Friday, August 31, 2012

Russian Serpentine Necklace

Friday, August 31, 2012

"Russian Serpentine Necklace"

Handcrafted, Gemstone Pendant Necklace.

Gorgeous Russian Serpentine Pendant Necklace wirewrapped in gold wire, surrounded by Olive Green with black crackle Fire Agates and Chunky Faceted Black Glass Beads.  22kt. gold plated faceted spacer beads were used for added "sparkle"  The necklace is finished with a brushed, textured gold chain and rectangle lobster clasp.

Great piece to compliment your Fall/Winter wardrobe!

Come check this latest beauty out in my ArtFire shop at:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Key Lime Mini Tarts"

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Key Lime Mini Tarts"

This is the receipe from the favorite dessert from my Wine Tasting Party.  Just scrumptious.  My guests had many compliments for these. 

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/2 cup Key Lime juice (squeeze approx. 2 large limes)
3 drops of food color, if desired
1 container (8oz.) frozen whipped topping (such as cool whip) thawed
4 pkgs. (2.1oz each) frozen mini fillo dough shells
Fresh raspberries, if desired

In a large bowl, beat condensed milk, lime juice and food color with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and thickened.  Fold in whipped topping.

Spoon heaping teaspoonful lime mixture into each fillo shell.  Cover, refrigerated tarts until set, at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours.  Garnish with raspberries.

Each mini tart: Calories 45

Key Lime Mini Tarts are shown on the bottom tray of the white two tiered tray and on the top tray of the glass two tiered tray.

You can find the fillo min tart shells in the freezer section of most large grocery stores that carry fillo pastry.  They are pre baked and you just need to thaw them before filling.  I filled mine in the afternoon, before the party which was held at 5:00 p.m.

They were the easiest dessert I have ever put together and they tasted just scrumptious!

Until next time.

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Don't forget to check out the clearance section in my ArtFire shop for 20% off select items.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sale in My ArtFire Shop

Friday, August 24, 2012

"Sale in My ArtFire Shop"

Through Sunday, August 26, enjoy 20% off select items in my ArtFire shop

Think "Christmas in August".  Some wonderful jewelry pieces that would make great gifts for that "someone special" at Christmastime.

The above are just a few examples of the wonderful designs that are now on sale in my ArtFire Shop at:

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Wine Tasting Party"

Sunday, August 29, 2012

"Wine Tasting Party"

Last night we held a "Wine Tasting Party" for family and friends on our newly expanded decks.  The weather was perfect and the evening did not get too cool.  Birds and crickets chirping all around, sounds of water running in the stream down below in the wooded ravine and good friends and wonderful family members attended.  All had a great time the two hostesses were very tired at the end of the evening, but, we both agreed that it turned out great!  Thanks to my daughter-in-law Janet who made all the appetizers (party meatballs, terryaki chicken strips, fruit tray, cheese platter complete with a wonderful Brie with fruit topping, sushi, etc.  I made the dessers which consisted of both fruit topped mini cheesecakes and chocolate mini cheescakes topped with real whipped cream and mini chips and some wonderful key lime tartlets in phyllo tart shells. Also kolacki's from a local bakery that my dear friend Karen brough with her..

We had 13 bottles of wine from  7 different countries and a wonderful Apricot Ice Wine from Canada on the dessert table.

There were lables posted in front of each bottle of wine telling of the type and origin and date.

  Above pics are setting up the food tables and the fully set one at the bottom.
This is "Laid Back Louie" my mechanical McCaw Parrot that sings his rendition of "Don't Worry Be Happy" all the while tapping his toes and working his beak.  I purchased him at Mountaineer Casino Gift Shop a few years ago and he is always the hit of  any party we have.

The two "Hostesses".  My oldest daughter-in-law Janet (wearing a necklace I made her for her birthday in July) and myself.  Could not have done the party without her.  This is our second Wine Tasting Pary.

The deck all set up for company at the party.

The picture above is me and my dear friend Barb S.  We have been friends since 5th grade.  I think we look pretty good!  The bottom picture is some of our company enjoying themselves.

Later on in the week, I will post the receipe for the Key Lime Tartlets.  They were the hit of the dessert trays.

Hoping you have enjoyed our little Party!  It was fun and very enjoyable and I encourage anyone who wants to have a Wine Tasting Party to just go with it!

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs