Monday, December 20, 2010
And last night I made my Mincemeat cookies. This cookie is everyone's favorite in my family. The slightly spicy mincemeat and apple coupled with quite possibly the world's best cookie dough makes for a big treat. These require two different cookie cutters per cookie as a smaller one is cut out for the top to vent.
I used my brand new snowflake cookie cutters and I'm rather happy with them. They are even cuter in the sugar cookies. I also made my meringue snowflake cookies a few days ago, but they got gobbled up and given away before I could take a single picture! I'm making more tonight. ;)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I'm putting all of these silhouettes up on Etsy (which made my mother complain as she likes them) and a few are already up now and I'll be adding them tonight and tomorrow. Hope a few of these make it to some loving homes...
Monday, November 8, 2010
Each summer it strips the peach tree of all fruit and discards the pits around the surrounding land. It cackles quietly to itself as it watches the resulting horror and terror in the eyes of the humans who discover the terrible deed.
And behold! The terrible destruction and desecration of our beautiful pumpkin sitting on the front porch!!!
Who is it? Who is this terrible beast that terrorizes my neighborhood and forces me to cage all vegetables I plant in a secure fortress of chicken wire and steel each summer? Who haunts my dreams and plagues me every year with his voracious appetite?!
Here! Here he is - cover your children's eyes and shield their innocence!
Behold the evil Killer Squirrel of St. Louis!!
Now wait! Wait! I know what you're thinking! He's not so innocent and sweet as he seems, calmly eating an acorn on my neighbor's driveway. He's a cunning devil - if you look carefully you can see his beady eyes watching me carefully, analyzing my weaknesses, judging the distance between himself and the pumpkin I struggle to protect from him. Ohhhh, he's a dangerous one, he is...
Okay here's the story - I moved from the county to the city a few years ago and was absolutely astonished at how much destruction the squirrels caused. I cannot plant ANYTHING without them doing their best to eat it. I planted tomatoes, zucchini, etc. at my old house - no problem. Here? I had to install a large protected cage for my tomatoes - wired completely with chicken wire over EVERY potential crack and still they climb all over it and reach in and pull the fruit to them. My peach tree? One day covered in peaches, the next - not ONE peach left - all ruined. We put a huge net over it - still they climb over it and then chew through the thick net to get in and run around gleefully eating the fruit up. I cannot tell you how much I now hate squirrels. Which is such a shame because I also love them. Squirrel Nutkin was my favorite story as a child and I was always horrified that he lost his tail.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Afterwards there was some time to kill before the reception so I wandered around the back to see the gardens. The beautiful brick pathways were magical looking...
I highly recommend you click on the link at the top of the post to see more enchanting pictures of other weddings and far better pictures of the gardens there. It's a great place for a small wedding.
Friday, October 15, 2010
First off - you absolutely HAVE to wear a costume to my party - sorry, it is the rules...here's my gown:
I love this gown, so flattering and with a crinkly black heavy petticoat underneath! Bloody Mary and her father, King Henry VIII look on. Jealous, no doubt. ;)It looks even better on - the skirt is much fuller. I added a mask for a hint of mystery...
Hungry? Have a deviled egg - or are they eyeballs? I can't tell...
Would you like an eyeball to go with that??
And lest you think the fare is not healthy, have a veggie stick, too. See, I do have normal food.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Even if it ends up being a little mini pumpkin like this one - I love the shape and color, so cute! I added a tiny silver bud vase full of twigs from my redbud tree - very fall looking and I was going to polish the silver vase and then thought it looked extra October-y and Halloween looking tarnished as it is - and don't you love the feet on that vase?
And you can't stop at one tiny pumpkin or gourd - you must buy several in different styles. I piled mine up in my white pedestal bowl.
And of course Fall comes with cold weather - so my kitties find nice warm spots to snuggle up in and purr...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Guess I'm making a salad now for Halloween because these are too funny not to use.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I can't wait any longer to show you the latest item I bought for my favorite holiday.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Louie: Pretty quilt, I can't wait to shed all over it...
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Today we celebrated my grandpa's birthday so my grandmother decorate a small cheesecake for him with strawberry topping, fresh strawberries and a chocolate bow as well as a sprinkling of chocolate fall leaves she made herself.
She told me she made the chocolate modeling clay herself with melted chocolate chips and corn starch - the yellow and rust colored leaves were from white chocolate.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
They aren't super special cookies - just regular old chocolate chip cookies...except I add a little extra vanilla - oh and I use Ghirardelli chocolate chips...and pecans - plenty of pecans. Yummmm... They're going fast! ;)