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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Easter Bunny came to Sweet Nothings


Well, Easter is upon us...
Isn't it wonderful to celebrate our Heavenly Father...not only at THIS time of year...

I wanted to make some awesome CUPCAKES
but all my cake stands and domes are packed and at the new house.

hmmm....let's see what I can do with what I DO have at this olden house.

I've had this glass footed bowl for at least 30 years.....VINTAGE, for sure.
The glass cake plate belonged to my mother and I can remember her serving her cakes
on it as far back as the '60's.......yep....VINTAGE, for sure.

 ....and, I've been taught by you smart bloggers that I can do THIS 
with these two pieces of VINTAGE glass.
and make a cute-as-can-be CAKE STAND...
Yipee...this is sooo cool.

(it occurred to me that the bowl might look great, turned upside down so the large part
of the bowl would be on the bottom...
however, the plate wanted to slip and slide on it...
and it fit better on the large part.
I sat the bowl in the middle of this cute EASTER WREATH that I bought
several years ago, after Easter, for mere pennies at Big Lots.

I LOVE how it all looks with the
displayed on the put-together-cake stand.

Do you ever use adorable and colorful GIFT BAGS
as a relaxed, informal centerpiece ???

Am I the only one that does this....especially in the summertime, full of real or faux flowers...?
I am such a sucker for a cute bag and the stores are just FULL of the cutest ones...

I love this stripe...with pinks, oranges, greens and
just GOES with my little tablescape of CUPCAKES...

When I was a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday, just as it is for most kiddos...

EASTER was #2,
for sure.
My mother always made a new dress for me...and I loved hunting the eggs
with lots of cousins.
My little baby brother didn't appear on the scene until I was almost when he got older, I still had lots of fun, helping him find the eggs. :)
Gosh...don't they make a pretty picture..!!!

Some of you may have realized that it's not necessarily  about the FOOD on my blog...
it's almost ALWAYS about the PICTURES of the food.
Some foods, such as these luscious cupcakes and Easter eggs make awesome photos...
...fruits, powdered sugar, cakes,...all great subjects for photographing.

Other foods.......for instance, soups, stews, meats are not as photogenic...
I have to work REALLY hard to make those pretty and look appetizing.

...the magic of PHOTOSCAPE.

ORANGE CAKE MIX....following instructions on box but adding VANILLA....ALWAYS :)
with their ORANGE DREAM flavoring added...
It wasn't a strong enuf orange FLAVOR so I added
fresh squeezed orange JUICE to it and it was

XOXO, bj
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Jackie said...

Those cupcakes look scrumptious.....

God bless.

Love Of Quilts said...

Have a very blessed Easter!

From the Kitchen said...

If you really want to sell your house, be taking some of these cupcakes out of the oven when the potential buyers arrive--oh, and serve them one.

Happy Easter!


Sue said...

Well aren't you clever! I even learned something...I have never used a gift bag as a centerpiece but it is perfect for a sunny day with some pretty flowers!

Cupcakes are my weakness...I would have eaten 3 already!

Lynn said...

I have that gorgeous footed bowl too BJ! Everything looks great, have a wonderful Easter:@)

LV said...

I love seeing all you share of your cooking skills. However, you will never see a picture of anything I tried to make on a blog. Heaven forbid! Happy Easter my friend.

Tami Von Zalez said...

I could scarf down those orange thingees like they were going out of style!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm wishing you a most special holiday weekend! You always make everything special! Sweet hugs!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I haven't tried the flavored icings yet...but I have some in the cupboard.

Happy Easter dear you and your family!

Blondie's Journal said...

As my Mom used to say, you can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! Beautiful cake stand and it looks so pretty surrounded by eggs and the bag of flowers! And the cupcakes look delicious!

Have a Happy Easter, BJ!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Those cupcakes looks so good. I never thought about using a gift bag and some of them are really pretty. What a great idea. Make some of those cupcakes for your open house and they will buy the house.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You always have such wonderful pictures to accompany your sweet words, bj. xo Diana

Beth said...

The cupcakes look delicious atop your improvised cake stand.

Have a Blessed Easter.

Vee said...

I love that you are still playing and having fun. Those cupcakes look wonderful. Say, do you remember Swensons orange chip ice cream? Bet it would be oh so fine with an orange cupcake.

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness - you have me yearning for orange cupcakes, at 11 o'clock at night!

Unknown said...

Pretty, delicate and delicious!...:)JP

Debbie said...

You put me to shame. Here you are creating great foodie pics from what you have available in the olden house, and I can't get it together enough these days to make the cupcakes let alone take the shot.

Debbie hangs her head in shame and walks away...

(I hope your open house is a smash tomorrow and surprises even your greatest expectations.)

Rettabug said...

Happy Easter to you & yours, too, BJ!!
I have the exact same bowl & cake plate from my grandmother! what an ingenious way to use them together.

Just like Sue above me in the comments, I've never thought to use a gift bag for a centerpiece! you're right...they DO make some beautiful ones! Thanks for the tip.

I hope & pray your home sells for you soon. I know the concern that hangs over one's head during such time. Good Luck on the open house, even if it is on a holiday weekend. (have you buried a St. Joseph statue upside down in the back yard yet?)

Hugs & Easter Blessings,

Theresa said...

Beautiful uses of some of your favorite pieces:) Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

And your photos are always a work of art!!!

Never thought of a cute gift bag, to "hold" a bunch of flowers! Such a cute idea!


Balisha said...

I might have known that with most of your lovelies packed you could still come up with a beautiful idea for Easter. You have that creative gene that just sees things in a new and different way.
The cupcakes look scrumptious.
Happy Easter, Balisha

Madeline's Album said...

Everything looks so good. Like the way you put the two vintage pieces together and the Easter wreath really made it a nice piece. The cupcakes look so yummy. Enjoy your Easter and have a blessed day. Madeline

Pam said...

Everything looks so delicious and pretty! Thank you for stopping by my blog from via Katherine's linkup. So nice to "meet" you.

Patty Patterson said...

That is super pretty! I don't know how you came up with it. I especially love the wreath and eggs around the bottom. It looks so Easter-ey. Have a super blessed and Happy Easter!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I have a bowl just like that one that belonged to my mother. Your cupcakes look delicious and everything looks so pretty. Happy Easter to you!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Love the pedestal glassware! And your treats look so delish! Have a happy Easter!

Sarah said...

Beautiful post, BJ. Love the vintage glassware, the colorful spring details, and those yummy cupcakes. You've made everything perfectly glorious!
Happy Easter weekend.......Sarah

Donna said...

BJ... Those cupcakes look delicious!!

This is Donna from Donna's Den... I no longer have that Blog... but I am back!


Beverly said...

BJ, I always say you can make anything look pretty.

Happy Pink Saturday, my sweet friend. Happy Easter.

On Crooked Creek said...

Have a blessed and glorious Easter, dear friend!!!

Claudia said...

You're making me hungry, BJ! I love cupcakes and these look scrumptious! Your cake stand is pretty and works beautifully!

Thanks so much for joining in this week!


Patty said...

I pinned your recipe - your cupcakes look so delicious. I never thought about decorating with bags. What a great idea! Your pictures are just great - so pretty.

Savannah Granny said...

BJ, Love those cupcakes and the idea of combining the two glass pieces to make a lovely display.
Have a blessed Easter

Susan Freeman said...

You work magic with whatever you have! Those cupcakes look heavenly. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Easter, BJ! I hope it's the happiest one to date!

Love your cute Easter decor!



Kathleen Grace said...

Orange dream cupcakes? Yes please!
I think your "make do" display is just gorgeous! SOmetimes the greatrest things come out of looking around and using what we have. Happy Easter BJ!

Chenille Cottage said...

Happy Easter, bj!
Oh...What a scrumptious post. I love all that ooey gooey icing.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!
Carolynn xo

Mary said...

Where there's a will there's a way they say - and you proved it by stacking the glassware - so pretty! The orange cupcakes look delicious - so I'm off now to bake something too, lemon ginger scones for afternoon tea!

Easter blessings BJ - Mary

oopsiemaizie said...

hi there... i found you through a favorite thing at mockingbird hill cottage... these cupcakes look wonderful :) happy easter!