Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Little Taste of Heaven

Hello Folks!!!

As the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun" and how true I am finding that to be!

You see, on June 18Th, I will be celebrating my 40TH birthday!!!

Can you believe it???

You know I don't look a day over 25(lol)!!!!

Now as my luck would have it, modern technology has yet to invent a youth serum, so I guess I am forced to really start taking good care of myself. Not that I don't take good care of myself now, but there's always room for improvement, right???

Part of my "improvement" plan is to drop 5 to 10lbs.

I figure, hey, why can't I have the face AND the body I did when I was 25???

Humor me people!!!

So, all has been going really well. I've been eating tons of fruits and veggies, and I've discovered that I have a true talent for making a wide variety of fabulous homemade soups (since that's all that I've been living on).

I figure if all else fails in life I can open up a soup kitchen!!

Now here's the problem.....

I have come across the most INCREDIBLE shop on Etsy called Lebleux Cookies, and the Pastry Chef behind all the magic is Chef Vincent Lombardo!!

I must admit, that never before have I bought any food related items on Etsy.

I've always been a bit hesitant....

What if it's not fresh by the time I get it?

What if it tastes terrible?

What if there's cat hair or something floating around in the cook's kitchen?

Well my dears, my fears have been abated!!!

Vincent Lombardo, a Pastry Chef, who just recently graduated from  The French Culinary Institute in New York City, makes the most WONDERFUL, DELECTABLE, MOUTH-WATERING goodies!! He even worked under Master Pastry Chef Jacques Torres at Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven!!!!

My dear friends, I am a Food Network Junkie, and let me tell you, if you don't already know, Jacques Torres is a BIG DEAL !!!!!!

Anyhow, let me show you what I ordered from dear Chef Vincent...

Cinnamon Whiskey Cookies

Do these not look divine????

According to Chef Vincent these are his specialty cookies, and I can see why!! These yummy little treasures are basically a  snicker doodle sprinkled with roasted cinnamon, and then soaked with a sweet whiskey glaze! Can you get any better than that???

These cookies were so incredibly yummy, and did I mention that I ordered them on a Friday night, and had them in my mouth by Monday afternoon!! So no need to worry if these little babies are going to arrive fresh!!

I was so excited to get these cookies, and they truly did live up to the hype. My only problem is that my cute little family had the nerve to stick their hand in the cookie jar; so to speak.

Let me explain.

Rarely does anyone in my house eat sweets, except for me and my little daughter, Scout. I can pack the cupboards with the most sugar laden items, and no one ever wants them! The ONE time I figure I have a treat for myself,  EVERYONE in the house has developed a sweet tooth!!!

The nerve!!!

Well, I guess I shouldn't be greedy!!!

Anyhow, next on my list is the Ganache Filled Brownies, I've already ordered them, and I can hardly wait to get them!!

And guess what???

My beloved husband and son don't like chocolate!!! Yay!!!

What about my littlest one you ask?

She takes her daily nap at 12:00...looks like I'll be eating those Ganache Filled Brownies promptly at 12:05!!!

So folks don't forget to stop by Lebleux Cookies and take a look at all the goodies, you won't be disappointed!!

These treats really are a little taste of heaven!!

If you would like to show Chef Vincent some love, visit his Facebook fan page at:!/pages/Lebleux-Cakes/131311826938961.

Until next time, I bid you adieu!!

Blog Hop Winner!!!!!

Hello To all of you wonderful, marvelous, gorgeous people!!!!!!

Today we announce the winner for the Blog Hop Giveaway!!!

The Winner is.......(please imagine a drum roll). :0)

Just Call Me Vic!!! 

Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!   

By the way Just Call Me Vic, I think your profile name is super ADORABLE !!!!!

Thank you to all of you for your sweet words of praise, and for becoming a follower!!

For those of you that didn't win, don't fret, I will have another giveaway within the next couple of weeks, since this was sooooooooooo much fun!!!

Happy Sunday to you all, and I send you nothing but HUGS and Kisses!!!

Peace out Lovely People!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tax Day Blues Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tax Day Blues Blog Hop!!!

Below is a list of the bloggers participating in the hop. I am your 15TH hop, if you came from Mary J. you are on the right track! In case you get lost, here is a list of all the bloggers:

1. Angie, TuttleTime,

2. Ellen, Craft Monkey,

3. Tristan, Tristan’s Time4Craftin,

4. Tammy, Nesting Pretty,

5. Elaine, Expressions by Elaine,
6. Angelia,

7. Belinda, Bee’s Hive of Drama,

8. Mary,

9. Wendy,
10. Jackie,

11. Jill,

12. Leah,

14. Mary J.,

15.Tiffany, My Lemonade Dreams

16. Monica,

Okay, so here's the deal.... my lil 'ol job is to bring a bright cheery smile to your beautiful faces by showing you something BLUE and pretty...AND how to create it yourself!! So check out the list of instructions below!!

Materials you'll need:

1. A good adhesive; my favorite is E6000.

2. Double looped jewelry connectors (see photo below); I think the little lacy filigree ones are puuuuurdy!!

3. Earring of your choice; my preference are the French wire earrings.

4. Something pretty and sparkly, such as the vintage glass jewels that I'm using.

5. Cabochons (the little cream colored flowers in the photo); the ones that I use are 10mm, which is a perfect size for the filigree connectors I use!

6. 4mm jump rings.

7.A set of jewelry pliers; you can buy inexpensive ones at Michael's, or any other crafts store. 
  Cousin Craft & Jewelry Bent Nose Pliers 4456; 3 Items/Order

8. A piece of foil or parchment paper.

Assembly time!!

1.Lay down your foil or parchment paper. 

2.Apply a small, thin layer of the E6000 to the back of your cabochon, and adhere it to your jewelry connector. Gently press down.

3.On your foil or parchment paper let dry. I would recommend 24 to 72 hrs  dry time before handling roughly.

4.Take a jump ring and your set of pliers and gently open the jump ring.

5.Take your connector that has dried and slip the jump ring through the bottom loop of your connector, then take your jewel of choice and slip it on as well. Close the jump ring, both pieces should now be connected.

6.Now take your earring of choice and slip it through the top loop of your connector.

Your done....simple as that folks!!!

Here's what your final product should look like:

Now in the event that you don't feel like making these yourself I have decided to give these little beauties away!!

To be eligible to win all you have to do is :

1.Become a follower on my silly little blog...if you're not already.

2.Stop by my Etsy shop,My Lemonade Dreams, find your favorite item, and report back here on my blog!

3.Last but not least, stop in and become a follower on all the other 15 blogs listed above!

I will draw a lucky winner on Sunday, April 17TH, at 5PM, Pacific Standard Time!! So please check back in to see if you've won!!

Thanks for stopping by !!! Your next stop is: Monica,

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Featured On Aimee Asher !!!

Hello to all my fabulous Peeps!!

Guess what????

I've had my first featured article on the Aimee Asher Blog!!!

A week or so ago, this wonderful woman by the name of Tammy DeYoung, from Song in My Heart Studio, sent me a email asking me if I would like to participate in a featured article over at Aimee Asher.

Aimee Asher is a darling printable and digital crafting mall, and if you're into paper crafts, you've got to check this little gem out!!

Anyhow, I immediately said YES !!!!

So pop over and take a peek!!! Check out the cute little Aimee Asher blinkie to the right, and it will zip you right over to the article, or click on the Aimee Asher Blog link, and you will find yourself there as well!!

I just want to say thanks to Tammy, not only was doing the interview super fun, but what a Sweetheart Tammy is!!!

Also, anyone who becomes a Aimee Asher blog follower will receive a 10% discount in my Etsy shop, so run on over and start following!!

Smooches !!! Go to fullsize image