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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday 14 November 2012


Welcome HOME friends~
Heart OMEnvironment

May your HOME be too small to hold all your friends. ~ Author Unknown

I am so happy you are here! Please have a seat and make yourself comfy. I do appreciate the time you spend with me!

Last week there were so many wonderful posts to enjoy and I want to feature a few that really caught my eye.....!

Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose shared her tutorial on how to make these wonderful wreaths out of styrofoam plates. If you missed them last week then I hope you will pay her a visit to see how she made these. Fabulous idea!

Judith at Lavender Cottage shared her lovely French Macarons. They look delicious and I think she did a splendid job! I wouldn't have the patience to make them myself although I wouldn't mind one bit, tasting one! Love the pink!

Jocelyn at Just A Little Southern Hospitality shared her wonderful Thanksgiving table. I love JB Friendly Village and she has set her table so beautifully with cute pumpkins as her centerpiece. Wouldn't you love to sit at her table and enjoy a meal?

And Shari at Lauren's Closet shared this darling lamp makeover for her daughter's room. So chic; love it!

Well, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas all around my HOME. I started decorating this week and I have been doing a few crafts as well. One little craft I was working on is this wee tree in a salt shaker. I found something similar to this on the 'Net one day. 

You can find these shakers in any store and the trees I found at Michaels. I painted the top and then glittered it to add some sparkle. It is the holidays after all! The snow is epsom salts. I gave this one to my DIL and am working on some more.

First, I cleaned the bottle then I painted and glittered the cover.  I put hot glue on the bottom of the tree and used tweezers to glue the tree inside the bottle. Added some 'snow' and, voila!

This is a larger jar which I tied some sheer ribbon and raffia around with a little 'JOY' tag. I also glittered the top to make it look frosted. I used a bigger tree for this one.

I am also working on some ice skates but I will share those another week.

This week, at my tea party, I served these Mini Trifles. These were a big hit with everyone including my hubby. 

 Mini Trifles

You will need~
Small Mason jars
1 angel food cake
Berries; I used sliced strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
1- 4 serving size Vanilla instant pudding
1-2/3 cups cold Milk
2 cups Whipping cream with a little sugar to taste. 

Make the pudding according to directions on the package except using 1-2/3 cups of milk. Whip the cream and gently fold into the pudding. Be sure to save some whipped cream for the topping.

I filled the bottoms of the jars with pieces of angel food cake then I spooned in the pudding mixture next. On top of the pudding, I added raspberries, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. I repeated the layers of cake, pudding, and berries up to the top. Add some whipped cream to the top and garnish with some fruit.   
I tied a pretty ribbon around the mouth of the jars and set them on coordinating plates. 

What I love about these is that they are great for individual servings and as much as I love the look of Trifle in a big trifle bowl, it gets messy after a couple of helpings. Also with minis, you can make just a couple or several and save the pudding for later.

These are a little different twist from the Strawberry Shortcake in Mason jars which I served at my Savour the Summer Tea Party. You can find that on my sidebar. Hope you will try it!

You could also make Mini Chocolate Trifles using chocolate cake instead of angel food and chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your visit.
If you have something you would like to share, please refer to the list below and link up with me. I would love to come and visit you. Hope you have a delightful day, dear friends.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits ~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~
Potpourri Friday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. The jar and salt shaker are so cute..Love it...and I would love to eat the triffle..Yummy and pretty too.

  2. Love these little salt shakers. I might have to try these! =)

  3. Hi Sandi
    I remember you making the little salt shaker scenes last year - they'd be a great church bazaar item!
    The presentation of individual trifles is cute, I'll have to look and see if I have some appropriate glasses to use.
    Thanks for showing off my attempt at macarons. :-)

  4. I love the individual triffles, what a fun and festive idea ... a definite pick for my next tea party, thanks.

  5. Hi Sandi, you are the sweetest for sharing my Lamp makeover for my daughters room. I am touched you would feature it on your beautiful blog! Oh....your mini trifles looks "delicious" I think I might give them a try! Great idea.
    Thanks for being a wonderful host today!
    Hugs, Shari

  6. Hello Sandi,

    I love your little triffles. They are the cutest. I am going to use that idea for sure. Your salt shakers are also a great decoration for christmas. Thank you for hosting such a lovely party.

  7. Sandi,
    I LOVE your recipe. What a wonderful dessert. And thank you so much for featuring my blog post from last week!

    Blessings to you,
    Jocelyn @

  8. Thank you for hosting, Sandi. The features are so good from last week and your little salt shaker tree scenes are just wonderful. I might have to try one..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  9. Some great features this week. Those mini trifles look incredible, may have to give them a whirl! Thank you for hosting my friend. Diane

  10. What cute little snow scenes in the salt shakers, Sandi! The trifles are so pretty and sound delish. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Sandi thanks for hosting! and sharing your individual trifle recipe. Those salt shakers are delightful!! You are most creative ... thank you for the inspiration..xo Blessings, C. (HHL)

  12. Thank-you ! I am hosting a ladies' tea Friday and the dessert in a Mason jar fits the theme perfectly. I am definitely making these !

  13. Thank-you ! I am hosting a ladies' tea Friday and the dessert in a Mason jar fits the theme perfectly. I am definitely making these !

  14. Love those trees in a jar...I may just try that!

  15. Hi Sandi,
    I am excited to be joining your new party! The little trees in the shakers are adorable! I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas :-) Thanks for being our hostess:-)

  16. Wonderful features, Sandi!

    And your little Christmas tree snowy shakers are adorable, what a cute cute easy and relatively inexpensive crafty item!

    Thanks for hosting!!


  17. Your little tree is very cute and I love the trifle recipe. I will be trying that. Thanks for hosting!

  18. Awww...thank you, Sandi, for featuring my wreaths - what a sweet surprise! :) Your Christmas tree is adorable! I think my son and I would have a blast making one together. Blessings to you, dear friend!


  19. Hi Sandi..
    I just LOVE the trees in jars and the mini trifles are such a good idea. I often make trifle but had never thought to make individual serves.....thanks for sharing your ideas.
    Have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  20. it's so amazing the beauty people create....and that creative jean...I think we get it from Him...Hugs to you Sandie. Hope you got the book and are inspired in some way by it....Have a beautiful thursday

  21. There are a lot of talented bloggers and I am not one of them! Great selection here today.

  22. Hi Sandi,

    I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and I wanted to say that I think your blog is great. Your blog offers some really great ideas on DIY projects and crafts, and home decor.

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    P.S. Those mini truffles look delicious!

  23. Sandi,
    I adore those little shakers! I saw some last year and wanted to make some but alas, did not get to it. I love trifle and it's so sweet in the mason jar. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    p.s. great features.


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