; Life is like champagne......: 2008-05-11

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My new favorite flower



Dahlia's are my new favorite flower. I prefer to put them in pots due to I admit I am lazy when it comes to digging them out at the end of the season.

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Cupcake decor continues.......

How about cupcake wrappers to decorate for an elegant look! Check out the butterfly design, very detailed. Thanks Melissa!

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Goin' to a game


I am an avid New York Yankee fan. We have season tickets and our first game we are going to is the Subway Series today(Mets in case you did not know that). My parents will be going and Victoria also. She is always free as long as she can walk under the turnstile! By the way, Victoria shares the same birthday as Mariano Rivera.......

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Web Site of the Day



I love to knit and boy would I love to know the patterns that blabla kids have for their knitted toys! Victoria has the cat and dog given to her as gifts but check out the new bird rattles, I love the Ukelele(unlike Ukulele for the instrument).

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Friday, May 16, 2008

BBC is a o.k.

I just have to say that I really like watching BBC America news. With all of the media coverage being shown for the Presidential race, they add an element of humor which is needed to compensate for the MILLIONS of dollars being spent on all of the campaigns. I know I am not the only one who is sick about this. Check it out at 10:00pm EST.

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Love a Tree Day



I am fortunate to have a few flowering trees in my yard. This crab apple is one of my favorites! Can you find the Oriole in the tree?

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Web Site of the Day


Simple and classic seams to always work for toys. As we know, sometimes just a spoon and a collender keeps them busy. I like Cars From Papa for neat handmade wood toys that will last. Of course Victoria loves the tractor!

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Ciao.....


I love these dresses...and yet I know Victoria probably will not have the occasion to wear them again.

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Peony Tree


Oh if I could only find a home in my yard for this........

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Roast Beef Dinner


The Haddam Congregational Church is having their Roast Beef dinner on May 17th. If we were not going to a NYY game, we would be there!

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Web Site of the Day

This would drive my dog Hana over the edge! Mahar Drygoods is a company that has all handmade children's gifts, including a wood squirrel pull toy that is sooo cute(I cannot even say the word in front of Hana)! Check out the Donut Box Set of hand knitted donuts, look good enough to eat.

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The progression of a vegetable garden


Here it is at the beginning, tilled and ready for planting. We have to wait to plant due to frost. I will be starting to put a few plants in today but the bulk will be on Sunday.

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National Chocolate Chip Day


This is a day we can all enjoy whether it is in cakes, cookies muffins or trail mix. There is nothing like a classic chocolate chip cookie!

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I have a hat to decorate......


I feel the need to decorate my hat after seeing the Awards Luncheon Martha attended on my Birthday of all days! Hmmm...I wasn't invited........

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Peony Report


I currently have one sunny garden where we will be expanding. This is where the peonies are and I consider myself lucky to have them growing and flowering there. The soil is sandy and the sun beats down on this area. This year I put manure down(not early enough) to see if I could get them to flower more and it looks like I have more flowers coming then last year. I will keep you updated.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Library garden


Haddam Garden Club working on the Library gardens.....

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We have plenty in our yard!

Check out this article on the latest ethnic meal fad.....squirrel meat. I think I will pass.

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And the cupcake winners are......

Martha had a cupcake contest, check out the pictures and the winners. The flower pot and the Japanese tea pot are my favorites.

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First asparagus harvest!





Here it is.....the first pick of the season with more to come!

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Web Site of the Day


My friend Monique is a very savvy shopper. She is great at finding the deals and knows to shop on the off season. Her gifts are thoughtful and unique. Her last trip to Chicago, she was able to visit the Land of Nod store which we all love their catalog and web site! Victoria received the pair of butterfly maracas and a tooth holder for the tooth fairy. Love it! Thank you Monique and G!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Container planters


Went to Acer Gardens to pick up some plants for my containers and a few gifts. I did get a wonderful mini cement garden with dwarf perennial plants. Stopped at mother-in-laws to give her one for Mother's Day. Looks great on her new stone wall! They had so many flowers there it was overwhelming. I will be going back in two weeks for the roses.

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Web Site of the Day

Even though you can find many of these toys elsewhere, it is the organization of the web site that counts! Navigation of ebeanstalk makes it very simple to find the age appropriate toys and what is new. They also have a birthday reminder, helping you out with keeping track of your new mom friends.

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So you think you know how to eat a cupcake....

Champagne and cupcakes go together....I think you can drink champagne with just about anything. Of course it has to be good champagne! So you think you know How to eat a cupcake? Of course it is not a list of cupcake etiquette such as 'at least take two bites' or 'don't just eat the frosting first'. This blog has nice drop down menus of cupcake recipes and frosting recipes along with other cupcake info. If I find that cupcake etiquette site, I will post it, but I will not follow it!

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Cupcake craft decor

Martha has a how to make cupcake paper carnations on her web site. Sometimes I wonder how easy it is to make her craft suggestions. It may look and sound real simple but it just never looks as good as her pictures.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

An introduction to Hana


Hana is not only a town in Maui which a challenging road to get there, but also the name of our Border Collie.....who is also very challenging. Yes the name fits her well. She is 8 years old, a tri-color and loves the Frisbee. Every BC has a bizarre quirk about them. My first BC (Lady) did not like hats and my mom's BC use to not like power lines when you drove in the car(she use to duck). Hana certainly has a few, one being tin foil. We cannot even get the box out without her going crazy wanting to bit it!

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Web Site of the Day


Just the other day, one of my friends told me their daughter puts three pacifiers in her crib at night to increase the chances of having her baby find one so she can sleep. Another alternative is a Bink Link that can be attached to their clothing. It is a wood pacifier clip that has been safety tested. I love the peas & carrots and the ice cream design. And yes these products are lead free!

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The Couture Cupcakes.....always go the high end!

Wow there are a lot of sites about cupcakes. For more reading, check out The Couture Cupcake that has a recipe for Grapefruit cupcakes with raspberry & strawberry buttercream or find the recipe that helps fight cancer! Yup you can eat them to stay healthy, who would have thought that!

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Knitting update


I am currently working on a wool sweater for Victoria, have to finish it asap because I cannot work with wool in warm weather! I have several projects in the pipeline(Ooooo that sounds like a former work quote), one being a wrap coat for Victoria that is very cute. I am going to start taking pictures of my finished work(I have a few, just have to find them)to post. These dolls were just as much work as a sweater!

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day to all!

We will be going to church in the morning and in the afternoon will be with my mom and Grandmother(her mom) who happens to have a Birthday on the same day! It is a good opportunity to utilize some of those dresses that Victoria has and needs a special occasion to wear. I am sure it will be a kodak moment.

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Celebrating mom

This weeks Web Site of the Day will all be related to mom. Mother's Day does not have to be only one day you know.......

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And then there was one....

Need a container to carry one cupcake in? There is a single cupcake carrier called the Cup-A-Cake that supposedly holds the cupcake so it will not ruin the frosting if tipped over. I may have to do a product test and give you feedback on this one.

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Web Site of the Day






'Tag' blankets are a very popular gift for baby showers. I found a person who custom makes similar blankets with the fabric of your choice at a reasonable price. Martha's Baby Bundles offers blankets, a matching bag and onsies. Washable and much softer than the 'Tag' blankets. A unique gift mom and baby will love.

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