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Happy Spring and Fairy Gardens

Well it’s officially Spring!  Is it warm where you live?  It is feeling more like Spring here in Alabama.  In honor of the first day of Spring I thought I’d share with you the fairy gardens we made last year! These were so fun to make!  Don’t you just love miniature anything?  Fairies are surrounded with whimsy and imagination.  Watching my girls light up as we placed the furniture around and secret door by the tree was awesome.  I wish they really…

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July 4th Giveaway

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know Hostess Jo is giving away a great party pak to help you celebrate the 4th of July over at Pizzazzerie! Leave Courtney a comment and you are entered to win all of these: Flag Chip and Dip Fireworks Napkin Ring Set Fireworks Bottle Stopper Set Join Pizzazzerie and Hostess Jo's Facebook groups and get extra entries! While you're there be sure to check out Pizzazzerie's fun party posts and get great inspiration for your…

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Fruity Cups

As promised, here is the recipe for the fruit cups from the "Love in Bloom" shower.  They have such pretty color and taste great too.  Perfect for your Mother's Day brunches this weekend. Fruity Cups 1 can peach pie filling 1 can mandarin oranges-drained 1 large can of pineapple chunks-drained 1 large container of frozen, sliced, sweetened strawberries thawed 1 green grapes 2-3 red delicious apples chopped 2-3 bananas chopped Mix everything together the night before except for the apples and bananas.  Mix…

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Shimmering Dessert

There will be a lot of champagne flowing over the next few days!  Whether you are toasting on New Year's Eve or sipping Mimosas at your New Year's Day brunch, it's always fun to serve and drink.   Here is a tasty twist on the traditional Mimosa.  Mimosa Granita Yield: 8 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup) Ingredients 1  cup  sugar 1  cup  water 3  cups  fresh orange juice (about 10 oranges) 2  cups  Champagne or sparkling wine 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice…

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Aruba, Jamaica…

My mouth actually watered a little when I read this cocktail recipe.  It combines two of my favorite summer, beachy drinks into one!  Enjoy! Coconut Margarita   Serves 2 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus 2 tablespoons for glasses (about 5 limes) 3/4 cup Coco Lopez or cream of coconut 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila 1/4 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a rimmed…

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End of Summer Party Inspiration

I love that Sunflowers are making a big comeback for late Summer decorating!  They are so bright and cheerful.  To me they signal that Fall is not far away (thank goodness!).  Here are a few ideas for incorporating them into your End of Summer Parties: The yellow and dark brown really make an impact on this table setting.   These plates would be perfect for an end of summer gathering.  They are rustic and earthy.     This sunflower table decor…

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What a Centerpiece!

Here is the perfect centerpiece for your luaus, tiki parties, or end of summer gatherings.  I love the bold statement it makes!  This would work great outdoors or indoors.  BONUS:  serve the fruit to your guests or make a fruit salad after the party for your family.  You will also get a lot of use out of the galvanized buckets.  For a centerpiece that lasts- look for faux fruit.  There are many realistic varieties in craft stores these days.   How…

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Not Just for the Birds

Check out this cool idea for displaying your drinks in the Summer heat!   Most of us already have a bird bath.  Just clean it out and cover the inside with plastic wrap.  Fill with ice and insert your punch, soft drinks, wine and water.  They also decorated this one with blooms.  This would be lovely for an outdoor reception or bridal shower. (photo from bhg.com)…

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Crudite Centerpiece

I just love this centerpiece idea from Martha!  BONUS-it doubles as your appetizer server.  So easy to do and looks great too.   How-To: Buy a large deep galvanized metal planter at your local hardware store.  Fill the bottom with sprouts (alfalfa maybe) and pour in enough water just to moisten them.  Arrange your favorite veggies and serve with a light dip.  Voila! (photo from marthastewart.com)…

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Cool and Spicy Salad

There's nothing better to have on a hot summer evening than a cool salad.  This salad looks delicious with its spicy seasonings and its cool sour cream dressing.  YUM. Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad   Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/2 cups) Ingredients Dressing: 1/3  cup  chopped fresh cilantro 2/3  cup  light sour cream 1  tablespoon  minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce 1  teaspoon  ground cumin 1  teaspoon  chili powder 4  teaspoons  fresh lime juice 1/4  teaspoon  salt Salad:…

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