Saturday, August 29, 2009

SF: Edible Cups

Hosted by Happy to Design

Trying to fit in some post here while I'm still awake... This one's from back in April.

Hosted by "Designs by Gollum"

Today is "Spring Fling" Foodie Friday!
What did you make?

First of all, I want to thank everyone who took the time to visit my dear friend Ann (Hansonpatch) of "Three Little Girls" yesterday during both Thursday memes. We became friends a while back in Arizona, just before we moved here to Texas. She's a fairly new blogger and she loves getting visitors as much as I do! ;-) She is a wonderful woman and mother like all of you and she is a perpetual learner. She also just recently decided that she will homeschool her lovely girls. (I wanted to do that but am afraid my children are way into social things right now that they might hang me upside down over the notion. LOL) That means everytime she meets someone, she makes it a point to learn something from that person.

Yesterday, you just filled her mind with awesome tablescaping ideas! I bet she was just in heaven! You all rock!

And again, an armful of thanks to all who participated in the Thrifty Thursday normally hosted by Leigh. She would be thrilled to know that so many of us found great deals on such awesome treasures! I can't wait until she comes back blogging away about her vacay adventures!

To Cathy of The Stylish House, thank you for the award! You are so sweet to remember me. I will feature it with my Sunday Favorite post for Chari's meme! I can't wait to do all of these wonderful things to complete this week!

What does one do when there's simply no time and a hungry family is starting to revolt? You bribe them with an easy but deadly yummy dessert!

Got kids that would rather not use a plate to hold their dessert? Make the container edible!

I call this my "Sweetly Kissed" Biscuit Cups because... it is easy to make and oh so yummy! Each biscuit dough disc from a can of Pilsbury Grands were flattened and molded on to a cupcake pan and filled with a delectable cream cheese filling:

Preheat oven to 400 deg

"Sweetly Kissed" Filling

1 brick of Kraft Neufchatel cheese or 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
a small pinch of salt

Blend together until well mixed. Taste and adjust.

Spoon into each biscuit cup dough and bake for 10 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned.

Take it out and transfer onto a cookie sheet. Bake for another 2-3 minutes on 400 deg.

Serve slightly warm topped with a tall tower of low-fat whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles. Any kid can just grab it and eat it without fear of needing to stay put. Why because they'll eat the cream off first and eat inside out! Yum! Of course, you can do the following presentation if you are a proper consumer. (Nah, after I took this picture, I ate a strawberry, took a bite while holding the "cup" in one hand, strawberry, a bite and so forth and so on... You think you can handle that?) :P

I also guarantee you that when you take a bite of the whole filling and biscuit with or without whipped cream is like a "sweet kiss"! (mwah!)

You like the plate? You've all seen it! It's Corelle's "Shadow Iris". I've had this set since 1997 and they all still look fairly new even with three voracious eaters I call my children. ;-)


TABLESCAPING IDEA: (Brain had an idea burst) No matching placemats for a big table? No sweat, color coordinate! We tend to pick up the same shade or hue values so it doesn't matter, especially if you have an all white dinnerware, it looks modern, fun and chic!

Thanks for hosting, Chari! Hugs to all who visited!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back for some White Fun at Kathleen's!

Hosted by Cuisine Kathleen

Hello everyone! Just stopping by to join in on the fun!

Still getting settled with the new school year starting for me and the kids, so I'd still be in and out, but don't worry, I've got so much tablescapes coming up, it'd be worth the wait!

For now, I want you to be inspired as I was when I saw these white tables. Gorgeous!

From Blue Creek Home dot com

From Jennifer Carroll Events

Hugs to all! Kathleen, thank you for hosting another "pristine" event. ;-)

TABLESCAPE IDEAS: ("Brain" is buzzing) Can't come up with a table with what you have? Simple! Go online and grab simple ideas that represent the color scheme of your dinnerware and linens. Follow the layout, but give it your own twist!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

August Hates Me!

It would seem, to further complicate things, this computer problem is now fixed, but my schedule just got crazier!

Between PTA audits, school shopping and registration (for me- Sociology & Advanced Excel to earn further teaching credits), reading programs, cleaning, laundry, organization, errands, menu planning and learning all kinds of tricks to stretch Lincoln further, I only have time to keep up with one blog, our family one (darn daily blogging challenge!)

If you don't mind visiting me there, I'd love to see you over and be part of our family's adventure- Complicated Simplicity

I will have to leave you all again but I'll be back for the "Let There Be White" event over at Kathleen's on August 25th. My visits maybe close to none until then as well... Until then, I'll miss you...

TABLESCAPING IDEA: (brain is so exhausted) No reason to dress up the table, make one up! Don't worry about rules, concepts or others' standards. Make your own and have fun!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What I Missed Doing...

Hosted by Dixie and Susan


(Utah mountain ranges in Salt Lake Valley) *sigh*
*quietly* Thank you much to both of our hosts and to all of you who came by. Our computers' almost fixed that's why I'm glad for WW. I don't have to type much. LOL

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Grrr! Only One Pink Picture Got In!

Aaargghhh! My computer's really whacko! Now some of my pictures are hidden! I can't see half of them and I know they were there just last Thursday... I can't even the icon for PS! And I can't copy pictures online! *fuming*

So, I guess today, all I have is for Pink Saturday with Beverly...

I took a picture of this pretty cluster of pink roses on the side of my in-laws' home. Aren't they pretty?
I want my computer back.... *sobbing*

Hope you all are having a great weekend! (Once I tell the Mister, I'll be off for a while for sure.) ;-(

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Seaside Story (On Your Table)

Hosted by Susan and Leigh

Since I've been away awhile, let me welcome you back to my blog with a little story brought in by the breeze of the nearby shore...

"On the Water's Edge"

A bag of shells

One day, out in the blue horizon, a family spotted a passing sailboat. Her name, SS Chandy. But what they didn't know, was that the occupants of the sailboat were admiring their "on the water's edge" picnic they were having!
See? They were so close that the high tide came in and crept up under some of their plates! Look at the beautiful shells they were able to collect with each lap of the water...
As it got dark, they erected three candles, to light their evening picnic and stabilized each one with the big shells they found. The crew of SS Chandy was enthralled...
They seem to love shells of all kind! And they were even thrilled that a starfish joined the group and made him a focal point on this mollusk centerpiece!
A big scallop shell, various curly ones holding down the napkins that seem to emulate the various seaweed they passed by.
Here are more shells... from different species of mollusks!
SS Chandy focused on the very end of the picnic area and admired this big scallop shell. Oh how, they wanted to eat some now... and all manners of delicious seafood!
Each plate seemed to have their own shells as a napkin anchor and how the crew liked the utensils were not plastic at all.
There were so many different kinds and the colors, amazing! Black, green, white, tan, peach, purple, gray, brown, coral and hints of yellow... a rainbow out of the sea!
Their lenses couldn't tell very well, but he thought that this shell below, had a glint of purple while the spiral one was a soothing shade of peach and tan...
Then he realized that the family looked back at the sailboat the whole time, admiring the blue sea it's sitting on. How they wished they could yell out and invite them over...
The family took a closer look... a white sailboat against the majestic turqoise below, a scene only a perfect day can concoct, they thought.
The sailboat, was impressed also with the glasses, from the boat, it looked like freshly heated grains of sand to form a drinking vessel just for this occasion.
In the end, the family thoroughly enjoyed their surf-n-turf meal; curious about the people on the sailboat. As for the crew of SS Chandy, they longed to get to shore and experience a whole new adventure, a picnic "on the water's edge"...

Hope you liked my story... I missed you all, but our computer is still really acting up and since my teen needs a computer for before school things, I can only post for a while and maybe sneak in a few visits. I can't wait til' it's all fixed and I can keep blogging!

The plates I used is my Mulberry "Mocha Swirl" plates. It's spiral and iridescent look reminds of a "mother of pearl" which made it perfect for this setting. The utensils, Hampton "Lace". Napkins, Home, "Bamboo Garden" and the placemats, dark brown woven seagrass! The glasses, a wonderful find at Marshall's...

To our lovely hosts, Susan and Leigh, my utmost thanks for keeping me on my toes. This tablescape was done in honor of our company, Michelle, leaving to go back home. She and my middle daughter helped me put this table together.

My Thrifty Thursday focus, the shells! They are from the Philippines, found them at Ross for only $5.99! I saw smaller ones at Walmart being sold for $10 so for the size difference and where they came from, I say that is a thrifty take on a major score!

Please be patient with me, August is our whacked out crazy month. LOL

Monday, August 3, 2009

Computer's Whacko!

Hi all! Our computer's being silly so I don't know when I'll be back. The Mister is on it now, but his diagnosis is grim... We're talking new hard drive possibly! Yikes!

Heart and missing all of you, but can't stay on long...

Hope to see you all soon!

Niceties first

HELLO AND WELCOME to this blog dedicated to my obsession of tablescapes, and ONLY TABLESCAPES!
That means that whatever I post will be redirected to tablescapes or you will see tablescapes or the dishes and glassware that I used AND wish to use.
I hope you like you what you see; but you can't do that unless you take the tour- the TABLESCAPE TOUR that's on the side bar! I'd also love to take you on my adventures on finding great dinnerwares to display and use while leaving some serious change in your pocket, so stay a while and see all of my great deals!
Wanna know the reason behind the madness, too? Then make sure to read, Why this blog for my philosophy.