Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Cracker Party


Just dropping in to share this fun idea I came up with...well, I didn't invent crackers or spread or combining the two, but I did turn it into a "party"!  Yes, a cracker party!
There's not much to it, which takes the pressure off.  All you need are crackers and toppers.


You can call them "canapes" if you want to get fancy.



I was trying to come up with something fun for PB and I to do one afternoon that involved a snack.
So I scoured the pantry and the fridge for little bits of this and that and set up the selection on a lazy susan.  I had peanut butter, raisins, marshmallows, jelly, some leftover hot dog chili, and a packet of cheese spread from an MRE we got way back in 2004 after Hurricane Ivan.  It was my last bit of MRE goodness left.  And it was still good, I tell you what!

We did some mixing and matching with the buffet of toppings.  I thought it was a blast because I haven't had a cracker for over a year much less hot dog chili since I have been on a diet.  PB wasn't too impressed and he said most of my offering tasted stale.  Huh.  I didn't notice but I don't mind eating stuff that should still be good.  Marshmallows can't have an expiration date nor jelly, or peanut butter...all of that stuff is bomb shelter goods!

Use the above image as a serving suggestion for your own party of leftovers and misfit toppers.  I think they used cat barf and a scrap of fishing bait, if you're lucky enough to have that in your pantry of course!


You can mix it up by using different types of crackers (sweet or savory) and make all sorts of spreads using up what ever you've got in the fast food condiment packet drawer in your kitchen!

Set up your cracker party buffet on an old checkerboard if you're feeling rowdy!

 If a cracker party isn't your thing then maybe a Toast n' Jam-boree?




Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Festive Killarney Cake


Happy St. Paddy's Day (belated)!
My in-touch with calendars and dates has been a bit off lately and I honestly thought today was Pinch Me day.  Yesterday I pulled out my few bits of decor along with some other random stuff that I thought could work.  I had it all neatly stacked ready to go, then as Mr. Husband and I were winding down for the evening I happened to glance at the date and realized St. Patrick's Day had just passed us by!  I typically don't decorate or acknowledge the day too much but I wanted to do a little something since I have come across a few vintage pieces over the past couple of years.  Also injecting a bit of fun into life right now, given the current state of things, would be welcomed.
For our dessert tonight I made "Festive Killarney Cake"  brought to us by Aunt Jenny and Spry shortening.

Good Housekeeping Magazine March 1950

I only used Aunt Jenny's ad as a serving suggestion.  The cake is a prefab lemon mix and the icing is prefab tub.  The shamrocks on her cake are made from green gumdrops, which I didn't have on hand.  I did have a few patches of shamrocks growing in some of my potted plants though.  I think it turned out quite cute!


A wee bit O' decor!
Most St. Paddy days we are out of town because it usually falls during Spring Break.  Also doing an all encompassing decorating scheme for a single day is a bit much.  Over the past few years I have found a small bit of vintage St. Paddy day bits so I figured since we are all home bound right now I'd do it up.
Above is a wee gnome leprechaun I bought on ebay a few months back and the "A wish for St. Patrick's Day" cards I picked up at an estate sale.  I found the adorable fabric at Joann.  The mini cauldrons are from dollar tree and the gold and green beads are free from the Mardi Gras parade!


I got 6 of these large sized die cuts all at the same time from an estate sale several years ago.  I left up the regular decor and just piled all the green in front!


The table centerpiece is a Halloween cauldron, Mardi Gras beads, and a fuzzy green wreath from a thrift store along with precious little leprechaun guarding his gold.


I am afraid I am becoming that lady.  You know, that old lady that decorates for every single random and major holiday.  I guess it was bound to happen.  I already celebrate stuff like Sea Monkey Day so it's just the natural progression toward full fledged Grandma Holiday Decorating Extravaganzas.
I'll see you all at Easter!  I know...it's that bad.