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St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Fruit Rainbow Pancakes

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St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Fruit Rainbow Pancakes

There’s still a bit of time to make something yummy for tomorrow!  Well, ok, time is rather ticking away, but there’s still time to rush out and buy some fruit and whipped cream!  And then tomorrow you could mix up a batch of pancakes….layer them up and there you go, a fruit rainbow for St. Paddy’s day!  I saw this idea on Pinterest, but then when I started putting it together I realized that whatever was used in the photo was not pancakes (cookies I think).  (P.S. I just found out that the idea was from i am baker! Yes, cookies, with an awesome cream cheese frosting!)  So my pancakes were a bit floppy and the stack was leaning a bit….solved that with a straw right down the middle of the pile!  The “fun” part is to layer your fruit in the order of the rainbow.  If you don’t remember that order, watch the fun little video at the end of this rainbow post, then you’ll never forget again!healthy fruit rainbow pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

The fruits I used were red grapes, frozen blueberries (fresh ones would have looked more blue), kiwi, banana, orange and strawberries.  So easy!healthy fruit rainbow pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

And then it was sliced up into four awesome slices….healthy Rainbow fruit pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com healthy Rainbow fruit pancakes for St. Patrick's Day by dennasideas.com

Add each fruit in a blanket of whipped cream between layers of pancakes.  Like I said, it was quite easy…..or would have been if this hadn’t happened….Rainbow pancakes by dennasideas.com - Page 001

My mixer went crazy while I was getting a pancake out of the pan…when I looked over at it, a ring of cream was blobbing out of the bowl.  What a goopy mess!  But it didn’t actually surprise me….that’s how I usually cook….messy…. 😉

Anyways, to cheer myself up, I love to watch this video for St. Patrick’s Day!  An 8 minute account of St. Patrick’s life for the kids….even with flannel boards!

picking party colors…

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I’m gearing up for the next party around here…slowly but surely.  Today I made up some color palettes for a cute, girly party, involving Lalaloopsy Marina Anchors doll, Hello Kitty and a cute little pink sock monkey.  My Pinterest board for this party is getting out of hand…but I love dreaming about all the colorful and edible things that can go on at a little girl’s party….so many things, so little time to get them done!!  🙂

denna's ideas: little girl party color paletteand here’s another one……which one to use…oh the agony of decision!!!  Ha ha, it all depends on what I can find at the dollar store…..denna's ideas: little girl party color palette

end of the summer color inspiration

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Not sure if these color inspiration palettes are actually useful for anything, but I have fun making them!!  (it relaxes me to play around with the photos and colors)

Maybe someday I’ll make a card using one of these color palettes…or a digital scrapbook kit….or paint someone’s door in stripes…..who knows.  Today’s color inspirations come from different projects I’ve worked on this summer….

cotton candy princesses Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 060These little ladies were super fun to make!  I will hopfully get a post done of the how-to.

lavender & mint limeade Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 061Cookies for a lovely anniversary…limeade just for me!!

strawberry kitty cat Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 062Remember Custard the Cat from Strawberry Shortcake? Kitty for a special little girl’s birthday.

sugary almond citrus Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 063New recipe for Almond Sour Cream cupcakes, with a hint of brandy extract in the frosting!  My life has been all about yellow and orange this summer…you might kind of notice that…boy do I Iove those colors!

arriba aguacates Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 065(FYI, that’s an upside down exclamation point, if you didn’t figure that out…well, I guess it could be I arriba aguacates, because I do happen to like avocados a lot!  Ay, ay, arriba arrrrriba!)

I find that I cannot photograph light green objects!!  Either my camera’s wonky or the light from my windows is just awful or….something else…

la watermelon rosa Color Palette by dennas ideas.com - Page 064Please let me know if you ever find these color thingies to be at all helpful to you for any reason!! 🙂  And for sure “pin” them on Pinterest if you hang out there a lot, but only if you want to….

Need a Rainbow?

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It has been one of those weeks….one of those months…..a long winter month.  After living in Canada for quite a few years now, I guess I have to admit that the long winters we have (at least where we live) do really take their toll on you.  (It’s not just in your imagination).  January and February can be kind of hard.  We do see the sun sometimes, even in winter, but the days are so short.  Lately we’ve been remarking in the mornings “wow, look, there’s light!!”  So that the kids aren’t getting on the school bus in the dark…..and getting off the school bus in the dark…..now there’s finally some light!!  (Until we hit Daylight Savings Time, now we’re back to darkness in the morning, but I know that it’s only for a short while).  And the dark winter months seem like a great time to get a cold, or the flu.  Some sort of bug just hit us and Henry and I are still recovering.  I said that I can’t remember when we’ve both gotten sick at the exact same time with the exact same thing….usually one of us is ok, while the other deals with the sickness, but this time we suffered together!!  (It was kind of sweet, in a weird sort of way.  We both had to be kind and give sympathy, because our symptoms were the same….)

What with the winter, the darkness, the dreariness, the sickness…..I’ve been thinking that I need a rainbow.  Lots of rainbows!  There is just something in me that is craving rainbows.  I need to see those bright colors.  Mostly, I need the promise. The  Rainbow symbolizes a Promise.  And not just any promise, from any old person.  The Rainbow appeared to symbolize a promise that God made to us.  Which is really the best kind of promise that there can be.  I need God’s promises, those are the ones you can count on.  I’m looking for His promises to get me through the dark days.

There are the “natural” promises:  in the middle of winter, there is the promise of spring, it’s coming, just hold on.  Summer will be here sometime this year.  The sun will shine, the snow will melt.  But I need even deeper ones.  Promises of a hope and a future.

This longing for rainbows could partially explain why, in the last few years, I’ve started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s a rainbow sort of day, pots of shiny gold at the end of shimmery rainbows!  Coming at the end of a long winter.  And, boy, do I need those rainbows!  I’ve started planning a few little rainbow things….and eats.  The other day we made a rainbow dessert….I took photos, but…

Did I mention that my faithful old computer died?  Right on my birthday.  I haven’t transferred over my programs, so I haven’t been doing anything with my photos, and so haven’t been blogging.  That doesn’t help dispel the last of the winter’s gloom!  So today I grabbed a few photos of rainbows from days gone by…funny how they are all edible rainbows!
denna's ideas-cupcake gallery - Page 007I need to see those bright colors!  Even on a cupcake paper!  Eating a rainbow is even better than staring at one!  There is a “rainbow” movie that I really like.  It’s for kids, of course!  I made spaghetti and meatballs for supper a few nights ago, and just had to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!  There are a lot of satisfying rainbows in that animated movie, from the title to the end credits!  I also really like the story.  And how everything starts out so grey and sardine-y in the town.  Then comes the food and rainbows!!  Oh, and there are so many other things, too, deep stuff, like fathers and sons, being yourself, friendship and understanding, and then throw in some fun songs and a Guatemalan and a monkey, and it = one of my favorite movies ever!  (I was trying to add a few photos from the movie here, but couldn’t get it to work! And while I was looking for pictures, I just found out that a sequel is coming out in the fall!  Of course I had to watch the trailer…..might not be as awesome as the first movie, but still looks fun and foodie!!! Ahh, gives me something else to look forward to!)

Denna's Ideas- cupcake gallery - rainbowAbout rainbows…..what do you think?  I think I’m going to go hang up a rainbow in my kitchen today!

A rainbow a day keeps the blues away!

A rainbow a day keeps the blues away!

St. Patrick's Day Green Rainbow Cake

St. Patrick’s Day Green Rainbow Cake

Mermaid Color Palettes

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Mermaids have been swimming in my brain.  And not just this past week, for a couple of months!  My girlie had this cute stuffed mermaid doll.  So cute that I took it back and put it in my room where I could see it every day.  (I know that sounds weird, but I just love the colors and seeing something colorful and cute cheers me up.  And gets my brain gears turning).  Mermaids started swimming around…and around…and my girl “somehow” surprisingly asked for a mermaid-themed birthday party.  So this is what inspired me for the colors of the mermaid party:

My own little mermaid would be wearing her “Ariel” mermaid dress to the party, so that’s where I was grabbing the dark blue and the coral color, and then just a splash of pink!  We were going to have a mermaid party (not an Ariel party!), but I just loved that coral/red color of Ariel’s hair….

When I went shopping for paper/cardstock/tissue, these are the colors I found:

Tucked away in my closet, I found a couple yards of this fabric, which went perfectly with our mermaidy colors:

And several months ago, this little mermaid swam into my shopping cart when I was shopping for something else…but I knew it would be the perfect birthday gift so I saved her, hidden away in my closet…..(now my girl has her own perfume, ooo lala).so like I said, I loved the coral color, but in the end there were only small touches of it at the party…it would have been great for party plates, cutlery, something like that.And the birthday cake…..just happened that it was easy to match our mermaid color palettes with the food coloring that I had on hand, without too much hair-pulling.

So I guess this is kind of how my thought processes went, in starting to plan out this mermaid party….kind of like mermaids swimming around and around in circles in a big empty ocean.

Blue and White surprising cupcakes

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We made blue sugar the other day.  For decorating purposes.  But I decided I needed to use it up and cook with it.  So I threw the sugar into some mini cupcakes that I was making for my girlie to take to school…to celebrate Guatemala’s birthday and her birthday.  So blue sounded good to me.  For some reason this all seemed like a good idea….the stuff to follow that is, the mini blue cupcakes topped with marshmellows (but it was after midnight so that might explain it).  I saw on pinterest the idea for sticking marshmallows on top of cupcakes, bake them 5 min. more and then you don’t have to frost them.  Ok, here goes:

ooooOk, so they looked a little funny…the edges were a bit brown, because i didn’t have any mini muffin papers…oh well, I think my girlie was pleased with them.

For our celebration here at home we had these lovely huge cupcakes:  vanilla with a bit of Tang cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and a cute surprise in the middle!  I found out how to do this trick on this fun blog: bake it in a cake.com fun and so cute and doable!!  And that’s what we ate for dessert.  Have a sweet day.

Guatemalan food: comida Guatemalteca: color inspiration

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I’m still thinking about the food we ate on our Guatemalan vacation!

Funny enough, we prepared Mexican tacos (one version, as I’ve noticed there are tons of versions!).  Fresh corn tortillas with beef, cilantro, onion and lime! Yummy!

A cousin prepared an awesome bbq picnic for us….the beef was melt-in-your-mouth and the salsa and guacamol were true Guatemalan style!For years I’ve been dreaming about the cheese fondue in Guatemala….ahhh….wonderful!I especially had my heart set on cheese fondue at an old favorite restaurant NAIS…here’s a shot of the black bean soup at Nais…..And for dessert….some cute pink cupcakes at a family birthday party!Just posting these photos has made my mouth water!!  I wish I could have a taste of all this food today!! YUM!