Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wedding Video

Okay peeps...Part One of the most amazing wedding I have ever seen.  This wedding video is incredible.  So incredible, I want to get married again just so I can hire Jim Altieri (and Carla Ten Eyck for photo).  Just when you think it's over, there's more.
The picture in the vintage locket (shown next to her earrings) is her mom who passed away.  Grab a tissue...maybe a couple.  The wedding and reception took place in her dad's neighborhood on the water.  The convertible is her dad's too. The music selection is pure magic.  You will be able to actually feel the love thru your computer....watch and see...click below.

Nichole & Tim Wedding Video - Jim Altieri's Vintage Cinema

Carla - If you read this...I can't wait to see your pics.  Is there a photo shoot in Florida anytime soon!?!?!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sweet Tooth...Vintage Style

My girlfriend, Rebecca, is opening up an adorable Vintage Candy Store off of Park Avenue.  It will be stocked with scrumptious sweets, Good Humor ice cream bars, popcorn and more!  Picture this....a wood door with an old fashioned bell, hardwood floors, paper bags, bright colored candy and the smell of sugar you remember growing up.  I can't wait til it opens!! I will send everyone the link once her website is up and running.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Backyard Camp Party

My girlfriend's son, Will, had a backyard camp party for his birthday.  I love this theme for a birthday or even for a friday night playdate. (with just a handful of boys) I know it's probably too cold to do this now, but I always like to think of birthday themes ahead of time so I can shop early.  Just grab gingham fabric, grill some hot dogs, do a smores basket and make campfire cupcakes...and you've got yourself a party!  For the campfire cupcakes, I melted hard cinnamon and butterscotch candies in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Once, they cooled, I broke them apart to look like fire.  No time for homemade frosting this time, so we used canned frosting, edible rock candy (which I got from Dylan's Candy Bar..you can also use Nerd candy) and some pretzel sticks for the fire logs.  How cute are they?!? We ran out of "fire" so did some cute little toy frogs and lizards on the rest.  The treat bags were camo hankies filled with compass, mini flashlight, gummy snakes and some rock candy.  How cute is this????

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Clyde's Famous Chili

I was at my girlfriend Laura's yesterday when she make me the most delicious bowl of chili I have ever had.  I like my chili like I  like my men... sweet and spicy. (just kidding)  She made it with ground turkey and it was absolutely fabulous.  It is super easy (like some people I know) Perfect on a cold night like tonight...enjoy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

I have been wanting a white tree forever so I finally bought one after Christmas last year.  I was so excited that I put my tree up 2 weeks ago!  Yes, this was up during our Thanksgiving dinner...crazy I know, but I wanted to get a head start this year.  Of course we will still get a real tree so we are headed with the kids to do that tonight.  I would love to have hot cocoa tonight and decorate the tree with the kids, but it's 80 degrees in Florida...hardly feels like the holidays.  The ornaments are from about 20 different stores...I can't imagine how many calories are in this tree.  The huge cupcake at the top of the tree is from Serendipity...can you tell I have a sweet tooth!?!?  (Angela - this would be perfect in Justin's office!)  

I'm craving a cupcake..what else is new...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Placemats!

Here are turkey placemats I am printing for our kid's table.  I left the feathers blank so the kids can color and write in each feather what they are thankful for this year.  If you would like them, just shoot me an email at tessam@cfl.rr.com  or post a comment HERE and I will email you the pdf file and you can print for your own printer.  I am using cardstock for mine!

My Little Turkeys!

The kids and I made the oreo turkeys last night.  The absolutely LOVED it.  Next time I would try to use the chocolate bark (the kind you use to do chocolate covered pretzels)  I think it might dry faster, but these still worked too!!  Publix had candy corn and Target and Walgreens had Whoppers.  I forgot the red frosting so I used Craisins (dried cranberries) cut in half for the gobble.....perfect!  Some of them looked like they had a "lazy eye".  The kids had a blast....I needed a drink. (and a swiffer)

Sunday, November 21, 2010


For those of you who plan on making the Gooey Pumpkin Cake I posted last week...I made it last week using only 3 cups of powder sugar instead of the whole box and it was actually better...not so sweeeet.  Use the remaining sugar for the whipped cream!  Enjoy! -tessa

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oreo Turkeys!!

I actually smiled when I found these adorable little turkeys from Our Best Bites website. As soon as I am done blogging this post, I am headed to Target to get oreos to make these adorable "no bake" turkeys....perfect to do with the kids.  (who am i kidding...I will be doing these when they are in school next week)  The kids will gobble this up!

You could even eliminate the bottom oreo and just do the top part on a cupcake!  

None of our beds are made, there is laundry to do, dirty dishes in the sink and I am posting about oreo turkeys.... I need a staff...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kids Thanksgiving Table

Seriously....I was just thinking what I was going to do for placecards for the kids table when I came across this adorable turkey leg from Fiskars.  I have the bags, I just need to fill with a popcorn ball.  (I wish I would've bought the ones from Halloween!)  These would be perfect with the "Thanksgiving side cupcakes" I posted last week.  I LOVE the pilgrim hat too.  I might have to design a turkey placemat that the kids can color.  If I order the triple shot latte from Starbucks tomorrow, I just might do it!  If so, I will send a copy for all of you to print.  Keep your feathers crossed.

For directions on how to make these simply adorable crafts, click HERE.  I don't have the energy for the turkeys so I will buy little chocolate turkeys instead!  

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New York

Well I just got back from our 10 year Anniversary Weekend in New York City.  My feet hurt and I'm just sitting here blogging!  It was my husband's first time to NYC (he never actually said this, but I think he thought the Meat Packing District was a place where they hung salami) Of course the holiday display windows are starting to unveil.  I only saw a few so far since we went so early, but Henri Bendel had an amazing "Nutcracker" theme.  The store was filled with lots of sparkle white, their signature stripe ribbon and amazing ballerinas. Since we don't have a store here in Winter Park, there were sugarplum fairies dancing in my head!  Here are a few pics along with some great gift ideas....  Barney's "Have a Foodie" Holiday window is next!  Happy Anniversary Honey...I had a great time!  I love you...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweet Thanksgiving Sides (actually dessert)

I first made these a few years ago for my daughter's Thanksgiving Feast at school.  It was a HUGE hit.  I wanted to make something fun and different and since everyone had to bring a Thanksgiving side dish or dessert..I decided to bring BOTH!  The directions are super easy...just canned frosting and candy!  How easy is that??!?!?  Here is my daughter Morgan with her girlfriend Kenzie enjoying their vegetables!! (notice Kenzie ate half the carrots!)  Feel free to "one up" everyone and add white and black sanding sugar for "salt & pepper"....just sayin'...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake

Gooey, butter and pumpkin...need I say more?  I started making this about 3 years ago and have not had a Thanksgiving without it since.  It is a recipe from Paula Deen (which explains the gooey and the butter).  I promise, it is the most delicious pumpkin cake I have ever had.  It actually replaces pumpkin pie in our house!!  Make it the day before Thanksgiving and keep in the fridge.  Just top with FRESH whipped cream..none of that "frozen" topping.  If it is not the best pumpkin cake you have ever had, please feel free to delete any of my future posts to your mailbox.  Do yourself a favor and print this out and stick it in your Thanksgiving notebook...you will "Thank" me!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I usually never get excited about decorating for Thanksgiving, but how cute is this lamp from Anthropologie?!?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Start Shopping Early for Thanksgiving!

I know you still have spiders to pack away, but if you are hosting Thanksgiving like I am this year, you
should start shopping NOW!  Here are some quick tips to get the "butterball" rolling:  (okay...that was bad)  I will post some decorating ideas, centerpiece ideas and menu options over the next couple weeks.
If you have any smart tips you would like to share, go to the blog page (or click HERE ) and post a comment!  Happy November!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Of course, I wait til the last minute to carve a pumpkin with my kids.  My kids love it, but sometimes lose interest half way thru the carving process...leaving me to finish carving it myself and feeding them cereal for dinner.  Here are some simple pumpkin carving stencils that you can try with or without kids.

Easy.. cut out circles and fill with rubber mice!
Grab a black Sharpie and just draw...LOVE the black and white!!!
Gold spray paint....genius...
Super simple....just use Halloween masks...
Ribbon and paint...cute for a little girl's room!
How cute is this pumpkin spider!?!?!

I love real pumpkins, but I might have to do these with
"fake"  pumpkins so I can have every year....

Happy Carving!!