Pay it Forward

Pay it forward is an old concept that is gaining new momentum.  The idea behind it is simple – someone does a good deed and in turn the recipient does a good deed for someone else. Stories have gone viral of someone buying someone else’s morning coffee and pattern continuing all day. I love the…

Watermelon Characters

As I’ve mentioned, I like to add a touch of fancy to everything I do.  I’m not really certain if what I’m about to share constitutes ‘fancy’, but it’s definitely a touch of something.  It started with the traditional watermelon fruit salad bowl.  I then upgraded the bowl to a basket.  What happened next was completely…

Mixed Berry Shortcake with a Sparkle

I like to add a touch of fancy to everything I do & dessert should be no exception!  Berries and ice cream are a favorite in my house, so you can imagine how quickly a mixed berry shortcake gets gobbled up!  The name is a bit deceiving.  Technically the recipe contains no shortcake and no…

Gender Reveal

It was the classic scene from Steel Magnolias – a Sunday afternoon in the hair salon and a group of women gossiping. One of the women was pregnant with her first. The once cohesive group quickly became divided at the topic of how the baby’s gender should be revealed.  It was now 3 against 1.  The three of us…

Avocados.

Through my years of cooking I’ve developed a relationship with all types of ingredients.  Although you try not to favor your kids, avocados have grown to be teacher pet in my kitchen.  They are healthy, versatile and delicious.

Mother’s Day

I generally like things organized and planned.  I do love the element of surprise, but only when I’m giving, not receiving, the surprise.  Mother’s Day was no exception.  We were going to the Brewers game, which is a family favorite event.  We were meeting up to tailgate with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The cousins…

Cinderella Princess Party

I will preface this post with ‘this was probably my favorite party so far.’  Not only for how everything came together, but for how it blew my daughter’s mind.  When the party was over I remember thinking ‘we did it’ – we had made a memory!  The year before I had a convention in Orlando.  We…

The Unplanned Party – A Reason to Celebrate!

Planning a party is one thing, but what happens when the unexpected guest arrives?  Some may be agitated by the unannounced visitor, but I view it as a welcome surprise – well assuming I like the person of course.  The unexpected guest can come in different forms:  the impromptu kid’s play-date, a flight cancellation that…

The Kentucky Derby

I live in Wisconsin, so by the time May hits I’m always feeling like it’s been a long Winter.  I get the math behind it, Winter is roughly 90 days every year, but every year those 90 days seem LONG!  In my mind May signals that we are in the home stretch and better days…