Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flowers for My Home - A Review

As much as I look forward to Spring and new growth in the garden and yard, once those flowers bloom, I can only enjoy them in the garden. I can't bring them into my house.

I am highly allergic to most kinds, especially my favorites like Sunflowers and Queen Anne's Lace.

I am so happy to say that I found a way to have one of my favorite flowers indoors, and they are fire retardant too.

I was introduced to Thermaleaf® by fellow blogger Debbie who featured some beautiful wreaths she got from the company on her blog Mountain Mama..

I was offered to choose something from their website in exchange for a review. They specialize in fire retardant artificial foliage products for commercial use and home use.  

Why use fire retardant artificial foliage in your home? A great question and one that Thermaleaf® answers in detail on their website. I did not know that many fires can be caused by artificial plants and trees used in commercial settings because they lack fire resistant materials. They can catch on fire very quickly and the smoke from these plants can be deadly. Not something you want in your place of business or your home!

It took a few times of browsing their website to choose something because of the large variety of potted plants, trees, and topiaries, as well as wreaths and a large selection of floral sprays and stems to make wreaths and arrangements.

I finally chose the Queen Anne's lace stem pack of 12 so that I can arrange them in a vase or use them on a wreath. All 12 stems are in this vase.

I have always loved this pretty white flower that grows tall and lean in fields and roadsides during the summer. They have a lacy, Victorian look to them. 

While on vacation one summer there was an abundance of them growing along the roadside where we were staying so I picked a bunch and decorated our cabin with them. 

When the allergy symptoms appeared, I knew right away what the culprit was. Reluctantly, I have stayed away from them ever since. 

I am thrilled to be able to have these realistic looking stems in my home and they look lovely in my large stoneware pitcher. 

They have long stems and spots on them to cut through and shorten if needed. They also bend so you can arrange them.

I took some out for a leaner look in the vase.

Then I decided that the stems were a little too green for the coloring in my room and I walked around my home looking for other places to add them.

I thought they looked pretty added to my stoneware jug of Pussy Willows.

I also tried them in my glass demijohn bottle and although only three stems fit in there, I love the simple look in the living room.

I hope you will visit Thermaleaf to see if there is something pretty for your home.

The way the weather is going in the northeast, we may have to rely on pretty faux flowers to fill our vases!

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AnnMarie xoxo

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Almond Joy Cookies??!!

About twice a month I bake goodies for the traveling community theatre for the arts that my husband Frank, son Michael and I run. It is a dessert theatre and I am the coffee and dessert girl!

I love finding new recipes to make but they have to be finger foods and not too messy to eat.
Cookies and bar cookies fit the bill.

When I found this recipe for Almond Joy cookies that only had four ingredients, I was all over that!

Here are my ingredients....

And my favorite tool to use for cookies....

I whipped up a batch today for a performance tomorrow night so I can tell you that they are super easy. I even had all the ingredients in my cupboard already.

I do not remember where I found the recipe because I hand wrote it from somewhere. There are plenty of versions on Pinterest though.

Almond Joy Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen

14 oz. bag shredded coconut
16 oz. chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped roasted almonds
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Set oven to 325 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.
Mix all four ingredients together.
Scoop out on pan and then flatten each cookie.
Bake 12-14 minutes.

If you love coconut, this recipe is for you. I baked mine for 13 minutes which gave them a nice golden color and a little crunch on the edges.

The hardest part of this recipe is packing them up to let others enjoy. Here is the pan that our guests get to indulge in. And yes, I tasted one, or two after they came out of the oven!


AnnMarie xoxo

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