Sunday, May 27, 2012


I love to cook and bake and am a big fan of the Food Network, so I thought I'd post some pics of some of the foods I've made. I do take pics of my own dishes when I think of it, so here are some of them.

The first one is Giada's delicious roasted citrus herb game hens and has become a favorite recipe of mine. Cranberries are featured in this dish, and the sauce is to die for. I garnished with a few fresh mint leaves. It is soooo good! And it freezes well for quick re-heat in the oven, and I reserve some sauce in separate containers as well. If it's just for me, I just make some rice to have with it.

This recipe can be found on the Food Network, and below is the link: Enjoy!
Giada's Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hen

My own ziti with chunky tomato, freshly grated parmesan cheese and sausage:

A salad of fresh greens, tomato, cucumber, and sliced hard boiled eggs. Add your favorite dressing and freshly ground black pepper to top it off:

Pastrami and melted cheese with dijon mustard or deli mustard on a sesame seed bun and sliced native tomatoes with black pepper on the side:

Loads of fresh veggies like zucchini, squash, tomatoes, with Italian trombette pasta:

The same, but covered with bechemal (white sauce) and lots of grated parmesan cheese and black pepper:

Chicken breast with fresh herbs, tomatoes and fresh lemon:

My chicken ceasar wraps with fresh greens and bread crumbs made from both white and whole grain breads. Just add the caesar dressing - and I prefer to just dip as I eat rather than smothering the wrap in dressing. Makes it easier to take to work that way too:

Are you hungry yet?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Earth Friendly Reusable Tote Bags

Sharing some pics of earth-friendly tote bags that can be used over and over again.

These are fold-up, grocery/shopping tote bags from Judy Whitney and can be used not only for shopping, but for taking things along to picnics, the park, toting baby things or beach gear. Loads of possibilities!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Flowers Photos - taken at the Tea Party

Here are lots of flower pictures, taken at the tea party, both inside and outdoors:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bannerama is our Blog Designer!

The lilacs themed banner, avatar and background we have up on our blog now all came from Bannerama on Artfire. She is our sole source for our blog designs because we just love her beautiful work.

You can check out her shop here: Bannerama

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Violets and Vintage Tea Party - Vintage Dresses and more

Following are pics of the vintage dresses, guests trying them on, vintage purses, vintage jewelry and decorative hand fans.

Beautiful vintage jewelry along with pieces from consignment shops, flea markets and yard sales:

Vintage purses and fans:

Lisa wearing a Vintage 60s Hot Orange Pink Cocktail Sheath Sun Dress

Lisa is wearing the dress from a Vintage 60s Dress Set, a Turquoise Blue Beaded Sleeveless Formal Cocktail Wedding Party Dress that comes with a Bolero Jacket and Susan is wearing a 1940s Vintage Dress of Floral Net Lace Silk Tulle Formal Cocktail Wedding Party Dress

Didi is wearing a 1960s vintage purple sheer lace nightie

Lisa is wearing a 1940s-1950s Purple Roses Print Cotton Garden Party Day Dress, and Connie is wearing a1960s Turquoise Blue Chiffon Formal Cocktail Wedding Party Mini BabyDoll Prom Dress with Faux Pearls

Susan is wearing a Vintage 80s does 50s Coral Orange Cotton Shirtwaist Dress with a Near Full Circle Skirt and Vinyl Belt and Didi is wearing a 1960s vintage purple sheer lace nightie

Connie is wearing a Vintage Dress in Different Shades of Pink Flowers

Lisa taking home the Vintage 60s Hot Orange Pink Cocktail Sheath Sun Dress and her winning raffle prize Tote Bag with Embroidered Potted Violets Flowers Medley

More pics to come of the Violets and Vintage Tea Party!