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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

CONTEST inspired by A Christmas Card Tradition

My holiday season begins when the first Christmas cards arrive in the mail.  I place them in the center of our dinner table and we enjoy opening them together and seeing how our family and friends have grown in the past year. Some friends get creative with photoshop tricks while others still send the "annual" letter sharing ALL the highlights of their year.  Overall we receive the traditional photo cards from, Kodak Gallery and (the most popular this year).  The highest quality cards always come from Tiny Prints which is where I bought custom made embossers for a few new homeowners.

When the season ends, I can't bear to throw the cards away so I file them in a Flip-its© Photo Frame (pictured above). After 10 years of filing, you can pull out a sleeve and see how the family has grown and the lives have changed.  It is a great way to reflect upon the people who mean the most to you in your life.  

As I was inserting 2011 pictures above the past years, I was inspired to have a photo contest. UPLOAD your Christmas Card to the 30daysof...fanpage and the card with the most votes will win a DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME. 

Begins: January 1st, 2012
Last day to enter: January 15th, 2012 at midnight
First Day to vote: January 16th - (like only count on 30daysof...fanpage)
Ends: January 31st at midnight

Be sure to follow my Captured Moments Board on Pinterest.
There is some amazing inspiration for your cards for 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pear, Brie and Pecan Bites

See the love shaped like a pear...see all the other ways I found love.
This recipe was begging me to make it.  First I purchased a box of pilsbury crescent rolls from Costco thinking I would be using them to bake over the holidays.  Instead I made Bacon Wrapped Dates - delish. Then I purchased a block of the Rondele double créme Baby Brie but I ate that as my snack for the entire week with some crackers and raspberries. So I had to get another one.  I am always trying to do something with pecans, so when I found this recipe on the back of the Pilsbury Crescent Roll box, it was an absolute necessity that I bake them. All I needed were the pears.  Luckily we received a box of Harry and David Pears on Christmas Day. 

*If you are trying to save calories and don't want to use the crescent rolls, place the pear filling in a bowl and serve with Karr's Crackers.

1 can of crescent dinner rolls rolled out then cut into squares
1 pear peeled or 1 1/2 cups diced small (Harry and David preferably)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
8 oz of Brie Cheese (Rondele is a great brand to try)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Separate the dough into two long rows and cut into squares. Gently press i square into a muffin cup (it will not completely cover the inside of cup)
Cube the cheese and Place one cube of the brie cheese on the bottom of each cup
Mix the pear, brown sugar, honey, and cayenne pepper and spoon 1 teaspoon on top of the brie cube.
Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the pear mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm.

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