Old-Fashioned Lemonade

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Old Fashioned Lemonade

This weekend, I'm working on the design for a boy's baby shower, and we are going to serve fresh lemonade for guests. I wanted to share this recipe with you as it's perfect for a spring or summer party! Old-Fashioned Lemonade 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Peel of 1 lemon Juice of 6 lemons Sliced lemons, limes and fresh mint for garnish In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil, add … { read more }

Three Trifle Desserts

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Strawberry and Banana Trifles
Baby Shower Lemon Trifle Dessert

Lemon Trifle Trifles are delicious individual desserts at a baby shower or bridal luncheon in the spring. Serve them topped with a flower to match your color theme! To complete this recipe, you will need a pound cake (try this delicious recipe), vanilla ice cream and one recipe of lemon sauce. Lemon Sauce 2 cups sugar 1 cup butter 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice 4 large eggs, slightly … { read more }

Baby Shower Luncheon: Pressed Sugar Bassinets

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Pressed sugar bassinet for baby shower
Pressed Sugar Baby Bassinet

Charming Baby Shower Luncheon How easy is it to design an elegant centerpiece for a baby shower luncheon - Just gather up old or borrowed dolls and place in a small carriage or doll's chair. When guests arrive, offer them a glass of punch in a tall wine glass. Tie a miniature pink rose bud with a thin piece of blue satin ribbon on each glass stem. As favors for each guest, make sugar bassinets … { read more }

Spring Salads: Parmesan Cups

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Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad 1 1/2 pounds peeled, cooked large shrimp 1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced Lemon-Basil Marinade (or a simple EVOO/lemon mix) 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 8 cups salad greens 4 parmesan baskets Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing (or your favorite vinaigrette!) Place shrimp and next 4 ingredients in a large zip-top … { read more }

Top 10 Tips for Easter Tables

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EasterTables

(1)  Choose your colors! Easter is full of beautiful pastels from blues and greens to yellows and pinks. Pick a couple to be your focus, however.  A rainbow table is one thing, but for Easter, choose colors that compliment each other.  We chose sunshine yellow and peaches as our color inspiration! (2) Remember "height" for your centerpiece! Centerpieces are great ways to take your tablescape to … { read more }

Cocktails Before the Symphony

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Bellini champagne and delicious marinated shrimp will be the star attraction for cocktails with friends before the symphony or a night out on the town. Gather around the piano and let the good times roll! Bellini Champagne 1 peach, pureed (or 4 oz of peach nectar) 8 oz champagne dash of grenadine Pour pureed peach into bottom of tall fluted glass.  Slowly add champagne and top with dash of … { read more }

Country Rooster Party + Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

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Something To Crow About (2)

Country charm rules the roost on this table setting. Do you have special memories of a cake your grandmother made for breakfast? This is my great-grandmother's recipe for old fashioned pound cake and it is outstanding with morning coffee (or diet coke if you're like me).  It can easily be topped with strawberries or a chocolate drizzle to jazz it up! A good recipe shared with others will live … { read more }

Top 7 Easter Appetizers

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Easter Appetizers

      1. Easter Plates by Sur La Table 2. Proscuitto-Wrapped Mango Bites 3. Bruschetta-Goat Cheese Cups 4. Basil-Cheese Roulade 5. Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Pimiento Cheese 6. Curried Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches 7. Gorgonzola Truffles 8. Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles images: Easter plates - Sur La Table, Easter Appetizers - Southern … { read more }

Pink Baby Shower

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pinkbabyshower

Pink Kisses 2 egg whites, room temperature 2/3 cup sugar (we use Domino's) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional) Red Food Coloring Turn the oven to bake at 375. Next beat the egg whites until they hold peaks. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Add two drops of red food … { read more }

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Leprechaun Lime Punch Ingredients 5-3/4 cups refrigerated citrus punch 2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup lime juice 1 quart lime sherbert, softened 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled 5 drops green food coloring Lime slices Directions: In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the citrus punch, limeade, sugar, lime juice and sherbert; stir … { read more }