Beef Pockets Stuffed with Vegetable Spread
Appetizers & Snacks, Main Dish, Recipes, Summer
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Beef Pockets Stuffed with Vegetable Spread

Beef Pockets stuffed with Vegetable Spread is perfect for hot days of summer, get out of the kitchen, something simple for supper recipe!  Pick up a half a pound of sliced of thin roast beef and a loaf of crusty bread. cheeses, and fresh garden vegetables and you have the makings of a quick and crunchy sandwich.  The garden spread includes diced carrots, green onions, radish, cucumber, yellow squash, red, orange and green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and arugula leaves mixed with creamy cheese and bit of horseradish. This is the summer recipe you will love.

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7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece
Summer, Tablescapes
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7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece

These 7 steps to create this pineapple owl are very easy and anyone can recreate.  I was asked to create this sweet centerpiece for an elementary school graduation reception. The main inspiration came from babble.com  http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/amazing-fruit-vegetable-carvings/  with a few exceptions to make it my own.   Hooty-who , the owl, my nickname for her was constructed with pineapples, cantaloupe, squash, cucumber, red and orange bell peppers, a carrot and blueberries.   Read more to get started with the H-OWL too.

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Strawberry Blueberry Cake Roll
Desserts, Recipes
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Strawberry Blueberry Cake Roll

Strawberry Blueberry Cake Roll features sponge cake filled with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices , blueberries and rolled into one large jelly roll or roulade.  Whether you serve this refreshing red, white and blue cake roll for Father’s Day or 4th of July.  Everyone will love this flavorful and light cake.  You will like the ease in preparing and the pretty presentation.

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Fathers Day Table and Menu Ideas
Parties - Special Events, Summer, Tablescapes
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Fathers Day Table and Menu Ideas

Need Fathers Day Table and Menu ideas?   Whether your dad is a handyman or not so handy, celebrate dad  with a special Tool-Time Father’s Day Lunch that will get everyone geared-up for a fun time.  With this blue print for success you will have the right tools to make this Father’s Day event one to remember.

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Peaches got the blues cobbler
Desserts, Recipes
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Peaches Got the Blues Cobbler

Peaches Got the Blues Cobbler  is baked  in canning jars are perfect for  1/2 cup servings of sweetened fruits.  Fresh ripe juicy peaches paired with blueberries are placed in a half pint mason jar and topped with a cake like cobbler topping.  Melted butter is poured over the cake like batter and berries then baked to perfection.  Mini Scoops of Vanilla ice cream are added to the warm peach and blueberry cobbler making this dessert so yummy you will want more than a half cup serving!  Learn how to peel a fresh peach.. here are 4 easy steps.

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Graduation Dessert Table Ideas-Chevron Wall Canvas
Décor Ideas, Parties - Special Events, Spring, Tablescapes
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Graduation Dessert Table Ideas

Do you need Graduation Dessert Table Ideas for your Graduate?  Start with a painted Chevron Wall Canvas with large Gerber Daisies in bright colors as the backdrop for your table.  The bright colors in the canvas was the inspiration for the entire reception.   To watch a live presentation on Daytime Blue Ridge go to http://serveitupsassy.com/category/multi-media/tv-segments/   For Step by Step instruction on how to create the Chevron Wall Canvas and more keep reading.  Recipe Development, Food Styling, Photography and Article by Liz Bushong

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Fresh Strawberry Lemon Cake Recipe
Desserts, Recipes
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Fresh Strawberry Lemon Cake Recipe

Serve this Fresh Strawberry Lemon Cake Recipe for dessert anytime you want a taste of summer and fresh strawberries!  This recipe is a combination of fresh pureed strawberries, strawberry gelatin and lemon instant pudding and pie mix with the  base being a white cake mix baked in a cute swirled bundt pan called  Heritage Swirl made by Nordic Ware.   In May,  Strawberries are in season in Tennessee  so we eat all the strawberries we can while the berries are ripe.  Can’t beat fresh strawberries for flavor and the richness of the bright berry color.   For step by step instructions just read more…

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Sun-Room Decorating Ideas
Décor Ideas
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Sun Room Decorating Ideas

Need Sun Room Decorating Ideas ?  My friend Wanda May, who is also one of my favorite clients had asked me to update her sun room.  We had decorated the room last season, but as you know as time goes, things get weathered and sometimes you just need to give a room a face lift or a nip and tuck here and there.   Let’s get started with the simple updates!

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Accordion Pleated Paper Flower Tutorial
Décor Ideas, Recipes
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Accordion Pleated Paper Flower Tutorial

This Accordion Pleated Paper Flower Tutorial will help you create a blooming party this summer!   These 9 inch round flowers are easy to make and are stunning when grouped together on a wall or in individual flower pots.  These flowers were made and displayed in the windows of the Bristol Olive Oil Company in Bristol Virginia.   The large paper flower is constructed with  card stock scrap-booking paper in 4 quadrants and glued together, then attached to a dowel rod.  The lime green leaves were cut to size and attached to the dowel with green floral tape.  These cute blooming beauties were potted in bright yellow and white polka-dot flower pots.  Styrofoam and green moss kept the flowers upright and secure in the flower pots. 

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Neon faux pleated pillow finished
Décor Ideas
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Neon Faux Pleated Pillow Tutorial

Neon Faux Pleated Pillow tutorial was  inspired by a quilting blogger, Vanessa Christianson, with V and Co.  She made a faux pleated pillow in the mono chromatic fabrics using a Jelly Roll from Fat Quarters.    I am going to refer you to her blog site for great instructions, the only thing I did differently was the color selection of the jelly roll fabrics.  For my pillow, I used 25 colors for this pillow front but followed her layout and sewing instructions.   I loved this pillow so much  I made two, and will make more but in different fabric color combinations.   Thank you Vanessa for sharing this great pillow idea.

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Graduation Party Ideas
Décor Ideas, Parties - Special Events, Recipes, Tablescapes
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Graduation Party Ideas

Here are several Graduation Party Ideas for your Graduate.  These ideas feature neon themed Gerber daisies,  easy pick up foods and a brightly decorated table. This Graduation Party reception  features a cake that is spot on with baked themed in color,  cake balls inside the cake triple lemonade and candy graduation caps.

It was just a few years ago on a bright sunny morning, you held the hand of your six -year old  as a big yellow school bus pulled up in front of your mailbox.  It was time to board the bus for their first day of school.   Your little darling could hardly reach the first step on the bus but with a gentle nudge from you, the climb to board was easy.  As you held back the tears, the excitement and joy in your child’s eyes melted your heart, and a new page in this chapter of life had just been turned.   As the pages of time turned year after year it is now 2015 and graduation day is on the horizon.  Everything you need for a simple reception is right here!  

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Orzo Tomato Salad chopped ingredients
Recipes, Salads
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Orzo Tomato Salad

Orzo Tomato Salad is made with sweet cherry red and yellow tomatoes, chick peas, black olives, red onions, feta cheese and orzo pasta that is drizzled with a lemon, blood orange olive oil dressing.   Do you want a healthy quick side salad that is crisp, tangy, and sweet?   This side salad is perfect for picnics, light lunches, and every spring or summer meal.   Has a cherry tomato ever called your name?  Ha Ha.  

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Rain Boots, Chocolate Mousse, Color
News & Publications, Spring, Tablescapes
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Color Splash! VIP SEEN Magazine

Color Splash your entertaining table with sunny bright colors of spring.  Splashes of Color set the stage for a simple garden party!  Polka-dots and clay pots to bring life the bright colors of this spring composition.  The color-rich palate includes hot pink, purple, yellow, terracotta, lime and tangerine!  I created this tablescape for a garden party, which was in my backyard.   The party was for a small group of girl friends, actually it was an afternoon dessert or pick me up party.   Dessert has a way of picking us up in the middle of the afternoon.  We sat by the water feature and listened to the running water as we sipped on tea and dove into the chocolate mousse brownie.   The table so pretty and cheerful, we left all the cares behind and just enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature.

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Spot-On Cake
Desserts, Parties - Special Events, Recipes, Spring
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Spot Cake Recipe

Spot cake recipe features orange, lime and hot pink cake balls baked in the middle of a white loaf cake. The cake is decorated with butter cream fondant and decorated with orange, lime and hot pink Gerber Daisies.  This cake is so much fun to create!  You will have a great time making the cake balls, which are made from pound cake slices and tinted frosting.  The cake balls are refrigerated until firm, then added to raw cake batter and baked.  When the cake is sliced the cake has Spot-On Dots inside.  My cake was inspired by Amanda Rettke’s Book.   I changed a few things  to make it my own, but please check out her book.  It is fabulous and Spot-On when it comes to creating interesting cakes with a surprise in the middle.

The real queen of baking surprise- inside cakes is Amanda Rettke.  Her book  Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion with a Little Something Extra Inside can be linked  here. 

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Mini Mound's Bar Bunnies
Desserts, Recipes
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Mini Mound’s Bar Bunnies

Mini Mound’s Bar Bunnies are quick and easy treats to make for your Easter buffet, baskets and more!  Dark chocolate coconut Mound’s bar is the base of this cute little bunny, adding ears, nose and tail using mini marshmallows and pink frosting add the details. Mini  Mound’s  Bar Bunnies are cute at each place setting on your Easter table,  in the Easter basket, on a decorative plate for a Sunday brunch or placed in a cute little cup container holding a cupcake.  Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Your’s this Easter with these cute little candy bunnies!

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