Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shared Snowballs

I love, love , love snowballs! When they are blooming I want to fill my house with them. Sadly, my snowball bushes just are not thriving. I think I have five little snowballs on them, pathetic! friend Charlotte has a very healthy tall bush filled with blooms . Now a good friend would have cut a bouquet and given it to me and I would have loved it. But Charlotte is more than a good friend, she said "Come and cut as much as you want". So I did. I clipped to my heart's content and it was wonderful!

I think flowers look great in canning jars - the old blue ones are especially nice!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Remnants of the Past Antique Show

The Remnants of the Past Antique Show in Nipomo was this past Saturday and it was such a nice show. Really fun treasures and nice dealers that did a fantastic job of displaying their wares. This show is put on by Judy Watkins and her creativity shows throughout! I was privileged to be part of the decorating team for the show along with Judi Powers, Charlotte Hartley and of course Judy herself. We really wanted it to feel festive and to make everyone feel like they were a very important guest at the show so we gussied up the barn in spring colors and flowers. I forgot my camera on the actual show day (what a dork!) and so I only have a few pics of preparations in process on Thursday but hopefully you get a glimpse of the overall ambiance of the show.( For some delightful pictures of the show itself look at P.S. Also see Judi's photos at

Judy W. was inspired by a maypole to create this fabric festooned entrance to the barn.

The antique cart in the process of being filled with white roses and snowball viburnum.

Judy Watkins in the process of setting up her darling booth. What an eye this girl has!
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Monday, April 20, 2009

sunflower House-one month old

After two plantings of seed, we finally have 4 walls
Tallest plants are about 9 inches high

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter Potato Casserole Recipe

This dish is a tradition at the Dana Powers House and is absolutely delicious!
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter at the Dana Powers House

This year we were delighted to spend Easter with our friends Judi and Ed at their annual Easter feast and egg hunt. Friends and family gather from all around and everyone brings a dish to share. Judi always has a theme and goes all out on decor.
A large nest in a basket for the buffet centerpiece.
Charlotte Hartley and Mona Hart-enjoying a little champagne.
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Appetizers and beverages were served on the patio
Judi and guests enjoing the glorious day
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The dessert table included Judi's darling lamb cake
Eddie, our host, worked his magic in the kitchen. The buffet groaned with all the food: salads of all types, corn pie, fat on yur butt potato casserole, rolls, ham and turkey.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

These edible nests are super easy to make and really fun to give away for Easter. Everyone gets a kick out of them.
How to make edible nests:
In a large glass bowl place 1 package (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 package (12 oz.) butterscotch chips. Microwave on high until the chips are half melted ( 2 minutes in my little microwave). The residual heat will continue to melt the chips. Stir until smooth. Stir in about 8 oz. of pretzel sticks that have been broken up a bit . Make sure all the pretzel pieces are coated with the chocolate mixture. Using two spoons shape into nests on waxed paper lined cookie sheets. While wet place mini-chocote eggs in nest( these are Brach's chocolate eggs). Let harden in cool place (the counter on a cool day, the frig on a warm one)...chow mein noodles can be used in place of pretzels.
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Monday, April 6, 2009

First Rose

The first rose of Spring has arrived, I love those lucious pink colors!
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunflower House Beginnings

This spring Kelli asked that I plant her a sunflower house, and so back in Mid-March I planted a 'garden room' surrounded by sunflowers and climbing morning glories. The hungry birds appreciated my efforts and decimated the sunflowers as they sprouted. Round 2. I replanted the sunflowers and covered with strips of chicken wire and so far, so good. The second planting is looking good. Now I just have to watch out for the more tenacious pests of the underground variety- the gophers!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's a zotz?

On our way to see 'Wicked' in San Francisco, Kelli, Chad, Tasha and I stopped at the Miette candy store to check out their cute displays and yummy candies and baked goods. They had Zotz, a candy I hadn't seen since childhood. Of course I had to have my kids experience this strange candy with a hard outside and a fizzy pixie-stix type lava that oozes out in your mouth. It sounds gross but it's good! They agreed that it is a worthy candy. We left on a sugar high to go see the play- witch was amazing!!!
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