Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Color Purple

I just love purple and lavendar. Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation. Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is believed to be the ideal color. Most children love the color purple. Purple is the color most favored by artists.

Monday, August 8, 2011

For Chocolate Lovers Only

We just celebrated my daughter's birthday. As I looked at various options for cakes, I decided a homemade cake would be the best. I made a chocolate fudge bunt cake and filled it with my "famous" chocolate mousse filling. It's made from milk, hershey bar and marshmellows melted together and blended with cool whip. I cut the cake in half and filled the bottom layer with the chocolate mousse and then frosted it with creamy chocolate frosting. The candy bar on top was made from a Hershey bar melted in a mold and dusted with edible silver dust. This picture doesn't do it justice because we had already cut into the cake, but it gives you a good idea what it looked like. It was delicious.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cherished Keepsakes

I feel very honored and blessed to come from a family of great women. My maternal grandmother lived to be 97 years old and my mother is now 78. My great great grandmother traveled from the East Coast to the Midwest as a child in a covered wagon in the 1800's. She raised her 5 grandchildren when her daughter suddenly died and made a living as a seamstress after her husband headed West to the gold rush and never returned. I have a heritage to be proud of. I was absolutely thrilled when my mother gave me my grandmother's vintage fostoria dishes. I use them for very special occasions and will pass them down to my daughter and granddaughters.