Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Bye Bye Bunnies

......at least for another year!

Easter 2020 is in the books and was one to
remember.

Our Easter celebration looked different this year and 
yours probably did, too, Glitterinas!

The message of Easter didn't change.
The tomb was still empty and Jesus still
triumphed over death.

He died for my sins and loves me more than 
I can imagine.

Goodness, am I thankful for His love and grace.

We usually have a big family get together 
at our home out here in the country.

We are blessed with lots of room for the 
kids to hunt Easter eggs.....run around....play with 
their cousins....laugh.....be silly....the list goes on and on!

We eat lots of good food (we always have lots of good food),
enjoy laughing with each other, and we have a nice, long visit!

We didn't get to be together this year.

We had a get together on Zoom!

It was entertaining just watching everyone get connected 
with picture and volume.

Not everyone got to join in the visit but those of us
who were connected sure were glad to see each other.

I was quite proud of myself for not 
crying.....I was very bummed that we couldn't 
be together.

There are people in this ol' world that I love 
and I needed to hug them!

I had a good, healthy cry later in the shower and 
felt better.

OK.....I'm through whining about that....thanks for 
listening, Glitterinas!

After Easter I packed all my decorations away..... 
the way time flies, next Easter will be here soon!

Bunnies of all shapes and sizes went back into
their wrappers and boxes....





......bunnies on platters and eggs on baskets 
were stored away.




Little burlap bunnies......
vintage metal eggs.....
handmade quilted boxes.....
all found their place in the tubs marked 
Easter.






The basket of puzzles and games went back upstairs 
to await their turn next year!



A few items are left out to help 
welcome springtime....




But all the tablecloths and runners 
that dress the house for Easter are 
packed away.



Sweet husband's candy jar still has a 
few pieces of candy in it.....there's one package of 
pink Peeps left to be devoured....but other 
than those few items...
Easter is packed up and I told them 
"bye bye bunnies'!

We are staying at home....being safe.....
washing our hands a lot....
and watching just one news program per day.


I hope you are all well and staying occupied 
during this crazy time.

Please join me in praying for all our leaders who are making difficult
and very important decisions for our country, states,
and cities.






My empty plate rack is calling out for something 
pretty.....maybe something with lovely spring flowers.....
I think I have just the right dessert plates....

Ta ~Ta for now!



Thank you so much for stopping by 
Pink Glitter!
Please leave me a note so I'll know you 
were here.....I love reading each note you write.


Bye bye for now,
Tammy






Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Texas Pecan Pound Cake....so yummy!

Hello Glitterinas! 

Here's a recipe for a very delicious pound cake.  I tweeked the original recipe a bit.  

It will be enjoyed by anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned slice of pound cake.

I found this recipe a month or so ago and my husband has been wanting 
me to make it ever since I told him about it.  He loves sweets.....this cake did not disappoint either of us!





TEXAS PECAN POUND CAKE

INGREDIENTS:
4 sticks butter
4 cups sugar
4 cups flour (cake or all purpose)
8 large eggs
8 oz. cream cheese
3 tsp of vanilla 
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup powered sugar
3-4 T. water
pecan halves, for garnish, if desired


INSTRUCTIONS:
Leave cream cheese, butter, and eggs out to reach room temperature.

In mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Then, add flour, one cup at a time. Next, add vanilla flavoring.  Sprinkle brown sugar and chopped pecans into batter and stir in well.

Grease and flour bundt pan and pour in batter.

Bake at 300º for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then, increase the temperature to 325º and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Test the cake with a wooden skewer to check for doneness. The utensil should come out dry and clean (no batter). Bake 5 more minutes if not quite done.

Remove from the oven and allow about 30 minutes to cool before removing from pan. Turn the cake out onto serving plate or cake stand.  Mix powered sugar and water until smooth and drizzle onto the cake.  Garnish with pecan halves, if desired.




There you go, Glitterinas!

Give this recipe a try......you'll enjoy it!  If you are taking dessert somewhere, I think you should give this recipe a try.  Enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping by Pink Glitter!

Happy baking,
Tammy

Monday, March 16, 2020

Top O' the Morning To Ya!

Or top of the evening......depending on when you're 
reading this!

I wish you lots of luck and fun on 
St. Patrick's Day, Glitterinas!

Thank you so much for stopping by 
Pink Glitter 
and sharing a few minutes with me.

I have a friend that I went to high school with 
who finds more 
four leaf clovers than anyone else.....ever....
every year!

Yes, you, Lynn!
You lucky, lucky lady!

I have to make my own 
shamrocks....and that's just 
what I'm doing today.

Please join me in the kitchen for a fun 
and simple craft recipe.

I'll just put on my apron and we'll get 
started.

Here's what I'll be using today.....

pretzels (curly and straight)
Rolos
green M&Ms

cookie sheet
Silpat liner
oven
platter


......and that's pretty much it!




Begin by arranging some of the traditional (curly) pretzels 
in threes 
on a silpat lined cookie sheet.

I like to use a silpat liner anytime 
I use Rolos because of the sticky, but very yummy,
caramel inside.



Leave plenty of room between the rows
for the stick pretzels (stems).

My shamrocks are not quite as lucky as Lynn's 
but it's fine, I bet they taste better!

When all the shamrocks are arranged, I add the stems.....


I try to keep the placement nice and tight so the 
Rolo in the center of each one will hold all the parts
together.


It's now time for the Rolo placement....the only difficult 
part of this project is unwrapping the Rolos.
It's really not hard just a bit time consuming, I guess!


Here we go.....


Tah-Dah!


Into the oven they go.....at 350º for about 5 minutes.

When they have done their time in the oven
I place the cookie sheet on a cooling rack and place a green M&M 
on top of each Rolo.
(Any color, of course, would work, but why not use green?)


Using one of my favorite, simple kitchen tools,
I press each M&M down, gently, into the 
Rolo.

Can you tell what my kitchen tool is, 
Glitterinas?

It's a long, plastic chop stick.

Very handy for many little kitchen cooking jobs!


I let the shamrocks cool for about 30 minutes and then 
transfer them to a platter or a decorative serving piece.

Pretty cute, huh?!

I also made some little nibbles for my
sweet husband.....just because he's my 
favorite lucky charm!


These are just a pretzel, Rolo, M&M.....not even on a silpat,
because he could not care less if they stick a bit.

He just cares about getting to snack on them!

I put together a tray of 
St. Patrick's Day snacks for my 
grand~darlings.....I used the shamrocks and some 
little candy cups on some fun, green doilies.





I like the way it turned out.


What do you think, Glitterinas?
Do you think the grands will like it?


I want to thank you again for stopping by 
Pink Glitter.

Please leave me a comment.
I really enjoy hearing what you think 
about each post!


Stay safe and keep washing those hands.



Big hug....ooooops, no, make that a nice elbow bump,
Tammy














Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Christmas Wish For You!

Merry Christmas, Glitterinas!

Christmas Eve has arrived and it's hard to believe it's here.

This post will be light on words
and
filled with lots of best wishes for
you and your family and friends.

My Christmas wish is that your days are filled with
comfort and peace.



Touches of the holiday through the house.....







We love each card sent to us by friends!

We enjoy looking at them and reading the 
holiday greetings sent to us across the miles.


Christmas smiles....





.....and a truck full of holiday wishes....


.....are what we wish for you!


Baby Jesus' story is the true reason
for the season!



So, have a merry time....


.....and know that we wish you the very best!


Merry Christmas, Glitterinas!



Thank you so much for stopping by 
and 
letting me share a little bit of 
Christmas cheer with you!


Peace,
Tammy












Saturday, November 9, 2019

Santa Banner.....Too Early?!

Poor ol' Thanksgiving....I always feel so sorry for this holiday when 
I see Christmas trees sparkling in the stores
before all the Halloween candy is even finished!

What about you, Glitterinas?

I love Thanksgiving!

I enjoy planning our family's 
big meal and a fun game or two....

I like to shop for all the yummy 
food we'll eat....

I love preparing all the food....I make a 
chart for the week of what I'll make on which day.

Please don't judge.....I love a good list!




I also LOVE Christmas!

Everything about it, basically.

Even more so since I've retired and 
have a much more flexible schedule.

A friend gave me a wonderful 
Mary Engelbreit Santa picture that she 
had, knowing I'd want it.....she's a 
keeper, that one!

I put it upstairs on my arts & crafts desk 
and promptly forgot about it.

Well, there it sat for a while....

.....and then one day I decided what I wanted to make out 
of dear ol' Santa's cute face......

.....a hanging sign.

Even though it's not 
Thanksgiving yet, I'm going to share my 
sign with you....

....it's Christmas-y and I love it!

So please forgive me, if you can,
Glitterinas, for getting a bit 
ahead of the calendar!


Here we go....


How cute is he?!

I trimmed up the picture and decided to mount 
it on red foam and then again on black foam.

I used some small, clear sticky 
squares to mount the paper on 
the first layer of foam.


These little squares stick like crazy.....and hold 
on tight!

Place them on.....and then peel off the 
square of paper on them....


.....position them carefully because there is 
NO moving the paper after they have touched 
what your fastening them to.

After attaching the picture to the red foam, I 
attached the red foam to a piece of black foam.



Now for a hanger....

a piece of black ribbon will work.

I chose some other ribbons to simply tie onto 
one side of the black hanging ribbon.


Snip, snip, snip.....clip some pieces of each 
ribbon choice.


Simple so far.....don't you think?!

I want to add some "littles" to 
hang on the side of my sign.

How about using some jingle bells?


I tied them on a short piece of ribbon....


......and added them to the bow.



I have a box of small doodads....so I 
checked my stash.



Oh.....look at these!


I liked these two little ornaments.....
so they each got a piece of ribbon and the gold 
ornament needed a bow.

Very festive!


I added two bows above the bells.


This sign is done!

So I hung it up to take a picture
and it was hanging all
lopsided......boo hiss!

Too much weight on the left side......

so.....

some weight needed to be added to the right side.

Hmmmmm, what to do?

Come on brain, don't fail me now.

Ah ha.....


Good ol' pennies to the rescue!
These were glued to the back.


Tah Dah!

Cute little Santa face sign ready 
to help decorate our house!

It will probably hang on a grapevine wreath
on the mantel for the holidays!

Something like this....


Now, I'll get back to the real time of the year 
that my calendar is showing me!

Thanks for letting me share this 
Christmas project with you, Glitterinas!

I bet you have a seasonal picture that you 
could use to make a holiday pretty 
to use when you decorate this year!

Please share a picture or a comment with me....
I love it when you do!



Until next time,
Tammy