Wednesday, March 28, 2012

German Chocolate Cake With Candied Flowers

Our kids came home for Spring Break so we decided to make a German Chocolate Cake.
Edible flowers make the cake look so pretty.
Wash the pansies off and dry them.
Paint them with egg white wash.
Sprinkle them with superfine sugar and let them dry on a rack in a warm place for a few days.
Try different edible flowers that are
 in season right now.
 Have Fun!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Garden Tea Cart

Having a tea cart is a great accent 
piece for your garden. 

I  use it to serve my tea or coffee on. 
It's fun to decorate it for the holidays. 
It's a added piece of furniture 
without taking up a lot of space.
It's made of wrought iron 
and has a glass table top.
Some added stamped candles
 for a romantic night.
Some roses for color.
 Thyme plants set the mood
  for a nice relaxing afternoon.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pink Cupcakes

I spent the day making pink cupcakes.
I think one of my favorite colors is pink.
All lined up ready for to be eaten.

After I made them, I sat outside in the garden
 and enjoyed the sunny weather with dessert.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our Chandelier Hummingbird Nest

We had a wonderful surprise 
happen to us this weekend.
 A visit from a hummingbird in our chandelier. 
It found the nest from 
last year and decided to stay.
I am lucky because I can see it from our upstairs bedroom.
The birds were busy feeding today.
I noticed the hummingbird 
was working on it's new home.
Making the nest just right.
Beautiful green feathers.
There was one egg the first day.
Then a surprise the next day, two eggs...
Can't wait to see the babies.
The mother dove is back making
 a nest in the staghorn fern again.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rustic Vintage Arches

We had an old wrought iron gate
 that fell apart. 
So, we decided to recycle it. 
We painted it white.

 Don't you think it looks better?
The white color will make 
them more noticeable.
We had two arches from the gate.
 We found just the right spot, near one of
 our miniature gardens.
Can you see the other arch through 
the window above the bench?
My next project is to make 
a garland to hang from it.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

My friend, Jackie made this card for me.
I couldn't wait to share it..
I love the old Irish Blessing...
Thank you, Jackie, love the card.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blooming Jasmine

The Jasmine looks so
 beautiful in bloom this year.
The smell is so fragrant.

It's pretty growing on a standing arch,
 trellis or fence.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Heart of Roses

Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Hamatreya"

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...  ~Susan Polis Shutz

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Apples & Pears

What a wonderful combination.
Apples & Pears
My mother-in-law, Mary, 
helped cook an
 Apple and Pear Crisp for dessert.
She is turning 87 years old in July
 and loves to help in the kitchen. 
Our niece, Katlynn, helped too!
Lots of fun telling old stories 
and making each other laugh.
Cooking with the family is so important, especially when we don't live near each other. 
It's always a time to 
reconnect and enjoy memories.
A little of this and a little of that!
Apple Pear Crisp With Fresh Whipped Cream
Bon Appetit!

Ina Garten's
Apple and Pear Crisp Recipe


For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Peel, core, and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch oval baking dish.
For the topping:
Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.
Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.
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