Monthly Archives: May 2015

Monogram Wreath



Several weeks ago, I blogged about the monogram I was making for my son and daughter-in-law’s new house.  (  Now I’ll share the crapsmanship that ensued as I attempted to put the wreath together. Read the rest of this entry

Praline Cookies



Praline — that’s prah-leen, y’all, not pray-leen.  Pralines are a delicious Louisiana treat, and these cookies with their amazing praline topping are an homage to New Orleans. The original recipe is from my friend Bernie, but I’ve made a few changes and suggestions as I’ve played with the directions.  I must warn you — you’ve got to love sweets to enjoy these cookies! Read the rest of this entry



This craft is compliments of my sister Laurie, who specialized in all things miniature.  The mini-cloche would be perfect to display a small item or to present a miniature dessert to a guest.  And the bonus is that the project is cheap, at least once you’ve bought the Dremel rotary tool to cut the glass.  Laurie got her Dremel at Harbor Freight for $10. Read the rest of this entry

Mango Mimosa Punch



As one of the hostesses at a bridal shower (congratulations, Kelsey and Nate!), I volunteered to do the spiked punch.  I wanted something without too much of an alcohol kick, and the challenge was to make a punch with one of the wedding colors — either navy or coral.  Since the cupcakes were going to have coral-colored icing, I decided to search for a blue cocktail.  A pitcher of tropical punch vodka and blue curacao later, I decided it was too boozy for my taste, and would knock some of the old ladies attending right on the floor.  I decided next to experiment with some revisions to a punch I make often for showers.  Usually I do equal parts champagne or prosecco, Sprite Zero, and cranberry juice. (I don’t really measure; you can’t go wrong!)  This time, I substituted V-8 Splash Mango Peach juice for the cranberry.  To get the color a little more on the coral side rather than orange, I added a splash of grenadine. Read the rest of this entry

Can You Stand One More Monogram?



I’m making a housewarming present for Robert and Amanda, and I thought a wreath would be perfect.  Amanda likes monograms, LSU, and fleur-de-lis, so my plan is to incorporate all three.  First, the monogram.  I bought an over-sized R and painted it — front and back — with yellow craft paint.  It needed a couple coats. Read the rest of this entry