Saturday, March 30, 2013

Well, I stopped in at Pottery Barn and William Sonoma to wish them a Happy Easter…

And a few things just hippity hopped into my cart. Who could resist when WS had 75% of all Easter.


I always try to get there a day or so before Easter , everything is marked down, plus the outlet sent out coupons for 20 off one item.


The above salad plates came to 4 for 10.00 with my coupon.


This platter came to 8.

Here it is filled with the egg cupcakes  and bunny bites which still have to be decorated tomorrow.  The platter will be a hostess gift.


The white PB pitcher will be for my dil. PB only had 50% off their Easter, and they weren’t taking the coupon, strange since you used to be able to walk through from one to the other.  Now they blocked it off.


The PB bunny candy dish is for her too.  I could see that as a sweet centerpiece, stick some oasis in and fill with flowers.


This sugar and creamer was too sweet to pass up.  I don’t know who will get that yet! 

They also had the cake plate and covered bunny casserole.    

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(above pics from Pottery Barn)

I resisted, I had bought enough, but picked them up for someone you know!  :)

I only shop the Outlet, and even then only when it is a good sale.  This was!

My ultimate bargain had me doing the happy dance.  They are listed on the website for $129.00. Can you say almost 90% off?

I’ll show you in my next post.


I have my 120 eggs ready for the  gkids egg hunt tomorrow, but still a few hours of cake decorating ahead.  I finished the hors d’s and vegetables.  There will be 19 adults and 12 kiddies, should be fun!

What ever your plans, I wish you a very blessed Easter!

Thanks for stopping by!

I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Kathe for You’re Gonna Love It Tues.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not Eggs actly Subtle~Let’s Dish # 54


Good evening, Dishers, and welcome to this week’s meeting.

I hope those who are preparing for Easter have all your chicks in a row, and your eggs colored!

Speaking of chicks, the last time Alma, The Tablescaper,  and I were at CTS, she pointed out this very stylin’ Plus Size chick.


She became the centerpiece, nestled in a bed of paper grass, with eggs and chicks and flowers tucked in.

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She lights up via a battery pack that fits in her, umm, bottom!

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I made the tablecloth from wonderful fabric heavy weight  from Duralee.  The design has a green and white cord going through .It was a remnant at the Outlet, and at a dollar I hopped to it, quick as a bunny.  :)

Salt and pepper bunnies from Christmas Tree Shop.

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Purple flatware by Cambridge, a Cmas gift from Alma, green ruffled charger from CTS, orange dinner from $ Tree, Lime polka dot plate trimmed in white, clearance at HG, $1.60.

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Orange stripe salad plate by Syracuse china from the .99 store.

Sweet grosgrain ribbon trimmed napkin with embroidered carrots from Pottery Barn.  Purple ceramic napkin ring by Villeroy and Boch, with a carrot from CTS .

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Pink stem from CTS and tumbler from .99 store. Little pink chick stirrer from my friend, Pam, via a thrift shop.

Egg topiary name holder from CTS, as well as the pink ramekins.

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The glass egg holder is from WSonoma Outlet.

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Definitely an EGGS plosion of color compared to last week’s table!

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Do you have traditional foods you always make for Easter?

We always make Babka , as my dh is of Ukrainian heritage.

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Recipe HERE

Snow peas filled with crabmeat are a favorite appetizer for the Easter meal.

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The Egg cupcakes are a must, for the kids and adults alike! Put the jelly bean on right before serving so it doesn’t bleed into the whipped cream.

The yolk is cream cheese icing tinted yellow.  I make some with chocolate cake too.  They are dipped in chocolate, a bit messy for sure!  Recipe HERE

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If I don’t see you before then, have a wonderful holiday!

We celebrate all of Easter Week, it doesn’t end on Sunday, that is only the start!

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Happy Easter! I am off to fill 120 eggs we need for the egg hunt!


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring, Where are You? Let’s Dish # 53

Good evening, Ladies, welcome to Let’s Dish!  I hear it is Spring!  No one told the weather man here, still pretty cold! 


Thank you to all who have taken part, or stopped by for a visit.

It isn’t a gigantic party, but we have such a great group of dish lovers!  You visit others, leave comments, and we have a good time.

New members are always welcome, if you know someone who shares our hobby, please invite them.  Membership requires some time to visit the entrants, and leave comments for them.

That’s how we get to know one another!

Next, I want to thank all those who entered the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl!  I visited everyone, and just loved seeing all your entries.

Thanks to all those who left comments, and for all the visits you made.  Some got 90 visits!

The winner of the Home Goods gift card is Nana Diana.  Please contact me with your snail mail address.  Congratulations, and happy shopping!

The next Tablescape Challenge is April 24th

THEME is……………………………………………


Remember, it doesn’t have to be a full table.  You can show us a collection you have, or share a recent tablescape purchase.

It does have to be table related, dishes, glasses, linens, centerpiece…you get the idea.

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My inspiration for tonight’s table is this pot of beautiful blue hydrangea I gifted myself for my birthday 2 weeks ago.

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It has 8 beautiful blooms on it, and can be planted, if it ever warms up!

I put it in a basket, and added some baby’s breath.

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I used a hydrangea tablecloth I have had a long time.  The little bird egg salt and pepper sits in a silver tray.

The flatware is by Cambridge and I got it at CTS years ago.

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The stemware and blue pitcher is by Dansk.

Little silver baskets hold a votive candle.  They are by Silvestri.

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The bird nest charger is from PB Outlet, Alma and I scooped them up last year, 2.00

The napkin ring is from World We don’t have that store here.  Napkins I have had for years.


Silver footed egg cups hold the egg with the guest’s name written on it.

The blue bowls I found in clearance at HG.  They were $1.20


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The white dinner plate is a swirled pattern and coupe shaped. They almost look like a big odd shaped egg!

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They were on sale a few years ago for 1.80.  I bought a stack of them, they are great for buffets, and to serve pasta with shrimp etc.

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This is my toned down Easter table, next week the pastels will fly!


The recipe for the Beer Irish Stew I showed last week  is here.

Ladle the stew into individual ramekins.  Make mashed potatoes, add shredded cheddar cheese.  Put in a piping bag and pipe on top of the hot stew.  Bake in the oven a bit till the taters are golden.


Dig in and enjoy! 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Welcome ! The 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl!

Hi! I am Big Paddy, and I’m here to say,
Sure hope you’ll join us to celebrate GREEN Day.
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To take part in the crawl please follow Kathleen
Your post must contain, something Irish or GREEN.
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Irish blood or not, do take part in this crawl,
The posts are terrific, they’re sure to enthrall! :)

Click here for some music!

St. Patrick’s Day cards are mailed, from country to city
The music is playing a fine Irish ditty.
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Get up and dance, for life just flits by,
If you drink some of these, your feet will just fly!
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Let’s start with some STEW made with good Irish beer,
The cheddar laced taters baked on top make us cheer!
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The soda breads are baked, we’ll have some with tea,
Hope you have time, to have some with me!
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Move on to this table , we’ll eat corned beef o’ panini
With lucky potatoes, so crispy and teeny!

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Picture 1980Next table up,  is for those here from old  Cork,
What’s on the menu… boneless ribs of  O’Pork!
There is one more table, with me in the middle
Put on your caubeen, and get out your fiddle!
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The first stop is over, Kathleen is all done,
So now crawl on  through blogland,  I hope you have FUN!
Crawl on, crawl on, not one post  should you miss,
St. Patrick’s Day blessings, and a sweet Irish KISS!

Here’s to the Connollys , of my name I am proud
Now come on, let’s party, no slackers allowed!  ♣

Thanks so much for stopping by!  There will be a drawing for a $25.00 gift card for all followers who leave a comment.
(I will post the recipes and table details in the next post)  Also, the next challenge for April will be announced, so come back to see!  :)
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Please stick to the theme, and no reposts, thanks~
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Please crawl to as many blogs as you can!

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Can you find the 4 leaf clover in the Peggy Karr plate above?
Crawl ON!
Link opens at 7 PM! Thanks so much for celebrating with me The 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl!
Joining Yvonne for TTT
Diann for Thrifty  Things Fri.
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Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday

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