December 22, 2010

Good enough to eat!

Over Thanksgiving, my family and I checked out the gingerbread house competition at The Grove Park Inn. What fun that was! Here are a few for you to see.

Ballerina gingerbread

Several masterpieces

My favorite!
This was created to mirror the movie Up.
So adorable.

Grand Prize Winner - nesting dolls.
It was very intricately shaped!


There were hundreds of fabulous gingerbread houses.
It was quite amazing!
If you ever get the chance, definitely swing by and check them out :)

December 20, 2010

Christmas fun

Orlando is a very fun place to be for the holidays. There are all sorts of Christmas events going on and so much to do. I love checking it all out and getting in the Christmas spirit.

For the bf's work party this year we went to Epcot. We had a wonderful dinner in a private room at the Living Seas and got to watch all the cute fish, stingrays and even a giant sea turtle swim about while we mingled and ate.


Next up was the Candlelight Processional, also at Epcot. It was beautiful! The choir sang all types of traditional Christmas carols and songs and were highlighted by the fabulous lights and setting.


All holding candles, there was such a nice glow set all across the stage. The Candlelight Processional also features a well-known Narrator and there are different narrators each weekend. Ours did a great job. He is on the show Psych, but I can't remember his name :)



The following weekend sent us to SeaWorld where we boarded The Polar Express. One of the rides is transformed into The Polar Express and it is just adorable. The sleeping polar bear we saw after the ride might have been even cuter!


We also saw several Christmas-themed shows while at SeaWorld and they were all very well done. We saw the Shamu Christmas Miracles show, a tree lighting show and even an ice skating show. I must commend SeaWorld on a fabulous job on all the Christmas shows!


December 17, 2010

Pink Christmas

Love this pink tree I happened to see!


December 16, 2010

Oh Christmas Trees!

The Singing Christmas Trees 2010 was quite a success! I enjoyed every single minute of it and am so blessed to be part of such a talented cast and crew, spreading my joy through dance. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.

The Trees and all their glory.

Gloria!
I'm the middle angel with my wings spread.

Oh Holy Night.
(I'm on the far left.)
This was the opening number and we were thrilled to be the ones who "reveal" the trees. We did a series of turns and we stop, posed towards the trees and then the curtain falls down and there they are. So amazing!!

Toy Soldier Rockettes!!!
(I'm on the back right.)
This was a cute number that was like the Macy's Christmas parade.

That's the good news!
(I'm in the middle.)
Loved this jazzy/sassy number.

Gloria angels in action :)
(I'm in the middle)

Loved the shepherds :)
(That's me on the right)

Scrooge
I was a little boy ;)
(Second from the left)

Angel trio
I was so thrilled to be part of the trio!
Lots of twirling :)

Scrooge number.


A huge thanks to all who were a part of Singing Christmas Trees 2010!!
Love, joy and peace to all :)


*If anyone wants to watch, it will be on TV on the Trinity Broadcasting Network Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. It will also be on ABC locally in the Central Florida area, so send me an email if any locals want those dates/times.

December 1, 2010

Happy December!

Hi everyone! It's hard to believe today is already December 1st. Time to get merry!

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thought I'd share a few pics. I flew home to Atlanta and my family and I spent our Thanksgiving in Asheville. We stayed at the Grove Park Inn and it was just gorgeous! The mountain views were stunning and it was one happening place. All of the guests hung out in the lobby playing games, listening to the band or watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or football on the big screen. It was also all decked out for the holidays and the gingerbread house competition was on display (will share in another post). Oh what fun!






And now it's time to move on to Christmas!

The show I dance in each year, The Singing Christmas Trees, is set to open tomorrow night for friends and family and the official opening night is Friday. I am SO excited!! My family is flying in tomorrow and will be going to see it. We'll also be partaking in some Christmas fun this weekend. Can't wait!

Here are recaps from the past two year's performances:

Time to dance pretty!

November 25, 2010

Thankful



Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

I have much to be thankful for and will be giving thanks today.

Enjoy your turkey, pumpkin pie and special traditions with family.

Now, back to the Thanksgiving Day parade :)


P.S. A very Happy Birthday to my grandmother today! I am so glad she is here with us celebrating Thanksgiving in N.C. We also send our love up to heaven for my grandpa (11/25/09).

November 22, 2010

Headed home

I am so excited to head to Atlanta this morning to be with my family for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to spending time with loved ones, good food, a little shopping, movies and most of all a mini-trip we are taking to Asheville, N.C.

We will be spending Thanksgiving here:


And of course visiting the Biltmore:


I can't wait. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

November 18, 2010

Rockettes!!

It is no secret that I am beyond obsessed with the Radio City Rockettes. They are my very favorite dancers in the whole world! They visited the Martha show recently looking as cute as ever and performed one of their dances. They even got to make a craft with Martha. Love them!



I can't wait to see them in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!!!

November 15, 2010

Busy times

Life has been tres, tres busy! Lots going on, but I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving. It's hard to believe it's almost here. I apologize for the infrequent posting/commenting. Thanks for bearing with me!

Here's what I've been up to:

1. Dance rehearsals. Our Christmas performances are only a few weeks away. We are logging tons of practice hours a week to prepare. Yesterday I was there from 1:30 to 7:45!! So excited my parents, sister and grandmother will be flying in to see it!
2. Junior League. I am the assistant chair for provisionals and we are beginning to wrap up the fall provisional period, so lots to do and lots to accomplish/attend.
3. Work. Deadline for the magazine this week-very busy completing it by myself (long story). Will be so happy when I get it to the production stage and its out of my hands.
4. I live in a cute little town that I love, but the commute is starting to get to me. Too much driving lately.
5. Attended a wedding this weekend. It was a picnic theme, very cute. We all got our own picnic basket and there was an old-fashione ice cream man/station set up. Fun times.
6. Absolutely cannot wait to fly home for Thanksgiving one week from today!! It will be a much-needed week off and we will be traveling to a festive spot to celebrate the holiday.
7. Last but not least, a very Happy Birthday to my dad today!

That's it for now. Happy Monday to all!

November 11, 2010

Thank you!

Happy Veterans Day!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the men and women who have served and fought for this great country of ours. Your sacrifices and dedication do not go unnoticed. Thank you for being our heroes!

A very special thank you goes out to my grandpa (Papa) who is in heaven. He was a pilot in the Navy. Fun fact - he was stationed in Hawaii with my grandmother for several years and my mom was even born there (moved back to the States when she was 3 or 4). My grandparents have very fond memories of their time in Honolulu. Thank you Papa and I miss you very much!!!

November 4, 2010

Pumpkin season



I heart all things pumpkin and recently baked up a batch of pumpkin cookies. Yum yum!
Here's the recipe:

Pumpkin cookies
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup crisco
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin

Mix sugar, crisco, egg and pumpkin until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Fold dry ingredients into wet. Whip until smooth. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Icing:
3 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar (I recommend more.)

Boil butter, milk and brown sugar for two minutes. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. When cool, add powdered sugar.

Enjoy! What's your favorite pumpkin treat?




November 2, 2010

Halloween fun

I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend! I sure did. It's time to move onto November now, but I wanted to share a few pics.

Below is a house in my neighborhood. They totally transformed the front of their house into a pirate ship. How fun would it have been to trick-or-treat there!?! I wonder what they'll do for Christmas :)


Happy Halloween from the flapper! My great-grandmother, Nannie, was a real flapper. It's in the genes :)


It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are soon to arrive. Not sure I'm quite ready, although, I've been hearing Christmas music since the beginning of September when we started dance rehearsals for our Christmas performance. Ha. Tis the season!

October 29, 2010

October 28, 2010

Halloween candy fun

Halloween is only a few days away! I'm sure everyone has been loading up on candy. But what to do when your trick-or-treaters come home with an overload of sweets or you end up with bags of leftover treats? Do not fret, Real Simple comes to the rescue. They have several recipes using leftover candy. I will definitely be trying a few of these!

{All photos and recipes by Real Simple magazine.}


York Miniature Peppermint Patties Brownies

Directions

  1. Prepare a 19-ounce box of brownie mix. Spread half the batter in an oiled 8-inch square pan. Top with 16 York Miniatures Peppermint Patties (13.6 grams each), leaving even borders of batter.
  2. Spread the remaining batter on top; bake according to directions. Cool; cut into 16 squares.

Twix Cheesecake Pie

Directions

  1. With an electric mixer, beat 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese (at room temperature) with ½ cup sugar and 2 large eggs. Mix in 16 chopped Twix Fun Size Bars (16 grams each; 2 cups total); pour into an 8-inch chocolate cookie piecrust.
  2. Bake at 325ยบ F until set, 40 to 45 minutes; cool. Sprinkle with 6 chopped Twix bars; chill until firm.

Kit Kat-filled Angel Food Cake

Directions

  1. Beat ¾ cup heavy cream with 1 tablespoon sugar until stiff; fold in 5 chopped Kit Kat Snack Size bars (14 grams each; about ¾ cup total).
  2. Halve a 9-ounce angel food cake horizontally. Hollow out each layer slightly. Fill bottom with the cream mixture; replace top. Dust with cocoa powder. Slice; serve with chocolate sauce.

Dulce de Leche Snickers Terrine

Directions

  1. Line an 8-by-4 ½-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Cut 14 Snickers Fun Size Bars in thirds (17 grams each; about 1 ½ cups total); arrange on the bottom of the pan. Top with 2 pints softened dulce de leche ice cream.
  2. Press gently to settle the ice cream; freeze until firm, 6 hours. Invert onto a plate and slice.

Candy Corn and Pretzel Bark
{Hopsy and Grove Gal both made this and it looks delish!}

Directions

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang. Spread 8 ounces melted white chocolate in the prepared pan and sprinkle with 1 cup miniature pretzels, ½ cup candy corn, and ⅓ cup dried cranberries.
  2. Chill until firm. Remove from the pan and break into pieces.

Frozen Reese's Banana Pops

Directions

  1. Halve 2 bananas crosswise. Insert a wooden stick into each piece; freeze the bananas and 4 Snack Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (21 grams each) for 2 hours.
  2. Chop the frozen candy. Coat the frozen bananas in 6 ounces melted chocolate; sprinkle with the candy. Freeze on a parchment-lined plate until firm.

There also were recipes for a Sweetarts Milkshake, Twizzlers Popcorn snack mix, Peanut M&Ms and Jelly cookies and Skittles Meringues. All recipes can be found here. Enjoy!

October 20, 2010

Fall is in the air

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything there is a season; and a time for every purpose under heaven.


{Image: weheartit.com}

October 19, 2010

Happy feet

{J. Crew Star-Dip Ballet Flats in smoky charcoal}

My new J. Crew glitter flats were the perfect thing to start off the day on the right foot!

With glitter on my toes, how can I not put my best foot forward :)


October 14, 2010

Glitter pumpkins

After this post, I was in need of glitter. And with Halloween on the way, there was no better time to glam up some pumpkins—Martha Stewart style.

After reading recommendations, I decided to use fake pumpkins so I can reuse them. I got mine at Michaels (on sale!). I also got the Martha Stewart glittering glue that has the brush applicator, which definitely came in handy. As for glitter, I used smoky quartz for the smaller pumpkin and fire opal for the bigger pumpkin.


Tips: I coated small sections of the pumpkin with glue at a time and then sprinkled on the glitter. This is a much easier way than coating the whole pumpkin in glue and then trying to add glitter. If you don't have glue that comes with a brush applicator, just use a paint brush. Once I sprinkled the glitter on, I spread it with my fingers and patted it down. The glue can cause it to clump so make sure the glue is spread thin.

This project is very easy to do and in no time at all you'll have a sparkly pumpkin!
(And perhaps even a sparkly home if you're generous with the glitter like me ;) )





Go get your sparkle on!

October 12, 2010

Purple nails!

I've been on a big purple kick lately and just had to get my nails painted with a fallish purple.

It was OPI, but I can't remember the name. It's not as dark in person. It's more of a brighter, royal purple. Cheers to the little things that keep us smiling!

October 11, 2010

Reach to the sky


". . . Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it."


I have this card pinned on the wall by my desk at work.

It teaches me to dream big, while remaining grounded.
It inspires me to make a difference in every little thing I do.
And it makes me thankful for the loyal, kind, caring, sweet and wonderful friends and family in my life that surround me.

There's nothing like a true friend!
Much love to all of you today :)

October 8, 2010

Friday cuteness

I came across this cupcake eraser set, and just couldn't pass it up.
Pink + Green + Cupcakes = Love at first sight.
And it looks so sweet on my desk.




Hoping your Friday is sweet as well!
 
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