Basket of Tulips

During the last rearrangements of supplies in my hoarders bin, I stored several small tulip centerpieces in a large basket. I didn’t see this as a potential centerpiece until I was looking for supplies for Charisse’s shower. This was one table I had to act on right away before I was distracted by deep couch…


Adeline Organic Eye Serum Review

Trying to navigate anti-aging and skin care products can be a very daunting task. On March 23rd I received a sample of Adeline Organic Eye Serum and was very excited to try it. Around the age of 50 I began to notice fine lines appearing around my eyes. I accepted it as a part of…


Green Tea Honeysuckle Cake ~ Cake Slice Bakers

Choosing from the four options for the Cake Slice Bakers reveal took less than twenty seconds. Almost a year ago, I bought green tea powder and have been waiting for the right recipe to come along. After deciding to bake the Green Tea Honeysuckle Bundt Cake last month, I’ve been eagerly awaiting that first glorious…


Charisse’s Vineyard Pt 2

Our goal with the shower menu was to serve a few items that you don’t typically have at a shower. Samara’s crepes and chicken salad sandwiches were the stars of the food table. She made a cream cheese whipped cream base for the crepes and set out strawberries, blueberries, sautéed apples to fill them. Guests…


Charisse’s Vineyard – Part One

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity around here, anticipating and preparing for Charisse’s bridal shower. We’re all too pooped to pop but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was held on Sunday April 12th, the theme was Charisse’s Vineyard, and the venue and weather were absolutely perfect! Samara came…


Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

On a recent trip to the grocery store strawberries were on sale. $2.48 for 2 lbs was quite a deal and I couldn’t resist buying them. Much to my granddaughter’s dismay I am notorious for buying produce and not using it before it goes bad. This time I was determined to use them. Well at…


Chicken Alfredo

When I decided to delve into scratch baking one of the first resources I turned to for recipe inspiration was Allrecipes.com. My all-time favorite pound cakes, Sweet Potato, Cream Cheese, and Buttermilk were adapted from recipes found there. Not only are they chock full of dessert recipes but savory dishes as well. My recipe box…


Let’s Have Fun

For a little over two weeks the only thing on my dining room table was a silk flower arrangement. I and the table needed a breather. There are some weeks when the ideas come quickly, the past month, not so much. Some of the tablescapes I wan to put together don’t have all of the…


Citrus Bars

It seems like only yesterday that we were in the midst of planning for the holidays and here we are getting ready for Easter. For me this is yet another reminder to slow my roll and enjoy each day as much as possible. It is easy to get caught up in wishing for this or…


Spring Cleaning with OXO

Creating yummy desserts and pretty tablescapes is lots of fun and two of my most favorite things to do. However, all that fun and excitement comes with a small price, cleaning and organization. Admittedly I am not the neatest person on the planet. When I’m in my kitchen/laboratory sugar, flour and crumbs often fly all…