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Flower Pens make a Fantastic Mothers Day Gift
Arrowhead Home Depot
59th ave and 101
623-376-0278 search Debbie Hernandez

-Duct Tape in desired colors, Masking Paper and/or Silk Flowers
-Green Electrical Tape
-Zip Ties or Twist Ties
-Garden Pot or any container
-Sand or Small River Rock

Duct Tape Flowers
-Cut 25 squares of Duct Tape (same length as it is wide of the roll)
-Fold in the top right and left corners to create a triangle, leaving approx 1/4" of the sticky part uncovered. These are the petals.
-Begin wrapping the petals around the top end of the pen.
-As you build up, alternate the points of the petals. Place all 25.
-Create a few small leave petals the same way as above from the green electrical tape. Place green leave petals at the bottom of the flower.
-Wrap the rest of the pen with the green electrical tape to create a stem look.
-Place Flower Pens in a container or pot filled with sand or rocks to create an arrangement.

Masking Paper Flowers
-Cut 10, 6x6, 8x8 or 10x10 squares of masking paper depending on your desired flower size.
-Put all 10 sheets together and fold into an accordion, back and forth.
-Round the ends with a scissors.
-Place a twist tie or zip tie in the middle.
-Gently separate each sheet by pulling each sheet up towards the the tie creating a flower.
-Attach the tail of the twist tie or zip to the pen with the green electrical tape and continue to wrap the rest of the pen to create a stem look.
-Place Flower Pens in a container or pot filled with sand or rocks to create an arrangement.

Or you can just purchase Silk Flowers and attach them to a pen with the green electrical tape and place them in a pretty container, even personalize the container for mom!

Cosmos Salon and Day Spa
2837 N. Power Rd
Mesa, AZ 85207

Cosmos Salon and Day Spa, located in Northeast Mesa, was established 30 years ago and is a member of intercoiffure, a New York-based company that focus on upcoming fashion trends for hair every season.  Our salon specializes in a wide variety of services, with experts in the field of hair cutting, hair coloring, and hair styling, always keeping on top of what's up and coming.   Cosmos also has a day spa and a nail salon, enabling us to provide our clients with the ultimate relaxation experience.

Berry crepes with vanilla bean cream

Crepe batter

4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Butter, cubed

Place all ingredients except butter in a blender. Process on low until all ingredients are well blended. Melt a small cube of butter in a non stick sauté pan over medium high heat. Add 1/4 cup of batter to pan and swirl to cover bottom of pan. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes or until bottom is set enough so that you can flip it. Use a high heat spatula if necessary to help flip the crepe. Cook until set. Place on a sheet tray and place in a warm oven, continuing process until batter is used.
Fold crepes into triangles and arrange on a plate with a variety of berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Drizzle 2 tbsp of vanilla bean cream over the top and garnish with powdered sugar if desired.

Vanilla bean cream

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean

Place heavy cream in a small sauce pan with the vanilla bean after splitting bean lengthwise.
Allow cream to reach a simmer. Meanwhile place egg yolks and sugar in a small mixing bowl and whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Once cream has reached a simmer, remove vanilla bean, being sure to scrape the insides of the bean into the cream. Temper hot cream mixture into egg and sugar mixture, whisking continually. Place ingredients back into sauce pan and return to low heat. Continue to whisk until the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Serve warm or chilled.