Friday, April 29, 2011

May Day Baskets (Kiss & Tell)

As a child my favorite Spring day was May Day.  It was a big deal at my school where we danced around the maypole and made lattice May Baskets weaving paper in and out.  Now we see these adorable cone baskets, so pretty and easy to make.

To make flower cones, cut medium-weight paper into a 7-inch square. Use decorative scissors to scallop edge and a pencil to form tip. Secure outer flap of cone with craft glue. Punch six holes, 1 inch apart, beginning at top front center; thread 20-inch length of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon through holes. Tie bow at front, and leave a 7-inch loop at the back.

May Baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.  No wonder I remember it as such a fun day.

When my blog was fairly new last year, I created Maypole Cupcakes, perfect for your May Day Party.  We will be making May Day Baskets, playing a Tisket a Tasket, and serving Maypole Cupcakes this weekend, weather permitting!

We woke to snow-rain early this morning.  I keep thinking, "April showers bring May flowers!"  A return to Spring is forecast for next week.  Hooray...

Happy May Day All!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Strawberries 'n Cream Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Who doesn't love a wedding?

I've tried not to buy into six months of media hype... they are such a beautiful couple, full of promise...and royals after all.  I have felt like "OK, so that's nice," until this week.  It's embarrassing, I'm even excited for tomorrow.

I love a great wedding, especially when I'm not hosting it!

So we are ready to celebrate in our king-size bed, with 
Royal Strawberries 'n Cream Scones 
with Vanilla Glaze
and cups of steamy herbal mint tea!

Tasty and tender, perfect for a Royal Tea Party.  Let's get mixing!

Combine dry ingredients and add softened butter...

with a pastry blender or fork, mix the butter into the flour well.  Add diced fresh strawberries, gently coat with flour.  Now add the cream, gently mixing by hand with a spatula. If you've got time you can refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.  Often I just mix it up and bake it though.  It will be moist and sticky.  Gently knead a few times on a lightly covered surface.  Pat into a 8 to 10" circle, about 1 inch thick and cut into 12 pieces.  Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of sugar and bake in a 400 degree over for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from hot oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.  Drizzle with vanilla glaze and garnish with sliced strawberries.

Serve with a light, minty herbal tea...

 "Keep Calm and Watch the Wedding!"

Best wishes for a lifetime of royal happiness...

I'm happy for Kate...I married a prince of a guy too!

{Royal} Strawberries 'n Cream Scones with Vanilla Glaze
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup strawberries (diced)
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy cream
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking power, and salt. Cut butter into dry ingredients. Stir in strawberries.  Add heavy cream and stir by hand just until dough forms.  Dough will be soft and sticky. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough just holds together. Press dough into a 8 to 10-inch circle. Cut into 12 wedges. Place scones on baking sheet and sprinkle scones with reserved sugar.  Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees or until scones are a light golden brown on top. Drizzle with Vanilla Glaze, garnish with sliced strawberries, and serve with lots of love and hot herbal tea!  Makes 12 servings.

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
Melt the butter and add to rest of ingredients. Mix until creamy and drizzle over hot scones.
 Happily Ever After

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Warbling Wednesday

Singing With Birds was created to, "sing about all the good things in life."  Each Wednesday I spotlight some of the highlights I see from all of you.  If your project is featured, help yourself to a button on my sidebar!

Thanks to Beth @ Home Stories A 2 Z, we can add this lovely veggie to our decor year round.  I love her share, How to Make an Asparagus Vase.  Now this is healthy eye-candy!

Happy Earth Day from Kristen @ Turning a House into a Home.  Her timely list, It's not Easy Being Green...Or is it?  is a terrific.  Saving money and energy sure helps with gas prices rising daily.  Check it out, you'll be glad you did!

Need a fresh new look for Spring?  Ashley @ Shanty 2 Chic shows all how to make these amazing Pottery Barn Inspired Pillows.  They are just crazy good!

Ready for some royal love, a party by chance?  Well for all of you want-to-be-princesses, Paola is providing Royal Wedding Party printables.  Cheery-oh and thanks for these...they are stately for sure @ The Housewife Bootcamp!

Are you a ribbon collector like me?  I love ribbon and think this Ribbon Valance by Cris @ Crissy's Crafts is so fresh and fabulous.  She designed it to coordinate with a ribbon picture holder kids tease me, but they will digg this idea!  Thanks Cris...

I'm in the process of creating my new craft room.  Shan @ Family Brings Joy has literally thought of everything, including how to convince one's spouse that this is a priority in Grateful for my Craft Room .  Shan, you're invited to come visit...I'll treat you like a queen!

Pucker up and get ready for delectable deliciousness.  You will find the most amazing Lemon Sticky Rolls and a fabulous give-away all from Jayme, a true foodie fashionista!

Have an inspired week all!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Closet Confessions

It's time to Spring clean, lightening up our closets.  I agonize about what to keep and what needs to go.  Yes, "parting is such sweet sorrow!"

I'm working to have my closet look like this.  Like me, do you suffer from "garment  guilt?"

Do you recognize any of the following poor reasons to keep something: 
(list courtesy of Stacey Platt)

1.  "I might want to wear it again someday."  If you haven't worn something in a year (unless it's black tie) then it's dead weight in your closet.

2.  "I'm going to diet back into it."  If you haven't been the size in question in more than a year, let it go.  When you lose the wight, go out and treat yourself to something new.

3.  "It might come back into style."  Fashion styles are long, and it can take a decade for something to come back in style.  And when it does, it will be updated with a slightly different look.

4.  "It was very expensive."  It's painful to let go of something you paid a lot of money for and never wore.  If it is a designer piece, consign it.  If not donate it for a tax deduction, and you'll no longer be reminded of your shopping blunder.

5.  Any "if" statement such as, "I'd wear that if I ever go on a cruise to Alaska."  Unless you already have your tickets in hand, get rid of it.  By the time you take the trip, if ever, I give you permission to go out and buy just the right thing.

6.  "I want to save it for my daughter."  Ladies, unless it's couture, she probably won't want it.

7.  "I feel guilty."  If your poor aunt Sally took three years to knit a sweater with arthritic hands, but it isn't quite your style, then give Aunt Sally a hug while waring it once, and then make sure some less-fortunate person stays just a little warmer this winter.  It's a win-win.

Four great reasons to keep it:
1.  You love it.
2.  It's flattering.
3.  You feel great in it.
4.  It projects the right image (whatever "right" is to you)

Most important, love everything you own.  If you love everything in your closet, getting dressed is stress-free and fun.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Curried Fruit Bake

It's Monday friends!  Hope your Easter weekend was full of family, worship, food and fun.

For the first time ever my guy colored eggs without any kids.  He did a great job...yes I begged, "It's just not Easter without a few colorful eggs!"   He even got creative and was rewarded with chocolate eggs!

We enjoyed spending time with our youngest children and their two little guys.  Carter gobbled up his chocolate rabbit's ears and had such a delightful time doing it while baby Sam wondered what was up...

Traditionally we serve ham for Easter dinner. Curried Fruit is a perfect accompaniment; colorful, pretty, and unusual. 

All of the ingredients for this side-dish may be in your pantry and fridge; pears, peaches, apricots, pineapple, cherries, butter, curry powder, cornstarch and brown sugar.

Open the cans of fruit and drain the juice well.  Using a 3 quart casserole dish, (mine was 9x13"), layer the fruit beginning with pears.  Cut the fruit in bite-sized pieces.  Layer pears, peaches, apricots, pineapple, and cherries.  I was short on apricots, having only one can on hand.  I cut up about a cup of dried apricots and they worked perfectly well.

Next melt the butter, then add curry powder, cornstarch and brown sugar.  Stir over medium heat until the sauce becomes thick and bubbly. 

Spoon the sauce over the fruit and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour uncovered.

Fruit will caramelize and be light brown around the edges after baking.

Happy 1st Easter Sammy...he is such a darling little guy!

It was easy to serve with lots of love.  I'm so thankful for all that Easter means to me and for a glorious Spring day, spent with loved ones.  I hope yours was memorable too!

Curried Fruit Bake
  • 1 large can pears
  • 1 large can peaches
  • 1 large can apricots
  • 2 cans pineapple chunks
  • 15 maraschino cherries, halves
  •  1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Drain all of the canned fruit for very well. Cut in large chunks and layer in a casserole dish. Place cherries on top. Combine butter, brown sugar, curry powder, and cornstarch. Pour sauce over fruit and bake at 350 for 1 hour uncovered. 

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Soaring Sentiments: Easter

 On a golden springtime, underneath the ground,
A tiny seedling lay asleep until the sun shone down.
Awake, awake, O little seed! Push upward to the light!
The day is bright. With all your might, push upward to the light!

On a golden springtime, Jesus Christ awoke
And left the tomb where he had lain; the bands of death he broke.
Awake, awake, O sleeping world! Look upward to the light,
For now all men may live again. Look upward to the light!

On a golden springtime, in a forest glade,
The Father and the Son appeared as Joseph knelt and prayed.
Awake, awake, O nations all! Receive the gospel light!
The gospel true is here for you. Receive its glorious light!
~ Virginia Maughan Kammeyer 

"He is risen, as He said," Matthew 28:6 and He will come again, as He said.

I know our Savior, Jesus Christ lives.  I know He loves us. I know He is the Son of God. I know He is our friend. I know that through Him, His creations, His Atonement, and His Resurrection it is possible for all of us to return to our Father in Heaven and receive the  gifts of immortality, and eternal life and the endless joy that comes.

Happy Easter

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How To Fold a Bunny Napkin

Here's some Hare-Raising fun for YOU!

I love this tutorial from Taste of Home for folding a "Bunny Napkin!"

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin

For a "hare-raising" reaction at your Easter brunch, fashion these festive napkin folds in the shape of bunnies!
All you need are well-starched square napkins in the color of your choice. (In keeping with our green theme, we used green polka dot napkins.) Then just follow the folding instructions below.
For a brunch buffet, you may want to create a "warren" of rabbits by placing the folded napkins on a nest of shredded scrapbook papers. We selected a variety of papers, then shredded them with a paper cutter. But a 1/4-inch straight-edge paper shredder could also be used.
To make these festive napkin folds, start with well-starched square napkins. Fold the bottom third of the napkin up and the top third down, making a rectangle.


How to Fold a Bunny Napkin1. Find the center along the top fold and fold the top corners down, making sure the bottom ends are even.

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin2. Fold up the outside bottom corners.

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin3. Fold left and right sides so that they meet in the center.

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin4. Turn the napkin over and flip the top to bottom. Fold bottom point up.

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin5. Fold the left and right corners to the back and tuck one corner into the other to hold.

How to Fold a Bunny Napkin6. Hold the tucked corners securely and pull out the bunny ears on the other end.

"Hoppy" Easter All

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Basket Cake

Trying to get all your ducks in a row?

Here's a HOW TO , last minute, glorious, editable centerpiece for your Easter table?

I'm working on Chocolate Eggs for tomorrow...peasy for last-minute bunnies and baskets too!!  See you then...

Have a happy Easter all,


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