Archive | May 2012

Flowers do a Garden Good

Awww such a delight to see the flowers in bloom, and more buds appearing in the garden pathways.  I don’t know, but I think all this rain has been nice for my garden beds, I sure have been lucky to have gotten away with dragging the hose about so far.  Can’t wait for my peonie’s to show their flowery blooms ( my favorite!).  The phlox, the grasses, the lilies poking their heads getting ready to show off their fiery orange petals.

   Pretty in Pink

We made a mosaic stepping stone a little over a month ago, and we have now added it to Hillary’s Garden.  So pretty  😀

I have a variety of hostas in several of my gardens.  They are more of a shade loving plant, and usually they have long stem like flowers that bloom

later in the summer. 

These guys really enjoy my hostas too….  Oh they can be so annoying nipping at the leaves for their daily snack,  BUT they are so CUTE!!

Celebrity Apprentice…Arsenio??

Well as you know Arsenio Hall won Celebrity Apprentice 2012.   I was not voting for him, I think Clay Aiken would have been a better choice, but hey that is just my opinion.  I was going for Lisa Lampanelli until she got axed by the Don.  Geez, and for being emotional??  I believe Arsenio was emotional more than a few times, right?  Okay Okay I know, being realistic, Lisa does have a mouth on her, but firing her for crying in the boardroom when Arsenio himself did it as well?  Hmmm?

Cafe Cappuccino Ice Cap

Another great summer drink I like to make is the Iced Coffee Drink.  If you are a coffee lover, and are in need to cool off on a hot summer day, try these.  I think homemade are the best!


–   1 Cup Cold Black Coffee  (brewed is best, you can adjust how light or dark you like it by adding more or less coffee).

–   3/4 Cup Cream 15%  (you can use half and half, 10%, even milk or skim milk, your drink will just not be as rich or thick).

–   2 Tblsp. Sugar (you can use more or less, depends how sweet you want your drink)

–   Lots of ice!

–   Some whipped topping.  Makes about 4 servings (6 if they are not too big!)

In a Blender, add the first four ingredients.  Use the ice crush setting and then blend.  Pour into prepared glasses and top with a dollop of whipped topping.   Awwww heaven….

Mojito’s For Kids Parties

For my Survivor themed kids party last weekend, I made up a batch of Mojito’s (Of course with NO Alcohol, although at 2:00 in the morning listening to the noise they were making in the tents, I think my neighbours wished I would have put a shot or two of rum in the drinks, maybe they would have slept better!  Ooops hahaha).  I used cute little blue martini glasses (plastic, no injuries here),  the girls loved them, they were asking for more!


–  7-up or Sprite 2Litre Bottle

–  Our Finest Mojito Mocktail  (3 Cans 250ml each)

  about 3 cups ice

–   Sliced Limes

–   Mint Leaves

Put the first three ingredients in a blender and blend, you can use the ice crusher setting first and then blend.  Pour into your prepared glasses and top with a sliced lime and mint leaf, awwww so refreshing and citrus on a hot day!      🙂


Party Games Survivor Style

We had a “Survivor” Themed Party here last weekend.  I just wanted to share a game that I crafted up, a game that we are all familiar with,  adults and kids alike.   The Memory game, survivor style.  I am sure we have all seen the “Survivor Memory Game” played on the television series, although that game is more technical in it’s layout, this game is more simple and you can do it right at home!  


–   Black foam cardboard (the pieces you need depends on how many boards you want to make.  I cut my boards to 11″x9.25″  inches).

–   Shipping Tape in Clear (it’s easier if you have a tape gun, and this step is optional)

–   Colour Printed Photos (the same size as your board, and you need 2 of each design.  I went with a survivor theme for picture choices).

–   Glue Stick  


Cut out all your boards.  You can make them bigger, you can make them smaller, it’s all up to you.  Just make sure they are all the same size.  Cut out all your pictures to the same size as the boards.  (I had 24 pictures in total).   Glue each picture with the glue stick to the foam board.  If you are not using the shipping tape, you will have to use quite a bit of the glue stick to make sure the pictures are glue properly to the board.  When the boards are completely dry, I carefully taped the entire board with shipping tape, front and back, this protects my “Memory Game” for many future uses at other parties.   It is less costly than having them plasticized (which is another good idea).  When setting up your game, remember to either set up the boards facing down all horizontally or all vertically.  I played this game in teams, our survivor party had “Two Camps”, each team was timed, and whoever completed the game the fastest, WON!  

This is a great easy game that everyone has fun with.  You can always change your pictures to match whatever theme you are doing. 

Chirp, Chirp… Tweet, Tweet…

I was so happy I FINALLY had some visitors to my new “Birdhouses”.  Purchased last week, I was beginning to think none of the birdies liked my new homes  😦

 So this morning I was surprised to see both of the homes were happily feeding some new visitors .


If only these guys would learn to share…

Bags By WILL

I have to say this is going to be one of my “Favorite” items this year.  These gorgeous bags from  WILL LEATHER GOODS (An Adler Family Co.) are  just beautiful.  I love the look of the bag, they have that old vintage look, a bag you just want to throw over your shoulder not just for it’s style and excellent use, but because you know the comfort it is going to have and the feeling it is going to give you.    The two bags pictured were purchased by a friend and he had to come and show them off to me! They are simply gorgeous.  The larger Navajo styled bag has a cool distressed leather strap, is the perfect weekend bag.  The smaller bag in a khaki color with tan straps, has a bit of a weathered look, great everyday bag.   

I had to take some pictures of them in the garden .   I think they are HOT!

This is an amazing video!

Check out this super cool version of  Lmfao’s hit song  “Sexy and I know it” .   

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Pizza Pizza Mamma Mia

After many years of trying different recipes to make the perfect pizza dough, I think I have finally found one.  Actually, I have been making this recipe I stumbled on for a few years now and believe it is one of the best (haven’t changed yet).  You can make a thick crust, a thin crust, whichever you like and IT IS delicious!  A perfect pizza dough with just the right softness and just the right crispness.  I also have to mention that I use a pizza stone when cooking the pizza.  This I find, makes a difference.  I only paid 12.98 plus taxes for the pizza stone that included a stand, and I think it is all worth the money if you are interested creating your very own pizza’s.  So all you Pappa’s an da Mamma’s, you ready to make da pizza?


–  3  3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

–  2 Tblsp. Yeast

–  1 tsp. Salt

–  2 Tblsp. Honey

–  1 or 2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

–  1 + 1/2 Cup Warm Water

–  Olive Oil Spray and 1 tsp. Olive Oil

–  Any Pizza Sauce  (your homemade one is good too!)

–  Fennel Seeds

–  Veggies, Pepperoni, Cheese

Method:  Preheat Oven to 400.  Dissolve yeast in 1/2 Cup warm water and let it stand for approximately 3 minutes.  In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the yeast mixture, the rest of the warm water (1 Cup), honey and the olive oil into the well.  Mix until it is doughy and sticky.  Now, continue to knead the dough for 15 minutes.  You may need to lightly flour your hands.  Do not use too much flour as this can dry out your dough.  It will be sticky (Arghhhhhh!) to begin with,  but as you knead the dough continuously it will begin to pull away from the sides of the bowl on it’s own.  Continue kneading with the pulling up the dough and bringing it down and punching the dough down with the base of your palm and bringing the dough over and repeating the steps.  It is important to knead for the full 15 minutes.  Dough should be smooth and elastic.  Split the dough into two large balls.  On a cookie sheet, spray lightly with some olive oil and set the balls of dough spaced apart.  Spray a large piece of plastic wrap lightly, and cover the dough with the plastic wrap, oil side down.  Cover the entire cookie sheet lightly with a dish towel and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.   After the dough has risen, carefully remove the plastic wrap.  You can choose to either continue to make your pizza, or refrigerate your dough up to 2 days.  This recipe makes 2 large pizza’s, so you can opt to make one and refrigerate the other dough ball.  If refrigerating, cover well with oiled plastic wrap.   Line your pizza stone with parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with flour.  Next take one of the dough balls, and begin shaping a large circle,  I am no pizza tossing kind of person, LOL,  so I kind of just turn it quickly while stretching the dough and I lay it down on the pizza lined stone and stretch it out to a larger circle from there.   Once I am satisfied with my pizza circle,  I spread about 1 tsp. Olive Oil all over the pizza with my fingers, so much easier than using a basting brush (quicker too!).  I then add the pizza sauce and I sprinkle on the Fennel Seeds.  Load up the pizza with whatever veggies you like, I opted for Green Pepper, Mushrooms and Pepperoni, then add your cheese.  I used the Kraft Shredded Italiano (4 cheeses).  I also added sliced cherry tomatoes on top of half my pizza because some peeps here are so darn picky!!  Yeeesh!   Pop it into the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes.  I rotate my pizza halfway through cooking.  Depending on your crust thickness you may need to adjust your cooking time, so keep your eyes on it.  There you have it, some yummy pizza!