Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little touches of pink were everywhere.
Our daughter, the guest of honor.
My sister-in-law's deviled eggs were delicious.
My younger sister is known for her frozen drinks. She has been making them and serving them for years. Here she made tiny strawberry milkshakes to serve the guests. The tiny cups of this drink looked so pretty on the white tray. It was a delicious addition to the evening.
Bottles of pink lemonade provided the perfect way to cool off on a warm summer evening. Another tub of bottled water was also a hit.
My neice added the contribution of the amazing hand squeezed lemonade that has become one of her trademarks. After tasting it, I certainly understand why. I wish I had a glass of it right now. It was so good and refreshing.
Remember the snack mix recipe I shared on this post a while ago? I filled clear cellophane bags with the mixture, tied it closed with a pink bow and added a small tag for the favors. Just a little gift for the guests to take along home.
One of my neices generously shared this delicious treat. Fruit salsa and cinnamon nachos. She made them by spraying tortilla shells with Pam and then sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar. She baked them in the oven for a few minutes. The combination tasted so good to me. She said it was low in calories.
These tiny strawberry cream muffins could only be described as scrumptious! One found it quite difficult to stop at one. One of my neices near the age of our youngest daughter, did most of the baking for this shower. She has truly become an accomplished baker. Whenever we see her name on a desert, we know we are in for a real treat. She is also very creative in her presentation. I often wonder if someday, I'll will be eating at a restaurant that she opens.
Wouldn't you love to open y0ur refrigerator and find these beauties in it? These were not ordinary chocolate covered strawberries. This neice shared her known skill in making these again. A perfect addition to the food display.
Opening up the gifts was a highlight. Here our oldest daughter and her daughters give the future baby, the bunny they lovingly chose at the bear store at the mall. They couldn't wait to give their aunt, this special gift which included a tiny heart in the bunny's pocket.
It was so good to have our daughter and son-in-law home again for a few days. Actually, the visit seemed way too short. Each of us were so thankful for the kindness, talent and time that our families put into sharing this memorable baby shower with us.
Like I mentioned at the beginning, I promise not to post long posts like this again. If you are like me, you enjoy seeing the results of people working together to make an event like this happen.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Last week I delivered these four pink cans to them. The empty cans from the baked beans that I had served at my grandson's 16th birthday party. I washed and dried them, then sprayed painted them pink to use decorating my daughter's baby shower. You guessed it, she is expecting a little girl. I dropped off the cans and then picked them up on Monday afternoon. They were sitting on this old wooden bench when I arrived at the farm. I could not have been more thrilled than I was with the job they completed for me. Fresh from their gardens and ready to grace the round tables at the shower.
In their quiet, simple lifestyle free from what many consider normal, they live and work together. Always with pleasant greetings and dependable time schedules they produce their creations throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. If rocking chairs could talk, I wonder what stories these two would tell.
As we drove away, I captured this picture of their extensive flower gardens.
For our Monday evening family dinner I lined a few of my little white pitchers down the center of the table. I filled them with some bright colored mini petunias from my mother's flower beds. I really liked the look that it created. In between the pitchers, I added some small votive candles. This afternoon they continue to look nice on the table. There is something so delicate and elegant about these little flowers.
And finally to complete this flower post of the day, I want to share with you a very special gift I received in the mail on Saturday. You see, I won a lovely giveaway in blogland, from a gifted lady named Susan. It consisted of a her photography and her artwork. A beautifully framed print and a package of professionally looking notecards. When you go to your mailbox and receive an unexpected package created and sent from someone you never met, it just has a way of brightening your day. Thank you, Susan! I am sure you would enjoy her artistically done blog at "aworkinprogress-susan.blogspot.com/"
Friday, July 23, 2010
Maybe this will help...lots of ice water, with lemon slices if you prefer.
If this is not enough to keep you cool today...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
It seems like a little thing to do, but little things sometimes leave the biggest ripple effects.
How about taking a pack of each of these and creating a gift package for a friend who may be facing a difficult or lonely weekend. I think the "thinking of you" tag alone would bless them.
Gift and tag given unexpectantly, is guaranteed to brighten someone's spirits.
You know by now, that I am a "little something sweet" type person. So when I saw these cheesecake bites again at Walmart, I bought them. Something good...low in calories...and adding a bit of sweetness to my after dinner coffee. Each bite has 20 calories so even if you add a bit of fresh fruit, it will work for me.
I took my fancy picks(although toothpicks would work fine), and added bits of fruit to create some light deserts for my friends. I think this plate itself would make a fun gift too.
Or, how about sharing one with a friend at work, along with a pack of Columbian instant coffee.
My own little helpers. They insist on it when they are in my home and it is time to make food at dinner. They want to help. By themselves, they drag the chairs over to the kitchen. I try to make this time somewhat creative for them, although it is determined by how pressed I am for time. Yesterday, we cut shapes out of fruit and cheese. It was a chore for me to keep them from eating every shape they cut. Why would we cut shapes out of food? Well, probably because my mother taught me by example, how to make food presentation look good, and because I am always thinking of ways to keep them occupied. Browning the hamburger just won't work for their age group:)
or whatever ways you create to reach out to others.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Last week on the evening of her big brother's birthday party, I had helped this little one get dressed in her sundress, for the party. When I walked into her play room a few minutes later, this is what I found. She was seated in front of the lit vanity(a fun hand-me-down gift from the neighbor girl), and she was pretending to be using the hair blow dryer. I stopped and watched her...was she really growing up so fast? It seems like just yesterday when I walked into her hospital room to meet her for the first time. It was as if time stood still for me in that small play room, as I watched her that summer evening.
My prayer for her as I reflect back over that moment, is that she comes to the realization in her life that there is far more to a life than just outward beauty. In a world like ours, that places so much emphasis on the outside, may she realize early in life, that inner qualities like joy, peace, and kindness add real beauty. I know this to be true...because I have met many truly beautiful people in my life. And please God, don't let her grow up too fast.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Because we enjoy Clear Choice drinks, especially white grape, I just add 1 or 2 cubes to each glass and I have a delicious, refreshing summer drink.
After freezing cubes in ice trays, I fill plastic containers with them and return them to the freezer, ready at a moment's notice.
This is a recipe that is requested in my family. It is so easy to make and the recipe makes a big portion that lasts for quite a long time when stored in an airtight container. I made this for an upcoming baby shower that I am working on.
This is the recipe I use. I use Cheese Nips instead of fish crackers sometimes, and I add some peanuts with the cashews. I serve little glass bowls of this mix when I serve the above mentioned drink. If you stop in sometime I will serve you this combo:)
Just in case you are looking for a quick snack.