Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy January!!

Well.....Am I the only one who is sad the holidays are over? I really am. I think I may be one of the few who plan and get ready for Christmas almost 12 months out of the year. I get a jump start on things in those days right after Christmas. Snatching up great bargains right after Christmas when things are 50-75% off and stashing them away for the following year. And then in January I start working on some crafty things, knitting and ornaments. This year I may even work on a cross stitch I found down in my craft room from back in my cross stitch days.

But at least leaving my snowman tree up and this pretty collection I put together for the middle of my kitchen table makes me feel better.

I saw something similar on Pinterest a few weeks ago...and pinned to to my Christmas decor board. But I walked around my house and pulled this together all by myself! Wintery, glittery and snowflakes. Love it! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Elf Beers

Just in time! I had a merry little Christmas party over the weekend and these little beers were a big hit!!

A friend introduced them to me at a party a few years ago. I remembered them a few days before my party so I made a another stop at the liquor store to get a bottle of 43. I also stopped at Party City to get those little clear plastic shot glasses you use for jello shots. Well....the morning of my party it came over me that I NEEDED to go to my Goodwill.  You all know how I looooove my GW! I wasn't dropping  anything off or on the hunt for anything in particular....just wandering around when I came across the tiniest little beer mugs. PERFECT for  my elf beers!!!!!!! They make me so happy :) Just pour the 43 in and top them off with a tiny bit of heavy whipping cream.  They taste just like vanilla ice cream.  One of the things on the code of elves list is "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear".......and I am adding... Then passing around elf beers! :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Peppermint Cream White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

These cutie patooties were a BIG hit at the Christmas parties I went to this past weekend. They were soooooooon super easy....but look like you spent all day :)

So here we go!

Filling ingredients:
24 Athens mini Phyllo cups
3oz white chocolate- melted
8oz cream cheese- softened
1 tsp peppermint extract

Topping ingredients:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup powered sugar
Crushed candy canes

Open up the packages of the cups and set them aside. Melt white chocolate,  then mix in softened cream cheese. Add peppermint extract.  Stir until smooth
That's the filling.....fill the cups and place them in the fridge until you're ready to top.

For the topping I used Minnie...My pink mixer.  Whip the heavy whipping cream with the vanilla,  peppermint extract and powered sugar. Spoon into a piping bag and decorate with pretty swirls. Top them off with the crushed candy canes just before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Yield 24  12 servings

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cherry Pie Moonshine

I'm makin Moonshine!!! I've been seeing it everywhere....the liquor store, Pinterest, bars, I thought it would be fun to try. Well......It's really suuuuuuper easy. I  mean it! 10 minutes easy. 

You just need a few things....The recipe calls for Everclear....but I made the executive decision that 100 proof vodka was strong enough, 2 cans of cherries, 2 jars of cherry juice, and a half of cup of sugar.

You just bring the cherries, juice and sugar to a boil in a large pot, then add the bottle of Vodka. 

And pour it into Mason jars. One batch makes about 8 8 ounce jars. You can drink it right away....but it tastes best after a few weeks. Drink it little sips :) Or with a mixer....Sprite or Club soda. 

I gave a few jars away to my Soul Sisters.....I'm happy to share my Moonshine! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Soul Sister Birthday Luncheon and Some Beeswax

How blessed I am. Really blessed. To have these wonderful girls as my Soul Sisters. Thank you, thank you for such a wonderful birthday luncheon Marzipanmom!!! A delicious greek salad with grilled chicken and warm flat bread to go with it.....and THEN CAME THIS GORGEOUS DESSERT!!!! I'm not even going to attempt to say their name :)   But I will just call them Heaven Here on EARTH....topped with whipped cream and berries. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmm!!!

Jennifer Juniper and Marzipanmom all smiles on her gorgeous porch. It felt like a 5 star hotel. really did. I could move right in.

And Ms. Joy, another birthdaygirl. 

My gift to Joy was homemade Limoncello, a framed print and cute little apertif glasses from the Goodwill.

Jennifer and I love Salt Power I made her some yoga straps, cute bracelets...and added a little lucky bamboo.

Just when I thought the fun was going to end....Joy announced she had a quick little craft for us! know how we soul sisters love our crafts :)  She brought beeswax from her husbands bee boxes and we made lipbalm and cuticle cream.

Really super, duper EASY!!!!!!!!

Just warm up vitamin E oil, coconut oil and the beeswax until they are liquid and pour them into the containers.

My new FAV lipbalm!!!!!!!!!!!! out! Thanks again for the lovely day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pretty Pink Peonies

Trying saying that 3x fast! Just look at these lovelies :) They make me so happy....perfectly simple in a Ball canning jar.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gluten free chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache

This was hands down one of the easiest,  most decadent desserts I've ever made! !!!! You use ONE bowl. I didn't even have to get my mixer Minnie out :) My first ever gluten free thing too. We were invited to dinner to celebrate my nephews girlfriends graduation, and I volunteered to bring the dessert. Trust me....This one's a keeper. I found it on Pinterest.... Here's the link   Hurry up and try it...I guarantee it will be a big hit!!