Collegiate Valentine Care Packages

Are kids ever too big to receive some Valentine’s Day fun from home? Afterall, “nuthin’ says lovin’ like something from mom’s oven!”    So they wouldn’t miss anything among the packing, I made a big Valentine on one side then on the flip I printed out an inventory list.Caution: You are about to enter the corny zone! 🙂 Each Care Package contains: 1. One personal Valentine from Mom & Dad, (and cat). 2. Rice Krispy “Bear Hugs” Treats 3. Custom… [Read More]

Confectionery Contraband

Did someone have an unhappy birthday party as a child? I am feeling the effects of the dragee ban in our environmentally conscientious state as my stash dwindles. We all love and grew up with these festive confections but it’s illegal to sell the pretty little metallic coated sugar balls that I use with abandon on my decorated cookies and cupcakes. It’s also prohibited to ship them into the state so I cannot buy them online! Something about minute traces… [Read More]

The PINK Plate Special…

“How many for the Pink Martini party, this evening, Miss?” I’ve rented the entire room just for us! I had a friend who once said our neighborhood was so obscenely decorated during Christmas it looked like Santa had thrown up. I guess you could say Cupid had the same digestive problem but I LOVED IT! How fabulous is this? This was taken during the morning but can you imagine how magic it is at night?? The Rose Parade meets The… [Read More]

The Best Burgers Ever!

This Sunday we are hosting The Family “End-of-Summer Extravaganza!” We have lots to celebrate: July & August birthdays. Sending Son1 back to college for his senior year. Sending Son2 off to college for his freshman year. Toasting 2 sets of newlyweds. Mr. P. M.’s crime fighting escapades. My pending mid-life crisis (scheduled for Sept 14th).It’s all here and it’ all good! I’m keeping the menu simple and family is helping but I am making smoking hot pom-martinis that will be… [Read More]

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Variation from C&H Sugar. A true classic. Doesn’t get any better or easier than this ~In a mixing bowl combine 1 lb. powdered sugar 1/4 tsp. (table) salt 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1/3 cup (2/3 stick) softened butter Beat with a mixer until smooth. Scrape bowl and beater often.Hold back on some of the milk to check consistency.Double batch makes a little over a quart.