Saturday, March 3, 2012


We interrupt my scheduled post to bring you some sunshine, ladybugs, shepherds pie and chocolate pie.  Today was America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk in our area, and the forecast was for rain. It turned out to be one of the nicest days we have EVER had for the event which is in early March.  Fifty degrees and sunshine! I even removed my coat going up "Heartbreak Hill".   Many people were wearing RED, so I hopped on the red bandwagon when I got home and finished setting our table with a RED ladybug theme.  Joe had called my cell phone while I was almost done walking, and invited me home for a lunch date. He made shepherd's pie (one of his signature dishes), and I put my feet up (I got three blisters from the six miles I walked). I should not have worn my new hiking boots, but I guess they are officially broken in now.  

Here's the table I set quickly for our lunch date. I removed the soup bowls and the watering can, and we ate the shepherds pie in the sunniest room in our house.

The tiny red and black creatures are synonymous with summertime and picnics. That's where my mind was at today. I used plates and placemats featuring a ladybug design, and used some red and black decor items. 

That sweet ladybug is getting ready to land on the polka dot flower that was found at Michael's recently. There is a clip on the flower, and easily attaches to a napkin instead of using a ring.

Buzzing lady bugs on the bowls and plates. 

See that "real" grass in the little clay pots?  Each year I grow grass for the Easter baskets. Give it a try. The kids and adults will love it. Skip that plastic grass from China ;o)

Photo by Sweet Sugarbelle

What is that brown stuff? That is iced coffee that is steeping and will be going into that beverage dispenser that is currently holding the green apples. I am an iced coffee lover, and I found the instructions for Perfect Iced Coffee on the Pioneer Woman's blog.  It is a staple in my home.

I'm like a little kid when it comes to dessert.  If I know there is dessert for dinner, I get excited. I work full time, and rarely make a pie. Just not enough hours in the day, and I like to play on the weekend.  I work for a national homecare company, and our sales reps do a LOT of lunches at the doctor's offices. (It's how we get our foot in the door.)  Anyhoo, I begged our sales rep Peggy to get me the recipe for the chocolate cream pie that everyone is loving these days. One of the businesses makes it, and we buy it. The business didn't bat an eye, and gave us the recipe. It is easy to make, so I am sharing the recipe with you.  This is a pie that I can handle making during the week!

Here's what you will need to make Chocolate Cream "Ladybug" Pie. 

Chocolate graham cracker crust (any brand)
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
Large container of Cool Whip
1 large box of chocolate pudding/pie mix (the kind you cook)
3 cups of milk
Chocolate sprinkles (or ladybug sprinkles)

Soften cream cheese and beat with a mixer. Add 3/4 cup Cool Whip and beat until mixture is smooth. 

Spread cream cheese/Cool Whip mixture on the crust. (I pressed too hard and cracked the crust)

Cook the chocolate pudding as directed using the 3 cups of milk.

Once the pudding has cooled, pour it over the cream cheese mixture in the pie crust.

Refrigerate pie until ready to serve. Frost with the Cool Whip and sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles. (you won't end up using all the Cool Whip, but it is heaped very high on the pie)


A while back, I was given the Versatile Blogger Award from Pat's Pink Apron. You can go to her site here. Pat's Pink Apron Thank you so much for thinking of me Pat!  I am playing along with Pat by listing seven random things about me. 

1.  I was married on Valentine's Day. 

2.  I wear red suede clogs and love lady bugs.

3.  I was a passenger in a bobsled in Lake Placid and will never forget the thrill (I had to sign a release in case I died, and was scared but loved it).

4.  I prefer hiking over shopping.  I trade in my daily high heels to climb mountains on weekends. (thus the name of my blog - Mountain Breaths)

6.  My favorite movie is Officer and a Gentleman.

7.  My favorite time of year is Summer although I enjoy all four seasons).

Thank you for stopping by! I am joining Seasonal Sunday, Cozy Home Party,  Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday.


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Such a pretty setting...and how nice to have the meal prepared for you!!

  2. LOVE those ladybug cookies! My sis used to paint rocks to look like ladybugs.

  3. Debbie, you lady bug table is darling. Congratulations on the walk. Nice to have a meal waiting but sorry you got the blisters. ;-(
    Enjoyed reading the random list. Married on Valentine's Day ~ how romantic. ~ Sarah

  4. Cute ladybugs on the pie. The pie looks delicious! Good for you walking for a great cause. Hope your feet feel better. Very pretty table.

  5. Cute table, Debbie, love those polka dotted flowers! Hope your feet are feeling better...I hate new shoes for that very reason.

  6. What an adorable table, Debbie -- your ladybug dishes are too cute! I am copying that pie recipe -- sounds awesome!

  7. Debbie,
    This is such a beautiful and cheerful lady bug table! All the details and layers are beautiful..Love the black and white chargers and cute lady bug dishes. I only have a few pieces of that pattern. The cookies are way past cute..they are adorable and your chocolate pie is to die for! You put together a really fabulous table! Loved my visit and I am a new follower!
    Miss Bloomers

  8. Debbie, I LOVE the ladybug table. It is so fun and cheerful!! Thanks for the sharing the wonderful recipe for the pie.
    Happy Sunday!

  9. I love ladybugs too, Debbie. I have those same plates but not the bowls. They're cute. Congrats on your walk. You really are an outdoors woman and yet you have a lovely talent for doing wonderful things around your home, like cooking delicious things and doing pretty tablescapes etc...... and you work full time. Wish I had some of that energy! ------ Shannon

  10. Spring has certainly arrived at your home Debbie. The table looks amazing.
    I have a special place in my heart for ladybugs too (I've always called them labybirds for some reason ~ not sure if it's just a UK thing?)

    Well done for your charity walk. What a hero Joe, to do such a lovely gesture by providing a stunning shepherd's pie for the welcome home. It looks delish :D

  11. Oh, your poor feet! Hope they're feeling better. What an adorable table setting with your ladybugs :) We're supposed to break 50 here tomorrow - woohoo!

    My hubby loves chocolate cream pie - thanks for the recipe!

  12. I came four times the other day to see this post, but it was the old one with no sight of this!

    I am glad I didn't give up! Those dishes are so sweet, perfect for the promise of Spring. It looks lovely!
    The pie IS delicious, I have the same recipe from a magazine years ago. I use whipped cream on the top though.
    Love your addition of the ladybug.
    Sweet post, Debbie!

  13. Thanks, Debbie. You know I like the dishes and I'm quite certain that I would love that pie. You always share nice posts at the party.--------- Shannon

  14. Its beautiful, enjoyed reading about the table setting and the chocolate cream pie............andi

  15. So bright and cheery- Loved the table setting! I made shepherds pie last night myself. I'm glad you found my blog and the chalkboard clay pots. I'd love to see the ones you make. Right now I'm busy with my daughter's wedding (Friday night) but have a few more craft items to post in the next couple of weeks. BTW: I'm your newest follower ;)

  16. Love the ladybug setting Debbie!

    I am now craving Shepherd's Pie. I need to put one together.

  17. Your HUSBAND made the Shepherd's Pie?!!??!! GREAT husband! I won't let mine boil water! ;-) Congratulations on the 6-mile walk! I know that's quite a little hike. Sorry about the blisters, though. Those are no fun! This is a great table, and I love the ladybugs. They're fabled to be good luck, so looks like you're good for awhile! Have a happy week!!!

  18. Debbie, those are the cutest dishes ever, and that pie looks wonderful. Anyone who does a 6 mile walk deserves a wonderful pie! I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

  19. Debbie...So great you did the Heart Run and Walk! Did you walk with a team? Your table is adorable...nothing more cheerful than lady bugs! Shepherd's Pie is one of my british husband's favorites. He does the potato part, so you're lucky your hubby does the whole thing!!! Enjoy our wonderfully warm weather!

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