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Oscar Weekend!

It is almost Oscar Night and we are "auditioning" drinks for the occasion.  I recently got this neat little cocktail book called Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist by Tim Federle. What better time to try the recipes than Oscar weekend! 


The book discusses favorite movies and pairs them with themed cocktails.  Among the inspired drinks are Citizen Grain, A Sidecar Named Desire, Star Wars:The Empire Likes Jack and Harry Potter and the Gimlet of Fire (We may have to celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday with that one!). For Oscar weekend we decided to try Bonnie and Mudslide, inspired by the 1968 movie, Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. 


Bonnie and Clyde is one of our favorite classic movies.  According to IMDb.com, this movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1968, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.  Estelle Parsons won for Best Supporting Actress and Burnett Guffey …

Lucky!

Tonight I was lucky enough to steal away to my craft room for a few minutes to get a head start on St. Patrick's Day cards.  I have been playing around with the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for a while now and I thought that the Leprechaun would be a fun project to tackle next.  Since The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge theme this week is "Monochromatic" I knew that it was time to create this little green dude. 




I totally committed to the monochromatic theme and made this Leprechaun green from head to toe.  His suit, hat and shoes are all green as is his hair and beard.  It is difficult to see in this picture, but he is green too!  And while he has not found his pot o' gold (yet!), he is lucky enough to have plenty of bling on his shoe buckles, his hat and vest! 

And speaking of lucky- I was fortunate enough to be the winner at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge last week!  I want to thank the ladies at the blog and at Pretty Cute Stamps.  I can't wait to get my…

"He Did Not Chop Down the Cherry Tree" Cookies

When I was in elementary school we were taught the legend that when George Washington was a child he was given an ax. He used it to cut down a cherry tree.  When confronted by his angry father little George said "I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down your cherry tree." His father was so proud and happy that he told the truth that he hugged him and forgave him.  I think that we were supposed to learn the lesson "don't lie", but then we grew up and found out that the story was not true. Hmmmm.... something is not quite right there! 

Anyway, since last Monday was President's Day and next Monday is George Washington's birthday, I thought that now would be the perfect time to try a new cherry cookie recipe that I pinned some time ago.  (Okay- I will use any excuse to try a new cookie recipe-especially cherry!) 





Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 …

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from Gardenias and Glitter! 

Isn't this vintage Valentine's Day Card beautiful? By my estimate it is at least 100 years old sent by a relative of my Great Aunt to her husband.  The picture does not do it justice! There are so many beautiful elements to the card, that it is difficult to take it all in! 
The message inside is beautiful too! 

Just look at all of the details! 
I hope that you are having a beautiful Valentine's Day as well! 
Thank you for stopping by today! 
~Cynthia

Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

It always happens. Valentine's Day sneaks up on you and you realize- almost too late- that you forgot to get your sweetheart, best friend, child, child's teacher, etc. a little Valentine remembrance. What to do? 


There is always the obvious!  Beautiful flowers are everywhere these days from the florist to the grocer to the gas station, but just in case you are looking for a different idea, how about one from your kitchen? 


I made these cupcakes yesterday morning to send in to my husband's office. With some sprinkles and in a shiny red cupcake cup, they were pretty and pretty good! Presented on a decorative plate, they will be much appreciated by your Valentine! 

Or fill a decorative jar with some Holiday Pretzel Snacks which I wrote about for Fourth of July and Christmas. (Find the recipe here) These all time favorites are perfect for every holiday.   This time of year they have all sorts of Valentine M&M flavors and colors. Check out these Cherry M&Ms I found at Targ…

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

As promised, I want to share some snack ideas for the big game (and future tailgates!) 



Here is the "tablescape" for my snack bar.  I gave you a sneak peek last post, but here it is in use. 




On this side you see some of the "Grown Up Pigs in a Blanket" that I showed you in my Football Fare post. I had some left over so I froze them and thawed them in the refrigerator this morning.  A quick zap in the microwave and they are just as delicious as last week!  I just love these football glasses that I got at the Dollar Store a few months ago.  They are perfect for this occasion. The football napkins were in my stash.  I probably bought them on clearance one year at the end of the regular season (You never know when you may need football napkins!)  When I saw that the advertisers for the Super Bowl were tossing around a gold football (since it is the 50th game) I knew that I had to have one too. 



So I took an old football and spray painted it gold.  Of course! 



These sugar c…

Big Game Prep!

Of course, you know that this week is Super Bowl Sunday!  We don't have a party here (it's a school night!), but that doesn't mean that we can't celebrate. And with any celebration comes decorations.  So I decided to get a head start on my projects and created this for my game day tablescape.



This goal post will be the centerpiece of my tablescape on Sunday and some tailgate spreads next fall. There are several of these, with directions, on Pinterest, but building mine was more trial and error than anything. I also spent a lot of time in my local home improvement stores and learned more about PVC pipe than I ever thought I would need to know! 

Tailgate Goalposts



60 inches of Plumbing PVC pipe (the white pipes, not the gray ones) 1/2 inch in diameter.  I found 24" lengths at my local store (I bought three), they also had longer pieces.  You can also use a larger diameter pipe.  2  1/2 inch elbow couplers (or the diameter of your pipe)1  1/2 inch T coupler (or the diam…