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March 23: What’s Up This Week?


Trish’s Tuesday Tag: A springy (that is a word), sweet gift tag or really a tag with a pocket for a little gift.  Whaat? a tag with a  gift pouch? Check it out on Tuesday.

Throwback Thursday, March 26, you are going to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny.  They are a darling couple; check them out for a little Easter craft inspiration. Hint: they might be Easter eggs.

Friday, March 27 brings us an art journal page provided I get some decent photos;-) I guess we will call it a surprise!

Saturday: It’s An Easter banner kind of post.  Elegant meets burlap with cool blue accents, glitter and the perfect plaid ribbon.

Have a great week!



Creme de Menthe Brownies

Creme de Menthe Brownies

From a Blog Post March 2009.  This is a Kriksciun family classic recipe.  I have made it many many times in the last 20 or so years.  They are great whenever you make and eat them. Of course the green makes for excellent St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas holiday treats (use clear crème de menthe and the green isn’t a factor).

Here Goes:

Here at Royal Tart we are beginning to wind down on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and gear up for the next round of holiday parties, not to mention the birthday celebration of a cranky 12-year old cat on April 3. That being said, I am including one last St. Pat’s Recipe.


st pats man and fiddle

Creme de Menthe Brownies

If you aren’t familiar with this fun chocolate mint brownie recipe you are in for a real treat. This dessert works really well for everyday or on St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Easter–any holiday that green or white is part of the color scheme.

Bake your favorite from scratch or box brownies using a sheet pan instead of your standard brownie pan OR if you are like me and resist serving bar treats at parties bake brownie bites or purchase them already made. I think mini round bites look so pretty on a serving tray.

Mint Icing:
You can use either green or white Creme de Menthe. For this holiday we suggest using green as March 17 is all about the green.
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted or creamed depending on whether you are serving brownie bars or bites)
4 tablespoons Creme de Menthe

Mix the above Icing ingredients together and spread on your cooled brownies. If you are using brownie bites you will want the Icing to be a bit thicker so instead of melting the butter, cream it with the sugar and Creme de Menthe. Add a little more sugar in small increments until a loose spreadable icing is made. When I ice my brownie bites I like the green icing to drip down the sides a little so that the green looks a little like the icing on a bundt cake.

Once the Creme de Menthe has set you will want to layer on the chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache:
Melt 6 ounces premium dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips with 6 Tablespoons of butter. Carefully poor warm ganache over brownies and chill for a few minutes until firm. Or if you are making brownie bites cool the ganache for a bit so that it gets a little thick. Poor a teaspoon or so over the top of a brownie bite allowing the ganache to drip down the sides ever so slightly. Enjoy!

Here at Royal Tart we are all about yummy, fabulous food and stylish and fun parties…and we always give credit where credit is due. This recipe was provided by Jessica about 16 years ago. Royal Tart has altered only the presentation by adding the brownie bite concept. Either way you serve ’em you are bound to get a “SMILE” as the original recipe card suggests.



St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

It’s funny…now that I have some free time and I fancy myself at least on occasion an artist, I find that I often try to complicate simple visual impactful pieces with all the layers and creative stuff and techniques I know. The truth is sometimes I get all Rube Goldberg on my pieces.  I make easy stuff hard just for the sake of it or because I can. This piece is an example of exactly that.

But sometimes what makes for the best art is seemingly simple. Impactful. Graphic. Like Kenny says, ” you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold ’em, no when to walk away, no when to run.” This was one of those “hold ’em” and “walk away” times.

” Hold ’em” because the graphic skull medallion was cut from a t-shirt that one the boys have outgrown.  It’s been a while now but I just really liked the image.  I put it away for a couple years until haha inspiration struck.  That’s holding em fur sur.

Once I decided I wanted to make a piece of wall art I knew I wanted to use a canvas or board with deep sides so that I wouldn’t have to frame it.  Then I started gunking things up.  I was going to layer it.  Add stuff over the image, etc.  Luckily I hadn’t started to adhere anything as I sometimes do.  Not sure how I managed to forestall my impatience but I did.  That’s when I realized this was going to be one of those quick and simple but oh so impactual pieces.

I went through my scrap of paper and chose a piece that I liked best … Dots too cute? not really but I wanted something with a little green; thin stripe not the right scale; fat stripe– like it a lot but again where is the green?




Mitch’s (remember he is the artist child) watercolor with pencils was tempting. I like the idea that it was a piece of mommy and Mitch art. But I decided his watercolor pencil piece was just too sweet of a piece to adhere a St. Patrick’s Day skull too most of it.

Shamrock Skull on rainbow watercolor

When I finally decided on the paper (they were all good but I did find the “perfect” one for this time–green but still a little dark), I adhered the scrapbook paper to a 12 x 12 deep sided board. I fussy cut my skeleton and attached him him to the board . Adhered some scrap paper to the sides of the deep sided board.   It took me a very short amount of time once I finally decided what I was going to do.

Tada! Simple, fun, a little edgy (would you call the fellow lucky? maybe) and maybe a little holiday. A fun piece that I can hang even when the boys are teenagers.





Throwback Thursday Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats

Throwback Thursday Lucky Charms Rice Krispie Treats

This is a post from St. Patrick’s celebration time in 2010.

The boys are so into St. Patrick’s Day this year. Everyday this month they have come home with new stories of Leprechauns, rainbows, and four leaf clovers and green, green, green.  A leprechaun even visited their classrooms. Apparently he was a very mischievous little guy–he trashed the place; threw all the erasers on the ground; broke the chalk; turned the pictures upside down; changed the desks around.  Pretty crazy sounding stuff.

So to honor all the fun this weekend for the boys (and me too), I am making Rice Krispy Treats with both Rice Krispies and Lucky Charms…because they are magically delicious and it is a St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispy & Lucky Charm Treat Recipe


3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
– OR –
4 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups Lucky Charms


In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add both cereals. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.


For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Next time you plan to celebrate or host a party please feel free to use this recipe or change it up with Trix or Froot loops, Sugar Corn Pops–any cereal that might match the celebration or party theme. I can’t wait to serve the boys their dessert on one of RoyalTart’s pretty green plates as seen in last Thursdays Throwback post.

Maybe for Easter I will make the treats egg-shaped or use Trix or Froot Loops…so many holidays to celebrate, party favors to make and parties to host…so little time.


Valentine’s Weekend Brunch A Deux or Breakfast in Bed

Valentine’s Weekend Brunch A Deux or Breakfast in Bed


Need a fast, romantic Valentine’s Day idea?

Serve your lover a leaning tower of hearts.  Pile a stack of heart shaped pancakes or heart shaped waffles high on a pretty dish.  Drizzle red berry preserves and top with a bit of whipped cream.   Yummy! Bring along a steaming fresh pot of coffee and a mimosa or a simple glass of Champagne; Add a raspberry or strawberry to the glass for an extra special touch.  Don’t forget some pretty flowers on the breakfast tray-Cyclamen have romantic heart shaped leaves.

Have a great Valentines!


Eat Your Heart Out Celebration


This post is a throwback to a blog post form Valentine’s week 2009.  It’s a great party idea but also a bit nostalgic for the 2009s (in case you are feeling nostalgic).  I hope you enjoy the dark humor of this celebration.

This is a fabulous, really fun party for the foodies in your life or for the singles or the long married because it is all about strong full flavored foods. Think garlic, onions, peppers, coffee, red wine, booze, and all those other ingredients you can’t enjoy if you have to worry about your breath.

Invitations: Send a dark red rose invitation. Nothing says special like an invitation received in the mail (if this is a last minute feast you may call or send an electronic invitation). On the invitation ask your guests to dress in attire befitting a sophisticated dinner party-for some that may be black tie, for others cocktail dresses and if your crowd is a jeans crowd then ask them to wear some red and black with their jeans (I am thinking red heels).

Set the Scene/Tablescape: When designing this Celebration Royal Tart was inspired by the fabulous dinner party scenes a la Lipstick Jungle or Sex in the City. This Celebration is wonderful as a sophisticated gathering of dark smoky colors and pretty china. You can use your existing dishes or purchase a pretty set from Royal Tart. We chose black and parchment dishes in different patterns mixed with a beautiful dinner plate rimmed in red with delicate black roses. Set the table with red cloth napkins, a red table runner, lush, open red roses and candles and you have the makings for a stylish, sophisticated Valentine’s Feast without placing a single heart anywhere. Of course you should light the fire, turn down the lights, chill a bottle of bubbly and turn on some crooners like Nat King Cole or Harry Connick. For a more rock-n-roll vibe put on a little Bruce Springsteen-he sings about a pink Cadillac and a tunnel of love-now that’s hot; again while setting the scene keep in mind sophisticated beautiful people.

The Menu:




Dirty Vodka Martini



Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bread

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms



Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Oven Finished Filet

Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic 2 Ways



Mocha Chocolate Fondue

Pound Cake

Coconut Macaroons

Gourmet Marshmallows

Biscotti or other Italian Cookies


Hot Passion Coffee Drink


Party Favors: Give your guests a Valentine of mints-Altoids would be appropriate for a strong flavored meal. Plus the tins are red and white—again Valentine’s like without the heart.

Have a great Valentines Party!



Valentine’s Day Inspiration–Heart Home Decor

Valentine’s Day Inspiration–Heart Home Decor

Check it out.  I attended a Seaside Soiree put on by the lovely Elena Etcheverry of Charity Wings, in November 2014.  It was an awesome event.  I promise to post sometime in the future all the amazing art I made.  What does this have to do with Heart Home Décor?  Well one of the workshops was put on by the illustrious Ruth Rae.  She taught a really cool class whereby we created a wall hanging box from flat cardboard, plaster cast material, paint and wax (plus embellishments). I love, love, loved the class.  Fast forward a couple of busy months.  Late January 2015 was the first opportunity I had to design a piece using Ruth Rae’s techniques.  Here it is.

Finished Heart Box Home Decor

Here are some images of this beauty’s creation

photo 1 (2)        Drying hearts

After I shaped the heart from an old cardboard box, I covered it in layers of plaster cast.  I allowed the heart to dry– it took 4 days.  Then I painted it with four different colors of red and pink acrylic paint.  I used Liquitex Crimson heavy bodied paint, 2 craft paints and Golden’s magenta.  Then I highlighted the heart with Golden’s burnt umber paint and black, silver and gold acrylic crafters paint.  Once that was dry I covered the whole heart in a few layers of wax.  After each application of wax I wiped it off with a paper towel.  I was looking to create a heart with textural depth.  The sheen from the wax adds to the overall effect.

Next I inserted the vial.  I found this lovely decorative vial at Michael’s.  I added shredded book paper from an old book I love.  I attached the vial using metal wrapping techniques I learned from Jen Cushman (My technique still has a lot to be desired).

Heart detail image

Loved the process!  Love the results.  This is one piece of home décor art I am proud to have created.

Happy Valentine’s Day!