I don't even know where to begin! I think that I will just start slowly with what all has been happening since I last posted which has been sooooo long! I am back to working full time. I was pretty much not working while I had been blogging and it has been so hard for me to find the time now. Even though we are empty nesters there doesn't seem to be enough time to do all that I want to do!
I have decorated for Fall & will be starting Halloween so I wanted you to see my decorations before that is added. I'll just let the photos do the talking...
You know my post would not be complete without a photo of our Lucy. She has been doing great!
This title says it all -- it is just Mini Sweet Peppers with String Cheese.
I found this on Pinterest with nothing but the heating instructions. So, I don't know who to give credit. I found the sweet peppers at Walmart, but they also have them at Kroger - so you should be able to find them at a grocer near you.
I rinsed and dried the sweet peppers -
Cut a little slot across the top under the stem - then slit them -
Using a teaspoon - try to get most of the seeds out - they were all at the top -
Take a stick of the String Cheese and cut in either thirds or halves depending on the size of the peppers and place them inside the pepper -
I sprayed my broiler pan with Pam and placed them on it (I only made up half the bag of peppers this time) -
Broil them for approximately 10 minutes - keeping an eye on them -
These were so good and Mr. Cardigan just raved about them!!!!!!
As you know I put up a huge amount of Christmas decorations and it also takes me forever to put it all away. Especially since it is a job that I hate and brings me no joy! In this box (almost all is in totes except a couple boxes) I have put away and wrapped most of the decor from my Mittens & Skates tree. It has sat on the couch for several days and Lucy finally got the urge to inspect it -
She warmed them up for a bit. I hope that I packed them well - Lucy is not exactly tiny!!!!
I am linking to Designs by Gollum's Foodie Friday. Just click here for all the super recipes!!!
Also, linking to Shaken Together Life's Creativity Unleashed Linky Party. Click here to see the fab recipes.
Yesterday I was treated to a mother/daughter day for my birthday treat and it began with tea!!
It started here -
This is the Sweet Shalom Tea Room in Sylvania, OH. You can check them out by visiting their web site by clicking here. If you get to NW Ohio - please plan or schedule a visit. This day's theme was Downton Abbey.
You can click on the menu if you need a better look. The tables were beautifully arranged and we had our own name card, too.
Everything was served in courses and you chose the type of tea you would like whenever you wanted. We tried the Black Currant, Winter White Earl Gray, & the Gen Maicha Green Tea (this one we had twice!) during our visit there.
First, we had a Scone with double cream & jam -
Next, was the Salmon Kedgeree -
A tiered dish was served with Artichoke Cheese Bake, Beef with Yorkshire Pudding (tied for my fav), Cucumber Tea Sandwich, Mushroom Pate, Apple Charlotte (the other half of my fav), & Sponge Cake -
My daughter must eat gluten free and when she made our reservation she made that request for herself. She reminded them when we were seated and that is why you might notice a little difference in the above photo. See the Beef w/Yorkshire Pudding in the ramekins - mine is on the left but hers on the right was minus the pudding! They made something comparable for her to match or resemble what I was served. Our special thank you to them!
The final course was Kashmir Cream with Triple Berry Compote -
A program on Downton Abbey was presented with little tidbits on the area where it is located, the estate, and the characters.
I was so impressed how the mantel was decorated -
This tea lasted 2 hours and we had a very enjoyable time!!! I would definitely love to do it again and am so thankful for my daughter treating me to this!!!!
All Lucy wanted to know was did I bring anything back for her -
I am linking to The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays. Just click here to look at the great ideas!!
I have been loving reading other blogs for a while. I thought that maybe if I was accountable by posting on a blog that I might accomplish more. We will see! Here are some of my current "loves" (besides blogs): decorating for all holidays, crafting, cooking and baking, traveling, shopping, some reality shows, Dancing with the Stars, Real Housewives, getting together with my "YaYa" girlfriends,and most of all My Family!!