time on our very sad front porch, 
looking sorely out of place.
So many things had to take priority over it.
But finally, huge big grin. 
I had 2 hours, yes, I said it, 2 hours to myself!
I had 3 spray cans and 2 hours.
I washed it, got all the little spider babies out of it.(ick)
Sanded it a bit, I admit, should of sanded it more.
But I couldn't wait to get to the fun part.



I sprayed the white parts first, back top and bottom.
Using primer/spray mix, worked great! Easy-peasy.
Then next color, mid-blue, on the middle sections.


Last the dark blue on front middle.
To get more of the effect I would go over the transition parts with each color,
while lifting the spray can away from the piece, while spraying.
I wanted the darkest section at the very front.
Finished it with spray sealer, after it dried in the sun.
Turned out exactly as I pictured it!
Not often that happens, at least in my world.



I had a little left in the cans and decided to paint this cute pot to go with it.
Also moved some pillows from indoor to outdoor.
The pillows were sprayed with outdoor fabric protector.
Pretty, pretty, happy, happy.
Fall here we come!
How is your front porch starting to "fall" together?



Don't you love how the color deepens and changes with the light.
Smiling wide, baby, Smiling wide.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

End of Summer

It's been a little busy, no excuses, I have been ignoring my little blog, 
but clearly it hasn't been ignored by others. 
Thanking all of you for still checking in on me here, 
nothing has been wrong, just busy.  

Some of the fun we had these past few weeks with family.
It is such a blessing when we are able to be together. 
I love it so much.




We were treated to dinner, to celebrate many things together at once.
An eventful year.



Had the PVC pipe sprinkler out this summer, yes we made one!
Weather is starting to turn and it is time to put it away.


Quest Oversized Arm Chair - Dick's Sporting Goods


Sports have started, water bottles and portable folding chairs prepared.


Mini-marshmallow battle.
The food fight that memories are made of.
Big smiles all around.
Still finding them.


Which of course go along with the indoor smores.
Avoid the bugs and the rain.


Greek festival season continues.
It's always a beautiful night, to visit with friends and support a local parish.
Not to mention, super yummy!
Get out there folks.


Have started putting the garden to bed.
And have started spring bulb prepping.



Have also been working on some projects which will be ready to share with you soon.
What have you been up to?

Prayers for Peace in the World
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