Monday, March 18, 2013

St Patrick's Day

I'll tell you all the years this partly Irish girl has been doing corned beef and cabbage, this is the first time I have ever decided to try it in the crock pot, mostly because I had so many other things going on that same day so I decided to do it the "set and forget" way.  I have never had a corned beef that turned out sooooo very tender as this one did!  I will never go back to the old way.  Dinner was delicious and there were no leftovers at all!  Oh an my soda bread turned out so pretty this year that I decided to share a pic of it with all of you! :)  So nice and crusty on the outside and tender and melt in your mouth flaky on the inside...and with only four ingredients, who can go wrong?   I know I should have posted the recipe before St. Patrick's Day, but this bread is great with any hearty soup or stew as well...even with chili! TFL
Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly flour baking sheet. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Mix in enough buttermilk to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. Turn out onto lightly flour surfaced and knead just until dough holds together, about 1 minute. Shape dough into 6-inch-diameter by 2-inch-high round. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cut 1-inch-deep X across top of bread, extending almost to edges. Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 35 minutes. Transfer bread to rack and cool completely.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Crocheted Curtain Edging

A very good friend of mine had a beautiful shade tree in her front yard, that they recently had to remove, which provided lots of shade for her front porch deck.  After the removal of the tree, she found that too much sun shone directly into her living room in the early morning, so she had an idea to do some shabby chic curtains, but couldn't find the type of lace that she wanted.  I told her I could crochet the edging for her and so we set out to gather the materials we would need to do so.  She already had the white sheets that she intended to use and she decided to go with a more natural cotton twine.  This is the result of my crocheting the seven inch edging on to the curtains and her sewing the curtains to the length needed.  I think they turned out really quite nice, and she loved the finished look of them.  TFL

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Updated pics of the Monster High Party (picture heavy)

Just a few pics of the finalizations of the party.  I learned something important...I AM DEFINITELY NOT A CAKE DECORATOR!!!!  haha, but Lylli loved it and that is all that matters.  I have no patience for it and to top it off I couldn't use scall with my cricut cake because I didn't have the software update and was afraid that if I updated, I wouldn't be able to use my SCAL soooooo, I had to use the diamond on the cartridge that came with it and ended up with one layer instead of two.  But on a positive note, the cake topper came out just adorable.  Again, Lylli absolutely loved the cake and all her friends thought she was so it was all good :)  TFL

renamed sodas
Picture taking area, 

Personalized cups for each girl (14 of them!) stuffed with prizes instead of goodie bags

Dress-up clothes and accessories for photo op

sign for dress up

close up of accessories

finished marshmallow nail polish treats

close up of the glam squad area

glam squad area

glam squad face repair sign

 another sign
 yet another sign
 the birthday banner with coffins, bats, hearts and VINYL!!! :)
 the Creepeteria sign
 mas'scare'ade masks
personalized Lip gloss containers, ready to go
 close up of the banner
 sign for bathroom door
 Roll call sign in (had the moms write girls names and addresses so that we can send out thank you notes with the pictures of their daughter dressed up at the party.
close up of roll call sign
The Cake, such as it was can see on the top and side where it began to crack open...I filled it with frosting as best I could.The kids didn't even notice it, they just couldn't wait to dig into it!  Ah well, such is life
 The first table set up...we had this one and an 8 ft table to accomodate everyone
Lylli modeling her brand new, specially made Monster High Tutu made by Alicia Cockerum from Pixie Tutu's, you can find her on Facebook! :)  Thanks again Alicia!  Notice the pic was taken after lylli did her own makeup! lol