Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Parchment Paper

May I tell you how much I love parchment paper? I really, really love parchment paper! Do you?

It is such a vital staple in my kitchen. It's up there with measuring cups in terms of importance. I love how it eliminates a mess. I hate when you bake sugar cookies and you have to put all that flour down as you roll so your dough won't stick. That yucky mess gets everywhere; the counter, the floor, the cookie sheet, on you, on the get the picture. With parchment paper, all that yuck is eliminated. How you ask? It's quite simple, I put the dough between two sheets of it and roll it out. No flour, no stick, no mess!

I also line my baking sheets with it. I place the non-floured cutout cookies on there, bake them, use the parchment paper to lift them off and put on cooling racks. Wha-la! Still no mess. Cookie sheets are still clean. Tell me this is not better than sliced bread! I use it when I toast bread in the oven and whenever the need arises. if that wasn't the best, here's another perk...I use Reynolds Genuine Parchment Paper, and on the inside of the box is a coupon for $1.00 off two boxes. I mean if you're buying it anyway, how wonderful to have a coupon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I have noticed these poms everywhere lately in party decorating. I am going to use a few for Goosie Girl's party. I haven't decided if I'm going to buy them or make them. I guess it depends on how much I get done and if I have the time. I found a how-to on poms from this fab blog, Pepper Design Blog. It looks soooo easy, I had no idea! If you're wanting to buy premade poms, Michaels sells them and Pom Love on etsy does as well.

DIY: Vibrant Party Tissue Poms

September 8, 2009

Tissue Pom Decorating Inspiration!

Here’s an easy, DIY idea for your next get-together: Tissue Poms! These are not only easy to make, but they’re super cute and very customizable for your next event. Consider the tissue paper colors and patterns available today! I love the idea of these hanging in clusters with paper lanterns over tables, under trees full of twinkle lights, through doorways or from chandeliers, swinging above a dance floor, covering a table as a quick centerpiece, or decorating a candy bar to add color and flare. Poms can be used as napkin rings, on top of favor boxes or fluffed as mini flowers for a modern arrangement. Consider the possibilities! Find a quick How-To and more great inspiration after the jump!

Martha Stewart Wedding features an easy, DIY article on how to re-create these beautiful poms:

Tissue Pom How-To

{Martha Stewart’s Tissue Poms}

Tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire

1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.

3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

4. Tie a length of monofilament (or fishing line) to floral wire for hanging.

Tissue Pom Decorating Inspiration

Not sure you have the time to tackle the project on your own? Pom Love on Etsy {examples pictured above} sells kits and poms ready to go! Green Wedding Shoes Blog shares several inspiring pom ideas such as the Pom Love Etsy artist and aCookie Mag green pom layout {featured below}.

Tissue Pom Decorating Inspiration

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Mommy's Sippy Cup"

I stumbled across this picture from a wonderful blog, P is for party. How adorable is this cup? Would this not be perfect for a ladies night or an evening playdate? Enjoy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Polka Dots Everywhere!

Polka dots are everywhere! I think that I have been bitten with the polka dot bug because I am just smitten with them. Here are some cookies that I just made...some for a bible study, some for a birthday party, some for Goosie Girl's school and guess what? They are all decorated in polka it!

Aren't these a nice change from the decorated pumpkins?

Ooohhhh! Soooo scary...but in a fashionable kind of way, don't you think?

Love the black & white!

My absolute faves! Would these not be the most adorable thing at a halloween party? Or maybe even to celebrate that it's Friday?!

Puts you in the festive mood...

Birthday polka dots!

Of course wrapped preciously!

Just a little snack for our wonderful bible study...

I've also noticed owls everywhere lately too. They are the cutest aren't they?!! Even she is decked in polka dots!

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Planning Stages of Goosie Girl's Party

Isn't it true before you can plan any great party, you must set your theme and your colors? Well after much thought and conversation with Goosie Girl, I have finally come up with with the nuts and bolts that I will use for her 10th birthday & white polka dots with orange and black accents and cute spiders. Very spooky and very fun! I will be posting more details as they custom fabric invitations are next...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Transporting A Cupcake

I have just stumbled across an aha-moment...what is it you may ask? Well, it's really very simple but makes all the sense in the world. Have you ever been at a party where the host insists you take home a cupcake? She wraps it in saran or tinfoil for the transport. And when you get home, get yourself a nice tall glass of ice cold milk, unwrap the little yummy (oh, I'll just have one bite...) and then you notice that all the frosting has come off the cupcake...the best part...smushed on the wrapper, oh no! What to do? This is taken from P is for Party who found it in Real Simple's Celebrations, simply put a candle in the cupcake before you wrap it and, voila, that will keep the frosting on the cupcake rather than the wrapper. Brilliant, no?

Friday, September 18, 2009


Have you noticed that aprons are making a comeback? I think deep down women strive to be like June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. I mean how chic' is perfectly done, belted dress, high heels and let's not forget the all important pearls around her neck. "Just a day in the life of a housewife, right?" And when she heads into the kitchen to start dinner ( a real dinner...made from scratch) or even make a nutritious snack (do juice boxes and granola bars count?) she puts on that perfectly pressed apron. I do believe that she is the first domestic diva, wouldn't you agree? I just love that whole look that she has going and what it means. When you put on an apron, doesn't it just set the stage of what is about to begin? I never seem to put on an apron when I'm rushed or hurrying to throw something together. But, when I have the time and I'm looking forward to preparing a delicious meal for my family, doesn't donning an apron seem to enhance the mood? The preparation is more enjoyable...the food tastes seem to be "in the moment." Try an apron the next time the mood strikes...

These are from the hip hostess ( many to choose from
Love this one...pretty in pink

how about this one when you're feeling sassy...

or how about this one when maybe you're grilling...

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Let me just say this again...CUPCAKES ARE EVERYWHERE I TURN!!! Everywhere I tell you! After being bombarded all day with cupcakes, last night I got out some "old" (and when I say old, I mean old!) Wilton cake decorating books my aunt had given me awhile ago. I started perusing the pages and thinking to myself, wouldn't these be lovely on a cupcake? I also flipped through a beautifully done book, Cake Expressions, by Dottie Smith. Absolutely beautiful pages ignited my desire to decorate a cupcake. Two blogs that I stumbled across, Bakerella and Bella Cupcake Couture, really had me going! In every entry, I was like oooohhhhh and aaaaahhhh and thinking to myself...what possibilities.....When something keeps presenting itself to you over and over, shouldn't you pay attention??? Am I being told something??? Let me ponder this "cupcake" possibility...
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Check out these yummies from Sprinkles Cupcakes (


how about these little sweethearts
From the Lollipop Workshop
these little angels were sent to from
Absolutely adorable aren't they??

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Amy Atlas

I am an avid fan of Amy Atlas. For those who are unfamiliar with her, she is a party/event designer and I am in awe of how she decorates her dessert tables. Simple, clean lines yet classy, whether the theme is a baby shower or a Halloween party. With Goosie Girl's birthday coming up, I may have to borrow (*wink, wink*) some her design techniques. Take a look...

Well hello my pretty...

or how about this lovely tablescape??

Check out more from Amy Atlas at

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"The Stand"

I finally have broken down and purchased..."the stand." The Wilton Four Tier Dessert Tower as it is specifically referred to. I got mine at JoAnn's but I'm sure any craft store will carry it. What's even better is that I used a 50% off coupon and got it for ...ahem...$10.00 (regularly $19.99). I have been reading a lot lately about how versatile this stand really is and with Goosie Girl's birthday coming up in October, I thought it would be the perfect investment. With the stand being white, you can add custom colors (papers, ribbons, sparkle etc) to match your theme. Just think how adorable this will be with cookies, cupcakes, fruit or whatever other goody you can think of to put on it!
Wilton  4 Tier Stacked Dessert Tower

Monday, September 14, 2009


Speaking of living beautifully, two of my most favorite magazines are Southern Lady and Victoria both put out by Hoffman Media. If you have never taken the time to flip through these lovely pages, you are truly missing out. When the new month's magazines are arriving, I get so excited checking to see if my Southern Lady and Victoria have shown up. And when they do, I hurry to make sure all my chores are done and look so forward to sitting in my favorite chair and savoring every inch of those magazines. I read EVERY LITTLE MORSEL I tell you and love every moment! The thick, glossy pages are filled with beautiful pictures, delightful articles and yummy recipes. And it gets Southern Lady puts out seasonal issues. I just picked up the halloween one the other day and I'm ready to get the pumpkins out and the tailgaiting started. It inspired me to get out the other fall issues from past years (yes...I keep them all, I can't help it!) and get my mind wandering in that season's direction. Anyone else in the mood for pumpkin spice?

Back Issues

Friday, September 11, 2009

Order Precedes Beauty

Have you ever had a day where you felt like chaos was all around you, sucking your energy and creating stress? That was me this morning. I finally had to stop everything and straighten up. I had to restore order to my life. I've read many a book that has knocked the message home...before you can have beauty, you must have order. Is that the truth or what?! When everything is crazy, and the house is a mess, you become stressful BUT when you have order (like everything has a place and all things are in its place) you feel calmer, more relaxed. Sometimes it's hard to step back and see that having lack of order is the problem. One of my most favorite authors of all time, Alexandra Stoddard, has written numerous books, one being, "Living a Beautiful Life." In this lovely book, she stresses this fact and shows us how we can live a more beautiful life. I've had my copy for years and it is dog-eared, highlighted and has been read many a time. If you're not familiar with her work, perhaps you might like to check her out...she's fabulous!

Living a Beautiful Life
500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty, and Joy to Every Day of Your Life
Alexandra Stoddard shows how to live a more beautiful, more ordered life, every single day. This classic book draws on wisdom through the ages and deals with life both philosophically and practically. Here is her original theme of living life beautifully with rituals, celebrations and ceremonies every day.

Autographed with ribbon and book mark.
Publisher: Random House; ISBN: 0679456236; Gift bk edition (August 1996)
Price: $25.00
available only at

178 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.57 x 9.17 x 7.24
Publisher: Avon Books (Pap Trd); ISBN: 0380705117; Reissue edition (April 1, 1988)
Price: $14.95

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies

I made cookies yesterday to take to Goosie Girl's school today. What a hit they were! I was so excited as people raved over them. Hopefully, by taking them everywhere, Goosie Girl will get off the ground. I was reading in the magazine, Success, (one of my favorites by the way) that everyday you should work on something that helps get your business off and running. Would anyone care for a cookie?

These were the biggest hit...Martini's anyone?
Here is the tray before packaging this morning...May I have one please??
Oohh la la! How pretty the finished product is! Isn't it always the details that make it pop?!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yippee! I'm an official blogger!

Yippee!! I'm now an official blogger! I have always been an avid reader of blogs but now I can indulge and join in the fun with my own. There are just so many lovely blogs out there about anything and everything. I must say it is just amazing and I will be listing my favorites in a short time. So please be patient as I try to get this up and running!