Author: Mary

King Cake Mini Parfaits for Mardi Gras

I have a fun mini dessert in celebration of Mardi Gras, King Cake Mini Parfaits! Mardi Gras falls on February 28th this year. While Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins January 6th, it’s widely celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, known as “Fat Tuesday,” and day for indulging before the fasting season of…

Dog Whispering and National Love Your Pet Day

 February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day and the unofficial holiday set aside to pamper your pets. Of course if you’re a pet owner, everyday is Love Your Pet Day! Approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog and 33% own at least one cat. Pets can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress. Chloe…

Have a Ball: Sharing Jars Giveaway

I’m sharing some Ball Jar Love with a little giveaway! I found these Ball® Sharing Regular Mouth Pint Mason Jars. They’re new for 2017 and available exclusively at The Fresh Preserving Store.   A purchase of a set of 4 Ball® Sharing Regular Mouth Pint Mason Jars benefits Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.…

Florabundance: A Tote Full of Posies

The best part about Valentine’s Day is the abundance of fresh flowers blooming in the grocery stores. Flowers feed the soul and these Baroness Roses home stopped me in my tracks when I spied them.  They’re joining hydrangeas, lavender carnations and pink & white alstroemeria for a tote full of posies! I purchased this adorable tote bag that I…

Valentine Greetings in the Potting Shed with Transferware and Flowers

Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to treat yourself to flowers and be your own Valentine! I couldn’t resist having a little flower and dish fun in celebration, with some vintage-inspired Valentine greetings in the Potting Shed. The grocery stores were blooming with bouquets of flowers last week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of Baroness Roses stopped me in…

Potting Shed: A Heartfelt Arrangement for Valentine’s Day

I *heart* flowers. . . I *heart* jars. . . And I *heart* flowers in jars. I found a wire heart-shaped basket at a consignment store, providing inspiration for a heartfelt arrangement for Valentine’s Day. Easy to assemble, insert jars into basket ;) The grocery stores are blooming with flowers in anticipation of Valentine’s Day! $4 bouquets…

When Less is More, Favorite Tart Pan and Sweet Heart Spoons

I debated over the title of this post, trying to decide between “When Photos Don’t Do A Recipe Justice”, or “Worth a Second Helping” or “Public Service Announcement: Don’t Miss This Tart!” The title should a combination of all three, but then it would be as long as No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust  ~a mouthful for a recipe with…