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Thyme for Home..Hello! I am Yvette and I am trying to get this blog going so please excuse the bumps..I have been a baker,cake decorator for many years and have developed a love for cooking and entertaining..I’m a huge fan of DIY projects and really love nature.Stay tuned and share all or any recipes or ideas..

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Witchy Wine Glasses

Happy Fall! Nothing says Fall like the impending flight of a witch…Some believe there are witches among us and others simply choose to be closed off to the idea. Witchever you choose ,please let the season put a little magic in your life..

I made these glasses as gifts… they were received with wimsy and delight ..I bought dollar store glasses, brought them home and wash them with soapy water. I allowed them to dry and once they were dried I wipe them with a paper towel and Windex.

Next I had acrylic paints for glass which you can get at any hobby store. So I set up a paper plate with the witchy colors I thought would go best, black ,purple ,mustard yellow ,green, midnight blue ,gold and orange. I got my brushes out and I set to drawing the skirts and putting on some polkadots and left that dry and then added the legs and boots.

I put the glasses once they were painted on a cookie sheet and set them in the center of my oven ,close the door and set the temperature to 300° .I left it bake for a half hour and then I turned the oven off, cracked the oven door and I left the glasses to cool down completely. This procedure bakes the paint on so they won’t come off when you hand wash them, do not put through dishwasher.

They’re fun ,they’re creative ,they’re inexpensive and they’re easy and they make really great gifts for any season.

Moon and Stars… Mystery and Night… protect this Witch on her flight…

Awww… Spiked Tea

I am a lover of Iced tea and I’m not ashamed to admit it. In my youth I could throw down multiple glasses of powdered made iced tea in a day. Now however I know that stuff is not good for me and so I make adjustments. So my go to is Orange Spice tea made by Bigelow. I take 5 tea bags and put them into 5 cups of boiling water with 3 tablespoons of raw honey.I give it all a stir and let it cool down. I remove the tea bags and put in fridge until chilled…Okay now comes the good part. I pour a glass of my orange spiced tea over ice and add a shot of Bourbon. This is a lovely adult beverage that is simple to make and smooth sipping. Have I tried this as hot tea??? Of course I have and it is also lovely. I have tried this with blueberry tea and Bourbon and it is a great pairing. Enjoy!

Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing

So we went to our happy place today amid what’s going on in the world . My hubby and I made wings… and drinks. We enjoy try ing wing sauce recipes. Today was a good one! So I ordered from Sweet Heat a company that makes these amazing jams that have just The right bit of heat and sweet and this time it was dead on on those chicken wings. So I purchased a sweet heat mustard and a carrot cake sweet heat jam and both of them were amazing on the chicken wings. Now I know you’re thinking carrot cake what but the pineapple and the carrot made it totally awesome. We made a home sauce too, recipe will follow. We purchased fresh wings and gave them a deep fry and put them in the air fryer… I know , counter productive buttttttt. It works . Toss them in the sauce and whoa… winner winner chicken dinner. So the sauce is a bourbon brown sugar base. I use “Old Grandad”… I find it to be smooth and spicy.

1 cup ketchup , 1/2 cup bourbon,1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons molasses, 3 tablespoons Worcester sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/3 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/3 teaspoon onion powder and 3 tablespoons of honey.

Put all ingredients in sauce pan and simmer. Cool and toss wings .

My Oregano has sprouted!!!

I started a small variety of herbs and my oregano has sprouted. I am looking forward to making my own fresh .. .Oregano pesto! I’ve made it with store bought oregano and I am anticipating that it will taste even better with fresh grown.Super excited for this because it is so versatile .I plan on freezing some of the pesto for future pizza…Yes!!! But for now the pesto… I am a fan of pesto,it is fresh and simple. Pesto is the icing of the cake. Here is my recipe for oregano pesto.

1 cup of fresh oregano( I do give it a good stuffing in the cup with my hands)

1 cup of parmesan cheese( I do get a good one, it does make a difference)

4 cloves of garlic(peeled)

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup olive oil(yep make sure it’s a good one)

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Ok,so put everything but the oil in a blender or processor .Mix until chopped well,now add the oil slowly.It should be smooth looking.

You can store in the fridge for 5 days,or you can freeze in ice cubes trays or small food containers..once frozen pop into food storage bag.

You can add this to chicken,pork,pasta(especially with clams) and pizza.Enjoy!

Why Me GOD?

This is a true story. I knew a girl many years ago,she was in her early 20’s,she had a 2 year old son and was divorced. She worked and lived with her parents. her name…April. I remember distinctly when it all started.

It was summer and she began having migraines and wasn’t as peppy as she always was. She went to her doctor and he said a slipped disc was the cause and gave her medication and sent her on her way. The medication didn’t help so she went back to the doctor and now had more problems. She was experiencing vision loss,in dark places(closets) and at night.Her gave her different medication and told her to rest. Within a few days she could no longer work,she was too sick. The doctor referred her to a neurologist and upon exam she also said slipped disc. New medication again and come back in a week. April didn’t make it past 3 days and she could no longer take care of her son or eat. The head pain was so bad she wanted to die. The next morning she woke up blind. Her parents rushed her to the ER and the neurologist met them there. Upon examination the doctor cried”,she is blind.” April had no idea of the severity of her illness as she was in and out of consciousness. The doctor now reports she has a bruised and bleeding brain stem and needs surgery immediately. Family members intervene and had her moved to a trauma hospital. She couldn’t be transferred without a nurse in the ambulance and a nurse volunteered to go.

Upon arrival April was taken to ICU. Doctors immediately figured out she had cranial pressure and started doing a spinal tap. Her pressure was very high and she was in danger of her eyes being pushed out of her skull. They did around the clock spinal taps,she laid flat for two days and still the pressure was extreme.The next step was an operation that would require a tube that would go from her spine to her belly.Commonly known as a lumbar shunt. Her family gathered at the hospital, everyone was praying for her…family,friends,churches. The day of the surgery the doctor talked to April and briefly described what was about to happen.

“Will I ever see again” she asked. The doctor replied “April I’m not concerned about your sight,I am concerned about you surviving the procedure.” He left the room. It hit her hard. her son,who would raise her son if she died.She began to cry,she couldn’t remember what his face looked like.She cried out WHY GOD! Why me??? My son,my son my boy…no this isn’t fair!That is point she was hysterical and the nurse was trying to calm her down.The nurse told her she was going to get the doctor and left the room.

She asked again,”why GOD?” and she felt a warmth over her toes. She can only describe it as light(even though she was blind this is how it made her feel) and warmth.It started at her toes and moved over her feet and then her legs.Where the “light” touched her anxiety was gone. The light proceeded over her chest and then her head.She felt a peace that she never felt before. She was calm and felt filled with the “light”.Then a voice spoke her,”Be still and know I am the Lord.”

The nurse and doctor came back into the room and April was fine. The doctor asked if she was ok and she said yes.She told him she was going to live through the surgery and that she would see again one day. He warned her that the odds were against her and she said “God was here and he will heal me .”

April did live through the surgery. April woke up still blind. The third day after surgery she could see faint light. The doctor told her that was common for people that are blind. The next day she woke up to seeing gray outlines of the nurses and again her doctor gave her the same reply as the day before. On the sixth day her doctor walked in and asked her how she was doing today.She replied good and I do like your green tie.The doctor fell silent.” You can see my green tie? ” she said yes. He began to sob.April reminded him that she knew she would see again.Every day was a new color…blue,then pink,red,purple,orange and yellow. She did have damage to her eyes but non the less she could see. And most importantly she could see her sons face. If you ask her if that was the presence of the Lord in that hospital room she will tell you absolutely. She has developed a personal relationship with GOD. If you were to ask her if she would go through all the pain and anguish again so she would have that relationship with GOD….she would say ..Yes. How do I know this? I am April. And that day in August 1988 changed me forever. I love God. He loves me. April Yvette

Don’t Let Your Traditions Die!

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I grew up with a Slavic Grandmother who held all our family traditions in her mind,but mostly in her heart.She was born into a poor family and the depression left her Mother with a very heartbreaking decision. She had to choose…did she keep my Grandmother(Margaret) or her bother (Basil),she kept Basil. My Grandmother was sent to live with her Grandparents. It was a blessing for her. Her Grandfather (Dedi) was a farmer and her Grandmother was a baker.

Margaret shined at Easter. Every year the events leading up to the day of Easter were all for a specific reason. Friday’s were meatless and although we weren’t Catholic we did give something up for Lent. I asked her once why she did this if she didn’t go to church and didn’t practice Catholic teachings. Her answer,”if GOD loved me enough to give his only Son for my sins surely I love GOD enough to give up something.Clearly this has stuck with me..it was humble and powerful.She did attend Palm Sunday until she got older and she wasn’t able to walk well.We would make crosses out of the palm and they were used in a few different ways.Palms were never to be thrown out,they were to be burned.

So jumping ahead to Maundy Thursday we would color eggs and again they had a purpose…not used in egg hunts.Good Friday we would have pizza. Saturday was filled with stuff that needed to be done.My Grandparents would take the colored eggs(she always made they were appropriate..lol Yeah sometimes someone would write a curse word or draw something inappropriate on them),kielbasa,butter,red beet horseradish and Paska bread to the church to be blessed. She also made the bunny cake on this day. A chocolate cake recipe that we all have been using for a very long time is the base of the bunny cake and it was cut to look like a bunny head with ears and a bow tie.Now….this cake was covered with a delightful meringue icing and topped with coconut.It was amazing! Of course she would use jelly beans for eyes and draw a mouth because she wanted to make it perfect for her family.

So now it is Easter Sunday morning we would go to her house and we had everything that was blessed for breakfast.She loved having everyone there. This particular Easter we had dinner at our house. Ham,scalloped potatoes,corn,broccoli, coleslaw,paska bread and butter.This year I will always remember because all of our family was there. She had 4 Daughters and their husbands and children and great Grandson were there. We had a wild game of wiffle ball.Yep that lovely cake was next and…she always had lemon meringue pie on Easter.

Margaret passed away almost 3 years ago. Holidays haven’t been the same.Easter is especially hard.See every Easter that bunny cake was my Birthday cake and when I lost Margaret ..well it hasn’t really felt like my birthday since.I did become a professional baker and cake decorator.I suspect she had something to do with that.

We still try to keep the Traditions going and now this year I can take over the role of that. It’s important to remember where we come from,especially in this day and age. Everything is convenience and not so much tradition. Little things like that bunny cake keep Margaret still in our hearts and that is important because without her..I wouldn’t be here.I love you Nan.

Please share your traditions with me,I’d love to hear about them..and maybe about your Nan…

Margaret’s Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • mix in a mixer til well combined
  • in a separate bowl combine-
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 cups of cocoa
  • slowly add to wet mix alternating with 1 cup of milk
  • once incorporated it will be thick
  • now boil 1 cup of water and then add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to the water..it will fizz a little
  • now very slowly add this to the batter making sure it is all mixed well.
  • oven 350 and pour into greased and floured 8 inch pans.
  • bake for 30 minutes and when toothpick comes out clean it is done. Cool before icing and Enjoy!!!

Do What With That Coffee Filter?

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I started my spring cleaning and while cleaning out kitchen cabinets I found a ton of coffee filters. I don’t use them,they were left over from a previous machine. It seemed like a waste to toss them soooo, I Googled uses for coffee filters and wholly cow I was amazed.

The first thing I tried was you dampen a filter with vinegar and add a few drops of essential oil(I used lemon),rub it together a little and toss it in your dryer.A homemade fabric sheet! It worked awesome,no static cling and not sure why but my clothes smelled like I dried them on the line! Loved it and will continue to do this.

Next was I soaked two filters in brewed Chamomile tea and chilled them in fridge. I folded them twice and put them on my eyes…it felt so soothing and reduced some puffiness.

This one is a good one. Simple,place over bowl or plate in microwave and the filter catches all the splatter.Also better than using plastic.

Placing one in a planter or flower pot before you add soil with stop the soil from running out when you water your plants.

I tried this one too.Use to clean glass.It left no fuzzies,it worked great! Also used one to polish my furniture.

I’m sure there are many more uses,the possibilities are endless.So since out topic was coffee related here is a recipe using coffee…Enjoy!

Mocha Brownies

1/3 cup of dark cocoa powder

1/3 cup regular cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup of all purpose flour

3 teaspoons of espresso powder

1/3 cup of sour cream

3 large eggs

1/3 cup of melted butter or coconut oil

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of strong brewed coffee that is cooled

  • you can add chocolate chips if you want or walnuts..
  • Preheat your oven to 350
  • In a large bowl add all ingredients and stir just til mixed
  • Spray a 9×9 pan and pour batter in and set timer for 30 minutes.Brownie is done when toothpick comes out clean.Allow to cool for about an hour…Enjoy!!!

GIRL POWER!!!

So I’m missing my bff’s…I am planning a proper tea for us ladies…yea ok..I have a kick ass chick menu for a girls get together that is easy delish!

First my thoughts go to a gathering in the living room with soft throws and big fluffy pillows. I have a list of goodies and here they are..

Wine,Fainting Goat from Franklin Hills Winery,Bangor,Pa…. It is a black cherry wine. Fainting Goat is addicting,take it slow…

Guinness,tried and true ladies,you can’t go wrong.

Cheese,ok so cheddar is a great go to,however I do like cream cheese with smoked paprika rolled in chopped pecans.Any salted cracker will do.

Popcorn! A microwave bag of popcorn seasoned with black pepper and pink himalayan salt.

Fruit-raspberries,pears,blueberries..

Flat bread Margarita pizza,I buy Brooklyn Bred,yes that is how it’s spelled..I put alittle olive oil on my Bred and add,chopped plum tomatoes and fresh basil.I do add chopped garlic,but some people aren’t big garlic fans.Bake at 400 until tomatoes are soft (15 minutes-give or take).

Now for the most important part..DESSERT!!

Grab a boxed chocolate cake..Substitute half of the water with sour cream..and the other half of the water with coffee..make sure it’s cooled.bake as suggested on box.

Icing-Whipped Cream…

So chill your bowl(metal works best) in freezer for about 10 minutes

Add 1 and 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon of confectionery sugar

1 shot of Godiva chocolate liqueur

Now mix with beaters,start on medium and then increase.

Whip until soft peaks form,it should not be runny …if it is beat a little longer

Frost your cooled cake

I would make this the show piece and put it in the middle of the coffee table along with all the other treats.

You can do the norm and watch Netflix…or you can do something that will deepen your bond with your friends…make a chicks bucket list…it would be awesome to learn more about my friends and maybe help them achieve their list. I can say one of mine would be to go on a whale watching cruise and go for a authentic New England seafood dinner.I’d love to share this experience with my friends.Lets face it,anyone can have friends…but best friends who always have your back are hard to come by..Cherish them.

Tarts and Tea and books…Oh My..

My “go to” tart recipe is sooo easy and quick. The beauty about this tart is you can use any fruit(I usually do whats in season) and any add ins to the crust and filling,I will give some variations that I have tried.

You will need a 10 inch spring form pan,cream together

1/2 cup softened butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup of all purpose flour

Once creamed together press into bottom of pan…I do go a little up the sides

mix- 1- 8 oz softened cream cheese

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pour over crust

5 apples peeled and cut into slices

1/3 cup sugar&1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Toss all together and then arrange on top of filling-bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then lower heat to 375 and bake 30 minutes..I usually go by when the apples are tender and golden brown.Once it’s done I let it rest for 15 minutes and then unlock the pan.I cool for abot 2 hours and then keep it in fridge.

Crust ideas-chopped pecans, chopped pistachios,rosemary and fennel seeds

Filling ideas-grated lemon peel,grated orange peel and a swirl of raspberry preserves

Toppings-fruit,pie crumbs,oreo cookies,caramel and a drizzle of honey Enjoy!

After the tart has chilled I make a cup of tea, grab a good book,grab my little section of tart…lol.yea right.and curl up on my sofa and I am happy…