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Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Quickie Little Post!

The Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild meeting was today. Deb, Julie (not a blogger yet) and I are all members and we always have a good time when we go. Of course, one of the best things about any meeting is the food. This time, it was our turn to bring the goodies and we had quite a good time setting it all up. We wanted it to be pretty so everyone would want to gather round. Julie was the color/design mastermind behind the whole thing - but we all contributed. Truth be told, the pretty foods, Julie and Debbie made. I am not a baker - not my strong suite at all but - I LOVE to eat though and I certainly appreciate their talents! Anyway, I thought you might like to see our tablescape.






Debbie made those pretty, little cheesecakes with the fresh flowers - they were as tasty as they were pretty! Julie made the pretty pink cupcakes and the punch with the flower ice ring. Debbie made sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies and brought a meat and cheese tray. Julie also brought the fruit bowl, most of the decorations and the poppy seed muffins. I, being the weakest of the links - brought a taco dip, praline brownies and the veggie tray and the little mouse sitting on the cheese. I also contributed my antique (part of it anyway) cake plate collection. We also had some fun, summery candles on the table. Luckily for us, none of the baskets caught fire - we were a little concerned about that. We meet in a church and I don't think they'd be too eager to let us come back if we had set a fire.

The Guild has a great group of women and they are all so talented. I love when we have show and share but tonight was not so much that as a lecture. We had a gal visit from the state capitol that gave a terrific talk on Michigan civil war flags, their styles, their embroidery and their preservation. It was a great lecture.

I had a couple of folks (that I think may read this blog) ask for my praline brownie recipe so here it is:

One package of Brownie mix (per directions)

In small sauce pan, melt 3 TBS butter
stir in 3/4 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
add 3/4 Cup of chopped pecans and mix well

After pouring the brownie mix into the baking dish, sprinkle a 1/2 cup or so of Heath Toffee Bits onto the top (this is not a recipe for the calorie conscious). Then drop/spread the butter and brown sugar mix on top of that. Bake per directions. Let cool well before cutting or they WILL fall apart. Another helpful hint Julie told me is to cut your brownies with a plastic fork. The brownies don't stick to the fork and they cut easily. These are also quite tasty heated slightly with vanilla ice cream on top and chocolate sauce on top of that. MMMMMMM.......

One last thing - Deb brought her City Stitcher Adam and Eve with her. It is so gorgeous - stitched on 40 count linen and just perfect. Her pictures don't even do this justice - if you're sitting on the fence about stitching this beauty, get off - you won't regret it. Julie and I were both drooling all over it ~ sorry, Deb, hope we didn't mess it up too much!

Peace!
Terri

20 comments:

The Stitching Diva said...

WOW, what a lot of fun. The table sure was pretty, and look at all that yummy food. Thank you for sharing your brownie recipe, I look forward to giving it a try.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Wow, what a beautiful table!!! THAT'S WHY Debbie wanted to know about edible flowers! Sure looks yummy and I'm sure fun was had by all. Dawn

Deb said...

It was a lot of fun, wasn't it Terri? I think that we're going to be a hard act to follow. And I think you're being just too modest - those brownies were to die for (why do you think I took the biggest one I could find) and so was the dip for the veges (I need that recipe too - anything with bacon is my kind of dip) and the bean dip too! I'm glad you printed out the recipe for the brownies because I'm going to have to make them soon. And thanks again for the compliments on A&E. I want to see you and Julie stitching this soon!

Cari said...

Oh my goodness...what a lovely table of yummy food!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Sound like 'sew' much fun. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and Happy Stitching...

Nancy said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and it looks like it tasted pretty good too! The food is so beautiful and what a fantastic variety. The cheesecakes and cupcakes with the flowers are very pretty, and I love your little mouse! Thanks for sharing your lovely day.

Missy Ann said...

Lovely spread, and I think your little mouse is adorable.

~Judy~ said...

Terri, that is one beautiful table! Thanks for the brownie recipe. I will be making it this week for sure. Have a great week.


Judy

Patti said...

You guys sure had fun making the food for that table. We each bring a dish to our GTG's and one time, I wasn't there, but apparently once everyone brought desert and nothing else. Boy would I have loved to have been there - not my waistline but I would have loved it. I LOVE deserts and especially cake! Must go and look at that chart so I can want something else. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Sherry said...

Yum to all the goodies! And lucky you being in a guild! I wish we had one around here but our town has nothing fun!

Margaret said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun. That table of goodies looks so good! I wish I had a good guild closeby. No such luck around here.

Brigitte said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad that I've already had lunch today. If not I'd have to leave and visit our bakery right away, lol.

Loraine said...

Yum, yum, yum! How I wish I could live closer and be a part of your wonderful guild!

Jan said...

You three wonderful gals did a bangup job! Everything looks so pretty, inviting and yummy delicious!!

Jackie in UK said...

It all looks lovely Terri! Congratulations to your son on his graduation and his scout award - you must be so proud of him!

I love the SB sail away too - I will break down and order it one of these days (not that I need any more stash in this lifetime LOL).

Hugs,

Jackie x

Michele said...

what a fun post! everythihng looks yummy :)

Bobbie said...

HI Terri..I live in Michigan too and I used to belong to Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild. They are a bunch of nice ladies and it is fun to be able to share your interest with others. I do miss the spread of goodies we would have. Love your blog! You must have went to the Rocking Horse for your 20% off...I was there on Friday afternoon...its not close for me either, but it's all we've got!

Bobbie

Katrina said...

Yummy! Sounds like a great day. Thanks for the recipe.

Penny @ Miss Pootsie's Primitives said...

Hi Terri!
1st.. your tablescape is making me soooo hungry, and it's only 5:30 am! Really pretty spread ladies!
2nd... Thanks for your comment on my blog. You mentioned that you had tried to bid on my little Rosie Sue Teenie Tiny Iddie Biddie doll and couldn't? I believe if you'd like to try again today, you'll be able to. eBay is just slow getting the listings started. Sorry...
Have a fantastic day dear!
Penny

Siobhan said...

Oh, YUMM!! It looks like a wonderful spread! Thanks for the recipe.

grace said...

Can I say YUM! Oh my goodness! Love your tablescape and all the lovely goodies!