Appetizers, casseroles, and delicious desserts all your guests will enjoy.

Party Themes

Looking to invite your friends over for a night of fun, these themed parties will entertain them till the party is over.


Creative ideas for instilling your children with memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Looking to redecorate or need some inspiration. These are my favorite looks.

Gifts from the heart

Nothing is more personal than when you make a gift and share it with your loved ones. Here are some creative ideas.

Look for love

My thoughts on love and why you should always look for it. You never know when or where it will show up.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Cut out the shenanigans! Stop talking blarney and be sweet on St. Patrick's Day.  For it was the Irish who originally wanted us all to GO GREEN...and how can you not like tiny leprechauns?  Or are they now called little "green" people?    

So to honor all little "green" people we started a new tradition this St. Patrick's Day...we "shamrocked" the neighbors and the teacher. 

I baked the same sugar cookie recipe I do every month (great to freeze and cut up when the kids come over). I bought a shamrock cookie cutter and got my green on!  I was literally covered in green sparkle by the time it was over.  

While baking and cooling, I printed out my notecards with the You've Been Shamrocked poem written on it - written by ME.  These are available for a $2 donation at the website All of the money raised at is donated to your support is appreciated.  
Ready for the recipe?  Here is it!  
In the meantime, may the GOOD LORD take a liking to you...but not too soon!

I FOUND LOVE in the cookie dough! See it?
1 1/2 cups butter, softened (must be softened, not melted in the microwave)
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I USE Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste from SurLaTable)
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour. This is MANDATORY (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with the shamrock cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper or a clay cookie stone.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.  
Decorate with your favorite vanilla frosting and green sugar sprinkles.  


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Monday, March 14, 2011

30daysof...survival gear

The devastation in Japan is tragic.  Various times throughout my day I stop and think, right now I have the blessing of feeling secure while thousands are without shelter, food, and life.  We know our life can change in an instant but until we see it, this reality doesn't apply.  However this reality does apply today to the citizens of Japan and the victims families.

So if you don't appreciate your current circumstances, please know, they could be one instant.    Due to this fact, I was inspired to put together a survival kit for our family of 3. Below is a list of 30 items (with links) to be included.  

Prayer will be at the top of the list if I actually ever have to use it. 

1. (20) Food Bars
4. (1)   Can Opener

5. (4)  Emergency Blankets or better yet a Bivvy Sack
9. (1)  Roll Duct Tape
11. Out-of-State Contact Card/Drivers License  (see samples to download and complete)


24. Multi-function Utility Tool (include gas shutoff tool and razor blades
27. Rubber Boots

29. Tissue Packs or sanitary wipes or sanitizing gel

30. 5 Gallon Bucket Container or a backpack to carry it all in


There are many survival kits to choose from depending on the size of your family ranging in price from $42.57 - $200.

Did I miss anything on this list?  What would you include?