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Irish Cream Truffles & Irish Cream Toffee Coffee Ice Cream

I have two treats perfect for your Saint Patrick's Day celebration or anytime.  First, I've got some decadently rich, smooth as silk truffles  guaranteed to melt in your mouth...


and secondly, a rich Irish Cream Coffee Toffee Ice Cream that is nothing short of creamy and crunchy heaven for your mouth!

Both of these recipes are easy to prepare, and both are made with the homemade Irish Cream I shared a few days ago.  


The truffles are lovely set out on a plate, served with coffee and other desserts.  They are great as gifts for the hostess or at Christmas, packed in airtight containers.  


Nancy's Irish Cream Truffles


12 oz chopped chocolate.  (You can use semi sweet or milk chocolate or a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture.  I like milk chocolate best but used semi sweet here because that's what I had on hand.) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1/2 Cup Shawn's Homemade Irish Cream (recipe HERE)  1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoons butter
Combine chocolate and cocoa in f…

Bees and Daisies Aesthetic Movement Transferware Tablescape

I was going to do an Irish themed post, again, but Shawn thinks I might be going overboard so I was thinking about how  I have seen several posts recently featuring brown transferware, specifically from the Aesthetic Movement which you can read about HERE and thought I'd share this impromptu tablescape with brown transferware from that period (appx. 1870-1910).  
I had quickly put this table together a a few months back for a client before shipping the set to her.  Since Spring is so quickly approaching I thought this would be a perfect time to show it.  The pattern is Bees and Daisies, circa 1885, by George Jones and it's one of my Aesthetic Movement favorites.  Actually, it's just one of my favorites period.    

Rather than placemats, I opted to use sheets of preserved moss allowing them to hang over the edge of the table.  They go with the natural theme of the plates.
The flatware I used is by Wallace, called Butterfly.  I LOVE this, but wish I'd had Napolean Bee when I…

Bedrooms ~ Green, Serene

With St. Patricks Day less than two weeks away I've been into Irish everything...food, drink, history, poetry, and of course the color green.
March madness has made me mad for green.   Source: Squiddo - Keeping a Nature Diary


 Symbolic of nature, green is known to be the easiest color on the eye.  It is said that the color green can actually improve vision.  I don't know if that's true but it's a nice thought nonetheless.  The psychology of green is that it is a calming, stress relieving, refreshing and healing color.


 People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients and is believed to promote healing.


Green also symbolizes fertility and was the preferred choice of color for wedding gowns worn by 15th century brides. Today still, the color green has a sexual connotation.  How many times have you heard that if you like green M & M's you're horny!?!


  Currently green is one of the most po…