Monday, February 24, 2014

Patisserie Heaven

One of my favorite restaurants is Aviary Café & Creperie in Springfield, MO.  I was busting with anticipation to visit their new patisserie located in the new venue at the Farmer's Market.  Aviary did NOT disappoint with a delectable selection of real French pastries.  I indulged in a Chocolate Almond Croissant and cappuccino, and carried away a box of goodies for later.  *Applause*

Friday, February 21, 2014

Big Top Birthday

In honor of my nephew's birthday today, I want to share pictures from his first birthday...Big Top Style!

My sis-in-law had a fun time creating the circus-theme birthday.  The dining room table served as the tablescape with a lollipop topiary, framed picture of the birthday boy in his ringmaster costume (which he wore for the party, too), a circus tent cake and small smash cake all baked by Mommy.  Snacks were provided such as popcorn in brown paper sacks.  I suggested a roll of tickets to use as a prop.

In staying with the theme, I bought this cute monkey.  I outfitted him with a circus one-year-old bib from Hallmark, made a party hat out of scrapbook paper and tied a ribbon around his neck.  Also, I found the box of Animal Crackers at Hobby Lobby and a small pinwheel for fun.  Luckily, I already had the perfect giftbag.  If you look closely you will see I addressed the card: "For The Ringmaster!"

Win a Bike Tour through Italy!

Oh my, who wouldn't love a culinary experience via a bike tour through Italy?  Whole Foods Market (based in Austin, TX) is awarding a lucky person and guest via Twitter an eight-day, seven-night tour of Emilia-Romagna!  See the details here:  Mangi!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Anthropologie Spring 2014 Window

Have you seen Anthropologie's new window display theme? Up, Up and Away! Visit their blog for more pictures!

Happy Pet Lover's Day!

I have to post a picture of Coco in honor of  Pet Lover's Day; how could I not?  Look at this face! xo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Almond Dessert

How do I satisfy a sweet tooth?  Crème Brûlée Almonds® by Squirrel Brand Nuts.  Such a sweet treat without all the guilt!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Literary Travels

As you will soon realize, I adore surrounding myself in books whether it be a library or bookstore.  Searching for a new read is a true treasure hunt for me!  My recent library check-outs have me traveling across Europe with Francis Mayes, A Year in the World and Frommer's Paris 2012.  If you can't seem to find the time or money to visit your dream location, find a book that represents your desired city or country.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Homemade Valentine

I made this Valentine for my nephew by printing a vibrant photo (used Picasa3) and tacking the 4 corners onto a scrapbook paper background.  I embellished with a couple of heart stickers I had on hand.  Notice the tab sticking out on the left?

Because I only tacked the 4 corners, I was able to slide a secret message between the picture and the back paper.  I glued a small pull tab on top so he could see there was something inside.

I personalized the back with a sweet message. This made a unique and fun Valentine for Sweet Boy!