Weekend Shenanigans

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, or just a wonderful Sunday.  We had a fun-filled weekend.  Lots and lots of eating.  On Friday we dyed eggs and ate pizza, Saturday we baked cupcakes, and Sunday we tried to go on a morning hike, but the rain decided to bless us with its presence, so instead we met friends for brunch.  I made a big, yummy Easter feast for dinner, for the hubby and I.  Now time to get back to the healthy eating and cutting out the sweets.  I’ve been doing so well, but caved this past weekend.  It’s ok, life isn’t fun unless you treat yourself to treats. Ha!

Oh yeah, Happy April Fool’s Day!!!

Excuse the hair and attire, it was a super casual day.

Homemade cupcakes from scratch.

My new cake stand the husband gave me for Easter.  Love!

A Valentine’s I Won’t Forget

I had the most amazing Valentine’s day.  My husband, who always has something up his sleeve, pulled off a good one.  We went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Opal.  We had a lovely dinner, and then came time for the dessert.  I see the waitress walking over with a candle on the dessert, and asked “Why does she have a candle on the dessert”, Dave said “I don’t know”.   She arrived at the table with a plate that said “Happy Valentine’s Day” in chocolate with a box sitting along with it, that had a Canon EOS Rebel T3 in it.  Oh My! I sure was surprised.  The funny thing about this, was that on our way to dinner, I told my husband that I didn’t really need to have that camera that I’ve been obsessing about for a while.  Ha!

What a fun night.  I only wish I was as good as my husband for gift giving.  He always goes to the extreme.  No complaints here.

Thanks, honey.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

 We started our morning off with lots of kisses and hugs.  I got to deliver all of my little treats last night, because the husband said he planned something special for the two of us tonight.  So we’ll see what the mister has in order.  He always has great surprises!

Yesterday was a full on bake day.  With lots of goodies packed up to deliver to our friends.  We wanted to let them know how much we love them and appreciate having them in our lives.

ps check out the red chocolate chips, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

 Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today is the official day for Mardi Gras.  Boy, do I sure wish we were in New Orleans.  (I just want to experience it once).  We have a good friend who sent us an overnight package in celebration of the day.  I thought it was going to be a bunch of beads (until I noticed the sticker that read “cake inside”), Of course that REALLY grabbed my attention.  Upon opening we found a HUGE cake.  A King Cake.  The King Cake is a brioche-style cake traditionally made throughout the State of  Louisiana during the weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Usually oval in shape, the King  Cake is a bakery delicacy made from a rich Danish dough (which is a sweetened  yeast bread…a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry) and covered  with a poured sugar topping decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras-colored  sugars of purple (symbolizing Justice), green (symbolizing Faith) and gold  (symbolizing Power). This colorful topping is representative of a jeweled crown  in honor of the Three Wise Men who  visited the Christ Child on Epiphany (a word derived from the Greek meaning “to  show”). Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night (i.e., January 6) is when  the Carnival Season officially begins.

 The King Cake tradition is believed to have begun with French settlers around  1870, who were themselves continuing a custom which dated back to Twelfth  Century France, when a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi  twelve days after Christmas bearing gifts for the Christ Child. This celebration  was also once known as King’s Day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic  baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake but in times  gone past, the hidden items were usually coins, beans, pecans or peas.

  Today, the cakes are baked in many shapes but originally, they were round to  portray the circular route take by the Magi in order to confuse King Herod,  whose army was attempting to follow the Wise Men so that the Christ Child could  be killed. The origin of the modern King Cake can be traced back to the Middle  Ages, when popular devotion during Christmas turned to the Three Wise Men. In  1871, the tradition of choosing the Queen of Mardi Gras was determined by who  drew the prize within the cake. Today, such a find is still deemed to be a sign  of good luck and it customary for the person who discovers the hidden plastic  baby to host the next King Cake Party.

I guess that means I’m hosting a King Cake Party next year. (I found the baby)

Thanks to our good friend, for such a delicious introduction to Mardi Gras.

Happy New Year!

     

A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That…

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!  Hope you are enjoying time with your loved ones.  We have a full day of eating ahead of us over here.

  I wanted to take this time to thank all of my readers and the support you have given me on this blog.  It was only ever intended for my mom and dad and a few others. I’m so very grateful!

Also, we decided to take a drive the other night, in search for some Christmas lights, and we found some.  I posted a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Christmas Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

   The folks arrived and we have not stopped baking.  My mom and I, and a girlfriend spent all day Friday baking cookies.  We made sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and cornflake wreath cookies.  But the most fun to make, and maybe the most delicious, were the peanut butter cup cookies.  So, I have decided to share the recipe…

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp milk

Put your oven at 375.  Sift flour, salt and baking soda.  set aside.

Cream together butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  beat in egg, vanilla and milk.  Add flour mixture, and mix well.

 Shape into 40 balls and place each in an ungreased mini muffin pan.
Bake for 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.

 Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Good Friends and Yummy Food.

This past weekend was spent with good friends and yummy food.  I thought we had  a holiday party on Friday night, until I decided to check the invite, and it’s  actually this Monday night.  (serious ding-bat move).  So I double checked the  one for Saturday night, and it was indeed on Saturday.  I made a few yummy  things to take and one of them in particular was a hit.  So I wanted to share the  recipe, along with some of the photos from our festive weekend. I hope  everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season.  We have the folks coming in  this week, and we are SO excited!!!


Santa Strawberry Hats

1  16oz skim-ricotta cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla  extract
Mix all together.  You may want to sweeten the ricotta more or  less, depending on your liking.  Then slice the strawberries in the middle.   Take the top part (pointy side) off and spread ricotta mix on, then place top  part back on and dab the top part of the strawberry with ricotta.  That’s  it!  So easy and so cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Like Red…

  Lately it’s been all about the color red for me.  Maybe It’s because of the time of year, maybe I just like red, or perhaps I may actually look ok in the color.  First, I have been looking for the perfect red lipstick, and I think I found one here.  Then I moved on to this classic red dress, that I can dress up or wear a simple little flat.  And considering we’ve gotten a bit more popular this year (haha, joking), I found the “perfect” holiday party dress, here.  So, here is my little salute to red.    I would love to hear what your favorite color is???