Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Cake Roundup



Easter is just a few days away, why not make your family  a nice and simple cake?  Try my banana pudding cake that children would even enjoy making.


My easy ice cream cake surrounded by pocky sticks and topped with strawberries is delicious and perfect for a nice spring day.



Find this one over at Living Locurto...it is sooo good and refreshing!


Something cute and fun for the kids, carrot garden cupcakes. Love marshmallows.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fun Giveaway At Living Locurto...


Wow! What a great and fun idea! Stop by Living Locurto to get the fabulous details on this fun pinterest party with giveaways!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Proud Mom Post




Back in November, my son, Anderson, was cast in a short film called Bound. Written by actor Brandon Hirsch who has been on tv shows such as NCIS and in the movie Drumline, it touches on very sensitive and adult subject matter. I was blown away by my son's performance and his talent. I never even knew he had it in him!



I am so proud of him and I tell him that and that I love him everyday. Although he will not be able to make it due to the content of the film, if you are in the Nashville area on April 19th and 22nd, stop in at the Nashville Film Festival and give him a watch!



He even made the poster for the movie!

High five, kiddo!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pinterest Love: Easter Egg Ideas

It is no secret that pinterest is the place to be. I find myself checking it out everyday for inspiration. It is just so amazing how much creative juices flow in one place. I can remember when we would have to visit website after website after website and bookmark or favorite what we liked, saving to our computers...but thank goodness NO more! We can now find so much in one place.

With Easter right around the corner, and being that I still have school age kids who loves kidish things, I have been looking for egg ideas. I love love love these!

This is the one I am going to give a go. Isn't it the cutest! The decor on the outside of the egg is made
using PAPER napkins! Love it!  What a way to make it seem like this mama spent hours slaving over creating the perfect eggs when it only took a few minutes! Find the steps over at la receta de la felicidad

Wanna celebrate Easter hipster style? These are so cute and fun. You can find instructions on One Good Thing by Jillie


I am always careful about what I put on the outside of the eggs for Easter. With busy bodied kids peeling to eat them, glitter on the outside as pretty as they look just is not practical. Imagine my excitement when I saw this idea that bypasses the glitter for sprinkles! I love it! Find it at Studio DIY

I am ready for Easter and all the joy it brings. Can't wait to try the napkin and sprinkle ideas!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Candy Milkshake: Living Locurto



If you are like me, the children always get tons of candy at Easter. The day and week after, we still have so much left. Sometimes I end up throwing it away because they become a ball of melted chocolatey mess.  This year I decided to try something different...why not milkshakes. You can always freeze the candy for milkshakes later or why not serve these easy milkshakes to family and friends on Easter!

Check out my recipe and so much more, including Easter and holiday printables and crafts over at Living Locurto!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pinterest Love: Easter Tablescape Inspiration



So I have been scowering pinterest for Easter inspiration. With it right around the corner, I have been busy coming up with a few recipes to share. While looking, I started to venture away from recipe inspiration and towards table inspiration. My mother grew up with her mother always decorating the house for holidays. Not just a centerpiece, my grandmother went all out. She FULLY decorated every room to reflect the holiday. While my mom does not decorate the entire house, she loves setting her kitchen and dining room tables with a holiday inspired centerpiece. Pinterest seemed the most logical place to share some ideas with her.

I found some really cool looking stuff. While the cabinet in my kitchen sits stuffed full of Easter candy, plastic green grass and jellybeans, these tablescapes put what I could possibly muster together to shame. I think I may need to step up my game. lol


I absolutely love the simplistic and slightly country charm of this table by Jenny Steffens



These two tablescapes incorporate the use of white (which is my all time favorite color of choice for dinnerware). It looks so fresh, clean and striking. Find them and more inspiration at Everything Fabulous.


The carrots in this tabescape are so cute! I love the idea of instead of the stems, there is a gorgeous array of fresh flowers. The personalized simple eggs make a great name card alternative. I found this at Love Grows Wild.

I guess, I will go back for more inspiration...I seriously cannot get enough of these gorgeous tables!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Back To Basics...



The weather here, as with most places has been all over the place. Usually, Mississippi has cleared and defined seasons, but this year, we have seen the 70's and 80s one day and then back to the 30s the next.  Seriously, the weather is so indecisive...make up your mind already! Sheesh!

Today was a day of incredible weather. We had sun, we had a light cooling breeze, but minus the still icky brown grass and bare trees, it felt like spring. 

Each Friday, ever since I was a kid, my mom had Fun Food Friday. During the week, we would wash our hands, set the table and sit as a family and enjoy a full course hot meal. On Friday, we came home from school to 'fun food'...my mom's home made pizza, sub sandwiches, tacos, etc. It was stuff we usually would want to indulge on at fast food restaurants but my mom brought it home to us and what made it even more special is that she made it. As a mom, my self, I carry on that tradition on Fridays. Since today was so gorgeous, we decided to take FFF outside. We all sat around made our own sandwiches and talked. With a radio playing softly in the background, we were old school...disconnected from disturbances, enjoying the nice breeze and each other. 

It is amazing how something as simple as going outside can make dinner so much more enjoyable. I plan do do a lot more of this as it gets warmer...even planning a 'camp out' in the back yard for my kids complete with ghost stories and counting stars.  Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. 
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