Donut Grow Up Birthday Party

Good Morning Friends and welcome to a "Donut" Grown Up Birthday Party. A super fun birthday party perfect for celebrating the sweet youngsters in your life. This party can easily be customized into a Donut Grow Old Birthday Party too. Don't you think that would be a fun gathering to celebrate girlfriends. Who could resist coffee and donuts. Donut Grow Old Birthday Party It is hard to believe that we are celebrating Kennedy's first birthday. It really was just a little over a year ago that we celebrated the soon to be arrival of Kennedy with a Woodland Baby Shower. How time flies. You can see Baby shower post by clicking on the link.   Sweet Woodland Baby Shower Woodland Baby Shower Seven Fabulous Reasons To Host A Donut Birthday Party Minimal set up time and clean up time. Variety of themes for Donut party. (Donut move, Donut grow old, Donut be unhappy) I am sure you can think even think of more.  Donuts can be purchased the day before to


Roasted Butternut Squash

With it being Fall and all I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you, because let's face it I am a squash lover! Sounds strange I know, but when you grow up on a Farm eating those massive Hubbard squash you discover various ways to prepare all varieties of this colorful family of vegetables. Have you noticed how squash is in every produce aisle this time of year and did you know they can even be used for glorious centerpieces too! Home cooked butternut squash for Fall Seems as though we have always had an assortment of squash in our garden, I tend to think of squash as a nutritionally packed go-to-vegetable that is relatively mild in flavor. Using a vegetable that is not overpowering in flavor is a pretty nifty bonus because you have the option of adding a range of spices. Choose from sweet to savory or anything in between and you'll have a winner of a side dish. Today I am exploring the colorful butternut squash and I invite you stay and experience the


The Traveling Cake

Welcome to a Jemma Tale. Some days I just elect to step away from the news, call me a candy cane universe loving woman or a head in the sand escapist. Either way more often than not there are woven stories of crime on too many neighborhood corners and tales of discontent. So in this fragile world that teeters in a precarious balance from minute to minute I am delighted to share with you that this week I have been witness to the power of a traveling Birthday cake. Traveling 1,200 miles with a Birthday bundt cake is an interesting journey. I really didn't think much of it at all when I picked the cake up on Saturday, took it home and put it in the freezer for my flight on Monday morning. Traditionally I deliver a Birthday bundt cake to my youngest daughter. However it was typically just a four hour drive. Now it was 1,200 mile by plane ride not including the hour drive to and from the airport on both ends. I mean how could I ever turn down a request like that.... although


Easy Monster Cake & Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to one and all! This year I am writing this post and celebrating Halloween here at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with our youngest daughter and two granddaughters. Rebecca's husband is nearing the halfway mark of his deployment so while he was away we decided to celebrate a spooktacular Halloween together. Before I hopped on a plane I made this cake for young Wyatt and Avery, they were delighted with the amount of eyes. Avery oohed (she's only two) Wyatt gasped and asked if it was Frankenstein. Both of them just had to poke their fingers on the eyes and get a great big dollop of frosting too. Grandchildren just make my heart so happy! Just thought I'd share this fun cake with you and because it's a monster cake...it's made to be messy and easy. You can easily make it today. There are days when I have patience to be particular when I decorate a cake and there are days when I do not-so this is a great no pressure cake, with endless possibilities too


Southwest Simplicity

Welcome Friends to my revised, updated and easy to navigate blog, I am super excited that you have joined me today and if you were here with me you'd hear me squeal! Please take time to peek at the categories and I made a little welcoming video too. At Home With Jemma is southwest Simplicity made from my heart and home, I am embracing all things handmade and home cooked. My little craft shop is a reflection of myself and the creative mindset of both of my Parents. They have given me the gift of artistic expression. Everything in the shop is hand painted, glitterfied, blingified and made by me. (I am having fun) In a world where products are mass produced it feels good to me to make something just for you. Here on our front porch you will find a comfy chair, southwest congeniality and a genuine simplicity that comes from my heart to your home. Take off your boots or shoes and stay awhile. You will still find the same Jemma here, the one in her craft room, kit


Taffy Colored Pumpkins

Hello friends! I have been gone for a bit, but I have returned  refreshed, renewed, revitalized and recharged-Fall does that to me, how about you? I have a new lease on life and I'd like to share the joy of it all with you. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives where we are able to chat and exchange ideas. You know I really do believe that we can be anything we want to be at any age, we just have to go out and embrace it all. Not to say there won't be hurdles, but anything worth doing is going to have bumps along the way. Thank you too for your sweetness in your emails, I loved, loved hearing from you and  I missed you too! During the course of the last few months the garden was a little neglected. One of our wee pumpkins was budding out ever so slowly and was going to be a little late for Halloween cheer. But my motto is never let a pumpkin go to waste (especially homegrown!) If it can't be turned into a carriage, well how about a taffy colored planter for some pansie