31 March, 2009
30 March, 2009
These April Fools tricks were published in Family Fun Magazine. They turned out perfect. I served them to my grandson.
Mock Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cake
These look exactly like a grilled cheese sandwich.
Pound cake (we used Entenmann's brand)
1 cup buttercream or white frosting (canned is just fine)
Yellow and red food coloring
Cut the pound cake into bread-like slices and toast them in a toaster oven just until they turn golden brown. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, stack two slices for each sandwich and cut the stack in half diagonally (slicing the sandwich before you fill it makes for fewer crumbs).
Now tint the frosting by stirring in a few drops of yellow and red food coloring (more yellow than red) to get a shade of orange that resembles American cheese. Carefully spread frosting between the slices of each half sandwich. If you mound the frosting on one slice, then top it with the other and gently press down, the frosting will ooze out a bit and look all the more like melted cheese. Makes one sandwich.
Put meatloaf mix or a large meatball in a foil cupcake paper. You can make the meatloaf in the foil cups. I just put a large cooked meatball in the cup and heated it. Tint mashed potatoes with food coloring and “icing” the cupcake.
Other April Fool Tricks I Pulled On People:
Every single day, my boss's wife called and asked him to bring home either milk, a bread, etc. On April 1, when she called to ask him to bring something home, I gave him the message and included about 10 other things.
A couple of weeks before April 1, another boss received flowers from a florist. There was no card and he was calling people to see who sent them. All of us girls in the office thought this was a hoot. This inspired us to continue as if he had a secret admirer. Every few days he would get a gift: a box of chocolates, a balloon, a small stuffed animal, a plant, cookies, etc. You get the picture? Not such a horrible prank was it? Word got back to him what we were doing. Of course, on Secretary's Day he gave us all lovely flowers.
More April Fool Ideas:
Color The Milk: Choose a bright color of food coloring to add to the milk. Buy it in a cardboard container so nobody can see inside. Make sure you are around when they pour it on their cereal. *smile*
Mealtime idea: Serve lunch or dinner in reverse order, the dessert first, then the main dish, and lastly the starter/appetizer. Some of the food items in different dishes to confuse them further.
Office/Computer fun: Use a small post-it note and place it under someones computer mouse (covering the ball on the bottom). When they go to use the mouse, it won't do anything! Remember to write "April Fool!" on the bottom.
28 March, 2009
This event is sponsored by World Wildlife Fund. Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world.
Australia, being a day ahead of us, has already experienced Earth Hour for 2009. This is Perth, Australia taken from Kings Park with lights on and during Earth Hour.
Click on this link to see a really cool slide show of before and after pictures of cities all over the world. See if your city is participating. This is Atlanta, GA last year.
Here are a few ideas for things to do in the dark…by yourself or with others:
- Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with someone special using organic or sustainably grown food items.
- Invite friends and family over for a “lights-out” party and serve green-themed snacks and drinks
- Turn off the lights and power down the computer and cell phone. Use the quiet time to take a break from a “plugged-in” world by meditating or resting.
- Take a bubble bath by candlelight.
- Use the hour for practical tasks that you never seem to have time for. Test essential items in your emergency preparedness kit like flashlights, radios, and cell phones. Change out all your light bulbs to energy-efficient CFLs. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Think about how you would evacuate your house in an emergency in the dark.
- Read a book set in an era without electricity. Marvel that the Romans conquered much of the world without a single cell phone and that Shakespeare wrote masterpieces without a laptop or the Internet.
- Turn off the computer and write a letter by candlelight the old-fashioned way using pen and paper.
- Invite friends over to play charades or Scrabble by candlelight.
- View the night sky via telescope--the reduced “light pollution” may make some stars more visible.
- Take photos of how you spent Earth Hour and post them on your blog.
25 March, 2009
For the photo, I included salad bowls, with the dinner plates and bread plates.
I can remember my grandmother keeping a bowl of spoons on her table at all times. This is an antique spoon holder I inherited from my mother. I think she inherited it from her sister.
24 March, 2009
Martha from Lines from Linderhof gave me this Friends Award. It is my very first award and I am just thrilled. I certainly have made friends in blogland. It's sweet of you to recognise me. Thank you, Martha.
The Friends Award comes with this message attached:
- Becky at Hospitality Lane
- Martha at Mid-Atlantic Martha
- Catherine at Catherine de the Cups
- Domestic Designer
Just for Fun Name Game
Kim at My Domestic Bliss posted this fun game. Here are the Rules: Use the first letter of your name to answer each question. They have to be real places, real names, etc... Try to use different answers if you have the same initial as someone who has already done this. You cannot use you own name for the boy/girl question. Ready?... Set?... GO!!!
Since I received it from Kim, and the rules said use a different initial, I am using N for Nittany.
1. What is your name? Nana (to the grandkids)
2. A four letter word? Nice
3. A boy's name? Norman
4. A girl's name? Nancy
5. An occupation? Notary Public
6. A color? Navy Blue
7. Something you wear? Nail tips
8. A beverage? Nestle tea
9. A food? noodles
10. Something found in the bathroom? Nair
11. Movie? Norma Rae
12. Celebrity? Nick Nolte (Do I get double credit?)
13. Sport? Nittany Lions Football
14. A place? North Dakota
15. A pet? Norwich Terrier
Play along if you want!
22 March, 2009
18 March, 2009
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting Tablescape Thursday. Check out her blog to see other tablescapes.
Oops, what happened? You were went to be directed to my Easter post. Please click here. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I'm a little late in showing my St. Patrick's Day tablescape, but I didn't set that table until St. Patrick's Day.
My centerpiece is a large real shamrock plant. The little Hat on a stake was purchased that morning at a thrift store. The green plate was a gift from my mother-in-law. In order to get my 3, I used a small decorative finial. It is made of cast iron and is very heavy for all the bigger it is.
17 March, 2009
It is my very favorite video. It has been around awhile, so many of you may have already seen it. It is Carolyn Scott and her dancing dog Rookie.
I used this photo in a post before, but I thought it was great. This is the Egyptian Moon Dance Company.
16 March, 2009
This week I am featuring my tole painted ware. All these I have found at thrift store in the last few weeks.
I love the large tray. I only paid a couple of dollars for the tray and the container.
This is the large tray hung on the wall. You can't tell very well in the photo, but my walls are a soft yellow. The yellow flowers in the tray really pop.