November 27, 2011

A White Wednesday Winnings...

I am so lucky to have won Spencer's giveaway at Bellamere Cottage!
I am the new owner of the most fabulous goodies....

 Don't you agree?
I hit the "giveaway jackpot"!
I adore it all, Spencer...
I can't thank you enough!

Stay Cozy, 

November 22, 2011

Paper Roses...

I have been having fun making these "paper bag" flowers.

You can use them to decorate a gift bag, as I have done...
string them together to create a garland...
add a place card with a clothespin for your table setting....
all kinds of fun!

Visit Emily at 52 Mantels to see the instructions.
She did a fabulous job with these fun flowers!

Stay Cozy....and...
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


November 16, 2011

A Pink Surprise...

 I just sent this "Sandra Magsamen" Pink Christmas tree to my sister 
for her birthday.
I thought it would make a perfect addition to her sweet, little,
"Pink Plum Cottage"!

Sweet Wishes to a "Grown Up" Princess!

Stay Cozy,

November 12, 2011

I am on a "pumpkin" roll....

Mini "Pumpkin Butter" Cheesecakes
  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies (for crust)
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup"Pumpkin butter" ( I found mine at Trader Joe's)
Heat oven to 350°.  Line cupcake tin with liners. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.

Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer.
Gradually add in fat-free yogurt, egg whites and flour. Do not over beat.
Fill cupcake liners about one half full.

Top each with 1 tbsp of the pumpkin butter.
Swirl the pumpkin butter into the cream cheese mixture for a marbling effect.

Bake 30 mins.  Cool to room temperature.  
Chill in refrigerator and top with fat free whipped cream if desired!

November 10, 2011

It's Smashing....

~2 Smashing things to make with Pumpkin Puree~

Pumpkin Pancakes (serves 4)
Prepare 1 cup dry pancake mix according to the packagedirections.  
Whisk in 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Whipped Cream (makes 2 cups)
Beat together 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 
and 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree until soft peaks form.

I love pumpkin...especially at this time of year!

Stay Cozy, 

November 7, 2011

My "Forever" Calendars....

...are my ..."perpetual calendars" ...

 A perpetual calendar (or forever calendar) is a calendar which is
good for a span of many years.
They come in many different styles & designs...
and can be a true work of art!

This one is a Lisa Kaus design!

There is just something lovely & comforting about
the daily routine of a perpetual calendar.
I enjoy moving the markers to their new positions 
each morning to mark the new day!

They are much like "old reliable friends"!

Stay Cozy, 

November 1, 2011

'tis the start of the season...

What a wonderful surprise to walk into Starbucks today
and be greeted by the "Christmas Cup"!

My first ~Pumpkin Spice Latte~ this year!
A perfect treat on this gorgeous Fall Day!

(by the way...the mini cupcake is one that I baked!)

Stay Cozy,
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