Monday, October 31, 2011

Stained Glass Cookies ~ A Tribute to my Grandma Dorothy Dyas for Tea Party Tuesday


In Memory...
Dorothy Dyas
9/23/17 - 10/16/11




Happy Tea Party Tuesday!

I would like to introduce you to a wonderful guest
for tea this week, my late grandmother, Dorothy Dyas.

My Dad's mom recently passed away at 
the wonderful age of 94


In my opinion, that is one AWESOME, long life.


There is so much one could say about this woman, 
she was a force to be reckoned with and never
took "NO" for an answer, ever. 

She wasn't the kind of grandma you would
cuddle up with and read stories or bake cookies,
but that is OK.

I learned many other things from 
watching her live her life.


Like follow your passions.






And NEVER, EVER let a disease define you.




My Grandma suffered from
Parkinsons Disease for several years.


For as long as I have memories of her, I 
remember her head and hands shaking.


But despite that she made a second
career out of fashioning stained glass
and traveled all over the United States
winning awards for her work. 

This is my piece from Grandma...inspired by a 1920's Vogue Cover





My Grandmother created art
up until the last few months of her
life. She traded in the stained glass several years 
ago for paper, paint and beautiful mosaics.








A few years ago, she was featured in our
hometown newspaper...to be inspired, click HERE.



She loved these elegant lady profiles and BIG HATS!


James, Sophia and I drove to Nebraska for
her funeral the weekend of Oct 22nd. 
I was honored to read at her memorial service. 

It was also the first time I had seen the 
stained glass windows she created and donated
to her church when they remolded several years ago. 



The two windows in front here were made by my Grandma - I wish I had a better picture!!




When we got home, Sophia and I made
Stained Glass Cookies 
for tea this week in her honor. 




We talked about the beauty of colors
and light and how each person can see 
the world in a different way.

And that is a very good thing.


Excuse the cookie imperfections...I am a cookie newbie!!!




I used a new sugar cookie recipe that 
I LOVED - it held it's shape so great and hardly spread.




Now, I am sure you can tell on your own,
I AM NOT A COOKIE EXPERT!


I am a CUPCAKE & TEA PARTY person.




I really would love to learn sugar cookies and
royal icing better, but I will just have to leave it up 
to my friends like LisaHaniCallye, Meaghan



However, I really like how these 
turned out. I used a cookie recipe I found HERE.  



To make the stained glass effect, I crushed
up jolly ranchers and placing the cookies
to bake on a greased foil lined baking sheet
I let them bake for about 4 minutes.  I then placed the
crushed candy into the cut out area and baked
for 3-4 more minutes or until the cookies were
done and the candy was melted. 



Here is a basic tutorial that I modified a bit - HERE.


I was inspired by the Rose Window of Notre Dame and went crazy!


God is Good.


So are flowers.....


 And so is TEA!!!



I found this cup at a flea market in Cross Lake, MN with my Mom-in-law!!


I am brewing up Toffee Delight!!!
It is so warm and nutty...just like me! 


I think I made the rounds to everyone last week,
it was a great party and I appreciate everyone who
takes the time and links up.

I know the time it takes to join a linky 
party properly so I raise my teacup to YOU!


Sharing edible stained glass with:
TEA, INSPIRATION & TABLESCAPES:  

OTHER FUN SWEETS/FOOD and CRAFT LINK PARTIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
 Mouth Watering Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Mingle Monday, Made it on Monday Sumo's Sweet Stuff Made by You Mondays Making the World Cuter Mondays Motivate Me Monday Joy of Desserts Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday Jam Hands Recipe Share Monday Mangia MondaysTUESDAY Crazy for Crust Confessions of a SAHM Delicious Dishes Cupcake Tuesday Let's Do Brunch Tempt my Tummy Tuesday Mandi's Tasty Tuesday Topsy Turvy Tuesday  Handmade Tuesday  Tasty Tuesday Tip Me Tuesday  Time Out Tuesday  Get Your Craft On WEDNESDAY Cast Party Wednesday Lil' Luna Ginger Snap Crafts Wonka Wednesday Whatever Goes Wednesday Wow Us Wednesday Look What I Made Wednesday What I Whipped Up Wednesday Let's Do Brunch Whatever You Want Wednesday Wow Me Wednesday This Chick Cooks Gooseberry PatchTHURSDAYArtsy Girl Sweet Treats Thursday Sweets This Week  Thursday Show Your Stuff House of Hepworths Brambleberry Cottage FRIDAY: Tidy Mom Inspiration Friday Feathered Nest Friday Bacon Time Friday Party Sweet Tooth Friday Show and Tell Friday It's a Hodgepodge Friday Weekend Wrap Up Flaunt it Friday  Sassy Sites Friday Fun  Fridays Unfolded Food on Fridays Friday Flair Foodie FridayWEEKEND Sweets for a Saturday So Sweet Sundays The Girl Creative   Sundae Scoop







Friday, October 28, 2011

A Witches Tea Party...Enter if you DARE!!!



WeLcoMe tO my
HaLloWeEn TeA
WitChEs & SPooKs! 



pLeASe cOMe & SiT 
WiTh Us aNd maKE 
yOurSeLF at HOme!!!






gRaB a CuP of TEA...

Via
 

I hOPe YoU don'T MiNd
the DeCor hErE ....or sHouLD I
saY DeCoRPse?


ShOUld yoU NeEd mOrE
TeA jUst aSk FRanKie to FilL 
YouR Cup.

ISn'T thE WeAthEr LoVEly
ToDaY for ouR TeA?!




I tHinK so.

DoN't Mind oUr GhOuly gOSSIP...

.....BuT we cAn't HElp but tAlK
aBout POOR poor 
WiTCHie Poo!
Did YoU Hear?

sHe FeLl inTO heR 
CaULdRON


Easy ~ Chocolate cupcakes and green frosting w/ Wilton bones sprinkles and pretzel stick


oR MaYbe sOMeonE or SoMEThIng
PuSHed HeR!




HoW DreaDFully WonDerfUL
TErrrrrrrrrrrIblE!

Do YOU know what happened to Witchie Poo?????


SHe mElTed rIGhT up!!
EverytHIng, thAt is, but HeR FINgERs!!



Breadsticks with Wilton Green Food Color Spray and Almond Nail painted Red


NoW wHo oR whAt WouLD 
EVer dO sUCh a ThInG!!!!


Via


Sshhhhhhhhhhhh
 

HoPE yOU haVe a
BOO-tiFul HaLLoWeEn!




ThaNks foR sToPPinG By
anD ThaNk You to OUr 
WiTchIE HoSTeSS at
FroStEd PeTunIAs!! 


YoU MuSt VisiT heR HERE!!!

ThE otHER WiTChie PoSts
CaN be FOunD by cliCKinG
HERE....iF YoU DARE!!!!! 

Sharing Witchie Tea With:
OTHER FUN SWEETS/FOOD and CRAFT LINK PARTIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
 Mouth Watering Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Mingle Monday, Made it on Monday Sumo's Sweet Stuff Made by You Mondays Making the World Cuter Mondays Motivate Me Monday Joy of Desserts Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday Jam Hands Recipe Share Monday Mangia MondaysTUESDAY Crazy for Crust Confessions of a SAHM Delicious Dishes Cupcake Tuesday Let's Do Brunch Tempt my Tummy Tuesday Mandi's Tasty Tuesday Topsy Turvy Tuesday  Handmade Tuesday  Tasty Tuesday Tip Me Tuesday  Time Out Tuesday  Get Your Craft On WEDNESDAY Cast Party Wednesday Lil' Luna Ginger Snap Crafts Wonka Wednesday Whatever Goes Wednesday Wow Us Wednesday Look What I Made Wednesday What I Whipped Up Wednesday Let's Do Brunch Whatever You Want Wednesday Wow Me Wednesday This Chick Cooks Gooseberry PatchTHURSDAYArtsy Girl Sweet Treats Thursday Sweets This Week  Thursday Show Your Stuff House of Hepworths Brambleberry Cottage FRIDAY: Tidy Mom Inspiration Friday Feathered Nest Friday Bacon Time Friday Party Sweet Tooth Friday Show and Tell Friday It's a Hodgepodge Friday Weekend Wrap Up Flaunt it Friday  Sassy Sites Friday Fun  Fridays Unfolded Food on Fridays Friday Flair Foodie FridayWEEKEND Sweets for a Saturday So Sweet Sundays The Girl Creative   Sundae Scoop

An Invitation to a Witches Tea Party!!!



GaThEr hErE aLL wITcHes & SpOoKs!





FoR a WiTCHeS TeA ParTY


You sUreLy dO nOT waNT to 
MiSs the sWeET WiTCHie FUN??

I wILL see YOU BaCK
HERE TOmORROw....if YOU DArE!


DoN't ForgET yOUR wITch HAT! 


To see my Inspiration for this witch hat cupcake visit Lisa at The Enchanted Oven by clicking on this link!


Sharing witchie fun with:
OTHER FUN SWEETS/FOOD and CRAFT LINK PARTIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
 Mouth Watering Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Mingle Monday, Made it on Monday Sumo's Sweet Stuff Made by You Mondays Making the World Cuter Mondays Motivate Me Monday Joy of Desserts Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday Jam Hands Recipe Share Monday Mangia MondaysTUESDAY Crazy for Crust Confessions of a SAHM Delicious Dishes Cupcake Tuesday Let's Do Brunch Tempt my Tummy Tuesday Mandi's Tasty Tuesday Topsy Turvy Tuesday  Handmade Tuesday  Tasty Tuesday Tip Me Tuesday  Time Out Tuesday  Get Your Craft On WEDNESDAY Cast Party Wednesday Lil' Luna Ginger Snap Crafts Wonka Wednesday Whatever Goes Wednesday Wow Us Wednesday Look What I Made Wednesday What I Whipped Up Wednesday Let's Do Brunch Whatever You Want Wednesday Wow Me Wednesday This Chick Cooks Gooseberry PatchTHURSDAYArtsy Girl Sweet Treats Thursday Sweets This Week  Thursday Show Your Stuff House of Hepworths Brambleberry Cottage FRIDAY: Tidy Mom Inspiration Friday Feathered Nest Friday Bacon Time Friday Party Sweet Tooth Friday Show and Tell Friday It's a Hodgepodge Friday Weekend Wrap Up Flaunt it Friday  Sassy Sites Friday Fun  Fridays Unfolded Food on Fridays Friday Flair Foodie FridayWEEKEND Sweets for a Saturday So Sweet Sundays The Girl Creative   Sundae Scoop

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tea Party Tuesday ~ Fast and Fancy ways to Glam up a Tea Party!

Happy Tea Party Tuesday!

This week I would like to show a couple of
"Fast and Fancy" ways to glam up
YOUR next Tea Party!


First on the docket this week 
is this EASY, yet ELEGANT way
to serve a vegetable as a canape'

I hope I am using the word canape' right...I just think it sounds FANCY!


Simply cut your pepper of choice into above wedges
and pipe on cream cheese of desired flavor!



I have seen this before in my internet travels
so this is not my original idea but certainly 
something that anyone can replicate!

Furthermore, I have written about the 
Mini Fillo Tart Shell during the month of 
October and to wrap it up here is the
EASIEST little dessert tassie I have EVER done!



You can use any kind of miniature candy. 
I love Rolos so I chose that for this dessert

Place Rolo in thawed dessert shells.


Next, place in warm oven at 350 degress
for 8-10 minutes or just until starting to melt.

Use back of spoon and press melted candy into shell.




Top with whipped topping and candy shavings.

I love to use the Wilton Toffee Crunch!!





Viola - so yummy and just the perfect size!

There are so many great ideas on the Athens Site
so make sure to visit them the next time 
you are in need of a FAST yet FANCY 
canape' for your next Tea Party.

How about these SUPER EASY
edible acorn treats?



When I found these babies on Pinterst, I knew I
HAD to incorporate them into my weekly tea!

For the incredibly easy HOW-TO click  

The final thing that one can do to add 
easy GLAM and FUN to your next tea is to 
let your guests chose their own tea cup from
your lovely display!




Now, I know not everyone has a teired stand such as this
put keep in mind that you can use cake stands, candle sticks
or other pedestals to add height and dimension as well as a touch
of whimsy while guests pick out the cup they would like to use!







I always like to see which cup my friends choose - I tell them
it can tell a lot about their personality!! 


I hope you enjoyed these ideas for your next
Tea Party! Later this week I will be sharing some more
fall inspired cupcakes that I have been working on!

And finally I want you to SAVE the DATE
as I am participating in A Witches Tea Party!!

Frosted Petunias



The Witches Tea will be on Oct 29th and 30th and is

hosted by Frosted Pentunias!

You SURELY do NOT want to MISS the
Mischievous Witchy FUN!!!!

Now, I am so excited to see what you are bringing for TEA!


I am sharing Fast and Fancy Tea with:


TEA, INSPIRATION & TABLESCAPES:  

OTHER FUN SWEETS/FOOD and CRAFT LINK PARTIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
 Mouth Watering Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Mingle Monday, Made it on Monday Sumo's Sweet Stuff Made by You Mondays Making the World Cuter Mondays Motivate Me Monday Joy of Desserts Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday Jam Hands Recipe Share Monday Mangia MondaysTUESDAY Crazy for Crust Confessions of a SAHM Delicious Dishes Cupcake Tuesday Let's Do Brunch Tempt my Tummy Tuesday Mandi's Tasty Tuesday Topsy Turvy Tuesday  Handmade Tuesday  Tasty Tuesday Tip Me Tuesday  Time Out Tuesday  Get Your Craft On WEDNESDAY Cast Party Wednesday Lil' Luna Ginger Snap Crafts Wonka Wednesday Whatever Goes Wednesday Wow Us Wednesday Look What I Made Wednesday What I Whipped Up Wednesday Let's Do Brunch Whatever You Want Wednesday Wow Me Wednesday This Chick Cooks Gooseberry PatchTHURSDAYArtsy Girl Sweet Treats Thursday Sweets This Week  Thursday Show Your Stuff House of Hepworths Brambleberry Cottage FRIDAY: Tidy Mom Inspiration Friday Feathered Nest Friday Bacon Time Friday Party Sweet Tooth Friday Show and Tell Friday It's a Hodgepodge Friday Weekend Wrap Up Flaunt it Friday  Sassy Sites Friday Fun  Fridays Unfolded Food on Fridays Friday Flair Foodie FridayWEEKEND Sweets for a Saturday So Sweet Sundays The Girl Creative   Sundae Scoop




Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is why I LOVE Blogging!

Because I find neat ideas for 
things to do with my daughter.


You my dear are GORGEOUS!


We have a blast!


And yes, you will be envy of your class at snack time tomorrow!


While creating these ZOMBIE MARSHIES 
we talked about our day.

I told her how PROUD we were of her for 
being selected to do the liturgy reading 
at her school mass.  She ROCKED it!






(The first 2 minutes is Sophia...the rest is of the other 2nd graders in her class)
 
And more memories and laughs are tucked 
away in my heart...and hopefully hers.

And as she drifts off into her cozy slumber, 
I am able to relive and capture 
this priceless moment in a special way that we 
can always have and look back on.

This is why I love blogging. 



Thanks Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie Blog 
for all your great ideas...
so many have been recreated in this house!

For the Zombie Marshie HOW-TO 
click on the above LINKS or HERE!