Thursday, December 24, 2009


PUMPKIN PIE DIP (Makes about 3 cups)
Beat 1- 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese with 2 cups of powdered sugar.
Add 1- 15 oz. can of pumpkin and mix well.
Then add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger, blend well.
Chill 4 hours.
Serve with gingerbread cookies or gingersnaps. Also good with pear or apple slices.
Wishing you and your families a most Holy & Glorious Christ mass!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Peake Christmas Party

I did not get to completely set out all the food prior to the event- I had a previous engagement- so the host set out the rest of the food later. But, you can get an idea of the tablescape. Here we have a favorite of mine, the Chicken-Artichoke Tarts with Walnuts. (Recipe to follow tomorrow)
Gourmet cheese & olives with fresh fruits
Mini Herb biscuits with Herb & wine infused roasted pork tenderloin.
One of the holiday's favorites: Pumpkin Dip from Southern Living (the tray is waiting for the Gingerbread Man Cookies)
View of her lovely dining room & table setting
Stay tuned for recipes in the next coming days.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dining Room CHRISTmas Decor

The dining room is set. The Center Piece-Mary & Jesus
The place setting. Simple & elegant all in one.

Burlap all over the house this year.
The Nativity. My Favorite Angel & the Wisemen
This is the first year I've had two trees downstairs. This one is decorated with birds, angels, crosses & stars. I had it in the pink bedroom last year with pink & white roses.
Pretty new birds to add to my redbirds.
Hope you enjoyed.
Please post your decorations and leave your site for us to visit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Really it's all about the icing! Start by baking two recipes of your favorite two layer white or yellow cake. Bake & freeze the cake. (2 boxed cakes are okay if you don't have a cake recipe you like.)
Icing- Divided- This is for a 4 layer cake.
10 cups (or more) of confectioners sugar
1- 8oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 pint of heavy cream (you will not use all of it)
1 tsp of vanilla flavoring
1 small jar of seedless raspberry jelly
1 small packet of unsweetened koolaide-lemonade
1 lemon- grated & juiced
Almond slivers (optional)

Mix together confectioners sugar and cream cheese until blended. Add heavy cream in small amounts to make a stiff, creamy frosting. Then divide by 1/3 to 2/3's.
To the first 1/3 add the vanilla flavoring and the raspberry jelly. Mix well. Use this to fill between each layer.
To the remaining 2/3's add the lemonade, lemon juice and grated peel. If the icing becomes too thin, add more confectioners sugar to stiffen. Use this to frost the outside of the cake. Top with almond slivers if using. After frosting- freeze again. (Wait until the frosting is frozen then wrap in plastic and keep frozen until ready to serve.) Defrost for at least 4 hours before serving. Make sure to unwrap as soon as it's removed from the freezer.
Note: Plan this cake at least 3 days ahead. Cook one day & freeze. Frost the next day, then freeze. Serve after that.
Also, to help stabilize the 4 layers of cake, place long wooded skewers into the layers as soon as you have finished frosting between layers.
Well, there you have it!
Simple, time consuming, but simple. Enjoy!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dessert Table for NuLink

Assorted baked cookies
My Fav! Tropical Carrot Cake

Raspberry-Lemonade Cake (recipe to come)
Chocolate Thunder & Lime-Grapefruit Poundcake
Now isn't YOUR mouth watering! Call me, I can make one for you too!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I'll be back in a few days- busy time of year for me.
So have a cup of tea with me & don't forget me while I'm out. Have a great week!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Table Scape

Going a little "Down-Home Country" this year. I'll be using burlap, red & green plaid & natural decor a lot this year.
I bought this set of plates several years back. They show all Santa's reindeer dressed to the 'Nines'
Isn't Donner dapper
Waiting to get displayed.....somewhere. Ha!
Most of the decor is waiting in the attic still. Will post as I go.
What will your home be like this year? Post and let us know, or better yet show us how you decorated this year.