Yesterday the first thing I did after making my first cup of coffee was set the table for Easter.
I love to set the table for special occasions! I use to say that by setting a pretty table my guests would not notice the food was just so so. However, my cooking has improved over the years. Getting all the food hot and on the table is still a struggle.
The pink tulips are for my mom. Why not use them on the table until she takes them home?
Easter would not be Easter without Italian egg biscuits in our house. My mother has made them for as long as I can remember. I made a batch yesterday, using this recipe from our local paper. It calls for anise extract, which either you love or hate, no middle ground here! My mother uses lemon extract, a very subtle flavoring.
The recipe made a lot! After eating three yesterday I knew I had to get them out of the house!
This batch will go to work with my husband.
These will be delivered to friends and family.
I made a few gift tags last month. They add a little something to the biscuits.
Is there a special food you need to have on Easter?
My favorite chocolate treat has to be malted milk balls!
I would like to share a picture of what has been going on in our yard since February. If you look to the right on the side of the page you can see a picture of how our yard looked in August 2010. This is how it looked a few weekes ago. Trees have been cut, shrubs removed and the brick walkway is gone. Right now as I type these words work is going on outside. We built the orignal part of the house in 1983! We added to it in 1992, that is the section with the porch. So you can imagine this is home. The yard was overgrown with trees. There was a lack of sunshine! I had to fight to save a few trees! Believe me, we have sun now! I will take a few more pictures today to show the progress.
I can't believe the last time I blogged was in November! Okay, I do believe it! My creative level was at an all time low, very low. I thought about closing this blog. I thought about creating a new blog, still thinking about that! Today, I thought I might post about the new napkins and flatware I bought for Easter. Where does the flatware go? I didn't have enough forks, really where does it go?
I think I made this little yellow chick in 2010. I wish I would of found it sooner, I would like to make a few more. But, Easter is on Sunday and it is already Tuesday. That doesn't give me a lot of time to make them, but you never know. I did not think I would be posting today either. Well, time to go put a second coat of paint on a new project.
I hope to visit all my favorite blogs today. I think it is time to get back to posting and visiting! What have you all been up to for the past few months?
Last week, I started making new Christmas ornaments. These cute little snowmen are made from wine corks. It is not my original idea, I want to credit Shade Tree Carvings on Etsy, her idea inspired me to make these.
I painted the corks with a light coat of white paint. The hats are made from paper and I attached the heads to the bodies with a toothpick, leaving space to tie on a scarf.
To hang them on the tree I glued a small clothespin to the back of the body.
This is how they started. I have been saving corks for a few years now and I have my friends saving them for me as well. There are a lot of creative ideas out there for using corks. I really like this one.
You are never too
old to set another
goal or to dream a new dream.
Home Sweet Home
Once when I was little
Michael, I miss you more everyday!
Happy birthday to you! September 14, 2010
I was reading my profile tonight, wow boring! Time to bring it up to date! I am still a life long Rhode Islander! I do not see that changing in the near future. I sometimes think about someday retiring in the Carolinas or Georgia. I am married and have two daughters that mean the world to me. My parents live close by and I have a great group of friends! I am not sure if I will ever be happy with my blog. But, it is a way for me to be creative. There are days when I say I am done! I have nothing more to offer and then I look into my craft armoire (old tv cabinet) and a few hours later I have created another post. I can still remember when I found a blog online. I had no idea that this creative world even exsisted! It took me well over a year to start my own blog. I would never be blogging, if my niece did not litterally sit me down and make me. She did it all. I would still be looking and not posting if it wasn't for her. I hope next year (November 2010) I will still be blogging and creating.