Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ann of Green Gables {Spring Party}

What do you do when the snow won't go away, spring won't come, and everyone is sick of not being able to go outside?

Have an Anne of Green Gables Tea Party?  That's exactly what we did!  And it was absolutely fantastic!

I started with a book that I got from Sullivan Entertainment not long ago called Cooking with Anne of Green Gables.

And we made Potato Soup along with Apple Cake for our special tea party.  Yum, yummy!

Then we made some tea, got out our special tea set, with sugar, creamer and all, and had a party!  The girls loved it!  {Except for Whitney was not in the mood for pictures, as you will see further in the post!}

Then we put on our Anne of Green Gables music and enjoyed our party.

{I used a lace tablecloth over my turquoise one, and also reused my spring banner from my centerpiece.  I made another banner quickly out of lace hearts and used the lace hearts for under the bowls. }

And here are the pictures of our fun.  Hope you enjoy!

{Recipes at the end of the post}

What a blast!!  The recipes were SO delicious!!  You will want to try them as soon as you can!

Here are the recipes.

Potato Soup

3 to 4 medium potatoes, quartered
3 cups boiling water
1 tsp. salt
2 cups undiluted evaporated milk
1 T. grated onion
3 T. butter
a pinch of pepper
1/2 cup grated cheese (Mozzarella recommended)

Together, cook the potatoes, boiling water and salt in a covered saucepan for 25 minutes, or until tender.  (Part chicken or beef stock may be used instead of water.)  Drain and reserve the liquid and press potatoes through a seive.  Combine evaporated milk, onion, butter, and pepper in large saucepan.  Heat, but do not boil.  Stir in sieved potatoes.  Reheat and add water if necessary.  Season to taste.  Stir in grated cheese.  Heat until cheese melts.  Serve garnished with chopped parsley.  Makes six servings.  

{I didn't follow the soup recipe to a T, but wanted to give you the original recipe anyway.  I added carrots and celery and didn't follow as many steps with the potatoes as they say to.  I just cooked the carrots with the celery first in the water and butter.  Then I added lots of water and the potatoes with the seasonings and cooked everything till it was done.  I am not sure if I have ever followed the recipe of a soup exactly because they are so easy and not much you do can go wrong.  I also would change to cheddar cheese if I made this again because of the stringy nature of mozzarella.}

Apple Cake

2 large eggs
1/2 cup of oil
3/4 cup sugar 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
a pinch of salt
3 T. water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 or 4 apples, sliced and cored

Mix together eggs, oil, water, and vanilla.  Add sifted dry ingredients.  Mix.  Pour half of batter into oiled 8" square pan.  Spread apples over batter.  Sprinkle with 3 T. sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. flour.  Spread rest of batter on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden brown and crusty.  Other fruit mixtures can be used (blueberries, cherries, etc).  

Now all we need to do is make a visit to Prince Edward Island! {grin}
Happy day to all of you! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Trendy Tuesday #29

Welcome to Trendy Tuesday!  So glad to have you all here again. Welcome also to all of the newcomers.  Love meeting new people!

Winter is still hanging around here in the plains.  We can hardly bear the thoughts of having more below zero weather, but it just can't seem to warm up!  You wouldn't even believe how much snow we have right now. 

My GFC follower widget is not loading...does anyone know what's wrong or are you having the same problem by any chance?  

I will have to post some pictures soon.  Hopefully it gets warmer before I have a chance! ha!

I am SO super excited for Easter next week and have been preparing by making some fun Easter crates for the whole family.  You can check out my details about them here.

Here is a taste of what they look like!  I especially like the Peter Rabbit one.  It's just the cutest for some reason.  {grin}

Here are the beautiful features of the week!  Love 'em so much!!

DIY Stenciled Easter Sign from The Happy Scraps

Shutter Washi Tape Organizer from Crafting in the Rain

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Friday, March 22, 2013

DIY Family Easter Crates {and Centerpiece}

I am so excited for Easter!!  I just ADORE everything about this holiday.  

One of my very favorite parts of Easter is putting together Easter baskets to give as gifts.  

This year I decided to do something a little bit different and put together some Easter Crates.  I like how they turned out and hope you can find some inspiration from them too.

First, I started out with some small crates and painted them.  Then I added some plain and colored Easter grass to each of them.

I adore the bright colors for Spring...turquoise, melon, yellow, and spring green.  I always buy my craft paints from Benjamin Moore.  LOVE their shades.

I put a list and pictures of each of my baskets and what I put in them so you can see each item, plus the basket all put together.  Hope you enjoy looking. {grin}  There are LOTS of pictures!

Peter Rabbit Crate

Chicken Wire frame with seed packets (fastened with mini clothespins)
Peter Rabbit Stuffed animal
Peter Rabbit Book
Stuffed Carrot
Seed packets
Cadbury Egg Treat Bag
Ceramic worms I found at Wal Mart

Aren't these worms fabulously darling?

 Mrs. Rabbit Crate

Chicken Wire Frame with Seed packets
Mrs. Rabbit Stuffed Toy
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies Book
Stuffed Carrot
Seed Packets
Cadbury Egg Treat Bag
Egg Chalk
Ceramic Worms from Wal Mart
Calla Lily Bulbs
Easter Stickers   

Strawberry Shortcake Crate

Strawberry Shortcake Spring Books (use any you like)
Strawberry Shortcake DVD
Cherry Jam and Blueberry Dolls
Hair Ties
Calla Lily Bulbs
Easter Stickers
Wall Bunny Sticky


Bug Crate

Dr. Seuss My Oh My a Butterfly Book
Flower Bath Toy Stickies
Small Hamster Stuffed Toy (Webkinz)
Rubber Bug String Toys
Flower Pot
Flower Bulbs
Ceramic Worms
Seed Packets 

Garden Mom Crate

Wildlife Gardening Book
Garden Gloves
Chicken Wire Frame with Seed Packets
Ceramic Garden Worms

Runner Dad Crate

Runner's World Book
Field Guide to Weather
Trail Mix
Gummy Worms
Cadbury Egg Treat Bag


AND...I also created a fun centerpiece out of the bunnies...LOVE it!

 Now I really can't wait for Easter!  What are YOU
doing to get ready for Easter?

Linking up with these parties as always

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