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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moon and Star Cookie Ornaments

It was December 1994 when I saw these cookie ornaments in my Martha Stewart magazine. LOVED them! I promptly ordered the copper cookie cutters and knew that someday I would make these cookie ornaments. 2 years ago, in 2011, I finally did it!!! Yeah I know it took me 17 years ( and I had no idea it would take me that long to do it), but the point is I saved the magazine all those years and I MADE them! Click HERE for more information and for other ideas of what you can make with these cookie cutters.

What is amazing to me is that this magazine is selling for $17.35 on Ebay!  The cookie cutters are selling on Ebay from anywhere from $30 - $60. I'm pretty sure I only paid $5.00 each plus postage.

I knew I liked that magazine issue!  :)







I ordered 3 sizes of silver dragees from the internet and bought silver cord at the craft store to hang them with.




 They are pretty fragile. I have wrapped them carefully in tissue after taking them down each year, but 1 or 2 have broken and a few (not more than 6 or so) of the silver dragees have fallen off. This star is chipped. Now I'm carefully packing them with bubble wrap. They are stored in a cool place in my basement.




   The cookie cutters are big...about 6" across.



This Christmas tree was shown in the MS magazine:





These are other great ideas for using the cookie cutters.






Saturday, March 22, 2014

17 Easter Cakes

I love Easter. It means that Spring is finally here and summer is right 'around the bend'. Lately, I have been seeing wonderful cake recipes to make for Easter and I decided to share them here so you (& I) can have them all in one place.



Easter Egg Nest Cake
Click HERE for the recipe:





Glazed Carrot Cake
From Country Living  
Click HERE for the recipe:





Pink Snoball Cake
Click HERE for the recipe:




Polka Dot Cake
Click HERE for the Recipe:




Easter Bunny Cake
From County Living. I love this style of cake. I have made a few like this through the years.
Click HERE for Recipe:




Pineapple-Coconut Bunny Cake
From Country Living
Click HERE for Recipe:






Strawberry-Passion Fruit Pavlova
Click HERE for the recipe:




Birthday Easter Cake
Click HERE for the recipe on Lakeshore Cottage Living's Blog







Strawberry Torte
Click HERE for the recipe:





Frosted Snack Cakes 
Click HERE for Recipe





Easter Bunny Race Car Cakes
Recipe to follow:

Easter Bunny Race Cars

Ingredients
Large Marshmallows, cut horizontally
Bunny Peeps®
Mini pretzels
Cream-Filled Cakes (e.g. Little Debbie® Cloud Cakes™)
Decorator Icing
Frosting
Sprinkles

Instructions
Cut a small rectangle out of the top of the cream-filled cake about a third of the way back from the “front” of the car. Use the white decorator icing to adhere the bunny Peep®, mini pretzel “steering wheel” and large marshmallows in place. Use frosting and sprinkles to decorate your car. Allow to set.




Easter Bunny Peeps Cake
Recipe to follow:



(Photo and recipe by Pam C)
This is so easy and cute. Everyone loves it!
Ingredients
Cake
Icing
Peeps
M&M's
Directions
Make cake as desired and ice. Place 1 peep on top of M&M as shown to go all the way around the cake. Stand a peep up in the middle on top and place M&M's on top to cover the cake.
(you could also color some coconut green and place under the candies on top to make it look like grass) 





Easter Basket Cake
Click HERE for the Recipe:




Ina Garten's Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting
This is a wonderful carrot cake recipe out of the Barefoot Contessa's Foolproof Cookbook. I have made this cake a few times and every time it turns out wonderful. Click HERE for the Recipe:

....and this is the one that I made...
Delicious!!!



Easter Bird Nest Cake
Click HERE for Recipe:


Other ideas for above recipe:








Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rejuvenate Dry Wood in Your Kitchen

I use food safe mineral oil on my cutting boards and knife block. It sure makes a difference. I also use it on the wood handles of my knives.











Monday, March 17, 2014

They Came, They Saw and They bought...A Day at an AUCTION




My parents used to go to auctions all the time. I remember when I was visiting my parents with my husband and two girls they invited us to go to an auction with them. They joked around and told me to be careful and not scratch your head or put your hand up in the air or you've bought it!  That was so many years ago.  Last summer I noticed signs near my house advertising an auction. I knew I had to go! It was a good old fashioned auction....but, alas! I had to leave before I could bid on what I had my eye on...can you believe that?! I found out the "story" behind this auction. A lady who identifed herself as the "niece" said her aunt left the cabin 'as is' 15 years ago and never went back. The cabin is located in Colorado in the rocky mountains...


I wanted this little book. I did't know what for, but it looked old and well....orderly. I do like orderly.


It's not very often that you would see a stove like this at an auction! What a treasure for somebody.


Cute little teabag holders...


I wanted the one in the foreground...a real pretty soft teal.


I wanted one of these bells...all of the bells since it was a lot. They reminded me of grade school.


 Pretty neat old print in an ornate frame (sorry for my shadow)...I'm a picture framer so if I could had stayed, I would had bought this for sure  :)


Various things..Not sure what the two are in the back...do you?


Wow! Lots of saws....some antiques.

Many wagon wheels


Yikes! I mean Yokes! Among other things...You name it...


Antique wagon wheels, hand mower, etc.


Lots of rugs...braided and needlepoint!


Antique pottery

Something for eveybody...old washboards, etc. Did I mention that the cabin is for sale too? I think the niece should have left her name and number with me. I could sell this cabin for her!


Many quilts were auctioned off. Some good, some not so good.


video

A brief video


Antique wall phone

Inside the cabin. It was in perfect condition.





One of several old cook stoves......


My number. I didn't get anything. Drat!