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Pinterest Love: Easter Tablescape Inspiration

6:13 PM



So I have been scowering pinterest for Easter inspiration. With it right around the corner, I have been busy coming up with a few recipes to share. While looking, I started to venture away from recipe inspiration and towards table inspiration. My mother grew up with her mother always decorating the house for holidays. Not just a centerpiece, my grandmother went all out. She FULLY decorated every room to reflect the holiday. While my mom does not decorate the entire house, she loves setting her kitchen and dining room tables with a holiday inspired centerpiece. Pinterest seemed the most logical place to share some ideas with her.

I found some really cool looking stuff. While the cabinet in my kitchen sits stuffed full of Easter candy, plastic green grass and jellybeans, these tablescapes put what I could possibly muster together to shame. I think I may need to step up my game. lol


I absolutely love the simplistic and slightly country charm of this table by Jenny Steffens



These two tablescapes incorporate the use of white (which is my all time favorite color of choice for dinnerware). It looks so fresh, clean and striking. Find them and more inspiration at Everything Fabulous.


The carrots in this tabescape are so cute! I love the idea of instead of the stems, there is a gorgeous array of fresh flowers. The personalized simple eggs make a great name card alternative. I found this at Love Grows Wild.

I guess, I will go back for more inspiration...I seriously cannot get enough of these gorgeous tables!

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dinner

Back To Basics...

8:03 PM



The weather here, as with most places has been all over the place. Usually, Mississippi has cleared and defined seasons, but this year, we have seen the 70's and 80s one day and then back to the 30s the next.  Seriously, the weather is so indecisive...make up your mind already! Sheesh!

Today was a day of incredible weather. We had sun, we had a light cooling breeze, but minus the still icky brown grass and bare trees, it felt like spring. 

Each Friday, ever since I was a kid, my mom had Fun Food Friday. During the week, we would wash our hands, set the table and sit as a family and enjoy a full course hot meal. On Friday, we came home from school to 'fun food'...my mom's home made pizza, sub sandwiches, tacos, etc. It was stuff we usually would want to indulge on at fast food restaurants but my mom brought it home to us and what made it even more special is that she made it. As a mom, my self, I carry on that tradition on Fridays. Since today was so gorgeous, we decided to take FFF outside. We all sat around made our own sandwiches and talked. With a radio playing softly in the background, we were old school...disconnected from disturbances, enjoying the nice breeze and each other. 

It is amazing how something as simple as going outside can make dinner so much more enjoyable. I plan do do a lot more of this as it gets warmer...even planning a 'camp out' in the back yard for my kids complete with ghost stories and counting stars.  Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. 

breakfast

Peanut Butter Pancakes...

2:45 PM



We are huge breakfast fans at my house and equally as huge fans of pancakes. While our typical pancake breakfast hardly ever deviates from traditional, sometimes we do like to try out new variations. I have always wanted to try peanut butter pancakes and finally did today. Wow oh wow is all I can say. You can taste the peanut butter in the pancakes without it being too sweet or over powering. Perfect combination when you add in a dollow of whipped cream and some cereal for crunch. My kids loved, loved, loved these. I cannot wait to try other combinations...and how cool would this have been with a drizzle of chocolate!

You will need:

2 cups of pancake mix
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup of evaporated milk
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

In mixing bowl, add all of your ingredients.

Mix until it is the consistency of cake batter. You do not want it runny and not thick like cookie dough. If it is too runny or drippy, add in more pancake mix a tablespoon at a time.  If too dry, add in more water a tablespoon at a time.

Mix well.


I pour my batter into a measuring cup so that it pours evenly and without mess. Using a griddle on meduim heat or nonstick skillet, pour your batter steadily on the skillet/griddle slowly and as you pour, it will expand into a nice circle.


Since there is added peanut butter in this batter, it can burn easily. Cook on meduim heat for about a minute and using your spatula carefuly go around the edge. If the pancake bottom edge does not stick to your spatula , you can slide the whole thing under the pancake and flip. ( you can also flip when bubbles begin to form on top of the pancake)  If any part of the bottom sticks to the spatula, give it a minute, then flip.

It should be golden brown underneath. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Serve with a nice drizzle of peanut butter, dollop of peanut butter and a dollop of whipped cream (I like mine to be slightly frozen so it does not melt as fast) and sprinkly a little bit of Reese's Peanut Butter cereal on top for crunch. 









budget

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

3:07 PM


It's St. Patrick's Day and we are celebrating with the kids after school. It is also our Catahoula, Blue's third birthday! On a budget, everything from our local Dollar Tree and Walmart. Just a little something to show my children how special they are. 

New recipes coming soon! 


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