One of my floral mentors and friend is the former White House Chief Florist, Laura Dowling. She recently has published her first book called Floral Diplomacy at the White House. I wanted to share with you her talent and skills as a floral designer as well as my experience working as a volunteer with her at the White House. The following is a recent article that I had written for VIP SEEN Magazine May 2017 issue. All photos posted in this article are courtesy of Stichtung Kunstboek, Publisher of Floral Diplomacy at the White House.
The Kentucky Derby Bars have a solid filling with toasted pecans and mini chocolate chips making this graham cracker crust dessert sweet and decadent. So rich and delicious you will want to eat these with a Cucumber Mint Julep Spritzer if you are hosting a Kentucky Derby Party.
Home-made food gifts for Christmas will make everyone’s holiday merry & bright. Chocolate Stained Glass candies, Almond breakfast rolls served on a pretty plate, and packaged brownie mix makes gift giving a breeze. Take some time to make and bake, you will be happy your did. These ideas were featured in December issue of VIP SEEN magazine and Daytime Blue Ridge , Roanoke Virginia.
Christmas Cookie Countdown-Stained Glass Chocolates are made with dark chocolate as the base with chopped dried apricots, cranberries and pistachios. No mixing, no baking, no refrigeration. Just melt the 60% dark cocoa chocolate, drop in rounds on baking sheet and add chopped fruits and nuts. You will love this easy and healthy candy… well sort of healthy.. dark chocolate is good for you!
Catch the Rays of summer at home in your own backyard with these easy to create fun food ideas for your kids. Grab your shades and beach towel you are about to catch rave reviews for this summer time impromptu lunch.
Make waves at the table with these creative lunch ideas for your kiddos. Expect smiles as big as surfboards as your kid’s look in wonderment at a table filled with brown sugar “sand”, candy “seashells” and “crab”-wich sandwiches. To finish the beach inspired lunch, serve frozen triple fruit pop-sickle and sunshine lemon cupcakes. Hungry kids will dive right into this tasty lunchtime fare.
Blueberry Swirl Pound Cake is rich in flavor with sweet blend of blueberries and cream. Lightly sweetened blueberry puree is layered in the cake batter and gently swirled before baking. This pound cake is perfectly wonderful all on its own, but when topped with a handful of fresh picked-ripe berries it becomes a sensational taste of summer.
Welcome Spring ! Create a Spring Flower Arrangement and bring potted blooming bulbs inside for an easy, simple table centerpiece.
As the ground awakens from the wintertime slumber, tulip and daffodil stems push through the soil about to burst open with colorful fresh blooms. Bright yellow forsythia bushes and cherry blossom branches begin to pop open profusely with small breathtaking delicate flowers. The scent of sweet hyacinths and greening new grass alert our senses that spring has arrived.