Category Archives: Food Presentation

Rainbow Fruit Salad and Vanilla Pudding Dip

Rainbow Fruit Salad @ NancyCFruit salad is so good and refreshing during the hot summer months! And this Rainbow Fruit Salad is so colorful, it’s a feast for the eyes! I actually made this fruit arrangement for a photo I did for Mary & Martha back in early spring, which was used on a recipe card. The fruit is arranged on the Done in Love Serving Board and the Vanilla Pudding Dip, a recipe from a Mary & Martha consultant, is served in one of the Simply Elegant Dip Bowls, which comes in a set of 3. I really love these little bowls! Continue reading

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A Sweet Springtime Treat

A Sweet Springtime Treat @ NancyC

I love those Malted Milk Speckled Eggs…they are my favorite Easter candy (and those Cadbury Creme Eggs are a close second)! I buy them every year and eat way too many of them! One year, I found a Robin’s Egg Blue teacup at a flea market and thought it would make a great candy dish for my speckled eggs—I still use it for that! I love the way the pretty pastel speckled eggs look nestled inside the blue teacup. Maybe you’ll be able to use this idea for your own Easter candy!

It’s fun using teacups for other uses in addition to drinking tea. I’ve been to tea rooms with friends where they serve soup in teacups–isn’t that a great idea? If you’re a teacup collector, it’s a great way to use your teacups more often! 🙂

Hope you are enjoying all your Easter and springtime goodies! What’s your favorite Easter treat?

Sharing at Wonderful Wednesday, Foodie Friday, Hearth & SoulInspire Me Monday.

Springtime and Easter Cupcake Cuteness

Cupcake Cuteness1 @ NancyCTake a look at these really cute cupcakes my friend Ann made! She actually made these a few years ago, and I had the easy part–I just took the pictures! 🙂 Ann used some fun Continue reading

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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Are you planning on dyeing some Easter Eggs this year? I’ve found several sites that show how you can use natural ingredients as dyes for your eggs–fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices like blueberries, oranges, red and yellow onions, paprika, and much more! I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I thought I’d go ahead and share some helpful links with you! Above, the photo of these pretty pastel-colored eggs is from Better Homes and Gardens–see instructions here at bhg.com.

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You need to check out these naturally dyed eggs at the blog Dreamy Whites–they are beautiful and so is the blog!

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At Your Homebased Mom, you’ll find out how to create dyes that produce these soft earthy colors–such great shades! See instructions here at yourhomebasedmom.com.

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Here’s a nice variety of soft colors from Kaleyann.com–visit her blog for how-to’s here.

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If you’re wanting colors that are a little more vivid, you’ll find tips at A Few Short Cuts.

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MarthaStewart.com also has instructions for dyeing eggs naturally–look at those rich colors!

Have you tried dyeing eggs with natural ingredients? Do you prefer using natural or regular dyes?

Spring Fever

I had to make a quick trip to the mall and ended up staying longer than I intended because I was admiring some pretty Spring and Easter tableware and decor at two of my favorite stores, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma! Teal, light and bright greens, and nature-inspired neutrals seem to be big color themes for the spring season. These happen to be some of my favorite colors–no wonder I was so drawn to the store displays! 🙂 (Photos shown in this post are from Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma)

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At Pottery Barn, I loved all the teal in the table settings displayed right by the front entrance. The tableware looked great with the natural color and texture of woven place mats, along with some burlap and twine accents–so springy and outdoorsy! The inside store display I saw looked very much like the set-up in the photo above, featured on the Pottery Barn website.

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And I thought these bunny cupcake stands were sweet–they also work great for mini pies and tarts or cookies!

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I also liked these nature-inspired basket fillers

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…perfect for creating your own woodland baskets!

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The teal-green-neutral combination also looked great in other home accessories…

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…like this brightly-patterned pillow.

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I thought this embroidered butterfly pillow had a great spring feel, too.

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And I loved all the glassware in spring colors, especially the teal!

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…and they have a new Botanical Citrus Collection which looks very springy.

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You can always find fun baking accessories there, like this Buttercup Cakelet Pan. How cute is that?

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And I saw these cookies later on their website–some great Easter cookie decorating inspiration!

Do you have Spring Fever like I do? Have you found any inspiring Easter and Spring decorating, entertaining, or gift ideas out there?

I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener.