Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Classic Thanksgiving Side



Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed 
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans 
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted 
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake sweet potatoes at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Let stand until cool to touch (about 20 minutes); peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
  • 2. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
  • 3. Combine cornflakes cereal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole in diagonal rows 2 inches apart.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows in alternate rows between cornflake mixture; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vintage Garden Wedding Idea for Spring 2014

I know it's Fall, but Spring Brides are already starting to plan for the fine details of there weddings.

About 6 months out Couples start to get estimates for flowers and book there Florist.

Here is just one idea to get that Vintage Garden setting your looking for.

Shop around at your local Good Will or Salvation and find old tea cups and saucers.
Use these containers filled with small potted blooming plants and herbs in them. They look and smell wonderful and can be given to guests as favors.  The more mixed matched the containers the better.

Another great accent to coordinate the arrangements or plants with are stacked books in the middle of the table. This is a great riser for your centerpiece.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ellicott City Grand Opening !!!

On The Move...

We are introducing you to our newest location,  Now Open in Ellicott City.
This store is modeled after our York Road store opened last year, only larger.

The idea of a full service florist and bakery together in one location has been such a success and well liked by everyone that we did it again but this time we've added Fine Chocolates and Unique Gifts also.

Located in the Shipley's Grant Shopping Center on Route 108 just off Route 100 in Ellicott City you'll find a full variety of fresh baked cakes, Cannoli's, goodies, candies, chocolates, country gifts, candles, decorative glass, Autumn & Christmas Decor and much more as well as our full service Florist.

Watch for our next store opening in early November in the Commerce Center in Pikesville.  This will be the largest of our branch stores with a sit down eating area inside and outside to enjoy pastries, Bagels, Cannoli's, cookies, coffee, tea and more.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Great Summer Recipe

Creole Tomato Salad

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 pounds) 
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • Vinaigrette
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

Preparation

  1. To prepare salad, alternate tomato and onion slices on a platter. Sprinkle with salt. Top with mint and chives.
  2. To prepare vinaigrette, combine oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic in a jar. Cover tightly; shake vigorously. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad, and serve at room temperature.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Love It or Hate It?

When you are thinking about writing a review next time think about how far it will go.  From a retailers website, to Facebook or even end up on this Blog.

Customers reviews and Compliments are reaching farther than you think and retailers like us are tracking every word that is said about them good or bad on the Internet this day in age. 

Not all of us take the time in our  busy schedules to compliment when receiving good service or product .

We want to Say Thank you for the ones who take the time out to let us know what kind of service or experience they had with us.  We value everyone opinion and just want to say Thank you.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How Weddings have Changed over the Years and How we still carry on some Traditions

Many of today's popular wedding ceremony and reception traditions can be traced to ancient Egyptian and European customs. These were often based on symbolism, superstition, folklore, religion, and even the belief that evil spirits could bring disease and death to newlyweds and crops, which was very important in many farm-based early cultures. Although the exact origin and usefulness of many of these early wedding traditions are not always clear, popular acceptance has allowed them to flourish. Besides, many of these wedding traditions are just plain fun!


In ancient times, it was believed that a Bride was especially lucky on her wedding day. Guests would sometimes tear at her dress for a souvenir piece of good luck to take home. The Bride's tossing of her bouquet grew from her desire to offer a good luck souvenir, and prevent guests from bothering her (and her dress!) during her reception


The proper bridal bouquet for a 1900s bride would be what they call a arm sheaf bouquet . Popular in the early 1900′s under the name of Bernhardt bouquets and  inspired by bouquets given to the actress, Sarah Bernhardt. The bride carries the bouquet cradled in her arm, also known as a presentation bouquet. Flowers of choice were white roses, white orchids, lilies of the valley, or orange blossoms.  A lot of  Brides to this day still choice the more traditional "Presentation Bouquet".

When did you get married and what was your wedding like? Let us know by commenting below.

Wedding Photo taken in Baltimore in the Early 1930's.   

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a day to Pamper your Mom, and what better way to pamper her than cooking for her and giving her a fresh bouquet of flowers to last her the week.

I suggest you start off with calling your local florist and ordering a fresh arrangement of flowers to adorn the dinning room table ahead of time.  You can have this delivered early so she can enjoy them a little longer.

She will love the smell and look of the fresh spring colors and know you thought about her ahead of time.

Then you can lay it on thick by cooking for her on Mother's Day!  Any mother will be sure to love nice homemade cook food .  They are always cooking for us all year why not cook for them on Mother's Day.

Here is just a small recipe you might like to try out...

Vanilla French Toast

Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 slices dry white or whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • Maple-flavored syrup
  • Sliced bananas (optional)
     
     
    Directions
    1. In a shallow bowl, beat together eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, coating both sides.
    2. In a very large skillet or on a griddle, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add half of the bread slices and cook for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden, turning once. Repeat with remaining bread slices and the remaining butter. Serve with maple syrup and sliced bananas.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Seasonal Changes

Signs Spring is Here!!

Good bye winter, hello spring!

The first day of Spring marks the beginning of warm weather and longer day light hours.

Here are a few signs spring has arrived.

-Snow begins to Melt and Rivers start to Flood.
-Budding of Leaves and Flowers.
- Monarch butterflies start to migrate North.
- And let's not forget to mention the sound of Birds chirping early hours of the morning.

*Fun Fact:
Did you know Neptune, the farthest gas giant from the Sun doesn't experience strong seasonal changes, though seasons there last 40 years.
 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Trying To keep Your Wedding Stress Free

Why do so many Brides stress out trying to plan one of the most important days of their lives?

One reason weddings can become a stressful process is trying to keep up with all the expectations with  family and friends. 
How can you eliminate this Problem?  Know that no wedding will satisfy everyone and as long as it satisfies you and your partner that is all that really matters.

Try to prioritize your wedding tasks and decisions and start early. 

Remember who is in control of this big day.  Make sure you just communicate with the person or persons helping you plan in a calm way.

Note that not everything is not always perfect and sometimes trying to make everything just exact will stress you out in it self.  Stay calm and everything will fall into place.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes



You just prepare your brownie mix, spread oreos with peanut butter, stack, cover with brownie mix and bake. Easy and so delicious! Enjoy!!

Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes

1 box brownie mix, 8x8 inch size
24 Oreo Cookies
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 muffin cup baker with paper liners.

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. For each cupcake cup spread 1 teaspoon of peanut butter over 2 Oreo cookies and stack them on top of each other. Place oreo stacks into the cupcake lined muffin cups. Spoon 2 tablespoons of brownie batter over each stacked oreos and let it run down the sides of the cookies. If you have left over brownie batter, bake separately in a separate baker or muffin tin. Bake cookies and brownies for 18 to 20 minutes, until brownies are cooked through. Let cool completely then serve.

Makes 12 servings

Recipe from picky-palate.com

Early Delivery For Valentine's Day

February 14th "Valentine's Day" is just around the corner.

This day can be dreaded by some husbands and boyfriends around the world trying to figure out what the perfect gift would be, and getting it to her in time.  Not this year!!!

Have your Valentines Day Flowers Delivered a few days earlier and let us help you.

February is a tricky month with mother nature.  Who knows when we will get a snow storm on Valentines Day like we did a few years in the past.
All those partners out there that had every intention on flowers to be sent on that Day and now they received nothing due to a unexpected snow storm. Trust me you don't want this to happen to you!

We are encouraging  everyone to order for early delivery this year.
Reason's why besides the crazy Maryland weather...
Guaranteed on time delivery
We have the flowers you requested in stock
She knows you remembered her on your own
Added bonus FREE product with purchase for Early delivery dates.

Remember it won't matter what color or size the bouquet is, but the first one to arrive is the longest remembered!!

Place your Valentine's Day order for early delivery today!!