Monday, March 28, 2011

Tasty treat-Candied Walnuts

I found this recipe in the Organics Cook Bible. They have a little bit of heat from the cayenne pepper which makes them a great snack.

1 cup halved walnuts

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp salt

Place a large skillet over med heat and when hot add walnut mixture. I stir with a wooden spoon till they are evenly coated and browned. Don't overcook! Spread mixture on rimmed baking tray till cool, package and enjoy!

They make a nice salad topper.

You can also mix sour cream with a little brown sugar for a topping for a fruit salad. Top with a few of these broken up nuts...YUM!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Decorating for Spring My friend Dee from Alapinlife sent me a package and in it was this pretty card, I knew right away I would use it in my Easter decor. She loves bunnies and I love birds, what a perfect combination for Easter. Thank you Dee!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hidden Away all these years

My husband bought a picture frame at an antique store and hidden under the picture was this artwork that was done with pastels. The shading is amazing. The picture that was in the frame was an ad from the turn of the century. I wonder why she was hidden underneath for a century.
She has Mona Lisa eyes that follow you if your standing on either the left or right of her. I think the picture gives off negative vibes..what do you think?

Monday, March 14, 2011

An new orchid and what not to do to your orchid..

Over the weekend I joinedmy local Orchid Society, and I'm glad I did because I learned alot just going to their open house and sale. See the orchid on the left? When those leggy things turn brown I cut them off, WRONG!! I learned that I should be spritizing them with water on a daily basis to keep them nice and green and that they should be exposed like that.
The orchid on the right is my new Miltonia (mil-toh-nee-ah) also called the pansy orchid.
I love my orchids, they give months of blooms and really are easy to keep, even when you don't know what your doing!
A great source for info on orchids is the American Orchid Society, their web address is
Go out and buy yourself and orchid, you will be glad you did!
A great to start with is the Phalaenopsis, (fayl-eh-NOP-siss), those are the ones you see at Home Depot and such.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pink Saturday-Philadelphia Flower show

Here are a few gorgeous pinks from the Philadelphia Flower Show that I attended earlier in the week. This years theme was Springtime in Paris. I'm linking to
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Snow Geese and Candlesticks? What do they have in common?

They are both white!
(Enlarge pics for a better view.)
I repainted the candlesticks to lighten them for spring, I think I'll add some moss balls for the season.
The flock of birds are snow geese that spent a few days at one of my favorite walking spots by the Walkill River on their migration back to Canada. There were thousands of them and they were breathtaking to see them fly enmasse.
Certainly a sign of spring!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Inexpensive Wedding Centerpieces

I glued (Alleens glass glue) a dollar store plate and tiered soup bowl together. Be sure to scout the stores for nice clear glass. I placed a flameless candle under the inverted bowl that was decorated with Martha Stewart shell punched paper. Created a nice soft glow in the room, it's a shame my pictures don't do it justice. My niece ordered the orchids from a nursery, they came in the nice white container and we hid the clips with moss and raffia. Total less than 30$ for each centerpiece. Now thats saving money!
I am linking to for Wow us Wednesdays.