Beautiful Orchids

I really just love having orchids in the house. They are just so very beautiful and elegant, and they last such a long time. I have had orchids that looked gorgeous for over a 4 month period. This also makes them quite economical to have instead of cut flowers which are quite costly and usually only last a week. I did not know that the orchid family has over 30,000 naturally occurring species and more than 110,000 registered hybrids. What an amazing assortment!


Garden Day Bake Sale

Made some extra yummy carrot bread for the garden day bake sale. Then I cut in 1/2 loaves, wrapped it up in some nice freezer paper and drew some little carrots for the labels.

Garden Day was a fun day with the school selling homemade goodies such as fig jam, pickles, honey and homemade breads.

Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Here is the recipe for two loaves of Carrot Bread:

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 large eggs

1 cup corn oil

2 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrots (you can use zucchini too)

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease and flour two 8x4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl well. Add all of the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in the carrots or zucchini by hand (and nuts if added).

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes and remove breads from pan to cool completely.



First Holy Communion Celebration

This year we were greatly anticipating my daughter's First Holy Communion. We had a great deal of preparation to arrive at this wonderful day. Above are some pictures of my daughter's little dress that she wore and little remembrance cards we made to present to my daughter's class and other children that celebrated this day.


Carpe Diem - Framed Hermes Scarf

I wanted to share with you another of my scarves which I framed. I really like this one because of the many different and beautiful colors, the amazing sun and of course the symbolism of "Carpe Diem" (Seize the Day -- I must remind myself each day to do this!)

You may also be interested in seeing another framed scarf I posted about a few months ago click here .
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Flower Show

Going to the Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco has been a family tradition since we were tiny little children. When I was a little girl we looked forward each year at Easter time to going downtown to see the amazing flower and beautiful plant decorations. Afterwards we would have lunch and do some shopping for Easter. This year we went with my daughter and parents and had a fantastic time!!!


Easter 2010

We had an absolutely wonderful Easter. It was raining this year so we were unable to do an Easter egg hunt for the children, but we still had little Easter baskets for them filled with scrumptious sugar cookies and little eggs. We served a buffet for Easter this year. We had ham topped with homemade brown sugar, apple cider and Dijon mustard topping. Homemade macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green salad and roasted asparagus. For desert we had cookies, cupcakes and a pistachio cake topped with raspberry sauce and whipped cream. A fun time was had by all.


Wishing Everyone A Happy Easter 2010

I hope that you all have a very Happy Easter!!!!

Because as usual I am very short on time, I am going to share with you some of my pictures from last year's Easter. Easter is by far the most important of all the holidays for me. First because of the spiritual significance of Easter and also because it is a time to rejoice, reflect and be thankful for all the happiness and love that we have.

I made some fun Easter baskets for each child that came to our home. We put some candy treats, eggs, and little toys for each child in his or her basket. We also had an Easter egg hunt out in the garden which was enjoyed by all the children. As you can see, the eggs were rather visible but the kids enjoyed scrambling about trying to get as many as possible. These little cupcakes were made to resemble an Easter basket. I am not sure they do, but they were fun to make :-)


Mad Hatter Tea Party

This is just an amazing Mad Hatter Tea Party table that is on display at Bloomingdale's in downtown San Francisco. I just love all the colors and combinations used. What makes this table even more spectacular is that the center rotates around slowly.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
I have not been able to set up my Easter table yet that I will have for Sunday but I hope to take pictures of it when I do on Saturday night. I plan to have it similar to my teatime table I set here, but I will serve a buffet instead of tea.
Have a very Happy Easter!!!!!
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