Monday, April 13, 2009

dirt for dessert

I was looking for a fun springtime dessert and remembered that years ago my Mom made Dirt. Don't know where this recipe came from but this is my version.

For the Dirt:
Crush up 2 packages of chocolate wafer cookies into crumbs and set aside.

For the pudding:

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 12 oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed
3 1/2 cups milk
2 small packages instant vanilla pudding

Mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar together till well combined. In a separate bowl mix milk and pudding together, then add to the cream cheese mixture and combine.

Using a new plastic flower pot, or ice bucket, as shown here, layer cookie crumbs and pudding in pot about 1 inch thick for each layer. I added a few gummy worms as a little surprise.
Be sure to use crumbs as your last layer on the top. refrigerate for 4 to 5 hours.

Make a small bouquet of fresh or artificial flowers and wrap the stems with plastic wrap.When ready to serve, place flowers in your dirt, add a few gummy worms on top and serve with a new garden trowel. It looked very spring like and the kids loved it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

my upcomming trip to Italy

Dreaming of Italy....

For some time now, I have been talking and talking about going to Italy,
taking a cooking class, ya da, ya da, ya da.... Trying to raise some extra cash for a trip samo samo...


My flight leaves on June 27, 2009 !
and arrives in Milan on June 28.

That's it so far, now all I need to do is....

Find out where I want to go....where to stay...learn some people,
and I'm set.

If anyone out there has any ideas, contacts, advise etc. Please let me know.

I was thinking of spending a week or so in Milan and then heading up to Lake Como. No plans have been set, other than the dates. No reservations made, I'm open to all ideas and suggestions.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks Ted

Friday, April 3, 2009

Lisa, one of my best buddy's, is part of the group of dealers at the old Lucketts store. (Lucy Jane Antiques)
a great mom, who happens to have a fabulous husband, Noyan , great kids, and keeps it all going at the Old Lucketts store. She has a great eye for design and finding that special something for everyone. Check out her blog Lucy Jane Antiques !

Sooz, Suz , Susazne, dearest friend,

Owner of the Lucketts store.

One of the most creative, interesting people I have ever met. I have known her for over 15 years and yet she always surprises me with new ideas, and new ways of looking at life. To her, it's not just a business or a store, but a place to recharge, to get away from today's troubles, forget about the problems, the kids, the economy, what to cook for dinner. A place to feel at home, to feel at ease, to be welcomed.

Nanner Nanner, Nanner.....

Congratulations on your new hood ornament

Inner City Camo

I Believe I can fly!

Way to go Girl !

...and there was enough fabric left over
to make new kitchen curtains..............

I love basil and use a lot of it! But with a garden gone wild, I had to much. After making pesto and still having left overs I came across a recipe for a basil drink and just took from there. Hope you enjoy it.

About this Blog

Welcome! After finding myself alone and having to start over, I found the best place in the world, or rather the best people, the women of the Old Lucketts Store, who took me under their wings.
Much more than an antique shop or vintage store Lucketts is a place I can be myself.
I am not a gourmand, or a chef, rather someone
who just loves to cook! Always trying out new things and new ways to cook them, and these girls love food. We started getting together every Friday night after work at my little house near Lucketts.

I usually made a main course and everyone would bring an appetizer, side dish, drinks, or dessert.We would eat, talk, laugh, plan, dream, celebrate a birthday or just being together. We had been doing this a little over a year and it became Friday Night at Ted's. We always came up with new ideas and recipes to try. From gourmet to down home we loved it all! I have a very small home, about 700 square foot total, some nights we would have as many as 13-14 people, what with husbands, kids, and anyone else who wanted to show up. I love my friends and I love to entertain. With so many great Friday Nights behind us someone was always looking for my
recipe for something or other and I would dig through my notes, magazines, scrapes of paper, or just try to remember how I put that dish together. It was obviously time for a cookbook. Not just any cookbook, but one that had the fun, style, and simple joy of my great friends of Friday Night.