Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'd better hop to it...



I am just getting around to taking out my spring/Easter decorations, and I always start with my MudPie Nesting bird nest tray and mugs, a housewarming gift from a dear friend (thanks Marie!).  It is currently on a shelf in my hutch, and this time I added a chocolate bunny (thanks T.!).  It is debatable if the bunny actually remains in the display all the way to April 24th, but I plan on giving it the old college try.  And.....I will have a new addition to my spring tableau via a tenacious autumn decoration, but that is reserved for another post.    xo,

Nothin' like an old-fashioned 'hen party'!

There is nothing like a good friend. They are there when you are having "man" problems, they are there to commiserate about job issues, they help get you through the loss of a loved one, they are always willing to go shopping with you, they are brave enough to pull you out of the store when you are getting crazy, and they are never afraid to share their recipes!

My friend Roseann has a big personality, and an even bigger heart!   She sent out an email to her nearest and dearest for a girls' night in  -- and a good time was had by all.   I hadn't seen some friends in months, and one friend I hadn't seen in many years.  Lots of good conversation and lots of laughter.  There were munchies, crumb cake, champagne punch and even a little 'bling'.  Something for everyone. 




I thought I would share Roseann's recipe for her delicious crumb cake:

One box of Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix (do not use a mix with pudding already added)
1 box Jello instant vanilla pudding
 1 cup water
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
4 eggs

Mix all ingredients and bake in a 13x9 greased pan,  use spray on bottom and sides), don’t flour the bottom.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Take out of oven (cake will not be fully cooked) and top with crumb recipe below:

Crumb Topping  (if you like more crumbs, 1-1/2 times  the recipe)

2 sticks (1/2 lb) melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
 2 Tbsp. cinnamon

Melt butter in microwave.  Add all other ingredients.  (Refrigerate while cake is baking).

After 25-30 minutes, take the cake out and crumble the crumbs on top.  Bake for another 20 minutes until crumbs looked lightly brown but not too dark.

Cool completely then sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.  Enjoy!

Hope you take a few minutes this week and catch up with an old friend, and maybe have a 'hen' party of your own!  xo,

 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ahhh.....Spring.......

and a young girl's thoughts turn to.....................................what the heck should I do with this pumpkin?!  

This sugar pumpkin was purchased in mid-October.  It looks as perfect as it did when I brought it home.  Hard as a rock!  For Christmas it was hidden in a fruit bowl surrounded by pomegranates and persimmons.  For Valentine's Day, I had an idea to carve out heart shapes and insert a tea light............never happened. 
For St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd place a derby on it.........nope, didn't happen.   BUT, I do have an idea to turn this autumnal delight into an Easter decoration.      So if it doesn't fail me now, it will be featured in another post.    xo,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Some Irish-isms

Some 'Irish-isms' for you this mornin'!

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

May your heart be warm and happy,
With the lilt of Irish laughter,
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after.

As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.

It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

Thanks, Lil, for sharing!

xo,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I know I am a little early (and I am not even Irish!)  but I so enjoyed the blog crawl hosted by Cuisine Kathleen.  I visited old favorites and a bunch of new places.  All were wonderful, and it was great to start my day like this.  I wish I was computer savvy enough to link up with some photos of my own, but maybe next year I will be able to do it.  I have even more respect for these ladies who capture things so beautifully with their cameras, and who have such pretty things to decorate their tables and homes.  Thanks for including me.

Kathy J., keeping you in my prayers today.  I just know it will all be GOOD.

XO,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Prayers Needed

Shortly after posting my very first post, I turned on the television and saw the devastation in Japan.  My heart goes out to the Japanese people and visitors who are involved in this tragedy.  I am keeping them in my prayers.  Meanwhile back home, my heart goes out to the folks in northern New Jersey who are dealing with tremendous floods from heavy rain last week.  People and their pets with hardly any belongings except the clothes on their backs are being evacuated by rafts and kyacks.  Lastly, in the Bronx, New York a tour bus returning folks from the Mohegan Sun casino was involved in a horrific crash in which the roof of the bus was ripped off by a traffic sign.  Fifteen casualties and others hospitalized with critical injuries.  Yes, prayers are definitely needed.  I am trying to do my part.    xo

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day One

Wow.....I finally did it!  I set up a blog.  I have been so inspired by a few lovely ladies with really outstanding blogs that I just took the plunge.  This will be a really slow work in progress and as soon as I can I will be getting photos etc. But I want to thank my friend Kathleen J. for getting me involved in blogging and I also want to thank Kim at Dear Daisy Cottage, Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti, Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen and Marie at Proud Italian Cook for their inspiration and creativity and for taking me places I never knew existed or could only imagine.  You are all so talented and very special.    xo
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