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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 2014

sunflower

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 

TO ALL

FATHERS,

STEP-FATHERS,

GODFATHERS,

GRANDFATHERS

GREAT-GRANDFATHERS

AND ALL FATHER FIGURES IN OUR LIFE.

My Flower Garden – May 2014

May 2014 blooms- Eastside patch

Spring this year had a slow start, with quite cold nights, and numerous very rainy days.

Summer is almost here, and my perennial flower garden is in full bloom.

Today I will share some pictures of my gorgeous blooms.

Columbine 3

These blooming Columbine are from seeds my sister sent to me from Krakow, Poland.

I seeded them last year, and this spring transplanted the plants to space them out more symmetrically throughout my East-side flower patch.

Columbine 1

These are beautiful double-blooms of light lavender Columbine.

Columbine 4

Here is a bunch of paper-white gorgeous blooms of my Columbine collection.

Columbine 2

These dark purple Columbine flowers are a different type, as you can see.  They are not the double-blooms, but rather resembling little bells hanging downward.

Orange flowers

These flowers are a mystery to me, since they just appeared in my garden this spring, and I almost pulled them out as weeds.

I am so glad I gave them a second chance to grow to maturity, and now am enjoying their lovely bright orange blooms.

Nature's beauty

These are the easiest flowers to maintain, since they seed themselves from year to year, and you never know where they will appear.  I absolutely love their delicate blooms in many different shades.

May 2014 blooms

Wouldn’t you agree that blooming plants are very therapeutic and relaxing?

I love working in my garden after work, and in my free time, just to relax my mind, and to be close with nature.

Please share your thoughts and experience about your gardening adventures.

 

Cottage Cheese PancakesAs I was looking through a cooking magazine, I came across a recipe for cottage cheese pancakes.

The recipe sounded quite interesting, so I could not wait to test it out, by preparing it for my family.

I altered the original recipe, hence posting my version.

If someone does not care for cottage cheese, I think ricotta cheese would be a suitable substitution.

These pancakes are very moist, but not that sweet.

My grandchildren really enjoyed them served with blueberry pie filling, or maple syrup.

This recipe yields 10 medium size pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. Mix with an electric mixer for 5 minutes. (You can also use a blender)
  3. Heat a frying pan with 2 Tbs. of Canola oil to 350 degree F.
  4. Pour 3 Tbs. of batter onto a hot pan, and fry 2-3 minutes per side, turning over once.
  5. Serve warm with your favorite topping, or syrup.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY 2014

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

MAY 11, 2014

 

Mother's Day Bouquet

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

 TO

ALL THE SPECIAL WOMEN

IN OUR LIVES.

Waffle bowls filled with fresh fruit Ice Cream Cone Birthday Cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

Another birthday party rolled around for my “little princess” granddaughter, who turned six years old.

This time she asked for an “Ice Cream Sundae” birthday party theme, so her mom, once again, went all the way out to make it exciting.

Today I will share some of the party moments I captured with my camera.

Ice Cream Cone bouquet

Outdoor Ice Cream Cones decor

 

 

There were plenty of ice cream cone type of decorations throughout the indoor and outdoor, as you can see at least two of these in the above picture.

Jelly beans ice cream cones, and rice krispies treats

Jelly beans ice cream cones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream cone marshmellow snacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a large selection of sweet snacks, before the birthday brunch.

Some of which were Rice Krispies, decked out with decorative ice creams, ice cream cones filled with jelly beans, and ice cream shaped marshmallows.

 

Yummy snacks - Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party

Oh yes…..there also was a nice display of fruit snacks, as well as variety of crackers, cheeses, mini kobasie (kabanos), sweet and savory dips and chips.

Ice Cream Sundae Brunch Food 1

Ice Cream Sundae Brunch Food 2

The Brunch Menu included Tri-Color Pasta Salad, Nirchi’s Pizza, Roast Beef Au Jus and buns, Breakfast Casserole, Quiche, and Waffles with syrup.

Ice Cream Sundae Toppings - Nuts Free

  Ice Cream Sundae Toppings - containing nuts

All set wtih ice cream bowls, spoons, plates, banana split boats

Here I would like to display all the “necessities” for ” Make your own Ice Cream Sundae”.

These included special ice cream bowls with matching spoons, banana split boats, and myriad of toppings to satisfy the “everything on it” and the “nut free” crowd.

Create your own Ice Cream Sundae

All the ice cream lovers lined up nicely next to the “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” station.

Good thing the weather was great, so the event took place outdoors….as some of those creations gave way to gravity….and had to be recreated from scratch….:-)

It was a great success!!

They had more fun making these sundaes, than eating them.

Many of these fancy creations got abandoned shortly afterward, to melt in the sun, while the little guests got busy running around and playing.

 Decorate your own Ice Cream Server hat

One of the indoor activities included decorating your own ” Ice Cream Server” hat, as you can see how intensely and diligently the girls are working on this project.

They did a beautiful job, but forgot to wear them to the Ice Cream Sundae Making Station…oh well.

Ice Cream Sundae Thank You Favors Bags

Once the sweet treats depleted and the “sugar high” energy burned out, the party bunch was ready to go home for a nap.

They were sent off on their way with a colorful bag full of treats, stamped with ice cream cones (which the birthday girl decorated herself), and a nice Thank You note.  They also got to keep their special ice cream bowls with matching ice cream cone spoons.  Nice!

What a great party this was.

Can’t wait for another birthday party to photograph, and to share with you.

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