Jun 26, 2017

Delicious Blackberry Cocktails

Today I found this delicious blackberry cocktail recipe (also called Blackberry Bramble) at Feasting at Home where a talented, Washington state caterer named Sylvia turned an overabundance of this heart healthy fruit into a sweet and satisfying summer drink. And I need this now more than ever. Our scraggly, bent blackberry bush has finally decided to bear us beautiful black fruit after keeping us waiting five long years or six. Every morning my anxious husband bolts out the sliding glass door to claim the ripe blackberries before the neighborhood bunnies steal his precious loot. Only six ingredients are needed - most of which I already have on hand. I don't like the taste of gin, so I may want to switch out to vodka instead. I just found out blackberry liqueur (also known as crème de mure) may be expensive and hard to find, but you use very little in this recipe and should make it last.

Jun 19, 2017

Breathtaking Swiss Dot Wedding Cakes

Let me share with you one of the most beautiful wedding cakes I have ever seen. Including all of my own cakes, made and decorated in our little bakery in Virginia Beach, that I kid you not, was located near Virginia Wesleyan College on busy Baker Road. I never made something as exquisite as the swiss dot wedding cake with handmade buttercream roses and charming "Just Married" banner shown below, but the understated elegance steals my heart away. With or without the ivory roses, the pale peach color and perfectly placed dots make this unforgettable cake too breathtakingly beautiful to eat.

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Jun 14, 2017

Succulent Aisle Decorations

I could make these sweet succulent aisle decorations now that I've finally mastered the science of planting my succulents in the hottest, most sunny spot in the backyard and refusing to give them a sip of water no matter how thirsty they look. I already have purple hydrangea growing along the back fence, that returns year after year in spite of my crappy track record as a gardener. I love the pale green shown here, but purple or blue would be just as stunning. Yellow "billy balls" (craspedia) are always for sale near the market check-out, although I understand they are easy to grow in at least six hours of sun, with little or no fertilizer and in all types of soil. The pink blooms look like alstroemeria (but I could be wrong), a cheap and readily available flower everywhere I shop. This unusual combination of blue, green, bright yellow and pink make this ordinary white chair look breathtakingly beautiful and perfect for a succulent themed wedding.

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Jun 11, 2017

Peacock Themed Mason Jar Centerpieces

These peacock themed mason jar centerpieces that I found on Pinterest today are so breathtaking, I hardly know what to say. It's also the combination of artificial flowers - variegated burgundy roses, pale green hydrangea, white gerbera daisies and small green hypericum berries that make these DIY wedding centerpieces look expensive and elegant. These quart sized (regular mouth) Kerr Mason jars are available in sets of 12 for less than ten dollars on Amazon. The flowers - unless you use freshly picked blooms and greenery from your own precious garden - are your only real expense.

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