Summer Simple Suggestions In Chic Summer Style

Note to summer:  We’ve got a lot of irons in the summer campfire.  Summer simple suggestions in chic summer style for bedecking interior and exterior settings, entertaining, dishing up summer fare, and outdoor living it up easy peasy is greatly appreciated.

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Southern, Northern, Eastern or Western Living- regardless of geographical location, summer living and loving decoristas have got the memo, and it’s all about keeping it summer simple and summer simple suggestions.

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It’s kinda sorta tough to kick back, relax and savor the season when you notice heavy equipment sitting on the sidewalk in front of your house and you, the homeowner, have no earthly idea what it is doing there.

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Seems our city water department has a little curb appeal water line improvement of their own in mind.  This does not make my summer simple suggestions list.

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Progress isn’t always a pretty process, and the installation of a new water lines makes it difficult to achieve summer curb appeal style, but we forge on.

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We trimmed the unattractive dead sago palm fronds and within a week new green growth emerged.  Here’s a trick in my simple summer suggestions repertoire for getting your Sago palm(s) summer curb appeal ready.

Sago Palm Care

Outdoor planted Sago palm care involves watering the plant regularly until it takes root.  I like the look and the drought tolerant aspect of the mature Sago palm.  Fertilize at least once a month beginning in spring to aid in active growth.  Covering the base of the plant with mulch will help to protect the roots from cold snaps.  In inclement winter weather or fall freeze, we cover the exposed Sago palm with a heavy duty extra large black trash bag to protect it.

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If it’s not one thing, it’s this.

Cue The Rolling Stones, cause it’s shattered.

The lawn and garden guy’s super duper heavy duty weed eater took aim at a loose piece of exposed aggregate, obliterating the exterior glass panel of the patio French garden door.  One simply can’t patio pretty with ugly on parade.  Thank goodness for the friend who frequents our summer patio soirees that just so happens to own a local glass company.

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CB2 Edison String Lights

Did someone mention summer soiree?

Why, yes, I did.

It’s time once again to get your summer soiree on, and the ideas for fun in the sun or evening tiki torch, lantern or string light are flowing.  We’re working with what we’ve got in the front of the house, and if you are like us, you’re getting your porch, patio and deck hangin’ game plan down pat.  Comfortable, fun, relaxing, refreshing, simple, tasty and stylish as chic- this is my number one summer simple suggestions formula for a festive summer gathering.

If Ina Uses It

I read with interest an article listing the pros and cons of a charcoal grill.  The pros outnumber the cons, and personal preference trumps all however, the one pro of the charcoal grill worth mentioning is worth mentioning.  Grilling on a charcoal grill ups the flavor quotient and gives great grilled flavor.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Brushing the grate with oil helps to prevent food from sticking.  Take three or four paper towels and wad them up in a bunch.  Pick up the paper towels with tongs and dip into a bowl of peanut, Canola or vegetable oil.  Lightly coat the grate and proceed to grill.

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Country Living

Ina is a huge fan of the charcoal chimney starter.  Using a charcoal chimney starter is both easy and a safe way to get things cooking.  I hate the taste of lighter fluid, and am leery of it as well.  When you use a charcoal chimney starter there is no need for lighter fluid.  Simply fill the chimney starter about ¾  full with charcoal and light it over several sheets of scrunched up newspaper over the bottom grill grate.

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Weber® Rapidfire® Chimney Starter

Allow the fire to catch and then burn for about 10-20 minutes or until the fire comes out of the top and the coals are glowing orange.  Carefully spread out the charcoal in a single layer across the bottom cooking grate, place the oiled grate on top, and you’re ready to grill.

As Ina Garten would say, how fabulous is that?

Speaking of Simple Summer Suggestions, Ina Garten, Summer Fare and Grilling

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Sliders

Ingredients

2 pounds premium ground beef (80 percent lean and 20 percent fat)

1 tablespoon good Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the grill

1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves

3 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces grated Gruyere

12 small Brioche buns

4 ounces baby arugula

3 medium tomatoes, sliced in 1/8-inch-thick rounds

2 small red onions, sliced in 1/8-inch-thick rounds

Ketchup, for serving

Directions

Build a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill.

Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the mustard, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Mix gently with a fork to combine, taking care not to compress the ingredients.  Shape the meat into 12 (2-inch) patties of equal size and thickness.

When the grill is medium-hot, brush the grill grate with oil to keep the sliders from sticking.  Place the sliders on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Turn the sliders over with a spatula and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until medium-rare, or cook longer if you prefer the sliders more well done. For the last 2 minutes of cooking time, place ½-ounce Gruyere on the top of each burger and close the grill lid.  Remove the sliders to a platter and cover with foil.

Slice the buns in half crosswise and toast the halves cut side down on the grill.

Divide the baby arugula among the 12 bottom buns, top each with a slider, and finish with a slice of tomato and red onion.  Cover with the top of the bun and serve hot with ketchup.

~ from Food Network

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Culinary experiments put the taste and c’est si bon in the summer entertaining mix.  Summer menus require summer classics, new discoveries and improved additions.

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Fried chicken is practically required eating in the South and a mainstay of the summer dining and picnic table.  Once the Places In The Home gang discovered how good the fried chicken is from the deli at our local Kroger, frying chicken at home has become a thing of the past.

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Here’s my tip for simply summer impressive- it’s all in the presentation.  I go heavy on the presentation and simple with the preparation.  I picked up a pack of mini terra-cotta clay pots at the dollar store to use as individual s’mores supply pots.

Vintage Hershey's Milk Chocolate Metal Tray

Vintage Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Metal Tray

Chippy, rusty, and charming- this vintage Hershey’s Milk Chocolate metal tray would make a great serving tray or decorative accent for the s’mores table.

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Vintage ironstone and in the style of vintage table linens set a summer chic table.   A quick trip to an antique shop, garage sale or Goodwill store usually results in an ironstone serving piece find or two.  Vintage picnic wares and baskets bring memories to the table, and can be used for the actual purpose of food and beverage and/or as decorative accents.

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Woven Wood Picnic Basket

Dave the Builder and I bought a vintage picnic table from a fellow antiques dealer with the express purpose of featuring it in a summer display at Hopefully Classic.  I used a vintage picnic basket filled with hydrangeas for  a super easy, super cute centerpiece.  You can make quite the keep it summer simple statement with a collection of glass jars or melamine vegetable bowl and whatever flowers, greenery or veggies are growing fresh in your yard or garden.  No garden or flowers on the homestead?   Check out the floral department and produce section of your favorite grocery store.

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Mini watermelons on a natural table runner of Pittosporum and Lemon Lime Nandina is summer simple and summer chic.

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Ears of fresh corn with the husks slightly peeled back in order to expose the corn kernels grouped in threes and tied with woven ribbon of your color, pattern and texture choice or metallic twisted rope is another fresh centerpiece idea.

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Antique White Ironstone Tureen Cookson Chetwynd Small Serving Dish Bowl 

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4pc Indoor Outdoor Gingham Napkins  ||  Lyndsay Stripes Cotton Table Runner  ||  Design Imports 18″ Square Farm Fresh Stripe Napkin (Set of 4)   ||  Striped Fete Buffet Napkins in White (Set of 4)  ||  Chambray Fringe Napkins, Set of 4  ||  Basics Watercolor Check Napkins in Navy (Set of 4)

Gingham Napkin 4ct - Black/White - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Gingham Napkin 4ct – Black/White – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Summer Simple Suggestions for Refreshing Treats 

Summer is fun, but summer is hot.  Delicious and easy frozen treats of the leaded and unleaded type make a big splash with guests.

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Plums

Plum Smoothie Pops

Ingredients

¼ cup sugar

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

1 lb. assorted plums

8 tsp. fresh lime juice

6 oz. plain yogurt

Directions

Bring the sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and cool.  Puree the plums, cooled syrup, and lime juice in two batches, using a blender, until smooth.  Stir the plum puree and yogurt together in a large mixing bowl.

Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about ½ inch at the top, as the mixture will expand when it freezes.  Follow popsicle mold manufacturer’s instructions and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

~Country Living

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ENVOGUE Indoor/Outdoor Popsicle Pillow

Have you heard about these new scratch-and-sniff Frozen Treats stamps inspired by summer and the whimsical watercolor illustrations of Margaret Berg?   These will be great for those summer cookout-party-soiree snail mail invitations.

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USPS

Pair your favorite frozen treat with a glass of sparkling wine for a little zing.  Dipping a frozen treat into a chilled glass of sparkling wine pops the flavor notes and takes summer treat to a whole new tasting dimension.  Prosecco grapes is another winner.  These frozen treats are super easy to make and quite refreshing.

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Prosecco Grapes

Ingredients

2 lb. green grapes

1 bottle prosecco

4 oz. vodka

½  cup granulated sugar

Directions

In a large bowl, pour prosecco and vodka over grapes.  Let them soak in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Drain in a colander and pat dry.  On a shallow plate, roll the grapes in sugar until fully coated, then serve.

~Delish

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Inspiration is everywhere!

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Huber Popsicle Throw Pillow

I saw this VW Bus throw pillow and immediately my thoughts went to summers spent camping with my childhood friend and her family in their VW Bus.

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Louisiana is a long way from the California coast, but the Gulf Coast is a fun place to sand, swim, sun and sing we’ve been having fun all summer long, Louisiana style.

The Beach Boys definitely make up the soundtrack of summer.

he-beach-boys-greatest-hitsThe Beach Boys – Greatest Hits (Capitol) (CD)

My final summer simple suggestions tip is as follows:

Don’t sweat the details.  The simplicity of summer is an easy theme to work with and makes a great backdrop for mixing and mingling with friends and family in the good old summertime.

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In The Lowcountry Style Of Show and Tell

A pinning, sourcing and swooning eye spy session put inspiration to idea for this in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.  Recently I received an email from Traditional Home which piqued my interest (isn’t that the point?).   As most of us do, I followed through with a click and, Lowcountry and behold, I discovered the feature “Breezy Lowcountry Home by Amy Elbert.”  The image gallery featured fifteen images capturing the charm of the inviting spaces and places of a vacation home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry designed by architect Geoffrey Bray and interior designer Wendy Kirkland.  Even though the article appears to be from the June 2014 issue, it proves classic design and decorating choices rooted in symmetry and proportion stand the test of time and trend.

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Designer Wendy Kirkland

I really like this image of the great room vignette, and thought it may be fun to emulate the look in an in the Lowcountry style of show and tell feature.  I can’t tell you how many times a client has started a consultation by showing me an image from a shelter magazine or Pinterest followed up with a request for the completed space(s) to look exactly as pictured in the aforementioned image.  Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve yet to meet a decorista who hasn’t flattered the heck out of designer or decorator by borrowing from a well designed and decorated space.  Call it a creative compliment.

I don’t participate in, condone, nor suggest taking the work of another and calling it your own.

Ever.

What I have done and continue to do is use the initial presentation as inspiration and from there incorporate my own personal in the Lowcountry style of preferences.




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The Lowcountry refers to the geographic and cultural region along the coastal region of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.  Lowcountry style combines sophisticated coastal with Southern chic.

Lowcountry style

Sourcing furnishings and decor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques, vintage and new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance and beauty.

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Solid Mahogany Rustic Continental Style Server Console

Antique buffets, sideboards, and servers make excellent spot pieces.  I’ve seen them used in foyers, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms, mudrooms, bathrooms- you get the idea.  Antique furniture does not do it for everyone, but when you compare quality, price, patina and presence of an antique piece to a new piece, often there is no comparison between the two.

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     Early 19th Century French Server  ||  Antique Louis XV French Country Style Buffet 

The Sir John’s Cabinet is a new piece with antique characteristics.

Turned feet.

Dentil moulded frieze accent.

Parquetry doors.

Okay, let’s move on to the accessories and accents part of the in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.

Sir John's Cabinet

Theodore Alexander Castle Bromwich Sir John’s Cabinet

When I can’t find the exact item or don’t exactly love the piece in totality, I pull from the highlights and work from there.  A large natural barnacle cluster paired with a Rosewood rectangular display stand images the look  while being more in line with my own taste.

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Barnacle Cluster

Why no stand under the decorative barnacle bunch?   Try, try as I may, I could not get the stand positioned correctly and adding it to the moodboard threw the entire look off.

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Rosewood Rectangular Stand

The landscape painting in the image is by artist Peter Hoffer.  I am sourcing an original work of Peter Hoffer and an in the style of option.

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Cameo 39, 2013 by Peter Hoffer 

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The Elm Tree Canvas Print by George Inness

The lamp featured in the game room vignette is made from architectural salvage.  The antique reproduction stool/chair is upholstered in a Pearson fabric.  I’ve come up with several in the Lowcountry style of recommendations for your decorating consideration.

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Catalina Lighting Oil Rubbed Bronze Two-Light Table Lamp

The wall sconce light used in the moodboard sold out before I could post, so back to the moodboard we go for a selection of substitutions.

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Studebaker 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Karissa 2-Light Wall Sconce    Colesberry 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Williamsburg Lightfoot 2-Light Armed Sconce  ||  Underscore 2-Light Wallchieres

 

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Lanesboro 26″ Bar Stool    ||   Unadilla 30.5″ Bar Stool

The all you need is a decorative throw pillow to complete the look option applies here.

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Loloi Rich Chenille and Viscose Chili Down Pillow  ||  Delphine Square Throw Pillow in Russet  ||  J. Queen New York Serenity Ogee Piped Square Throw Pillow  ||  Birmingham Throw Pillow    ||  Sloane Crewel Stitched Decorative Pillow   ||  Versailles Crewel Stitch Lumbar Pillow

When they go cheap, we go chic.  By cheap I mean inexpensive, and by chic I mean fantastic style as it stands, but fabulous with a touch of customization.

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

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Inside Fabric

When the price point allows, consider upholstering a piece in a striking fabric to add yet another layer of personal style to the look.

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Inside Fabric

Coastal design style is a summer natural, and when it is merged with in the Lowcountry style of accents and accessories the result is a serene, inviting, and charming aesthetic.

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On The Patio, Porch, Terrace, Decked Out Summer Holidays

The on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays season complete with summer ready spots of relaxation and entertaining decked out to impress is ready to a kick off.  Memorial Day is fast approaching with the 4th of July and Labor Day arriving sooner than later.  The Canadian snowbird couple celebrated Victoria Day this past Monday, and the snaps of their deck and yard getting summer ready mirrors what many of us are patio planning.

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Ollie by Gollie and Caramel the Wonder Rescue love spending time outdoors soaking up the sun.   Winter is in the rearview mirror, and we are looking ahead to outdoor living, entertaining, and my favorite, decorating, with the full-on colors, patterns, and textures that visually convey the message summer has arrived.  The warm temps of spring every days and summer holidays is inspiration central for those who love decorating and celebrating their outdoor living life on the patio, porch, terrace or deck on summer holidays.

beach-style-porchHeather Garrett Design

Summer evenings set to a serene and tranquil scene usher in a leave the fast track behind and escape to relaxation destination.  I love an outdoor space that visually draws you in and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.

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Peter Billiards

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

Crosshatch Weave Bamboo Lantern

 

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Natural Fiber/Glass Lantern

 

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Borin Iron/Glass Lantern

 

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Bungalow Rose Wood Lantern

A patio or porch or terrace or deck is a great space to pattern play with a splash of style and a pop of color.  Color, pattern, and texture enhances the look and emphasizes chic summer style.

Orly Rectangle 4' X 5'7" Outdoor Rug - Red / Natural - Safavieh®Orly Rectangle 4′ X 5’7″ Outdoor Rug – Red / Natural – Safavieh®

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Francia Rug – Dark Green/Beige – Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection - Safavieh®

Calypso Geometric Patio Rug Collection – Safavieh®

Texture blends well with casual chic in this woven wicker pendant in soft gray.

Lanston Wide Pendant, Soft GrayLanston Wide Pendant, Soft Gray

Great lighting is an essential part of framing the space- indoors and outdoors.  I always suggest adding or at least consider adding a chandelier and/or table lamp(s) to your patio, porch, terrace or deck space. These lighting options inject a touch of casual elegance and make the space more intimate.

 

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Y Decor LZ3349-Sunburst 12 Light Chandelier

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Gil Walsh Interiors

Pair a table lamp or lamps with a stylish outdoor side table.  These examples are specifically rated for outdoor use.

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

Calla Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp in White with Nylon Shade

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Elliot Bay Outdoor Floor Lamp

 

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Artichoke Outdoor Table Lamp

 

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table - Safavieh®

Curby Square Concrete Accent Table – Safavieh® 

 

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

Christopher Knight Home Puerta Wicker Side Table

 

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Sagebrook Home Moroccan Garden

Paper lanterns make an affordable addition to your outdoor lighting scheme.

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Paper Lanterns

We use a fire pit as another form of lighting.

And for roasting marshmallows for summer s’mores.

And mosquito control aka natural buzz kill.

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

Hohman Firebowl Steel Wood Fire Pit with Handles and Spark Screen

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Jamaica Woodburning Fire Pit 32″ x 15″ – Copper – Safavieh®

Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea.  Convenience makes a fabulous party guest, and a beverage station or bar cart sur le patio is as convenient as it is necessary.

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart

Summon Outdoor Patio Beverage Cart 

The image below reminds me of the vintage sewing machine stand I bought at a flea market when Dave the Builder and I were dating.  Dave found a scrap piece of marble to serve as the top and we were in business.

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I first used the marble top sewing machine stand as a bistro table, then a kitchen island, then a microwave stand, and eventually a poolside bar/beverage stand.   Nothing fancy by any means, but unique (at the time) and very versatile.

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Domino

 

outdoor-throw-pillow-wovenOutdoor Throw Pillow Square – Woven Narrow Stripe Black – Project 62™

 

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Indoor/Outdoor Flamingo Pillow

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

Gauthier~Stacy Inc.

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Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Kirkland Black Floor Pillow

 

 

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Now you know I will be adding this alligator lumbar pillow to the on the patio, porch, terrace or deck gotta have it list.

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

Outdoor Alligator Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Gingko Green

Are you familiar with the site Wish.com?  My niece-in-law introduced me to this online direct from China shopping site, and I have ordered several things from the site with no issues.  The merchandise quality is good, I have had no problems with shipping dates, and the items arrive as advertised.  I ordered this leaf linen throw pillow cover last summer, and I am so pleased with the product and the price.

Are you ready for the price?

$2.00  including shipping.

A quality look at a super inexpensive price.  That’s a summer style deal I can get on board with.

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Leaf Linen Throw Pillow Cover

 

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Russet Orange Pillow  ||  Faux Natural Beige Pillow  ||  Cabana Stripe Pom Pillow  ||  Herd Together Decorative Pillow  ||  St. Tropez Pillow  ||  Serene Sea Urchin Decorative Pillow

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Gunn Landscape Architecture

 

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Pueblo Outdoor Wicker Club Chair With Water Resistant Cushions

 

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Patio Dining Table – Beige – Signature Design by Ashley

I absolutely love the color, pattern and texture of this patio umbrella.  Green and black is a hot color combination of late, and goes quite nice with the look of summer and summer holidays.

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9′ Round Patio Umbrella – Light Wood Pole – Threshold™ 

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Black and white stripes is a summer classic.

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

Safavieh Elsa Fashion Line 9 Ft. Umbrella

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The vibrancy of summer blooms in seasonal colors is accentuated by color rich decorative planters.

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Roped Bell Jar Resin Stone Urn Planter

 

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

Hendersonville Old World Floral Garden Ceramic Pot Planter

 

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New England Pottery 17.25-in W x 17-in H Red Ceramic Classic Planter

 

Garden hose be gone, or at least housed in this beehive hose holder.

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Beehive Hose Holder

 

Do you know what a summer day and this post have in common?

They’re both long.

Summer days, summer nights, and summer holidays- are you ready to show your summer style off on your stylishly decorated patio, porch, terrace or deck?

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A Most Fetching Friday: Royal Inspiration

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday takes its royal inspiration straight from today’s headlines.  In case you haven’t heard, there is a wedding of royal inspiration taking place Saturday in England at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.  The  4:00 a.m. CST nuptial festivities ring round awfully early therefore I am reveling in the pre wedding majesty.  Pomp and circumstance, royal etiquette, morning coats and fascinator fascination- the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in line to become a fetching affair to remember.  On this side of the pond, royal inspiration comes in all styles, shapes, streets and strengths.

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Royal Inspiration

Royal Icing

100 Years Of Royal Albert 1960 Golden Rose 3-Piece Place Setting

100 Years Of Royal Albert 1960 Golden Rose 3-Piece Place Setting

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Royal Street New Orleans

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Royal Blue

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Crown Royal

RC-Cola

Royal Crown Cola

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

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Royal Beauty Slate   ||   Crown Top Coral Reef    ||  Olde Francais Crown      Buckingham House Graphite

ROYAL PROMENADE - LAPIS

Royal Promenade in Lapis ~ Buckingham Wallpaper  by Designers Guild

I hope you  have a most fetching Friday and a wonderful weekend filled with royal inspiration.

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Apples to Apples: Lessons In Project Planning

Project planning supports project success.  Take the Google Doodle for example.  When I opened up Chrome Monday morning, the Google doodle successfully accomplished its purpose of informing me it’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Google

The celebration of our teachers got me to thinking about the special teachers I had and love to this day, the significant role a teacher plays in the lives of her/his students, and the apples to apples comparison between teacher project planning and decorista project planning.

kate spade new york Zadie Drive Apple Lidded Box

kate spade new york Zadie Drive Apple Lidded Box

Many of us have a special place in our heart and grateful appreciation for at least one teacher from our scholastic past.  I can trace aspects of the life lessons, confidence levels, journalism interests, political interests and organizational skills utilized in my daily professional and personal life back to three beloved teachers.

Einstein

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

-Albert Einstein

Their influence through the formative years positively shaped, molded, and impacted my life, and the lessons learned reach far beyond a textbook, chalkboard, Donny Osmond or David Cassidy notebook.

Sweet and innocent were the times.

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I am struck by the similarities between teacher lesson planning and decorista project planning.  With the teacher lesson plan, planning is crucial to a successful instructional experience.  To be effective in classroom management, it is necessary to remain focused on the task at hand before moving on to the next activity.  When a teacher provides his or her students with step-by-step instructions, it makes for a smooth transition into the next subject.

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In regards to a home improvement or interior decorating project, a detailed project plan puts inspiration to paper, dollars to sense, purpose to project.

Begin with a Master Plan

Project planning is essential to the overall process from idea to design to decorating execution to finished product.

Check Yes or No

Will converting a space from let’s say a formal living room or rarely used guest bedroom into a home office be a beneficial transformation or a regrettable repurpose?

Study the space and evaluate if it may be of better use to your needs by taking a recess from its initial purpose.

Will moving a wall make the design grade?

Take the time to study the space, and let the walls or removal of them talk to you.
Project planning

Stay the Course

It is mighty tempting to tackle more than originally planned once you get into the project of it all.  Spreading the project love too thin can result in an incomplete or failing grade assigned to the design objective and decrease the desired quality of work.

Education is Project Power

Folks, let me let you in on a little secret.

There’s a whole lot more that goes into the home improvement interior design and interior decorating projects you see tackled and mastered on your favorite house to home show.  I’m not saying leave it to the professionals, but I do suggest doing your homework before jumping into the “I/we can do that” waters.

Do your homework by learning all you can through materials, fixtures and appliances manufacturer’s websites.  Access the FAQ page.  If you’ve got a question odds are someone else does too.

Take the time to watch the how-to videos.  Home improvement sites offer great tutorials, and YouTube is a treasure trove of information.

Read customer reviews and home improvement-interior design blogs.

Project planning is the essential tool beneficial to both teachers and decoristas.

#ThankATeacher  #AppreciateAnEducator

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Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

The Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 guide features gifts that run the gift giving gamut from color, pattern, texture, all in good taste, in the garden, kitchen or spa to spring to summer chic footwear, treats for the sweet and all things house that make a home accessories.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2018

A thoughtful, gracious or funny Mother’s Day card shows and tells your  mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends how much she is loved, admired and appreciated.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2018

Hilarious.

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Let’s begin with an across the miles video from HGTV offering 3 Mailable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 for your In the Garden, In the Kitchen, and In the Spa gift giving consideration.

In the Herb Garden Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

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Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia

Metal Watering Can - Cream - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Metal Watering Can – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder

H&M Scented Garden Herbs Ambiance Candle in Glass Holder

In the Kitchen Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

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My eye zeroed in on the In the Kitchen goodie box so that will be the source of Mother’s Day kitchen gifts sourcing.  The Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel  puts truth to beautiful words.

Jasmine Jones Mother's Day Dish Towel

Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel

Roots, memories, tastes and traditions traced to and from the place we call home.

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Draper James For the Love of the South

Recipes from the kitchen of …

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Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Cards   ||   Lemon Measuring Spoons  Kate Spade New York Strawberry Recipe Cards

 

Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print ApronSouthern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron

The Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron features a celery, onion and pepper motif– the home sweet home taste of Louisiana.

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Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt  ||  La Tourangelle Herbes de Provence Oil  ||  La Tourangelle Delicate Avocado Oil  ||  Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food  ||  Flamingo Spoon Rest  ||  Oneida® Stainless Steel Basting Spoon with Copper-Plated Handle

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Our Family Recipes Journal

In the Spa Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

Molton Brown London Body Wash Gift Set, 10 Ct

Molton Brown London Body Wash Gift Set, 10 Ct

 

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A&G Floral Bath Salts Boxed Gift Set

 

sugar-rose-scrub  Love Beauty And Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub Creamy Body Scrub Peace and Glow

 

Philosophy philosophy - Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

Philosophy philosophy – Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

 

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Set of 4 Cynthia Rowley Hello Gorgeous Makeup Towels

cotton-night-shirtLight Pink Striped Cotton Night Shirt 

flamingo-bath-rugFlamingo Round Bath Rug

A Picture Is Worth a Number of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

I do like the Mother’s Day gift giving ideas inspiration offered in this image.

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Pink mirrored aviators sunglasses.

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Chic shoes.

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dv Women’s Elaine espadrille mule

Tassel style.

Natural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with TasselNatural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with Tassel

Gorgeous yellow and blush roses.   April showers bring May flowers oil painting on canvas for lasting Mother’s Day gifting.

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‘Rose Society’ Oil Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas

Sweets for the sweet.

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Godiva Patisserie Dessert Truffles Gift Box

100% Strictly for Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 Suggestion

I saw this video montage on Facebook and the memories of dressed to the nines-disco ball-do a little dance-boogie down, baby fun immediately placed a smile on my face.

Good times!

Fun is an excellent theme to work with, and this set of Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws is one for Mom and one for her to share on trend rose gold disco ball fun.

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Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws

Mama Places In The Home became a great-grandmother this year, and the amount of photos she has collected over the last few months is mounting.  She is one proud Grand Meme, and rises to every occasion to conduct her own “let me show you a picture of my great-grandson” show and tell.  Special moments and milestones make up our this is the life snapshots.

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kate spade new york Large This Is The Life Photo Album

Our mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends deserve a token of gratitude for all she is, means, and does to and for her loved ones.  I hope the suggestions of the Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 gift you with ideas and inspiration for selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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On High Point Home Decor Pieces

In style and on high point home decor pieces currently catching my eye in and soon to be in the spring 2018 retail market is today’s topic of conversation.    I am closely following the style spotting social postings from the attendees of High Point Market- the largest semiannual home furnishings industry trade show.  Retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry flock to High Point, North Carolina to check out new to the retail market home furnishings and home decor accessories.  Social media postings keep those of us unable to flock to High Point Market in the style loop.

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Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

The cover of the April 2018 issue of Home Accents Today features home decor pieces currently catching my eye from Coco & Dash in Dallas, Texas. Patio pieces elegantly make the transition from outdoor to indoor furnishings and home decor accessories.   Giving decorative consideration to patio pieces for indoor spaces shakes the look up in the very best of design and decorating directions.  I do like to throw the eye a curve ball of the most stylish kind.

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From Outdoor to Indoor Chic By the numbers:

Two birds of a fabulous feather ~  Curved and Straight Neck Crane Statue Set

Four shell of a great choice of statement patio to polished pieces ~  vintage Grotto Style Shell Back Patio Dining Chairs

One singular sublime sensation in terms of statement and style.

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Brown Jordan Style Venetian Grotto Patio Chairs, Set of Four

Serpentine chic may not be for everyone, but in the right space it can be a visually commanding choice of decor accessory.




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Serpentine Sconce by Koket

From High Point Market indications, indoor outdoor pillows are on target to be on trend this season.

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Adept intermingling of traditional, new traditional, modern, vintage and antique styles, accents and accessories magnifies the aesthetic.

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Frosted Crystal Bead Chandelier

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Provence Collection Chippendale End Table

Demure CabinetDemure Cabinet ~ Alden Parkes

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Lee Industries 1353-01 Chair

The timeless and classic color combination of pink and green envelopes this nook designed by Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew in year round spring and summer hues.

spring-flowers-cuttingSarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Inspiration serves as the catalyst to decorating imitation.  When the use of color, texture, pattern, home furnishings and on high point home decor pieces of space and style strikes your fancy, imitating the look by adapting it to suit and characterize your personal style complements and compliments.

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American Ornithology Volume VII, Plate 63 ~ Alexander Wilson

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Roseate Spoonbill Framed Graphic Art Print

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Sarah Bartholomew ~ Traditional Home

Fresh and green is a paint project away.

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Eastham Rattan Side Chair

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Sherwin-Williams Houseplant SW 6727
Sherwin-Williams Organic Green SW 6732

Spring lends an air of fresh and new to the color, texture and pattern preferences that capture the eye when style spotting on high point home decor pieces.  From the “looks” of things, it’s shaping up to be a beautiful and stylish retail season.

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Creole or Cajun? Louisiana Jambalaya

This post state dinner post is all about the c’est si bon.  I got completely caught up in the design and decorating details of the event, but knew I would be remiss it I did not chime in on the menu choice of jambalaya in the style of Louisiana jambalaya.  Cooked in the flavor traditions of New Orleans, the dish served at the State Dinner was Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya.

The in the tradition of New Orleans seasonings jambalaya reviews are in from Senior Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy who was in attendance.

Rice pilaf.

Now that’s funny.

Anywho, a quick google search provided a recipe from Carolina Rice for Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya.  As delectable as the recipe may cook up to be, if you’ve never tasted Louisiana Creole or Cajun jambalaya, you’re not eating Louisiana jambalaya.

Trust me on this one.  The taste buds don’t lie.

Louisiana chefs of restaurant and at-home test kitchen skill alike master their personal versions of this flavor rich to the core one-pot rice dish.  We’re all about the one-pot dish down here in the boot.  Variety is the spice of life and Louisiana jambalaya recipes.  There is Creole jambalaya and there is Cajun jambalaya.  The main difference boils down to the addition or exclusion of one ingredient- tomato.  Creole jambalaya (red jambalaya) is made with tomato (diced, paste, etc.) whereas Cajun jambalaya (brown jambalaya) is made without.  The holy trinity of chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery is flavor front and center in both, chicken, sausage and/or shrimp serves to further accentuate the flavor, and spice combinations work their seasoning magic. blue dutch oven

The great big blue pot aka dutch oven vs. Magnalite classic round dutch oven boils down to tradition and personal preference.  If Magnalite is the cookware of choice in your granmè, grand-mère, mamé, meme or mamaw’s kitchen, chances are it is in yours too.  Tradition is the key ingredient in regional dishes and the passed down from generation to generation recipes we love to cook.

 

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Magnalite Cookware Classic 5-qt. Round Dutch Oven

I cover all the culinary bases by owning both.  While I am loyal to the Magnalite dutch oven my mother-in-law’s best friend gave us as a wedding gift 35+ years ago however, the big blue pot cooks as pretty as it looks.

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Let’s cover the essential c’est si bon that go so well with jambalaya.

Louisiana Hot Sauce

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Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

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Creole Cajun Seasoning

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Creole Cajun Seasoning

1/3  cup paprika

3  tablespoons dried oregano

3  tablespoons ground black pepper

2  tablespoons dried basil

1  tablespoon dried thyme

2  tablespoons kosher salt

1  tablespoons cayenne pepper

1  tablespoon granulated onion

4  teaspoons dried thyme

4  teaspoons granulated garlic

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic.  Stir to combine.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

Louisiana Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from New Orleans’s Cafe Reconcile

Chicken and sausage is the Places In The Home house favorite for gumbo and Louisiana jambalaya.  Time is not on my side at posting, so I am using the image of the chicken and sausage jambalaya from New Orleans’s Cafe Reconcile as featured on Louisiana Cookin’.

Tried it.

Loved it.

Prepared it.

Sharing it.

Cafe Reconcile Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya 

Ingredients

2 pounds mild smoked pork sausage, sliced ¼-inch-thick

2½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken, chopped

1½ cups onions, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped bell pepper

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 cup diced tomato

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

2¼ teaspoons fresh thyme

2¼ teaspoons chopped fresh basil

5⅓ cups chicken stock

1½ pounds long-grain rice

Directions

In a large cast-iron Dutch oven, cook sausage on high heat for 3 minutes. Add chicken, and cook until browned on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Lower heat to medium, and add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; cook until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.

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Add tomatoes, tomato paste, Creole~Cajun seasoning, parsley, thyme, and basil.  Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

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Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add rice, and stir. When jambalaya returns to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.  Cover and cook until rice has absorbed all liquid, about 25 minutes.

~ Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans

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