Friday, October 30, 2009

plates, planes and apples

we have been busy for the past week. Some more of the sample melamine plates and platters have arrived. I took some snap shots of them, but they need to be photographed so you can see how beautiful they really are...I am in love though. You can have fun decorative plates and platters with out the worries of breaking and chipping. In a house of three little boys we need all the help we can get! Check out my Etsy link for more details.

Last week we had a little fall adventure. We jumped on a plane, caught a little snow on our tongues and ate apples right from the trees. This is a huge deal to my little guys, they never see snow, changing leaves or go on planes (mommy is deathly afraid of flying). Picking fruit...not enough.

enjoy your Halloween/Georgia Florida weekend. Treats, sweets and parties here we come!

Monday, October 19, 2009

special for last week extended!!! Sticker set for $20. any deisgn

everyone was loving the special for last week, so why change a good thing? so here is how it works, if you are new to the specials. Either click on the pay pal button to the right, add your personalization information to the notes to seller. You can choose any design Dani Notes Stationery has. So get a jump start on your holiday shopping! Do not forget to get a set for your gifts too!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

how cute are these potatos?

 no one will leave these cuties on their plate!

Potato Ghosts


  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:1 3/4 hr
You and your guests will be utterly charmed when you see how easily mashed potatoes can be transformed into a gaggle of ghosts. Simply form them into pointy mounds and then personify—no, make that “ghostify” —them with seed “eyes.” Don’t be surprised if these become a new family must-have for Halloweens to come.
  • 4 lb large boiling potatoes (preferably white-fleshed)
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Nigella seeds (sometimes mislabeled “black onion seeds”) or caraway seeds for garnish
  • Equipment:
    a potato ricer or a food mill fitted with medium disk; a pastry bag with 3/4-inch plain tip
  • Peel and quarter potatoes, then cover with water in a 4-qt pot and season well with salt. Simmer, partially covered, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • While potatoes are simmering, heat butter and milk in a small saucepan until butter is melted. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  • Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.

  • Drain potatoes and force through ricer into a large bowl (or mixer bowl if using stand mixer). Beat in milk mixture, yolks, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper with an electric mixer at low speed until combined.

  • Spread about one-third of potatoes in a buttered 1 1/2-qt shallow ovenproof dish. Transfer remaining potatoes to pastry bag. Pipe potatoes close together into 2 1/2- to 3-inch-high pointed mounds to form “ghosts” and garnish each mound with 2 seeds for “eyes.”

  • Bake until tips of ghosts are golden and potatoes are firm, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Cooks’ note:

  • Potatoes can be piped into dish 1 day ahead and chilled, loosely covered with plastic wrap.

Monday, October 12, 2009

the special of the week is...personalized stickers

these are great as gift stickers, book plates, or for anything you need to keep straight for your kids. perfect for topping birthday and holiday packages or give a set as a gift! great for teachers too.

the special for the week is 40 stickers for $25.00. {regular price is 40 for $38.00} each sticker is 2.75x2.75 square. get a jump start on holiday shopping.  peek at the dani notes stationery site for more designs. to purchase the special of the week click on the paypal symbol to the right. enter design choice and personalization information in the special instructions box.  or email questions to                                                             

Monday, October 5, 2009

The special of the week is....

New for fall, every Monday there will be a special of the week. This week will feature a set of 25 initial dot note cards for $20. You can choose from one of three color combinations. blue w/brown (as shown), pink w/brown, orange w/brown. If you have a favorite product let me know.