Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jellybean Easter ~ Spring Centerpiece


We all know that entertaining can get a bit expensive at times.  Especially when you add fresh flowers to the mix.  Pre-made floral arrangements can be very expensive. One of the ways I try to save when I am entertaining, is by creating my own floral arrangement form supermarket flowers.  It can save you a lot of money!!

I usually grab a few pretty flowers from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market.  I will use whatever flowers are in season which is usually priced for less.  The tulips that I used for the Easter inspired arrangement in this project came from Whole Foods. Cost 10-Stem Tulip Bunches 3 for $12, added two bags of jelly beans at $0.99 cents and used glass containers that I already owned.  So for about $14.00 I have a spectacular Easter/Spring Floral arrangement that could easily retail for $40 to $60 at a florist.  Plus, I had a few stems left over that I used to decorate other rooms.

And don't worry, it is so simple.  See below for supplies and instructions on how to create one of your own.







MATERIALS




  • 2 clear-glass cylindrical vases, one slightly larger than the other
  • Jelly beans in assorted colors
  • Tulips (or flower of preference)
  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Flower food




STEPS




  1. Place the small vase inside the larger one, and fill the space in between with jelly beans, making sure that the inner vase is centered. Fill the inner vase halfway with water.
  2. Prepare tulips by removing foliage from stems using a sharp knife or scissors. On a work surface, stack tulips so that the flowers and stems are aligned, alternating flower colors as desired. 
  3. Cut stems to a uniform length using a sharp knife or scissors (you can determine the height of the flowers visually). Fill inner vase with water, and add flower food, following label instructions. Place flowers in inner vase.



Be sure to choose two containers that fit inside of one another - mine are an old vase and medium glass canister I already had.  Fill the smaller container with water.




Then add jellybeans around the outside, jiggling the inside cup to make sure the beans are all the way down the sides.  Be sure to choose an inner container that leaves you with enough room to fit the beans.










  


Arrange the flowers the way you want, then carefully add water then carefully add water without spilling on the beans.




I am so happy with the way the arrangement turned out.  So so pretty!! I love the bright colors of the tulips and jellybeans.

This centerpiece would look wonderful on any table.  This would also make a great and inexpensive hostess gift.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you all have a great week.



Janet


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From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday 
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A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
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Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things
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No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursdays
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Tablescape Blog Hop ~ Ladies Lunch

Hello everyone.  For those of you visiting Rosemary & Thyme for the first time, WELCOME!

Spring is officially here!!!  Time to say goodbye to winter and so long to snow. It is time to welcome spring.  To watch all the the bright and cheerful flowers make their appearance.  And what better way to celebrate Spring than by gathering good friends around a table inspired by the colors of the season. 

With that in mind, I am happy to be joining a group of twenty-five other bloggers for a Spring Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by the sweet Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate to bring you a week full of beautiful spring table ideas. Whether you are hosting an Easter brunch or a laid-back springtime garden party, I guarantee you that by the end of this blog hop, you will be inspired to create your own little master piece.  So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy the blog hop which ends today....

I love setting a pretty table.  It is my passion!!! Many things inspire me to create a pretty table for friends and family to enjoy.  A simple flower bouquet found at my local market, an eye catching fabric or pretty vintage plates found at a thrift shop.  Most of all, I am inspired by the people that will gather around my table.  And so for this seasonal table, I was inspired by the lovely ladies in my life. 

Keeping in mind all of their bright and cheery personalities, I created a table using colors their favorite colors.  Ones that I know make them feel happy and sunny.

I started by layering my table linens.  I used a basic white table cloth and placed a shorter bright yellow cloth on top of it to add color to my table.  For spring, I don't think you can get a brighter or fresher look than adding yellow to a table.  But actually,any pastels would be just as lovely.




Next, I turned to the place settings, I began with my all time favorite white dinner plate which is by Lenox in the Federal Gold Pattern.  I then added another favorite pattern to my place setting...  Floral salad plates and tea cups from Mikasa in the Touch of Spring pattern.  This is such a delicate pattern and one that I find to be perfect for any spring/summer gathering. 

I finished each place setting with simple gold flatware and a green and white gingham napkin.




I didn't use a plate charger because I didn't want to cover the yellow of the tablecloth.  


Crystal and light purple stemware pick up the colors of the china.   Isn't this tea cup Lovely?  


I added a place card and mini vanilla cup cake to each table setting.  I also placed the pretty lilac flowers on the cupcakes.  It think it ties everything together and makes  each place setting extra special.









On the center of the table, I placed two ceramic bunnies and filled them with pastel jelly beans.



I had to get creative with my centerpiece for this one.  I was not happy with the flowers I originally purchased for this table.  I found them to be too dark after I bought them so I used a faux floral arrangement and added a few natural tulips for effect.  One has to be resourceful at times....









I even made pastel colored jelly bean bark and a blueberry cheese cake......



I hope you enjoyed your visit here today.   It was my pleasure sharing my spring inspired table with you.  Please head over to visit the other wonderful ladies sharing their pretty spring tablescapes today.  

Have a Glorious Spring!!!


Fondly,

Janet





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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Afternoon In The Garden

Happy Sunday friends.  I hope you are all having a restful day.

Today, I am sharing a few photos that I shot in our garden last month when the temperatures were in the 70's believe it or not.  I was so excited about the spring like weather that I rushed to our garden to set-up a pretty table to enjoy a cup of tea and a few sweet treats with my husband.  

Even though there were no pretty flowers adorning the landscape, it felt wonderful to be able to spend an a few hours in the garden.  Having clear blue skies and feeling the warmth of the sun was plenty for this gal to be grateful for.  
What is it about the spring that makes us so excited???  I guess it is the promise of natures rebirth and the warm sunny days that makes everyone smile....





















Days after these sweet photos were taken, we were hit with a winter blizzard. The ground is still covered with snow even though spring begins tomorrow.  Like it or not, we must respect mother nature's will and so we begin dreaming of spring again.

Thank you for being here today.  I wish you a lovely week.


Janet




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Marshmallow Flower Cupcake Tutorial


Daylight saving time has arrived and it seems that it has also brought back freezing temperatures. Did mother nature not get the memo about the spring equinox arriving on March 20???  What a disappointment!!!  I thought that after the record warm weather in February, spring was here to stay. And to make things even worse, we are expecting winter storm Stella tomorrow night which is anticipated to bring blizzard conditions and a decent amount of snow fall. Yikes!!!

What are you going to do sweet friends!!!  We can't control mother nature so for now, I will settle for dreaming of spring.  With that in mind. today I am sharing a recipe and tutorial for these darling Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes that are sure to get you talking about spring flowers.








Bake your favorite cupcake mix or follow the simple recipe below:



Vanilla Cupcakes with Marshmallow Sugar Flowers:

Makes about 24 cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Skip the boxed mix and make delicious vanilla cupcakes from scratch! This recipe makes 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients


  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in one 24 count or two 12 count cupcake pans.
  3. Cream butter then slowly add sugar until fluffy in stand mixer with whisk attachment.
  4. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  5. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl.
  6. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely in wire rack before frosting and decorating


You’ll  need:

  1. Bag of mini marshmallows
  2. Frosting
  3. Colored Sugar
  4. Sugar Pearls
  5. Kitchen Shears
  6. Small spatula
  7. Paper plates or Plastic Ziploc bags

















Step 1:  Begin by frosting your cupcakes




Step 2:  Take the mini marshmallows and cut them with kitchen shears
              diagonally. 






Step 3:  Place them cut side down into the colored sugar   
              pushing gently then pull them out and put aside.





Step 4:  Now take the sugared mini marshmallows and place them 
              around the edge of the cupcake sugar side up with the points
              sticking out and working in a circle. 






Step 5:  Continue this working from the outside in toward the middle. 








Step 6:  Add the sugar pearls to the center of the flower







Aren't these cupcakes gorgeous?  Who would have thought that marshmallows could look this beautiful!!!




Thank  you so much for stopping by.  I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and that I have inspired to give these cupcakes a try. These pretty cupcakes would be ideal for any spring gathering, bridal shower, girls birthday or Easter.  

Let me know what you think....

Wishing you a great week ahead,

Janet 



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Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home 
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A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
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Bernidee's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea Tuesday
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Cedar Hill Farnhouse for The Scoop Tuesday 
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Dagmar's Home Link Party

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Savy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
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From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday 
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A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
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Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things
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No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursdays
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Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
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Shoestring Elegance for What To Do Weekends
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French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
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Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday 
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Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday

Rooted In Thyme for Sweet and Simple Fridays
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The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday


SATURDAY

Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Party
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The Rosegarden in Malevik for Saturday Show Off
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One More Time for Saturday Share It One More Time Party
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