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March 31, 2010

Press | KC Star Photoshoot | Cake Stand

This morning a photographer from the KC Star came over to shoot some of my cake stands... Stay tuned in late April for the article!

March 28, 2010

DIY | Large Flower Arrangement Centerpiece

Last week I created this arrangement for a 20th Anniversary celebration. Most people are intimidated by floral arranging, but I love it - I'm not a pro, but I really do enjoy it and have learned to turn out some fun arrangements for my events.

I start with the 'filler' - you could use any greens that you like. I arrange it in the vase so it is evenly distributed and creates a great shape for the entire floral.

I added these large lilies. I just love the way the smell!

Next I added a dozen roses, hydrangea and curly willow twigs.

I added white dendrobium orchids around the "collar" (bottom/outside) of the arrangement.

And finally, I inserted pink tipped parrot tulips. Done! At the event I also added cymbidium orchids to each of the willow branches... it really put it over the top - but I forgot to take a photo!!!

A Good Excuse... right?!

Sorry for my absence last week - I had a good excuse, I promise! We were busy welcoming in a new member of our family (the first in 22 years!) - Samantha, my sister's first daughter. Isn't she precious!?

Congrats, Jill and Kevin, and my parents (the new grandparents)... who might be the most excited of all!

March 20, 2010

Workshops | Simple Spring Supper Class at A Thyme for Everything

Join me for my Simple Spring Supper Class - We'll be making homemade ravioli and decorating sugar cookies to take home!

April 6th at A Thyme for Everything in Lee's Summit

Homemade Spinach, Ricotta & Mozzarella Ravioli topped with a Prosciutto & Spring Peas Cream Sauce
Goat Cheese Crustini
Spring Green Salad with Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Take & Make:
Spring Blue Bird Sugar Cookies

To register, visit!

March 08, 2010

Recipes | The Best Steaks | Seared Steaks

Most people think that good steaks only come from an outdoor grill. Not true! The BEST way to prepare a steak is inside... Searing a steak on a hot skillet or griddle with plenty of sea salt & black pepper makes the most amazing crust on the outside and red hot, juicy in the middle. This is a great dinner to fix for one - takes just 10 minutes start to finish.

Seared Steaks

2 - 10 oz. steaks (ribeye, filets, strips...)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper

Begin by drizzling the steaks with olive oil, then coated in salt & pepper. Be sure to use plenty of seasoning!

Heat a skillet, pan or griddle on high heat for 2-3 minutes until it is very hot. Cook the steaks on high for 3-4 minutes on each side until a brown crust forms.

Finish the steaks in a 500 degree oven for 5 minutes. ***If the steaks are smaller than 10 oz. each, only bake 3-4 minutes to avoid over cooking.

March 03, 2010

Workshops | Eddie Ross's Spring Workshop at Creative Candles!

He's back....

Mark your calendars (and make a reservation!) for Eddie Ross's workshop at Creative Candles in Kansas City on March 20th!

Create & Take : Personalized Monogramed Hurricane featuring a Creative Candles Pillar Candle
When : March 20th 2pm - 4pm
Bonus : Enjoy Hors d'oeuvres and Wine during the workshop!
Price : $75 per person with 10% of the proceeds going to DIFFA

Contact Pam at Creative Candles ( or call 816.474.9711 ext. 205 to make your reservation!

For more information about the workshop (and endless home, entertaining, and design inspiration) visit Eddie & Jaithan's Blog!

March 02, 2010

Birthday Flowers!

Since one of my favorite things to do is arrange flowers, I always love when Mike brings home some fresh stems for me to play with... Which is exactly what he did for my birthday!

March 01, 2010

Kansas City | Bottoms Up Antique Show | This Weekend

Prize Antiques is teaming up with some other fantastic antique deals in Kansas City for...

"Bottoms Up: High end design, rock bottom prices!"

Join us this weekend for the newest monthly antique and vintage market in the historic Kansas City West Bottoms. Some of KC’s best dealers will be presenting amazing finds in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse setting.

March 5 & 6
9:00am – 5:00pm

We are located at 1200 West 12th Street, at the corner of 12th and Santa Fe (just north of the 12th street bridge).

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