“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, January 30, 2010

♥Pink Saturday hearts are a'flutter in anticipation of Valentine's Day♥

I haven't been around much this past week due to a little back injury☺ There was an accident earlier this week where my garage door and I had a difference of opinion. I wanted it up and it wanted to be down. I think it won the first round because I felt and heard things snapping in my back that I haven't heard in along, long time! OUCH! Needless to say, I saw a few stars (on a sunshiny day) and ended up on pain meds and steroids. I have spent more time resting these past few days than I normally do when the sun is shining and I have things to do I must say, though, my dogs and kitties just 'd the extra time spent snuggling and cuddling. Now, on to Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day preparations!

I picked up these sweet, pink lights at Walgreen's last year at the end of the holiday and have been waiting to hang them around my kitchen window since then. So, before they make their appearance and warm the evening with their sweet silhouette, I am sharing them with you today.

It's cold and flu season. So far, I have been so fortunate to not have needed copious amounts of tissue to clear my head but I always have them handy in all rooms. With three, little boys running around here a couple of weekends each month I know a good friend when I meet one and - tissues are a grandma's friend during cold season!
I always have so much fun during the Valentine season. I see my favorite color everywhere I go symbolized by a shape that is universal when it comes to bringing out the romantic in all of us - young, old, thick, thin, man, woman, child, married or single. I picked these darling heart-shaped marshmallows at Big Lots a day or so ago. Tomorrow I'll go by the grocery to buy some Strawberry Milk which will be warmed to PURRfection, loaded with whipped cream until it just barely flows over the edge of the mug and toped off with one of these plump, soft confections of love. My grandsons and I will sit around the kitchen table and plan on how each of us is going to jazz up our cupcakes which will be the craft of the weekend.

Close to Valentine's Day I'll have Joe, Ben and Josh spend the night so their mom and dad can get out for a romantic evening. My plans are for us to bake some cherry cupcakes and to apply some little doilies around their edge, so when they take them home as gifts to their parents the cuppycakes will look like little creations of lve and affection. Why don't you collect the few supplies necessary, sit down with someone you love and spend time laughing, smiling. hugging and making little treasures to share with the important people in your lives?
I realize that cupcakes have been enjoying the spotlight for awhile now, and may one day soon be replaced by a bunt cake or a pound cake but don’t you just lve cupcakes?  They have just as many calories (or perhaps more) than a slice of cake, we swoon over them at every opportunity.  It’s a portable indulgence everyone deserves on any given day, not just on special occasions.

With that in mind and with the coming of Valentine's Day, I thought these little guys should have a make-over of sorts to elevate them even more - is that possible? - as our passionate sensation of the day

Buy some run-of-the-mill four inch doilies (this size fits a cuppycake perfectly) and fold them in half being careful to only crease the center – not the lacy outer edge. Remove the inner circle of paper with scissors or an exacto knife. (I've used both and find I have no preference. It all depends on my mood and how close I am to the materials required.) Slip  the doilie skirt up your cupcake and there you go! You can really let your imagination run wild from there adding whatever suits your fancy. Add bows, rhinestones, pearls, little candies - have fun because after all - it MUST be FUN!

These are so much fun to make and such a pleasure to give to friends, family, teachers and, of course, YOU because YOU are worth it, yes, you certainly are - each and every bite! 

Be sure to stop by Beverly's HOW SWEET THE SOUND to check out all of the wonderful blogs that participate in PINK SATURDAY. If you ♥ pink it's the place to be today! 

A WORD ABOUT REDUNDANT OVERKILL! There are so many participants on Pink Saturday that asking us to enter codes only to find out that you are going to moderate the comment as well is OVERKILL. Please do one or the other. Doing both serves no purpose and causes people to leave your blog frustrated about the hoops they had to jump through. I visit each and every blog - it is frustrating to say the least. 

One good way to speed the process for all of us on Pink Saturday would be to remove all barriers to comments for the day only. Wouldn't that be nice?


Anonymous said...

I like those pink heart lights, I saw them in red at Target, but the pink are much cuter! It was fun to read your blog!

Annesphamily said...

Mimi, I like visiting you, you always bring a smile to me.:)

You cupcake ides is so cute & clever.

All your pinks are very cool.

I agree about the comment moderating. Sometime you do get frustrated and so elsewhere.

I like organization and order too but I think we all are here to have fun so why the hassle?!~

Happy Pink Saturday to you!

Anonymous said...

SO glad you're up and around. I was about to re-email you. :) Hey, I've joined Pink Saturday - since I'm up, I checked on my post. :) So far ... fun!


Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I wondered where you were. I hope you taught that garage door a lesson and your back is on the mend.

Adorable idea for Valentine's Day cupcakes.

Protege said...

Sorry about your back. I suffer often from lower back problems and I know the pain and also the effect it has on us. I hope you will get fully recovered soon.
Have a nice Saturday,

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Mimi! So sorry to hear about your back! I am just about cringing at the thought the thought of the "snapping" you heard.. oh my gosh! Just hope you're feeling better soon!... LOVE the pink heart lights, and the beautiful fancy cupcakes! Have lots of fun with your grandsons this weekend! ~tina

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

'Morning Mimi,
What a lovely pink post full of pinkness. I hope you're feeling better soon. I have a broken rib myself so I'm kind of taking it easy too. Here's to both of us mending soon! Happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely weekend.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

those lights are just lovely!.. and your cupcakes remind me that I got to bake some for my kiddos!.. thanks for sharing.. happy PS!

Lisa said...

I think you are all ready for a great valentine!! The cupcakes sound amazing!
I do so hope you feel better soon!!
I really like the pink tissues. I could use them right now!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa

debbie said...


Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

I do hope your back is feeling better! I can sure empathize with you but the garage door had nothing to do with mine, ha! I love your cupcake idea! BTW, I can't do much to help warm you up as it is only about 7 degrees here today!


BethieJ said...

I LOVE your pink post Mimi.. I am sorry about your back.. I do hope your feeling better! I MUST borrow your cute cupcake idea.. I know my DD would LOVE to make some up!!
Thanks for ALWAYS taking the time to come by my blog on pink saturday!
Have a GREAT day!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love your cupcakes!

~ Gabriela ~

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've really got the Valentine holiday all planned out for lots of fun. I love those pink lights. Mmm strawberry milk. Wish I could share with you. So sorry about your back. My hubs has chronic back pain, so I know its a terrible thing. Sure hope you get to feeling better soon. Zero degrees? Brrrr. Stay WARM!! Rosie

Cinnamonstitch said...

Love your blog, I hope your feeling better today, Your cats just make me smile. Im so sorry I have to put the moderator block on my blog, but unfortunately I have a stalker that likes to make up stories about me, and I cant do anything because she does not have a blog herself. And I dont want my blog friends to see her nasty comments. I hope you come back soon. I love sharing and reading others blogs.

Happy Pink Saturday

Kerrie said...

I loved all your Pink and visiting your blog! Kerrie

Grace said...

Mimi - 1st of all thank you so much for visiting my blog and also warming my heart with your beautiful words! Happy Pink Saturday..those Pink lights are so adorable. It is cold here in NY also but I know how freezing you must be! I am so ready for the Spring. Keep warm and have a beautiful weekend. Grace xoxoxo

Pom Pom said...

I thought the codes kept web crawlers and "not real" people from commenting on your blog. I like to approve the comments because I do it on my phone when I'm away from my computer. I hadn't thought about how this can be kind of a pain. Thank you for the tip and thank you for a happy Valentine anticipation post!

Susie Jefferson said...

Mimi - I'm so sorry re your back, and thank goodness you are on the mend again! Love those pink lights and marshmallows: they should make you feel a lot brighter.

RE the comments - I've been saying this for ages: moderate the comments - you don't need the word verification as well, as nothing can get past you. And having word verification does NOT put the spammers off.

I so totally agree having to type those codes in is a killer, especially when visiting this number of blogs in a day.

Betty Jo said...

Oh Mimi, those lights are darling! And the cupcakes, just divine. You always share the most wonderful and beautiful ideas. We had five inches of snow last night, unusual for here, plus more coming tonight. Happy Pink Saturday!! ♥

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Goodness, Mimi...it must be very beautiful, sweet and pink at your house. I loved them all! I must buy the heart marshmallows and put them in my candy dish! Happy Pink Saturday.

Mermaid Debbie

someplace in thyme said...

Hi sweet Mimi, I learned so much from your post today and also picked up many great ideas. I can't wait to do the doily thingy on my cupcakes. Thankyou so much for this great post. Happy Pink Saturday to you and yours. I should also take the kiddos so my kiddos can have a romantic get a way for an evening. I may be one of the ones you are talking about today with the double hoops. I am not sure but this is what has happened to me this week. I took off the thing where you have to sign in the square and only moderated the posts. That was working so well for me until this past week. I was receiveing blog postings about two a day from people selling drugs and things like that. I hated to put it back up, but had no choice. I plan on taking it back down in a couple of days. I am not that blog savy and so guess you have to do two things now for me. I promise to have it down by next week. I also hope your back is better by then. I will send good wishes your way girlfriend, Char

Ginger said...

Love your cupcake idea, also the heart shaped marshmallows. Hope your back is better. Thanks for coming by to say hi.


Mumsy said...

Wonderful and beautiful pink post! Hope your back gets better..

Sonia said...

Hi Mimi!

I just love your pink post and the cupcakes with doiles...too cute..must try this for Valentine's Day!

Thanks for visiting me...Have a great Pink Saturday.

Miss Bloomers

Vicki said...

Hi, Mimi,
Your grandchildren must have a wonderful time at your house!! I, too, love Valentine's Day, a day when we can celebrate love and friendship! Happy Pink Saturday and stay warm and cozy! Vicki

Gracie Jewellery said...

Your cupcakes look delicious. What memories you are creating with your grandchildren. They are so lucky.
Happy Pink Saturday.

Mary said...

I do hope you're feeling better. The pinks you assembled to share with us are just perfect for Pink Saturday. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

LV said...

Trust you will soon be back in the pink soon. Garage doors tend to have a mind of their own, so be careful. I love all your pinks today and feel a that there good be some changes made in the comments. I am not computer expert, so I stay lost most of the time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mimi~I love your cupcake skirt idea!!! And,bion,I never thought about warming my strawberry milk before. Just drank it cold. I want some o' dose pretty heart-shaped marshmallows. I'll have to be on the look-out for them.
That is such a pretty kleenex box cover. Did you make that?
I love your Valentine heart lights,too. Please give Camille my love. Happy Pink Saturday~

That shabby Pink Girl said...

Hi Mimi
Oh, I'm sorry about your back~~I hate backaches, it throws everything off, and makes everything else hurt~ouch! I hope it's better real soon~~I agree about the comment thing, I get so exhausted trying to get thru all the hoops, I just give up. There must be an easier way.
Take care!
marian elizabeth
marian elizabeth

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Mimi, glad you are on the mend, wow I have this picture in my mind of your back and the garage door meeting..not pretty..OW!
Love the cupcake idea, I love cupcakes, have not made any in a very long time..think I might give it a whirl.
I am with you on the comment moderation..One or the other not both..I don't have any moderation and I think I only have had to delete one post in the past couple years, it was advertising, just deleted it, bang..its frustrating to have to type in those crazy words, half the time I can't read what I am seeing.. Oh well.

thanks for stoppin by today..have a great week and get better!

Deb said...

Hi Mimi
Beautiful Pink Saturday goodies!
I hope you are feeling better ♥
Thank you for stopping by and always leaving such lovely comments!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pink hearts...does it get any more romantic? I wasn't feeling the Valentine love just yet, but you have certainly put me in the mood.
♥, Susan

Shabbychicdiva said...

This post is so pretty. Love the lights! Happy Pink Saturday. I hope your weekend is going wonderful. Winona


I am so sorry to hear you are hurt. Bad garage door!! seriously , take care of yourself , I hope you are on the mend very soon.
All your pinks are precious this week.

Patricia said...

Happy Belated Pink Saturday to you! What a wonderful find - your lovely valentine lights. I hope you have a beautiful new week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh Mimi! I hope your back is feeling better! That sounds like it was a serious injury!

I love cup cakes...so yummy. I think your idea to decorate them with your grandsns is so sweet ..you will give them a wonderful memory. Happy Pink Week!

Hugs, Pat

JudyBug said...

I just love when you visit! Your comments just make my day!

And...I sooooo agree about the overkill!