Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cheese Ball and a Tablescape

Well, I am finally getting to create a post after being away for several weeks with my knee replacement. I'm sharing a cookie dough cheese ball that my daughter and I made for her Bible Study group this week. The recipe will follow at the end of the post.


This recipe does have peanut butter plus chopped Reese's Peanut Butter cups, so you are going to need to like these two ingredients to enjoy the taste. 


We used wafers around the cheese ball for dipping. 


I couldn't resist adding a few bunny peeps to the group, they are just too cute. Add a few jelly beans and they are ready to eat.


Since the cookie dough cheese ball had lots of orange with the orange Reese's pieces, I'm featuring a tablescape from the past that also uses orange. You may not be thinking about using orange for your Easter table, but I was certainly excited to use these Fitz and Floyd pieces on the orange and aqua tablescape. You can click below for a link to the original tablescape.




Now for the recipe I promised above: 

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened; 1/2 c light brown sugar; 1/2 c peanut butter; 1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened; 3/4 c powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla; 1.5 cup mini Reese's peanut butter cups chopped, 1/2 reese's pieces. 

Directions: 
1. In a large bowl beat the brown sugar and butter together until combined. Add in the cream cheese and peanut butter and beat until combined. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.
2 Stir in the chopped peanut butter cups.
3. Place the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap into a ball. Freeze the ball for about 1.5 hours or until firm enough to keep it's shape.
4. Unwrap the plastic from the ball and cover in the Reese's pieces.
5. Place the ball on a serving dish, cover with wrap and freeze for another couple of hours, thaw for 20-20 minutes, Serve with vanilla wafers, pretzels, graham crackers, fruit or other cookies. 

Recipe from justapinch.com

Thanks for stopping by and not giving up on me - Judy.

Linking to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
FoodieFriday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Birds and Pine Cones for a Wintery Tablescape

We are talking cold and windy today here in Kansas City. The temp this morning was 8 degrees with a wind chill advisory of 10 to 25 below zero

Not only are we cold, but I am sure the birds are cold and getting hungry so I hope you are feeding the birds. 

For my tablescape, I am using . . .







The salad plates are Snowy Bird from Pottery Barn. My husband gave me the plates, chargers, napkins and runner for Christmas 2014 and this is my first time to use them. I was recovering from my first knee replacement and he thought he should give me something I love - dishes!



The double layer of linen and the Snowy Bird napkins and napkin rings are also Pottery Barn.


Place cards for the table stamped with Tim Holtz stamps. You may not know, I am a crafter too and you can visit my craft blog at jbiggslittlescrappieces.blogspot.com


The tablescape is casual with pine cones, pine branches 


and birds.


Adding a glass pedestal hurricane 


and crystal candlesticks along the center adds a bit of elegance. 


Lenox crystal and flatware also dress it up.









After adding these elements to the table, it looks to be more casual elegant? What do you think? - Judy

Linking to;


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined


Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life

Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
Three Mango Seeds It's Party Time on Sundays



Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year's Tablescape - from the archives

I'm in Illinois visiting my Dad so I am sharing my New Year's tablescape from my archives. The first one is my last year's but I still love it. Take a look




I used Lenox Holiday Nouveau Gold salad plates placed on Lenox Eternal China dinner plates.



The napkins are also the Lenox Holiday Nouveau pattern with Lenox Eternal Gold flatware. I love the gold trim on the plates and the flatware. Such a beautiful holiday look this brings to the table. These pieces are sitting on Lenox placemats which have such a delicate feel. 



The glassware for the table features clear Fostoria goblets and amber wine glasses. I choose the Fostoria because it was my Mom's favorite and the amber wine glasses for their color, hoping to accent the gold rim on the China and flatware. What do you think?




The centerpiece was created using winter white glittered magnolias, gold and silver glittered leaves, white candles in crystal candlesticks, gold and silver stemmed pieces, plus two types of pine cones.






Additional candlesticks are added to each end of the centerpiece for a little more beauty and elegance.


My centerpiece theme was carried to my sideboard with the magnolias, pine cones and silver stems. Two white candles in Lenox candlesticks are reflecting in the silver platter. Two pillar candles are used with silver candle holders.



My New Year's tablescape in 2012 was similar. I used the same magnolias but different hurricanes and candles. The ones below are very old and have been through many of our moves. 


The dishes I used in 2012 were not china but stoneware so not the elegant look as in 2013. 


Right now all of our belongings are in storage until we purchase a new home. I am having my other knee replaced in February so we can't possible find a new house and move before February. It will probably be Spring before we make a move. Thanks goodness our daughter has room for us. 

Thanks for always stopping by my blog and leaving such kind messages. I hope 2015 brings you peace and happiness - Judy.

Note: See you soon when I return from my visit to Illinois.

Linking to:

Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Table It Monday at Rustic & Refined


Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme


Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm


Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life

Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
Three Mango Seeds It's Party Time on Sundays


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Home Tour on Legacy Lane - the guest rooms and laundry

I am continuing the home tour of my friend, JoAnn from Jo on Legacy LaneJo was invited to have her home on the annual Holiday Tour of Homes hosted by the Kappa Department of Murray Woman's Club in Murray, KY. I am featuring her home since she has had zero time to create any posts for her blog.

Today, I am spotlighting the guest rooms and laundry.  Sit back and enjoy!

JoAnn made the blue pillows on the bed and in the chair. The walls are painted Berkshire Beige.




The lamp below is a hand-blown glass purchased from Lulu's Home Trends in Murray, KY. The two picture are from there too.


JoAnn has another tabletop tree in this room. Love her colors of the turquoise blues and silver.



Along with the blues and silver, this tree has beautiful butterflies



Take a close look at this gorgeous silver cabinet. JoAnn recently had it painted at Lulu's Home Trends. It was once an oak cabinet.




A Santos doll sits on the cabinet below the tv.


The guest bath.



Another guest room is for her granddaughter to spend the night. This room is done in a Paris theme. Two of the pillows on the bed are frenchy fabric and JoAnn made all the pillows.



Here you can get a glimpse of the pink ceiling. The walls are painted Galveston Grey. Pink ornaments and silver high heel shoes are along the garland.


This tree has Eiffel towers, silver purses, vintage postcards and pink ornaments.


You will remember that I have mentioned that JoAnn sews so she does have a sewing room. She has done some decorating in this room too and has the cuties tree decorated in a sewing theme.


Her tree has spools of thread and a tape measure as ornaments and garland. She also made a Christmas wall handing. The garland over the large mirror in the room has another tape measure woven in plus you can see the clear ornament filled with buttons.
 

The last area I am sharing is her laundry. 

The laundry is part of a long hallway leading to the garage at one end and the master bedroom at the other.



All is certainly decorated and beautiful at Jo and Bill's home on Legacy Lane. I have certainly enjoyed sharing this tour with you.

If you missed one of the earlier posts from on their home tour, you can click below to enjoy.



Merry Christmas - Judy

Linking to:


Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday