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Monday, January 26, 2015

Details~Details~Details

I love the little details that go into making a wedding unique and special.
Brooke's wedding had so many special little details . . . and so many people who made the evening a success.

Happy Bride  . . . toasting her happy groom with a chilled glass of chocolate milk and hamming it up with her niece and nephew, the flower girl and ring bearer.

Love a girl who will wear Toms on her wedding day!

This was such a special day for us . . . we were able to sit back and be proud of the woman Brooke has become. It has been a journey, and she is a blessing to everyone she meets.

Every little detail at Matthews Manor was awesome.

Just imagine this room full of 350+ laughing and dancing people. . . quite the celebration!

This is all trompe l'oeil . . . painted on the wall. Matthews Manor would be a great venue for almost any event.

What ~ What? Even a Krispy Kreme groom's cake. They provided zip-lock bags at the end of the evening if you didn't get your fill.

The Happy couple left under an exciting canopy of 3 foot long sparklers . . . Ready to start their new life in Tennessee.
They will still be wearing their Roll Tide crimson!

Blessings y'all ~
Sandi

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wedding Bliss

Our Beautiful niece Brooke was married last week in a wonderful outdoor wedding (yes. . . in January) The weather was perfect. Every detail was just as they wanted it. The event was held at Mathews Manor in Springville  
They did a wonderful job of making sure things went smoothly. . . Down to the tiniest detail.

It was just the perfect day . . . for everyone involved. Beth bravely walked Brooke down the aisle and handed her over to Casey. Then she and Brooke entertained us all with a Mother-Daughter dance that rocked the house. The send off with 3 foot long sparklers was the perfect ending (or... is that just the beginning?)

I was in charge of the wedding cake topper ~ I tried to make it as close as I could . . . while incorporating those crimson Roll Tide shakers that Brooke wanted.


I missed on the beard! I thought for sure that Casey would be shaving that thing off. (I need to remember that for a FUTURE cake topper)

I will post more photos of the details of the wedding . . . down to the Krispy Kreme groom's cake.
In the mean time, I have to hop over to ETSY to post my newest happy couple in my ETSY shop ~ Gimme Some Sugar Y'all ~
I am linking to my friend's Costal Charm for a little Show and Share!

Y'all enjoy~
Sandi

Saturday, January 24, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Fan

The PhotoHunt for today is 'FaN'
Beautiful ~ but
You know . . . Peacocks will fan their feathers when they get ruffled or disturbed.
It is a defensive gesture.
I guess I am sitting here with my feather's fanned over this Google thing.
Apparently you can no longer post photos on Blogger, unless you use Google Chrome as your internet access.
I am not a 'fan' of being forced to change the way I do things . . .
I guess I will have to just fan my tail feathers for a bit.

Check for all the other FaN Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dear Blogger ~

Dear Blogger ~
Thanks for nothing.

I have figured out the problem . . . My inability to load pictures is because Blogger has decided that I am using an out-dated Internet Browser.
How can that be?? I have shoes older than this laptop.
 Once I used Google Chrome as my Browser, the photo jumped right into place.

Frankly Blogger . . .
I'll play the game and use their Google Chrome to post on my blog.

Pass the Chardonnay~
Sandi

Friday, January 16, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Shelter

There will be no PhotoHunting this weekend.
For some reason. . . Blogger has decided that I can't load photos.
Porca Miseria!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

PhotoHunt ~Superfluous ~

This weeks PhotoHunt is Superfluous . . .
It is something that is beyond excessive.

These shoes are Superfluous (except maybe in Italy)
I almost love that you can see me in my sensible shoes and striped shirt taking the photo through the shop window in Capri.

Believe me . . . someone will wear them.

Check for all the other Superfluous Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cooking Light ~ Late Night Tapas

We can start off the year with another Virtual Supper Club dinner. This month we are having a late night Tapas dinner ~ with cocktails.
I am in charge of bringing the dessert . . . so I searched the Cooking Light recipe box and found  THIS Recipe  for a Gingered Creme Brulee. It will be perfect in individual dessert cups.

Ginger Creme Brulee
1/3 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons sugar, divided

Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine 1/3 cup sugar and the egg yolks in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine the milk and crystallized ginger in a medium saucepan. Heat the milk mixture over medium heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around the edge (do not boil), stirring occasionally.
Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, and discard the solids. Stir in the vanilla extract. Gradually add milk mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Divide the mixture evenly among 6 (4-ounce) ramekins, custard cups, or shallow baking dishes. Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch.
  Bake at 300° 45 minutes or until the center barely moves when ramekin is touched. Remove ramekins from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack. Cover ramekins and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

Carefully sift 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over each custard. Holding a kitchen blow torch about 2 inches from the top of each custard, heat the sugar, moving the torch back and forth, until the sugar is completely melted and caramelized (about 1 minute). Serve the custards immediately or within 1 hour.

I also found a 'recipe' for  Champagne With Cranberries ~ yes there is a recipe for this on the Cooking Light pages for even the most kitchen challenged. I froze my cranberries to they would keep the champagne chilled and a garnish of sugared ginger ~



 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Late night New Year's Supper.
Jerry has brought Ginger Shrimp Pot Stickers and a Spicy Peanut Sauce. His drink is a Satsuma-tini.
Val is making Kibbeh MeatBalls with Spiced Yogert Sauce and a Pommegranate Gin Sling
Susan is bringing Chicken, Raisin and Pinenut Salad.
Sara is making Smoked Salmon Spread and a Cucumber Saketini
Shelby is bringing Roasted Tomato Soup Shooters with Grilled Brie Cheese Bites.

Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

Sunday, January 04, 2015

2015 ~ MyPromises

Happy New Year ~
We were lucky enough to ring in the New Year on the Gulf Coast with family.
There is something about knowing that 2014 has been washed away ~ and we have a clean slate for the New Year.

Every year I do a list of my Promises to myself . . . Here is the ongoing list Promises for the Past Six Years
I have given it some thought ~whilst my toes were in the sand. Which is the BeSt place for me to do thinking. I have decided that 2015 needs to be about BALANCE.

My Promises for 2015
* To Balance my work and my life.
* To find Balance on these wonky knees.
* To get a Zero Balance on my Capital One.
* To Balance a baby (or two) on my lap.
* To get my Wedding Cake Toppers to Balance in style.
* To try to Balance on a Kayak.

* To Balance a tray of Limoncello in Positano.
* To Balance my LuLu time ~ in and out of Charlotte's airport.

* To Balance the blog with a smattering of recipes and weekly posts.
* And to continue to Balance with my toes in the sand.


Let me know your Promises for 2015.
Happy New Year y'all ~
Sandi

Saturday, January 03, 2015

PhotoHunt ~ Present

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Present' ~
This little sign says it all "Happy you're here"
(of course it is also a little gift shop that sells presents)

The Gulf is a great place to BE Present.

This is one of my promises for the New Year . . . to Be Present. Not to be constantly thinking or planning the next day or week.

Check for all the other Present Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Saturday, December 27, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Smooth

The PhotoHunt today is 'Smooth'

Santa isn't the only one who is putting in some air time . . . I am going to be doing a lot of flying this weekend to get my Holiday visiting done.
First, to Charlotte for a little 'LuLu' time ~
Then to the gulf coast to ring in the New Year.
I am hoping for 'smooth' flights!

Check for all the other SmOOth Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Sandi Claus and her husband

I want to take a bloggy minute to wish each of you a very merry Christmas. I hope that you will be speding it with family and friends. . . remembering the reason we celebrate this season.

Some of you in the local area, have seen Sandi Claus ~ as I a pitching for my husband who "is very busy this time of year."

We have made several commercials for WhistleStop Products and have been spotted all over the local airwaves. This is the LINK to the WhistleStop web site, where you can find all kinds of good batter mixes, spices and marinade.

Good friends helped us with the production . . . and of course it was filmed right in our kitchen. (good thing we got that renovation done~ that hole in the wall came in handy)

Sandi Claus can be hard to find in public!
Merry Christmas y'all ~
Sandi

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Craft

The photohunt for today is 'craft' . . .
Y'all know I have lots of crafty photos.
I have been making Wedding Cake Toppers for years. . . they can be found on my ETSY page Gimme Some Sugar Y'all ~ that is crafty.

These are custom wedding cake toppers that are made for happy couples about to be married.

This is a special wedding cake topper. . . I was actually with them when they became engaged in Piazza Navonna in Rome.

They the the most fabulous couple ~ fun and so in love. She is a dance instructor in Texas. Don't you love the little cowboy boots? He is definitely Mr. Right!


I was thrilled to be a part of their wedding. I couldn't be there for the actual wedding, but I was able to share this special momento with them.


Check for all the other 'crafty' Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi

Monday, December 15, 2014

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Happy 'Blue' Monday . . . I had a busy weekend, in the Holiday rush.

I made some office gifts for my invaluable girls at work. They all deserve much much more, but 'Tis the Season' ~

Tis the season to get crafty.
I have made sugar scrubs before and they are so simple. Here are the links to Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub and Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, part of the fun is the cute packaging. They make great gifts.

This year I decided to go with the relaxing scent of Eucaliptis and Peppermint . . . Mostly because I love the Dr.Teals salts that you can find at Target (in the BLUE bag). Why not give it a try?
So . . . my recipe was
1 bag of Dr.Teals soaking salts
1 bottle of baby oil with aloe
1 cup raw sugar
AND Stir ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Even my olive wood spoons enjoyed the job of stirring the oil and salt. Mix it until it is well combined. (I was a little worried that I would end up with a bowl of disolved salt and sugar, but it worked ! )

I was able to make 8 little jars of Sugar Scub that can be used in the shower or just a dab for a refresing Hand Scrub.
The hardest part was finding the little candy canes!
~~tis the season~~


Don't forget to check in at Smiling Sally for more blues and Boogie Board Cottage for her Masterpiece Monday.
Y'all enjoy ~

Sandi

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Beauty

The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Beauty'

Just another Beautiful sunset in Alabama ~
I've decided that might be why it is called 'Happy Hour'.

Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
Sandi
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