Flower Arrangement Idea

Flavored vinegar, olive oil and white wine bottles yield shapely, sparkly vases with delicate spring color for a mantel or tabletop decoration. Choose a variety of sizes, remove labels, fill with water and tuck in fern fronds, fresh from your spring landscape.
 
Carryout boxes made of frosted plastic become elegant containers for floral centerpieces. Place spring blooms such as daffodils and tulips inside a short, water-filled glass before setting in the box.
 
A bouquet of baby artichokes makes a nice alternative to spring flowers such as tulips.
Cut stems short and poke in floral picks or wooden skewers. Fit the pitcher with floral foam to anchor the skewers, then arrange like flowers. To keep your bouquet fresh longer, store in the fridge at night.
Improvise an Easter basket using a sweet straw hat. Fill it with softly colored eggs, either hollowed or artificial. Personalize with rub-on letters or even notes tucked inside, if you’re using hollowed eggs.
To empty an egg, use a long needle to gently prick a small hole into each of the egg’s two ends. Pierce the yolk with the needle and then gently blow into one hole, pushing the contents out the other end.
 
Repurpose your coffee cups into tiny centerpieces for place settings.
Tuck a small baby’s tears plant into a demitasse and add a copper tag. For lettering, try rub-on decals available in the scrapbooking section of crafts stores.
 
Make every egg a star by propping each in its own mini terra-cotta pot.
Dress up the planter by hot-gluing ribbon around the top edge. To decorate basic white eggs, add scrapbooking stickers. These cute paper flowers are easy to wrap around curved edges.
 
Let your spring decorating branch out with a tabletop Easter tree.
Stand branches in a pail filled with play sand, then decorate the boughs with paper birds and dyed eggs. To hang blown-out eggs, glue both ends of a loop of ribbon just inside the egg’s hole, then glue a button on top of the hole to secure the ribbon ends. To make the bird, cut body and wings from pieces of scrapbooking paper and glue together. Try tiny buttons for eyes.
 
Give elegant china a casual treatment by setting it on woven chargers and topping with a heavy linen napkin tied with twine and a radiant radish.
 
An inexpensive terra-cotta saucer becomes a serving tray. Next to the tray, fresh garden vegetables fill the lower tiers of a wire basket, and flowers nestled in a bed of lettuce top it off.
To create the fruit and flower arrangement, soak fresh vegetables in cold water, blot dry and arrange just before guests arrive. For the bouquet, bundle flowers and secure with a rubber band. Place in a small jar of water and camouflage the jar with lettuce or cabbage leaves.
 
A tiny Hungarian porcelain rabbit adds a whimsical touch to elegant place settings. If you’d like, lean a place card against each bunny. A patterned china plate sits on top of white embossed dinner plates and grape-leaf trivets used as chargers. You could make similar decorative chargers by decoupaging artificial grape leaves onto heavy cardboard rounds.
 
Look to your china collection for captivating vase ideas. Here, lilies of the valley in sweet teacups provide sweet touches. Florist frogs hold stems steady. Use several of these as a centerpiece, or put one at each place setting as an accent.
 
This table setting draws its colors from pink apple blossoms. A plaid fabric tablecloth sets off flower-accented plates. Green livens things up on a bowl of strawberries and frosted vases holding blossoming crabapple branches. We wrapped our lemonade pitcher with a plaid napkin, and put a pink paper drink umbrella on the place setting for a final touch.
 
Spring green paired with lilac is nature’s perfect palette. A purple charger sits under a plate featuring a green swirl that reminds us of a curled fern bud. Our simple centerpiece is a silver basket filled with pink paper confetti and softly tinted eggs (see next slide for a closeup). A pitcher of fresh-cut lilacs finishes this setting.
 
hese muted Easter eggs radiate calm with subtle colors. Tuck them in a basket filled with pink paper confetti.
 
Place yellow flowers–in this case, double yellow tulips–in a clear vase with festive kumquats and water. They’ll add a touch of spring to your dining table or any corner of your house.
 
Create a quick-and-easy centerpiece by mounding hard-cooked brown and white eggs on a garden of lettuce in a footed china compote. Vary the look by using colored or even chocolate eggs, or by trying ferns or other greens instead of lettuce.

How To Sew A Perfect Baby Hem

 

Now create the narrowest baby hems that do not curl! Big thank you for Rachelily for sharing : )

 

1) To prep the ban roll – you will use it to sew the seam, but you will remove it afterwards, so you can use it over and over again (hence buy a large amount, like 5 yards, to cover the maximum amount of hemming you’d ever need for a very full skirt, and you only need to prep once). Start by trimming off one edge, where the threads are woven a little tighter

2) The beauty of ban roll is that it allows you to sew a baby hem as small as possible. To achieve this, the next step is pulling out around 3 of the lengthwise threads. You will end up with something that looks like a very short comb, as in the right hand picture. Since most baby hems are preferred as small as possible, three threads should be all you need to remove 

3) The next step is done incorrectly in the photo, but I will show it anyway for clarification. Here, you can see that I lined up the ban roll to the edge of the chiffon and pinned (like you would hem tape). However, for a cleaner finish (and no risk of sewing into a frayed edge that will later come undone), you would really want to pin the ban roll about half an inch from the chiffon edge, so the stitches will catch fabric that has not frayed for a more secure hem

4) Once again, this step is done incorrectly in the photo but I am showing it for clarification (the ban roll should be half an inch from the edge of the fabric). Here you can see how the ban roll lines up with the needle – the next step is to stitch up against the woven part of the roll. You want to make sure your stitching stays within this “comb area”, and not into the woven area, because you will be pulling it out later. If you stitch into the woven area, you cannot pull it out

5) This is where the magic happens. The next step is to flip the ban roll to the inside, against the wrong side of the fabric, once again just as you would hem tape. The baby hem, therefor, will wrap around the comb part of the ban roll (which is why it is ideal to only remove about 3 threads or so – again, you can do more, as you are in control of where you place your stitch line, but I found it easier to line up my needle with the edge of the woven section so I kept the comb the width of my desired finished hem)

6) Once you have wrapped the fabric over the comb section, stitch right down the middle of your newly created hem

7) Once your stitching is finished, press the hem with the ban roll still intact. Then, carefully pull out the ban roll! If you stitched correctly, you will have only sewn onto the comb section, and not into the woven section – thus holding the roll into the hem just enough to sew, but then once finished it can simply be pulled straight out! In the second photo, you can see just how narrow the finished baby hem is – and how straight! The ban roll is sturdy and does not allow the delicate fabric being hemmed to stretch at all

8) Your finished baby hem! No curling, stretching, warping, fraying, or uneven widths – and impossibly narrow

Simply Breakfast

 
INGREDIENTS;
1. Whole grain bread
2. Low-fat Mozzarella cheese sliced thick
3. Tomato slices
4. White onion slices
5. Turkey Bacon (optional!!)6. Green onions cut up
 
DIRECTION;
1. Pretty self explanatory but here it is.
2. Put slices of thick mozzarella on bread and put in the oven on broil. Watch it (it won’t take long) until nice and slightly brown on top and melted. Make sure it is melted. Nothing is worse than almost melted cheese.
3. Add bacon and sliced tomatoes, white onion and green onions.
4. Serve with a small side salad with ranch dressing. Perfect lunch.
(Avoid eating this for dinner. Keep dinner light.)

Crispy Chicken With Creamy Italian Sauce & Pasta

INGREDIENTS;
3 large chicken breasts
5 C corn flakes
3/4 C flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 C milk
6 T olive oil 
1 12 oz package bowtie noodles (farfalle)
Sauce: 
1 10 oz container Philadelphia Cooking Cream (Italian Cheese and Herb Flavor)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 C chicken broth
1/2 C milk 
fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
 
1. In a small food processor crush the corn flakes into crumbs. 
2. Add the 1/2 t salt to the 3/4 C flour. Stir to combine. 
3. Place the flour, milk and crushed cornflakes each into their own separate pan. Loaf pans work well for this. If you don’t have three loaf pans, do not dismay. You could use pie tins, or round cake pans…what ever works for you. 
4. Place your chicken breasts in a gallon sized Ziploc bag and seal the top. 
Pound the chicken flat with a meat mallet. You will really be thankful for the Ziploc bag in this step. Who wants a bunch of chicken guts flying around their kitchen? Not me…that’s who. 
5. Take a pair of sharp kitchen scissors and cut each breast in half. 
6. Dredge the chicken in the flour. Be sure it gets covered on both sides. 
Lay the floured chicken onto a small cookie sheet and slide the sheet into the freezer. Let it hang out there for about 5 minutes. 
7. Start cooking your pasta. 
8. Remove the chicken from the freezer and dredge each piece in the milkand then immediately into the corn flake crumbs. Again, be sure both sides are covered well. 
9. Add the olive oil to a hot skillet. 
10. Carefully lay each chicken piece into the hot oil. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper. Cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes….
or until the underside of each piece is nice and golden brown. Turn the pieces over. If the bottom of the pan is dry add just a bit more olive oil to the side of the pan. Swirl the pan around a bit to let the oil flow to all sides. 
11. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Let the chicken cook for about 7 more minutes, being careful not to burn the bottoms. Burned bottoms are not advised. In any shape or form. Thank you. 
12. When your chicken has been cooked through remove it from the pan and place it on a plate. Cover with tin foil. 
13. Into the same pan pour your broth. Philly Cooking Creme, Cream of Chicken,and milk. Whisk the sauce around and let it get all warm and bubbly. Should only take about 3 minutes. 
14. Slice your chicken into strips and serve over your cooked pasta and sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley if you choose. 
 
 

Blacberry Mint Lemonade

A refreshing blackberry lemonade infused with mint.
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 18 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
  • ice
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 4 cups natural store-bought lemonade
  • mint sprigs

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INSTUCTIONS
  1. Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small pot. Stir the water/sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved then turn off the heat. Add the torn mint leave and give the pot a stir. Allow the simple syrup to cool.
  2. Add the blackberries to a blender. Place a strainer over the mouth of the blender and pour the mint simple syrup into the container. Discard the mint leaves. Blend the simple syrup and the blackberries on low speed for just a few seconds at a time, just enough to break the berries apart but not enough to puree them.
  3. Fill a juice pitcher halfway with ice and add the mint sprigs. Pour the lemonade and the blackberry mixture over the ice. Stir the blackberry mint lemonade and add more ice if necessary before serving.

Dining Etiquette 101

Di sini aku paparkan tata-tertib susun atur di meja makan, agar kita semua tahu cara untuk memulakannya. Walaupun tidak penting untuk sesetengah orang, tapi at least kita tahu serba sedikit ilmu pengetahuan nie. Tak adalah orang kata kita hidup dalam hutan rimba nanti. So aku attach together dining etiquette for your references.