Saturday, 18 February 2017

Woodland Baby Shower ideas!

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When Emily approached me about partnering with her to give "Sweet One", my daughter-in-law a baby girl shower....I instantly said, "Yes"! From there it just went "Wild"! Emily and I had so much fun creating a animal forest scape throughout the living, dining and family rooms! Here is how we did it!

The dessert buffet table- I laid a long piece of natural burlap that I purchased at Jo Ann Fabrics on the table then bunched it up to make it appear as if it were ground. This made a great back drop for the log rounds, moss, branches and three tier log round server. When using purchased burlap, make sure you buy ahead and lay it outside for about one week to air. It is treated with formaldehyde and is smelly, but when aired out is goes away. 

 This cute "Woodland Diaper Stroller" I found on Etsy at LilLovebugCreations!

The theme of the shower came from Amy, who is doing a woodland   themed nursery, so, we did a "Woodland Style Shower"!   From the incredible handmade Who-wich sandwiches to the adorable home made take away "Smore's", this shower would make any Mommy-to-be excited for the journey ahead!

The table was easily decorated with branches, bark, moss, bottle brush animals, a Fall table runner (I have had for years) and log rounds. The 12 person table is a great back drop for my decorating, it is a full length cut tree! I found my wood rounds freshly cut one morning when I was out for my 3 mile power walk. I asked if I could come back and load a few in my SUV later and the kind gentleman cutting up the tree said sure! The moss, sticks etc. came from the woods around my son and daughter-in-laws home. Pretty easy picking as that was where the shower was held!

 Themed games 

The buffet lunch-Woodland Themed!

I created these cute little sandwiches to look like owl's and are made with wheat bread (any sandwich bread would work), turkey slices, provolone cheese slices, carrot, candy eyes and held together with Brummel and Brown yogurt based spread (butter or mayonnaise would work too). I used a  4" circle cutter to cut out the two slices of bread, a 1 1/2" cutter for the provolone tummy. After you cut the bread, align the round cutter on the top of the circle bread body, cut the little wings from each piece of bread. Make that same cut in the turkey, so that it is all inside the bread.


 This adorable snail has been in our family for years, made by my late Aunt Gail. It is so cute holding the chunks of cheese or even little chunks of turkey or ham.

 The "Forest Mushroom" Soup was one of the biggest hits! I made ahead and served with a garnish of snipped chives. This delicious soup recipe can be found on the link "Mushroom Soup"! 
I served in this functional  cup and plate combo to the delight of many! I found them at Pottery Barn.

The salad is a "Black eyed Pea" Salad that I had made at Pasta and Company in Bellevue, Wa. 

The refreshment bar consisted of "Pond Water" which I made with ice, water, freshly sliced cucumber and freshly snipped basil.

The "Swamp Water Station" was various white wines and some "Muddy Water Ice Tea"! My wood wine trough came from Pottery Barn!

 My Woodland food markers I purchased from CharleyChuck Designs 
on Etsy!

These cute woodland animals were made by a baker on EtsyLulu Belle Cakes and we purchased the cupcakes at "Trophy Cupcakes" in Bellevue, Wa. Emily and I assembled the morning of the shower. Aren't they adorable?


Candy kisses with "Woodland animal" picture on the bottom


Woodland Animal Cake Pops made by a baker on Etsy.(she is no longer baking) I found this stump on my walk and decided it would be a perfect cake pop stand. I had my son TT drill some holes in it and Wha La!

These cute take away cookies were purchased on Etsy!

And a second take away gift, Emily and I assembled these adorable little Smore's! There is so much love here!

 Emily found this cute memory board. Each guest signed a little wood round and put a message! Adorable! Found on Etsy  there are many to choose from. 

Of course while planning the party with Emily, I was also sewing up a beautiful woodland quilt! 

And a few months later, I painted a mural that Amy wanted for little Katie's nursery!

This shower was so much fun! And now we have little Katie, born in October 2016! I made a smaller "Owl Quilt" for little Katie's birth.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Pork Tenderloin in Lime Sauce

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 This is one of Wee Bear and I favorite dishes! And, I recently had requests by two of my adult children to make this deliciousness for them! I had no idea that Tink loved this dish and TT requested me to make while we are on a our annual ski/snowmobiling trip this year. It is really pretty simple to make, and I was surprised it wasn't already on the blog! 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentines Day Lunch Box

The countdown to Valentines Day is on — and one of the things Mom or Dad can do to celebrate this love-filled day is make a special lunch for her/his tot. Whether you're packing a lunch box or serving your little one at home, these sweet Valentine's Day lunch ideas will have your kiddo head over heels by lunchtime!

When Valentine's Day is on a school-day, send your little Valentines out the door with a sweet lunchbox full of love. Plus, hopefully surprising them with some fun, but healthy, Valentine's lunch options in their lunchbox will help to counteract all of the sugar they're sure to have at their class party!

 Whether your little one likes proschuitto and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, you can cut the bread into a heart shape and make his/her favorite sandwich. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Chocolate Shortbread Hearts

Years ago this recipe was taught to me in a Eva Kenly class. I have made them nearly every year since for Valentines day. It's been my go-to recipe for Chocolate Shortbread Cutouts ever since. It's the easiest recipe ever and the taste is heavenly! Now, years later, my daughter, and now my grand daughter is making these delicious hearts...this pictorial is my daughter Tink(Holly) and grand daughter, Madison Lee (my name sake). Four ingredients, very quick to make and bake!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hidden Heart Pound Cake- JJ's


 A whimsical treat, easy to bake!


How cute is this? I just start smiling as I am cutting through, giddy about how every time it turns out perfect ! This cake is solid and moist, heart is as plain as day and the color not compromised.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Coconut Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A friend of mine, and fellow golfer/sewist told me of this recipe, she said it was her favorite cookie. I thought it sounded a lot like a Mrs. Field's cookie I once had and liked. I asked her to email it to me! 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Superbowl Wingfest- 5 preparations for wings!

Americans eat 1.33 Billion chicken wings at Superbowl 50......yes, that is 1.33 Billion with a B!  With the second most important eating day upon us there is no hotter time of year for chicken wings!