Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mother's Day Brunch || Taking a Look Back



In case you aren't aware, Mother's Day is just around the corner!
Seems like we are full speed ahead on 2016, doesn't it?

I wanted to share with you a wonderful Mother's Day event that we had at our church,
Family Life Assembly, last year.
My sister, Lisa, headed this up & it was a really fun day!

The concept was this:  the ladies from our church were assigned a table & they were to decorate it
in any way they wanted, working together with others from their family (or those that they were partnered with) to set a lovely table to accommodate their group & invited guests.
It was so fun to see the creativity & all around pretty tables!

Before we get to pictures of the individual tables, I'll share a few pictures of the buffet.
What a delicious variety we had!






















We certainly didn't go hungry!

Now, take a look at all these pretty tables!


Each guest at this table enjoyed eating from delicate china 
& got to take home a lovely potted Gerbera Daisy.
Lots of pretty details to take in here.



Aren't the springy yellow plates such a great pop of color?
Love the accents of bunnies, birds, & vintage doilies ... even some pretty pearls on display.




This table had such pretty flowers, fresh cut from the garden & what a gorgeous candelabra! 




How fun was this table:  watermelons!
The watermelon fruit basket, napkins & crocheted napkin holders were perfect accents.




Lastly, this was a garden-themed table!
My sweet daughter-n-law, Abigail, had the vision for our table & I have to say, it came together
just perfectly!
We had great fun shopping & gathering the supplies to make this just right.
 










After we had lunch, each lady got to take home a prize ...
they just had to put it together first!
There was a station set up complete with all the ingredients to make 'cookies in a jar' ...
flour, sugar, chocolate chips, & so on.
Each of the ingredients were layered in a quart jar, topped with the lid & the recipe tied on top.
(Wish I had a picture of the completed jars!)





We had a game & another couple activities ... 
& 2 moms were given a daily survival kit, filled to overflowing with all sorts of goodies.




Here are a few pictures of my sweet momma, my lovely girls, & my sister ...



And our lifelong friend, Ms. Robin.


 God sure blessed our family with these two ladies & I love them like they're mine.







 Thankful for Paula ... a friend to my mom & to me!




 What a beautiful group of ladies!  Such a honor to make a special day for each of them.




Aleisa, in good company ... a Richmond momma & a Greenwood momma ;) 




Abigail & Robin ... lovely x 2.


Robin & Paula ... appreciate their influence in my life.


What a really great day!

I wanted to share this last year right after our event, but time got away from me ...
but here it is now.
It's always fun to look back on good times with family & friends through events like this.
Spending time together & making memories ... priceless.

And if you are looking for something a bit different to do with the ladies at your church, 
whether it's Mother's Day or anytime during the year, this one is lots of fun.
Just takes a bit of planning & arranging ... all of us are creative & this provides a fun outlet for it!


Thanks for stopping in for a visit!
Toodles ~ 




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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Banana Upside Down Cake

MIA much?
Guilty as charge, folks.
Caught red-handed.

I miss blogging so very much, but I just haven't been able to carve out any time to get on here!
I probably should just quit pretending to be a blogger
(which makes me giggle cause I am so not a legit blogger) but just when I think I'm going to pull the plug,
I say to myself:  who makes the rules in the blogosphere anyway!
Right?!
So, here I am again ... rolling at my own speed.


Thought I'd share a new recipe with you today to make up for all the nonsense.
What's life without a yummy new dessert recipe every now & again?


I wish I would've taken time to arrange the bananas all perfect-like, but ... I didn't.  Oops.  Didn't effect the taste one bit ;)  See ... told ya.  Pretend blogger. 


I ran across a Banana Upside Down Cake recipe the other day & within a few hours,
it was in my oven, on my table, & in my belly!
I think you need it in your life too, so here's the 411:


Ingredients:

Toppings (bottom of the pan)
1 cup brown sugar
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 bananas, sliced into 1/4" pieces
Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium sized bananas)
1/2 cup milk
1 tbs vanilla
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. 
Coat a glass baking dish with cooking spray.
(I used a 8x11 baking dish.)
Melt butter & pour into baking dish.
Sprinkle in brown sugar & then banana slices.


In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all dry ingredients.
Add in the wet ingredients and mix until completely combined and no lumps remain, 
being careful not to over mix. 
Pour cake mixture on top of bananas. 
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cake cool for 5 minutes in pan then turn out on a large plate or platter.  

Cake is best served warm out of the oven but will stay moist and fresh stored in an airtight container.  

*Tip:  I made this with gluten free all-purpose flour, 2 cups.

Serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream & you'll be loved for life!
This is a comfort food kind of dessert & I'll definitely make this one again.
Enjoy!







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                              The Thrifty Home   A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch    Katherines Corner 3D Lessons for Life
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Strawberry & Cream Pinwheels






This recipe shows how versatile the flour tortilla is!
When I first saw this recipe, I thought it not only looked adorable, it made my mouth water!
Strawberries, cream cheese, powdered sugar ... I'm licking my lips in anticipation!

I'm here to say, it did not disappoint. 
And if you want something that looks interesting & impressive but is an absolute cinch to pull together,
it's Strawberry & Cream Pinwheels for the WIN!

Here's what you do:
Blend together cream cheese & chopped fresh strawberries.
(Either by hand, with a mixer, or a food processor.)
You can throw in a pinch of cinnamon on this step if you'd like.

Spread the cream cheese mixture onto flour tortillas, as thick or as thin as you prefer.
I ended up making 10 pinwheels altogether.




Roll them up & place into a ziploc bag.
(I placed them back into the tortilla bag.)
You can even pile them on a plate & cover with plastic wrap.
This step helps the tortilla to soften & to stick together, making a tight pinwheel.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before slicing (can be made up to a day ahead of time).




Slice into pieces about 1 inch in size & arrange on a pretty plate/platter.
Place some whole strawberries here & there to look pretty & sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.
Completely over-the-top adorable, right!
 




Be prepared to eat a half dozen or so!
 



These are great for Valentine's Day, date night, or brunch ...
And they also make a great addition to a bridal or baby shower!
Or how about just a late night snack if you get the hankering, right?!





Ingredients
  • 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 5-10 flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Combine the softened cream cheese, strawberries (& cinnamon) and stir until blended.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture on each tortilla and roll tortilla up.
  3. Place in ziploc bag & refrigerate for minimum of 1/2 hour.
  4. When ready to serve, cut into slices about 1" thick.




You'll stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Angel Food Trifle


Since it's Valentine's week, I think I'll share a couple other sweet treat recipes!
This one is for Angel Food Trifle.
Back in the summer, I had a angel food cake & needed to come up with a quick dessert for family night.
Slicing up the cake & eating it plain would have been simply delicious, but I knew I could use it
as a base for something cold & fruity, which is what I was in the mood for.


 


I made a box of vanilla pudding first.
I love that as a dessert ingredient!
It comes together right before your eyes, so quick & simple.
Next, I began layering all the ingredients with the angel food cake that I tore into large pieces:
cake, pudding, banana, pineapple, cherries, & blueberries.
At the end, I topped it off with a layer of whipped topping.






Now, what's kind of comical about this dessert & it's title, I don't own a trifle dish!
Otherwise, I might have taken a more blog-worthy photo
(or maybe not because I general forget to take photos until after the fact).
So, my angel food trifle was actually made in a large bowl, but calling it an 'angel food bowl'
just isn't any fun at all!





The evening I served this dessert, we ate dinner with all our family out on the patio.
(It's a great summertime dessert cause it's cold & refreshing!)
After Abigail (our DIL) finished up, she said she thinks this was her favorite dessert that I have made!
It checked all the right boxes for her ... & I'm pretty sure I need to make it for her again soon.

I know it's not warm outside, at least in my neck of the woods,
but this would make a fun Valentine dessert to make this week!
You could even serve it in individual clear punch cups & stick a cherry right on top.


Thanks for visiting & lots of love to all of you!


Angel Food Trifle

  • 1 angel food cake, torn into large pieces
  • 1 box of vanilla pudding, made according to box directions
  • 1 tub of whipped topping
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling

In a trifle dish (or a lg. bowl), layer cake, pudding, & various fruits.
Top with a layer of whipped topping.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.




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Friday, February 5, 2016

Cupid Floats






This is sure fire way to make someone fall in love!
Yep ... look no more ... this is it!

I made these fun drinks for our family Valentine's celebration 
& they were a hit ...
especially with my sweetheart cause he's a maraschino cherry fanatic!




CUPID FLOAT

Ingredients
  • 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Cherry 7-Up
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry

Instructions
  1. Scoop ice cream into a tall glass
  2. Slowly pour 7-Up over ice cream
  3. Swirl whipped cream on top
  4. Top with maraschino cherry

*I use frozen cool whip & I think that's the very best way to make these!
It's holds it form longer & doesn't just quickly dissipate into the drink.
And why stop with one cherry when you can have 2 or 5!




Be sure and add these ingredients to your grocery list!
I promise, everyone who drinks this will fall in love with you ;)





Happy Valentine's Day from Cupid & me.






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Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style      
                              The Thrifty Home   A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch    Katherines Corner 3D Lessons for Life
           Hope in Every Season     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop   Flea Market Friday   Missional Women
 Best of the Nest  Anything Blue Friday   French Country Cottage  The Girl Creative
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things   Simple Saturdays    Sew Many Ways

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Valentine Treats



It's almost Valentine's Day ... & all you need is love 
and some SUGAR!
(Both kinds of sugar ... wink wink.)

Here are 4 ideas that are sure to be loved by all ... the little kids & the big ones.

The only thing I made from scratch was the rice krispy treats.
(Just follow the recipe on the box of cereal or the bag of marshmallows.)
To make these a bit more 'lovely', I sprinkled them generously with red sugar & pink sprinkles.




For the next three treats, I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave & got busy dipping!
I broke apart graham crackers, dipped them in chocolate half way down & sprinkled on
some micro-mini marshmallows.
They were the perfect lil' smores bars!


 


Let's keep on dipping!
Next, I used those adorable little pink wafer cookie bars.
They are strawberry flavored & what goes better with strawberries than chocolate?!
Dunk each wafer cookie into the melted chocolate & stick a couple little conversation hearts on top.
Cute Cute!





The last treat, well, I didn't take adequate pictures of it =(
You can see the edge of it in the pictures, but I wish I had a better shot.
I bought the long, tube-shaped wafer cookies & they got a good dunking in the chocolate too!
While the chocolate was still wet, I rolled the end in red, pink, & white sprinkles.








When you put these all together on a tray, you have a Valentine delight!
Totally unhealthy & sugar for daysss, but you can't deny they are cute & fun!
 

Keep it sweet, everyone <3