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Layla Grayce

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Macroni Casserole

This casserole is a favorite of my husband's and he has been so kind to share his family recipe with me and with all of you fellow bloggers.

Elbow maraconi pasta (16 oz)
Ground beef (3 lbs)
Cheddar or colby cheese (3 lbs)
Spaghetti Sauce (1 qt)
Milk (16 oz)
Worcestershire Sauce (3 oz)

Cook beef on low heat in skillet, drain off excess grease. Add Worcestershire sauce and stir into cooked beef. Boil Macaroni at rolling boil 8-10 minutes. Slice cheese in 1/4 inch thick slices.

Place layer of macaroni in bottom of casserole dish, next thin layer of beef over macaroni. Pour approximately 6 to 8 oz of spaghetti sauce over ground beef and macaroni so that it seeps down into the casserole. Next place layer of cheese tightly together over beef.

Repeat layering steps two more times. Three (3) layers total. Pour small amount of milk so that liquid is 1/4 inch down from top layer of cheese. Pre heat over to 350 degrees and bake for one hour.

Bring out of oven to set. Set 30-45 minutes as this allows the slices to serve easier. Enjoy!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas at Home

I love this red stem ware. A great accent for any of your holiday dinners.

Merry Christmas to all my customers and friends of Tea Time Consultants. We have had a very blessed year.

Hope you and your family have a very happy and safe Holiday. This year my husband will be treating me to a very wonderful treat for dinner, he will be taking over the kitchen to prepare his great savory macaroni, beef and cheese casserole. It comes out like a cake and has to be sliced to be served on the plates.

I do not know what he will choose for dessert, but he is great with pumpkin pies.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Lace

The house needs to be decorated for Christmas. These beautiful table toppers and mantel scarves are perfect for the setting the mood for the season.

The lace boutique shop has the perfect gift for the spender, who needs to get a little something for the hairdresser, teacher, co worker, special Aunt or just yourself. The small wall hangings are $10.00 each.

Mantel Scaves $25.00 each.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Lace

Holiday lace is here! All shipping in December is free. Just send an email on your quantity and item.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Little Lights

The mantel is perfect for these little lights. Shown here are pink glass cake platters and mirrors help to show off the lights. Christmas decorating is so much fun at our house. We mix the old with the new.
With the Lights

Without the little lights.

When decorating our homes, I have found that lighting makes all the difference in the world. The lights give an inviting, warm feeling to anyone coming into the room.

So for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember your little white lights for the warm invitation to your dining room, guest room, or vanity.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Our family is very blessed. We are having some family over for Thanksgiving and are looking forward to our little ones. They bring so much joy and responsiblity.

Precious minds, always busy and alway asking questions. Just like little sponges! Wishing your family a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tea Vocabulary

High Tea to some tea drinkers represents an afternoon of pleasurable socializing with friends. In the Victorian times, high tea was the working man's last meal of the day. An earlier supper which allowed him to get to bed before dark, it also provided him with the substenance needed to perform hard labor. A combination of hot dishes, chicken, game or ham served with salads, breads, cheeses, and an endless assortment of cakes and condiments, this meal consisted of anything available in the pantry. For the most, it was the bridge between a light brunch and simple breakfast.
Afternoon Tea, on the other had, was generally a custom for higher society, whether that of the aristocracy or the prosperous middle and upper-middle classes. A delicate affair, this meal was served in the late afternoon, long after lunch and several hours before dinner. It was appreciated as much for the company as for the meal. It became an excellent reason for an invitation extended or visit made.
The freshly brewed tea is too hot to gulp, but it will cool. You can simply sit and wait until the boiling liquid settles into comfortable warmth.

This location in Overland Park, Kansas is my favorite catalogue and as you can see, has a wonderful tea room.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Clutter Queen


I have been taking lessons from my friend, America's De-Clutter Queen, Cyndy Salzman. My upstairs office was a complete mess. It took me twice as long to get tasks accomplished because of my clutter.
First, I decided what I really needed within my reach when working at the office. Second, I wanted to choose colors that would inspire me, motivate me to do my work in my office and not in front of the TV. My colors were going to be black and white with red leather accents.
I moved everything off the work area, made two stacks. One for filing and one for work to be done. Since I am a designer and decorator, I organized my decorating magazine in a stand up file. The more paper in a stand up file, the less area is taken up on top of the work area. Make and label file folders as necessary.
I do keep my printing paper near my printer, however, you could place the paper on a table below the printer in order to give you more work area.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Perfect treats for Halloween guests. So easy to display. Store bought brownie bites. Orange icing and inject into press to creat the design. We had some witches to show up, they left happy so I believe no "spells" landed on the house.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Miche Bags

Shown here at Tomball Arts & Crafts, one of the many great dealers demostrating the versatile ways to carry one purse. Sharon of Miche Bags has been selling these wonderful bags since April. Her inspiration and retail sales experience makes it so exciting to see how these bags can transform from one color and style into another color with the same purse.

A great way to stretch your dollar while matching all of your accessories. If you do not have enough fall colors with your current purse, come on by for a great selection of purses.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Fall is so much fun with all the great colorful costumes. Shown here is Cindrella, who just happened to come by for a visit at my granddaughter's birthday party.
On a chilly night what could be better in Houston, than this beautiful fringe lace shawl. $42.00 and shipping is free. Thanks to the compliments of Tea Time Consultants. For some great halloween treats, check out by other blog.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall Activities

This first picture has my egg plant I purchased at the Tomball Farmers Market. It was great! Fresh tasting and the owner gave out plenty of egg plant receipes. Now is the season I get busy with all the craft shows for my lace business. The shows are wonderful excitement in the air. We all learn new trends from the other vendors, also what new craft shows are coming up in the area.
This week end I am demostrating at the Tomball Arts & Crafts in Tomball, TX. Learn fresh ideas for decorating the home for fall and some holiday accents as well.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Summer Heat

Many cities in the US are going into Fall, but here in Houston we have heat. One of the pretty outdoors plant, which loves heat, is the red lantana. I love the bright colors.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Arts & Crafts

Where can you find over 250 Artist & Crafters? Just look at Tomball Arts & Crafts Showcase in Tomball, TX. This shop is always so busy and never too busy to help a customer find that special find.
I interviewed with the owner, Terri Methvin, who has been in the business 15 years. Terri and her husband, Benny, operate this 15,000 sq ft craft mall. The shop is located at 1222 W. Main (FM 2920), Tomball, TX 77375
Beautiful fall displays show the talented decorators using reds, oranges and bright yellows to attract eager shoppers. They offer Country, Victorian and Shabby Chic home decor. Terri said her best selling items were the outdoor garden and lawn ornaments.
Many of the dealers have a great variety of hand made crafts and home decor gifts to show in their booths. Great shop for antiques and collectibles.
Starting the month of September, a number of dealers will be presenting their crafts on Saturday morning demostrations. For a fun shopping experience, contact Terri 281-357-0748. or email:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wonderful Giver

I am usually blogging about my lace business and all the projects that keep me busy. All of this is possible for me by my best friend and buddy. He is so giving! As a blood donor he has given over 105 gallons to the Gulf Coast Blood Center.
Today he will be going to the blood center. It does not matter how many hours of work he has already contributed, he makes time to give his donation. God made a very special man when he made my husband.
The balloon photo is taken last year on a beautiful fall morning near College Station. It was hubby's first flight. He really enjoyed the trip and took some great photos from the sky. If possible, get outside today, enjoy your life and be thankful there are wonderful givers here on earth.
Kisses & Sparkles from your blissful blogger!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fashion Trends

In Carmel, CA, heads were turning. My husband loves this hat. Carmel is one of our favorite cities. They have a great hat shop, which we purchased two hats that day. I have a great collections of hats and hat boxes, but need to find a hat box for this top hat.
Here is the grandma window shopping for her grandkids. That's what grandmas do on vacation.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Susie's Tea Room

Tea Parties, Bridal and Baby Showers are great in this Cottage Style beautiful little shop. Susie has been in the catering business for more than twenty years and has a wonderful following. The shop has a complete inventory of china, jewelry and Hertiage Lace table runners and colorful place mats.

Susie's Tea Room is located in the historic downtown Tomball, Texas. Lunch is served Tuesday-

Saturday. 309 Market Street 281-516-4521

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summer Days

The hot days of summer! So many memories come with summer. Childhood memories, as an, family get togethers. Shown here is Miss Polk a dot Pretty. I think of polk a dots and milkglass. What could be better than ice cold lemonade in beautiful milkglass.

These milkglass pieces are $14.00 each. The shipping will be $4.50. Enjoy your summer from the happy blogger!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Whimsy by Victoria: Design Consulting

Whimsy by Victoria: Design Consulting
Cute Boutique
Come by for visit sometime.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer window treatments

Fresh white lace curtains can add such beauty and light into your home. Great project for summer. Look at ways to lighten up your rooms with paint and these curtains will enlarge the appearance of your rooms. Sorry Debbie, blue vase is not for sale. This was an anniversary gift to my husband on our 5th anniversay. Cobalt Blue is one of his favorite colors.

These two valances sell each for $13.95 and for the month of July all shipping is FREE! What a great deal.