Monthly Archives: February 2017

Happy Mardi Gras 2017

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Hi Everyone,

Happy Mardi Gras 2017 !



This year Mardi Gras seemed to sneak up on me.

So while I am busy making my “Lasagna di Carnevale” for the occasion, 

here are a few photos from my Mardi Gras (Feb 17, 2015) post.

If you want to read the entire original post and view the photos, just enter “Mardi Gras” in the search box in the right column.

I’ll be back soon with a new tablescape and more recipes!

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In my house, I set the table in the Mardi Gras colors.

Purple for Justice,

Green for Faith and

Gold for Power

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If you don’t want to order a King Cake and want something you can do with the kids, I saw this on Pinterest and thought this would be a great project.

You can make or buy cupcakes, some white frosting and colored sugar (Wilton brand colored sugar is great and it is sold at Michael’s Arts & Crafts or Party City ) and create your own

Mardi Gras designed cupcakes.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!


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Cabin in the Snow


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Hi everyone,

As many of you know I change my dishes quite often. I have two cabinets in my kitchen with glass doors so I can admire the “Dishes of the Month” every day. 

I try to rotate dishes every month but sometimes that doesn’t work out due to a busy schedule; but I definitely find the time to change my dishes every season.

Today I was putting away my February dishes and realized I never shared this pattern with you, so here is breakfast with the dish of the month… 


I have had these dishes since 1995 and it is perfect pattern for the colder months. Year after year they are either my January or February dishes.

The name of the pattern is “Cabin in the Snow” by Tienshan and I remember that my first purchase was at a craft fair. I bought a service of four and then continued to shop around to add pieces to the collection. I ended up with quite a few pieces over the years; serving bowls, platters, casserole dishes, gravy boat, creamer and sugar and the salt and pepper shakers.

The dishes are stoneware and the dinner plate and salad plate have the same picture. An off white background with the top of the dish in deep blue and off white in a design that reminded me of sponge painting. Also on the plate is a log cabin, pine trees and the bottom of the dish is snow, of course.


This is a very simple tablescape to set, so let’s start…

I am using a dark navy tablecloth along with a bright red placemat to pick up the colors on the plate. 


I am keeping the tablescape simple to serve breakfast, so there are no charger plates.

I chose cornflower blue and off white check napkins and a wooden napkin ring.

I didn’t want a navy napkin to match the tablecloth because that would make the table too dark.


The flatware matches the set (I had to buy this once I saw it).


For breakfast I am using clear juice glasses and the matching mug to the set.



My centerpiece will be very functional with items we need for our meal.

 I am using one of my favorite serving pieces; an acacia wood serving tray. Love acacia wood…..

The tray reminded me of being out in the woods with all the trees, so I wanted to bring a piece of nature inside to the table.


 I am using the tray with some of the other pieces from the collection; the cabin shaped creamer and the pine tree sugar bowl.

For a little whimsy, I surrounded these items with some artificial snow and some pine cones. I had to have some snow with a plate named, “Cabin in the Snow”.


A few table accents. The cabin and tree salt and pepper shaker and a few serving platters for breakfast, along with a few scattered pine cones on the table from my trees in the backyard.

Remember, shop your house first for table accents.



Today we had time to relax and had nothing planned, so breakfast was pancakes, eggs, bacon and hash browns. A little juice and coffee and we are all set.



Another piece on the table, “that didn’t come with the set” is a coffee carafe with a snowman in the snow. The carafe picks up all the colors of the plate and I think it fits right in. Another craft fair find.


I hope you enjoyed sharing breakfast with me and my Cabin in the Snow dishes. Now I can pack these dishes away for next year.

Until my next post, make everyday a celebration!


Place Setting


Table Details

Cabin in the Snow Dishes from Tienshan

Cabin in the Snow flatware from Tienshan

Cabin in the Snow cabin & pine tree salt and pepper shakers, and mugs from Tienshan

Cabin in the Snow cabin & pine tree creamer and sugar bowl from Tienshan

Navy tablecloth from Homegoods

Blue and white check napkins from Amazon

Red woven placemat from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Juice glasses from “I can’t remember, had them so long…”

Wooden napkin rings from Amazon

Acacia Serving tray from Pottery Barn

Artificial snow from Pier 1

Snowman carafe from Craft fair

Pine cones from the backyard


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Re-post Valentine’s Day Dessert table 2016

Hi Everyone, 

This year I will not be preparing a new Valentine’s Day tablescape but I am re-posting  Valentine’s Day 2015 and 2016 for all our new members.

I’ll be back with another tablescape very soon.


Happy Valentine’s Day  !

I know everyone is busy making plans for Valentine’s Day, either with their special someone or friends and family. 

Last year Bob and I we went out to a cozy little Italian restaurant for a light lunch and came home for dinner later that evening to heart shaped ravioli, a salad with heart shaped beets, chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes.

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(I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shape for the beets).

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The older I get, the more I want cozy and quiet. I don’t need to go out to a restaurant for the overcrowded “Special Valentine’s Day” Dinner. Although it is quite entertaining to watch young couples out for the evening on Valentine’s Day. Bob and I have this little observation game we play to guess how long the couple has been together based on the way they act and look at each other.

Bob and I have been together for 31 years, so we have some experience with this.

This year, once again we will celebrate the official holiday with a quiet cozy dinner at home instead of dinner out. 

Bob and I celebrate Valentine’s Day every day of the year. I am very fortunate to have married such a loving and caring man and I am grateful every day.


Last year I posted a Valentine’s Day Breakfast table.

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and a Valentine’s Day Dinner table,

click on link to see entire Valentine’s Day dinner tablescape…

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so this year, I am posting a 

Valentine’s Day Dessert table. 

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For dessert this year I am setting up a chocolate fondue pot. Bob and I received this fondue pot as a wedding gift and this is the third time I have used it.

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I placed the fondue pot on a white ceramic cheese board and added the most adorable red ceramic “love birds”. 

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I’ve made cheese fondue before, but this time it will be Chocolate Fondue. 

You have to have chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

( I have the recipe posted below).

So let’s start the tablescape….

 I have decided on a pink tablecloth! Nice and cheery.

I am not using the matching cloth napkins. I picked up the cutest luncheon napkins that look like conversation heart candies. 

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 Trying to keep to a pink, red and white color scheme; the placemats are red and the chargers are white.

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This time, NO dinner plates. I am using pink paper luncheon plates on top of the chargers. (easy clean up)

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Even though the fondue is delicious on it’s own, I still have to have cupcakes on Valentine’s Day.  

At each place setting I placed a Valentine’s Day cupcake in a heart shaped ceramic dish surrounded by holiday colored M & M’s. (another candy I love)

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I am also serving two of my favorite Valentine’s Day treats, Peeps and conversation hearts. Loved these since I was a child.

It’s just not Valentine’s Day without them.

Now I needed a serving bowl for the treats and I chose red martini glasses. 

Think about how you can re-purpose what you already own.

Golden rule: shop your house first. 

I like the way the red matches both the placemat and ceramic heart dish and it also adds a bit of color to the tablescape.

I think I have enough candy for the dessert table.

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For my drinking glasses, I am using decorated goblets with hearts. 

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The flatware is good old reliable red.

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Now I had to think about what to serve as dippers for the fondue. My final choice was bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, marshmallows, pretzels, pineapple and pound cake.

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Trying to have as many hearts on the table as possible, I added heart shaped mirrors to place some votive candles on.

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 I had to get candles on the table, so I bought votive candle holders with more hearts painted on.

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Now to serve all the dipping goodies for the fondue, I am using various cake stands that I have collected over the years.

 The white with red ribbons cake stand, I received as a “Good Luck” gift when I started the blog last year and I just LOVE it.

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The second white cake stand fits so perfectly with the theme of the table because of the colored hearts design.

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And the third cake stand blends into the tablescape perfectly with it’s delicate shade of pink glass.

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Last year I purchased felt confetti that look like conversation heart candies so I am using the same confetti again this year.

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A few heart danglers from the light fixture and we are all set.

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Place Setting

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Table Details

Pink tablecloth from Linens and Things

Paper Conversation heart napkins from Target

Pink paper luncheon plates from Target

Fondue set was a wedding gift

White ceramic cheese board from Target

Red “love birds” from Pier 1

Red flatware from Homegoods

White chargers from Pfaltzgraff

Red woven placemats from Homegoods

Red ceramic heart shaped dishes from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Valentine’s Day goblets from Marshalls

Red Martini glasses from Crate and Barrel

White cake stand with red ribbon was a “good luck” gift when I started the blog.

Heart cake stand from Sur La Table

Pink glass cake stand from Pier 1

Heart danglers from Amazon

Heart shaped Mirrors from Oriental Trading

Heart votive candle holders from Amazon

Felt conversation heart confetti from Michael’s Arts & Crafts


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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND(R) Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In heavy saucepan, over medium heat, melt chocolate chips and butter with EAGLE BRAND(R) condensed milk and water. Cook and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
  2. Serve warm as a fruit and cookie/cracker dipping sauce or drizzle over ice cream or cake. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!


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Re-post Valentine’s Breakfast 2015

Hi Everyone,

This year I will not be able to set a new Valentine’s Day tablescape, so I am re-posting both my Valentine’s Day 2015 & 2016 for all our new members.

I’ll be back with another tablescape very soon.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine’s Day Breakfast Tablescape

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As promised, here is my tablescape for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Since the tablescape was casual, I felt the centerpiece should be casual as well. I filled a vase that I had from a previous floral arrangement with conversation heart candies and a bouquet of artificial heart and “ XO” pattern flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

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Casual calls for paper plates and napkins. First of all, paper goods are perfect to emphasize a theme and cleanup is a breeze. Even if you use them with stoneware charger plates or dinner plates, the dirty dishes will still be disposable.

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I found the glassware in Marshall’s a few years back with the “Heart & XO pattern”. I couldn’t resist this purchase because the colors of the glassware reminded me of a Valentine’s Day cake stand I bought in Sur La Table many years ago with a very similar pattern. I use the cake stand for many of my Valentine’s Day desserts and I thought the glasses were a perfect match. The mugs were another find in Marshall’s and I knew that they would look great with my red flatware and brighten up the table.

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The flowers were an unexpected find and I loved the heart and “XO” pattern stamped on the flower because it  matched the glassware as well and everything seemed to come together nicely.

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When I purchase items years apart and they look as if they were part of a set purchased together, for someone who loves tablescapes as much as I do, it is a great satisfaction.

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This is how I buy many of my tablescape accessories, a little bit here and there. I buy what catches my eye without having a plan for them at the moment. Eventually, these items become just what I am looking for, for a tablescape. So my advice to you would be, if you see something cute, whimsical and inexpensive, make the purchase and save it for a future tablescape. You just never know if you will ever find the same item again.

The heart cake stand is perfect not only to serve desserts for dinner but Valentine’s Day donuts and bagels for breakfast. Add some juice and coffee and breakfast is ready….heart shaped waffles would be a nice touch also.

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A last minute add on to this tablescape and recent purchase that I thought was so adorable are the red heart shaped bowls; another find in Michael’s Arts & Crafts. For breakfast, they would be perfect for fruit salad and for dinner, a pudding or crème brulee.

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The Place Setting

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Breakfast table details

Pink tablecloth from Linens and Things

White charger plates from Pfaltzgraff

Red dinner plates from Pier I

Theme luncheon plate and paper napkins from Party City

Glassware from Marshall’s

Mugs from Marshall’s

Red flatware from Homegoods

Cake stand from Sur La Table

Heart shaped bowls from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Artificial Flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

I hope this post gave you some ideas for a Valentine’s Day breakfast at your house. Until my next post, stay well and make every day a celebration!


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Repost – Apple Jalapeno Chicken Wings


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Hi everyone,

With Super Bowl Sunday two days away, I received an email asking me to repost my recipe for:

5 ingredient  – Apple Jalapeno Chicken Wings.


Open original post – May 1, 2016 for step by step slideshow directions.

Here is the original link, just click:

(Printed recipe below)

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  • 1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Apple Jalapeno Jelly
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼- ½ cup bourbon (I used 1/2 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 pounds chicken wings


  1. In a food processor, puree the Stonewall Kitchen Apple Jalapeno Jelly.
  2. In a large skillet place the Stonewall Kitchen Apple Jalapeno Jelly, water, bourbon, and butter over medium heat. When melted stir until uniform.
  3. Add the chicken wings. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove lid and simmer another 30 minutes, turning the wings several times. The sauce should thicken, but do not allow to burn.
  4. Remove wings and finish under the broiler until golden brown. Serve hot with reserved sauce from skillet.


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Good News…


Hi Everyone, 

Good News for

The photo enlargement feature is back up and running on the site.

 Browse the posts and if there is a photo you want to see larger and in more detail,

now you can !

Just click the photo to enlarge and then hit the back arrow to return to the original size.

So happy to be able to provide this feature after so many members requested it.

Enjoy and happy reading…

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!


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Next up, Cauliflower!

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Hi everyone,

I am still searching for new recipes and I came across two recipes on Pinterest that I had to share.

I have already been through the kale phase of the culinary world with kale added to quiches, soups and kale chips and now I am moving on to the next trend, Cauliflower.

I have made cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crusts but I found two more recipes I think you will like.


The first recipe is “General Tso’s Cauliflower”

courtesy of the website,

I am sure many of you have been to a Chinese restaurant and ordered General Tso’s chicken with it’s deep fried chicken and a sweet and spicy sauce, one of my favorites. Well, here is a new cauliflower version. Not fried, baked.



Step By Step…


To serve, I added rice, an egg roll and wonton soup.


General Tso’s Cauliflower



  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 c. sweet chili sauce
  • 1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Green onions, for garnish

COOKS NOTE: Of course I had to tweak something so I added bell pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Dredge cauliflower in flour, milk, and bread crumbs and transfer to a baking sheet lined with a rack or a parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake until deeply golden and crispy, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make sauce: In a small saucepan over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant and softened, 2 minutes, then add sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. Simmer 5 minutes until thickened.
  4. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and add sauce. Toss gently until completely coated.
  5. Serve over rice with sesame seeds and green onions.



The second recipe is a cauliflower substitute for “tater tots”

Courtesy of the website,

Who hasn’t at one time or another bought a frozen package of tater tots for your children?  I was guilty of that myself when my son was small and we had to get to soccer practice.

This recipe caught my eye because they are baked, not fried and only have FIVE ingredients. (Well, I added parsley, so I used six) Serve them with ketchup and you are all set.



Step By Step…


Ready to serve…


5-Ingredient Baked Cauliflower Tots

Yield: About 35 tots   Prep Time: 30 min   Cook Time: 45 min


  • 2 medium heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup small diced onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely ground breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg

COOKS NOTE: I added some parsley to the mixture, next time I’ll try chives.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a nonstick baking sheet liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets to the water and cook them just until fork tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Thoroughly drain the florets and transfer them to a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower for a few seconds just until it breaks down into small pieces (about the size of grains of rice). (Do not overmix the cauliflower or the mixture will be too wet to form.)
  3. Measure out 3 packed cups of the cauliflower and add it to a large bowl. (See Kelly’s Notes.) Stir in the diced onion, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, mixing until thoroughly combined. (The mixture should be roughly the consistency of mashed potatoes.) Using your hands, scoop up 1- to 2-tablespoons of the mixture and mold it into a tater tot shape. Place it on the prepared baking sheet and repeat the shaping process with the remainder of the mixture, spacing the tots about 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake the tots for about 20 minutes then flip them and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes until crisped. Remove and serve with ketchup, pesto, hummus or your preferred dipping sauce.
  5. Kelly’s Notes:
  6. The onion should to be cut small enough so that it’s not too chunky and can be easily mixed into the cauliflower mixture.
  1. Any extra puréed cauliflower can be turned into my go-to mashed potato substitute, Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Chives.


I hope you look over both these recipes and give them a try if you’re looking for something different to serve.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!


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