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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Candied sweet potato for Thanksgiving, recipe

This is a new recipe I've tried over last Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I used the fresh sweet potato to make this and it tastes so much better than the canned yams !

So here it is, a new favorite, easy to make candied sweet red potato:

Ingredients:
3 large red sweet potato
2 cups miniature marshmallows + about 1 cup for topping
1 1/4 brown sugar
1 1/4 cup margarine (I used I can't believe it's not butter)
ground cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Wash the sweet potato and cook it (boil, let it cook on medium heat until almost done). Let them cool, peel and roughly mash them. 

Combine the sugar, 2 cups of marshmallows, margarine, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Cook it on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.

Mix mashed potatoes with the syrup and transfer it to a prepared baking dish. Add some marshmallows on top and bake in the preheated to 400'F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Delicious!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


~ Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving ~




Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween party 2016

Our Halloween party last Saturday was so much fun. We made it witched themed so it was so neat to see so many witches in one place! My girlfriends are so creative. Everyone had a completely different image from each other. And their brooms were pieces of art! Some are handmade, some store bought but everyone had a lovely little flying machine.
Our husbands were allowed to wear different costumes or just a comfortable outfit so everyone could have a party the way they like it.
The party was great and we had many new decorating ideas this year I'd like to share with you later. Thank you everyone, who helped to organize it and thank you for coming, everyone!

Happy Halloween, guys!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A new shop on Etsy, sweetsurpriseparty

Summer of 2016 turned out to be so busy. Besides the fun of kitchen renovation, I teamed up with a party devoted friend and opened a new shop on Etsy, sweetsurpriseparty. This shop is all about party decorations and supplies. We have similar minds with this matter but different creative approach so it looks that collaboration is good for us. Tanya (yes, her name is Tanya, too :) what a coincidence!) loves color and large decorations for girly parties. I have tendency for minimalist decor, neutral and soft colors. Together, we created some great garlands and flower decorations and we had so much fun during our meetings.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/465529559/origami-paper-dress-garland-girls-party?ref=shop_home_active_19 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/472642717/hawaiian-shirts-paper-garland-origami?ref=shop_home_active_4

So we'll see where it leads us. I hope the shop will thrive for many years ahead.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/454925626/tan-poppy-paper-flower-wedding-bouquet?ref=shop_home_active_11

https://www.etsy.com/listing/454348506/red-poppies-bouquet-paper-flowers?ref=shop_home_active_14
We are accepting custom orders (on some items, starting October 1st) so please visit our shop to see what's available and let me know if you'd like something made just for you. Have fun browsing!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/468192343/butterfly-mobile-chandelier-blue-baby?ref=shop_home_active_12


https://www.etsy.com/listing/468192343/butterfly-mobile-chandelier-blue-baby?ref=shop_home_active_12 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/460215418/flower-backdrop-pom-pom-tissue-paper?ref=shop_home_active_1



Saturday, June 18, 2016

3 giveaways this weekend!



There are 3 great giveaways are going on right now on the Russian Artists Team's blog. 2 of them are offered by Nataliya (nataliyamalik)and the 3rd one is mine (socksandmittens). So if you are interested please click on the photos below to get to the one you want or participate in all three. 
http://etsyrussianteam.blogspot.com/2016/06/felted-brooch-to-give-away-etsy-craft.html

http://etsyrussianteam.blogspot.com/2016/06/our-giveaway-washcloth-eco-soap-nuts.html
 
http://etsyrussianteam.blogspot.com/2016/06/cable-knit-cup-cozy-to-give-away.html
Knit cup cozy giveaway

These giveaways are held for the annual Etsy Craft Party and will end tomorrow, on June 19th. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Good luck, everyone!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Thoughts on kitchen remodeling and some party decor ideas

Surprisingly, last week was a very busy one. Besides regular work routine, I started to think about remodeling our kitchen. Remodeling is never easy and especially when you try  to do it on a budget. There is also the question, what style to choose.

What would you do with your kitchen if you decided to remodel it?

Thinking of stylish ideas for the kitchen (and for the parties, of course) I made some more of those cute drink stirrers. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/291428201/drink-stirrers-americana-style-red-white?ref=shop_home_feat_2
I have them almost for every holiday or occasion now! 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, baby shower, you name it! 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/385910638/drink-stirrers-halloween-party-set-of-6?ref=shop_home_active_1
Some of the designs are pretty universals like the stars or the chevrons so they can be used again and again at almost any type of event. 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/244205224/drink-stirrers-gold-stars-on-black-set?ref=shop_home_active_4
I have them listed at agardencottage so please take a look.

Have a wonderful mid June, everyone!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A start of summer and agardencottage news

Last week was marked by the official start of summer here in Arizona. With 118'F yesterday it looks like we are not going to have much break from heat for the next 3 Month.

Happy summer and be strong, Phoenicians!
I already started to think about the Fall and even announced the Halloween party date at our place this year. So I am excited and getting ready for some fun in October. I am hoping to make lots of decorations myself (I will share the ideas!) but of course, I will use store-bought items also.

Here is what was new and relisted at agardencottage this week:

This wonderful French set of 4 Cristal d'Arquescordial/port/liquor glasses. They sound wonderful when you gently tap them with another object. They are perfect for the dinner party or maybe, a nice evening of playing cards with friends.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/398132281/crystal-footed-liquor-glasses-cristal?ref=shop_home_active_1
This gorgeous (and collectible) cobalt blue bottle was made by James Beam (Jim Beam). It has the original labels and tax seal and is from 1971. I just sold one like this in periwinkle blue, these are so pretty! It will go nice with a blue themed dinner party and will look gorgeous as a photo prop.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/264519935/vintage-jim-beam-whiskey-decanter-cobalt?ref=shop_home_active_3
Here is a lovely polar bear miniature figurine from the Endangered North American Animals series:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/259348920/polar-bear-wade-whimsies-miniature?ref=listing-shop-header-0
I have sold so many little Wade figurines and I still have so much more to list. If you are a collector of these please stop by to see what I have. Maybe, you will find a missing piece?

See you next week!