8 Steps to a Successful Staycation-Vacation At Home
Recipes, Summer, Tablescapes
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8 Steps to a Successful Staycation-Vacation At Home

8 Steps to a Succesful Staycation-Vacation At Home begins here! It’s time for the best end-of-summer vacation you have ever had and you don’t have to leave home to take it!   Summer doesn’t have to end in August, take a relaxing and enjoyable vacation at-home or in your hometown anytime you want.  Don’t get stressed about not taking a vacation, take one this week!

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Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes
Recipes, Summer, Tablescapes
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Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes

Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes are easy to prepare fresh picked vegetables from  the farm stand or your backyard garden.  Crisp lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, onions, carrots, herbs and other garden fresh veggies are eaten raw and very healthy for you.  Appetizers to Main Entrees make this summer picnic a feast for your eyes as well as your tummy.  

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Chocolate Banana Sundae Cake
Desserts, Recipes
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Chocolate Banana Sundae Cake Recipe

Here is a  Chocolate Banana Sundae  Cake Recipe that your family, kids will love!  The sundae is a baked vanilla cake flavored like banana cream pudding with a creamy chocolate  filling right in the middle of the cake.  Chocolate ganache covers the cake top, with a dollop of whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.  Your kids will love the cherry on top to really make it look like a chocolate sundae.  See how to create this sundae  cake that is sure to please kids of all ages.   

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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
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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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