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May 31, 2011

Lovely May Shower- #2

Welcome to our second bridal shower this month!

This past weekend I attended the 2nd Bridal Shower
for my son and his Fiance' Angela.
They will be married in Pennsylvania
so my family decided to have a 2nd
Bridal Shower in Michigan so we could
introduce the bride-to-be to more family and friends.
These are my sisters, Sherry, Donna, and Jen 
and niece Jessica.  Sherry hosted the party
here at her home and they all pitched in with
food and decorating. Jess is in culinary school
and made these lovely Lemon Tartlets...
These Lemon Tartlets were topped with a raspberry and
a piece of mint on each one.
They were so good!  Of course I am a lemon nut
so I might not be a fair judge!
The luncheon included a salad famous to those
of us who know what J.L. Hudsons
 was in Michigan.  
They had a lunch room that we all enjoyed
going to and the Maurice Salad was a favorite.
They duplicated the ingredients here.
There were strips of ham, turkey and cheese,
shredded lettuce and sweet relish (which I didn't use)
and the famous Maurice dressing! We also had
homemade muffins, bread rolls and fruit!
 Behind this area is an island that had a terrific
punch flavored with strawberries...it was very good!
The tables were all set with decorative plates,
silverware and a wine glass...the little baskets
were something I found up here in Traverse City
and they added Cherry flavored candies to them
since Cherries are a huge industry here, and it
makes a connection to our son's hometown.
Each table had a centerpiece with a real bottle of wine
from a local vineyard here in Traverse City and a 
faux bottle of wine with labels my sister created.
Later we played a few games and the faux wine 
bottle was a gift that was won by a few people.  
Inside them were these wine related items.
 Here is a closeup of one of the bottles...Angela's family
is 100% Italian so my sister Jen made the connection
to her heritage with this label.
 My husband's family were Dairy Farmers and raised
Holstein cows for milk.  Again my sister made a 
connection to his family heritage.
Many gifts were given and I have to say that
nearly everything on their wedding registry 
has been purchased!
Do you remember these cakes from back in the
1960's maybe early 1970's?  I got a kick out of
seeing one of these again.  This frosting had to
be kept refrigerated so I snuck a picture of it in the
Here she sits at the table.
Ryan (our son) and Angela's father along
with my husband had returned to help with
loading gifts into cars.  We had
Ryan stand in for a quick photo op!

 The nuptials will take place in about one month

 We are in the countdown now!

May 23, 2011

A Lovely May Shower

On May 1st I attended the Bridal Shower for my soon to 
be daughter-in-law Angela.
We drove to Pennsylvania for the event. 
They have a large family and lots of friends so this lovely
little mansion on the grounds of a private school 
was used for the shower!
As I approached the room I started taking
pictures. On the left was a guest book.
As I came in the room,
this grand fireplace caught my attention.
 Of course I loved all the round tables with 
full length tablecloths- which dress things
up nicely.
Each table had it's own centerpiece
made with a cake stand that had desserts
on the top and a ring below with fresh
There was a handmade bar of soap, by a company
from Michigan where I come from as a small
gift for each guest.
I loved that they used real china, glassware
and flatware.  It all added up to a lovely
table setting.  
We were treated to a wonderful buffet
of food with delightful desserts that followed!
 These are pastry shaped swans with a
custard filling in them, and next to the swan
is one of the Peach cookies...they are a cake like
cookie with a custard like filling and a
little piece of mint leaf added to make
them look like real peaches!
I don't know all the names of these desserts,
but they were wonderful.  Some of the
guests made the desserts!
The bride to be and some bridesmaids helping 
her open gifts and keep record.
My son Ryan and Angela!

May 19, 2011

Lit'l Lamp

Well, like my last post I found another 
lamp at the store that is closing.  
I put it in my bathroom and liked it right away, 
but it's so small I couldn't find a good way 
to hide the cord.  
So I thought about it a bunch and I finally 
came up with this solution.
I forgot to take pictures before I started to
take this apart, but this is a 
painted wooden box.
 I took the screws out of the hinges on the top
to separate them because it allowed me to
set it in the corner better this way.
I cut three pieces of styrofoam that I had on
hand, and then I cut a section out in the back
so the extra cord could be tucked inside
to hide it.
I remembered this technique from so many
boxes that I've opened from manufacturers
with cords so neatly tucked away.
I needed to cover the styrofoam, so after a bit of
thought I decided a trip to JoAnn fabrics
was in order.  I found this fabric
which reminded me of the lampshade
material and decided to give it a try.
I centered it over the top and used
the skinny end of a comb to tuck
it down and around the sides.
I still have to figure out how to
hide the rest of the cord- I'm
still deciding on how to do that.
I also have tried it with the top of the box turned
around the other way it it looks good too!
I might embellish it a little more, some friends have 
suggested some greenery, or some other items
scattered on the surface...
So now I like my Lit'l lamp even more!
Thanks for stopping by!

May 15, 2011

Whimsical find!

We have a local store closing their doors that was our only 
quality lighting center in town.  This was the place to go
if you were building a new home, remodeling or just 
wanted a great looking lamp for your home. 
On my 2nd visit to the store I found this lamp that 
I think they had hidden somewhere, because
I don't think I would have missed it the
first time! I felt it would be a good fit color wise 
and since I am a cat lover I got a kick out of it. 
This was the 2nd spot I tried it out in my 
kitchen dining area.  I didn't expect to put
it here, but I am liking it!
See the cat inside and the bird outside!
I thought it was rather whimsical and since
I've never purchased anything like
this before I decided it was a must.

I'm going to miss this store and unfortunately
it's just another company that has bit 
the dust as a result of our economy.
New construction is still in the tank in
Michigan since there are so many 
homes available at discount due to

I'm joining Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life- Table Top Tuesday

May 10, 2011

Coming Alive!

My yard and garden are finally coming alive after 
our long winter here in northern Michigan. 
I would love to have you come by my 
gardening blog and pay me a visit!

Please click on the link below..

May 5, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to you all...
I'm fortunate enough to still have my 
mother around and I am going to 
see her this weekend.
See that little bundle in the blanket crying!  That's me!!  
I am the baby of 4 sisters...

She's 88 now but still has a good sense of humor
and always loves it when we all get together.
I hope you all have a wonderful loving Mother's Day!

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