Showing posts from April, 2012

Monday Morning Motivation

Happy Monday Everyone!
Be kind to others today and enjoy your world:-)

Recipe Review..Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

I love strawberry season.  The season came early this year.  The farms have been opened for several weeks.  I headed to one of my favorite berry farms...Holland Farm in Cary NC. What to make? I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked amazing...Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. It comes from a blog called The Italian Dish.  (I need to go on this blog site soon and explore:-)

I studied the recipe...  (As usual I made changes you will find it in parenthesis:-)
makes 4 large parfaits or 6 smaller ones
1 pound of strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter
12 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted (I was too lazy to sift the sugar)
2 teaspoons Amaretto (I did not have Amaretto so I put 1/2 tsp of vanilla)
1 cup heavy cream (I used cool whip:-) (I also added about a tsp of lemon juice)
mint springs, for garnish

Slice the strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with one tablespoon of…

Colonial Williamsburg....The Capitol and the Governor's Palace...

The Capitol Building "After fire destroyed (for the third time) the Jamestown Statehouse in 1698,  the burgesses decided to move the colony's government to Middle Plantation, soon renamed Williamsburg. On May 18, 1699, they resolved to build the first American structure to which the word "Capitol" was applied". (Quote taken from their website...)

 It would be a better world if the two below were in power:-)

 Our new friend and guide for our Capitol adventure...

 The Governor's Palace....

 Our tour guide....

 Lots of weapons in the palace.  They were ready for any fight that may occur.
Notice the orbs in the chair in the picture below on the chair.  Dust????:-)

 Beautiful bed.  Looks a bit small and bumpy though.  I think I would prefer my not so beautiful but comfy bed with high thread count sheets:-)

 Love the woodwork in the building...

Monday Morning Motivation...."Smiles of Easter 2012"

"Every time you smile at someone,                                     it is an action of love,a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."
Mother Teresa

"I smile when I think about
The way You've turned my life around
I smile when I think about
The happiness in You I've found
I'm so amazed at what Your love has done
And when I think the best is yet to come
I smile!" (Lyrics by Russ Lee directed to God) Don't want to forget the doggie smiles...

Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World and Smile:-)

Colonial Williamsburg Continued...."Oh The Food"

I can't say enough about how good the food was in Williamsburg.  Granted it is pricey but it is also delicious.....Our first culinary adventure was at The Williamsburg Inn. We were seated in The Terrace Room Restaurant.  The atmosphere was casual warm and inviting.  The folks taking care of us were friendly and helpful.  The food amazing!
 Below you see a pretzel roll. They were very common in Williamsburg.  Good too:-)

 It has been awhile since we were there but I believe this is their Signature Crab Cake.  Erica loved it.
 Stephanie had the Honey and Pistachio Crusted Salmon....delicious...
 I had the Roasted Chicken Pot Pie...creamy and delightful....The crust was light and beautiful...
Here is the menu I found online for the Terrace Room...Terrace Room at Williamsburg Inn.   That evening we didn't want a huge meal and thought maybe we could find light fare at The King's Arms Tavern.  And we did.... First up was their Champagne Cocktail (Champagne, Sugar Cubes soaked in…