Blush Crush: A Blush Color Crush Trending Around Again

A blush color crush trending around again is present in the decorating world.

 

benjamin moore blush paint colors

Benjamin Moore ~  Rose Blush ||  Warm Blush ||  Misty Blush

Pale. Soft. Feminine.  The color blush came out of the gate a hot trend for 2014.  As it goes with the ebb and flow of trends, decoristas discover a renewed blush color crush on this delightful color.

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A pale soft pink with a whisper hint of brown undertone, blush pink is trending around again.  Estee Lauder Fresh Air makeup in Ivory Mist is my beauty foundation must have, and has been for 39 years.  The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.

NARS blush

NARS  Blush- Nude Scene Collection

It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.

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Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home.  Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.

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Bridal.

blush wedding cakeStyle Me Pretty

Fashion.

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Emperia Stella Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Blush

Design.

A blush city, yes please.

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Decorating.

I love any tufted furniture, bonus that its blush! Link to this sale item in bio 🔝

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The parallels between them are vast, the blush color crush among them undeniable.

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The Visual Attraction Pop of Color Love: Decorating With Red

The color red spins the visual attraction pop of color love decorating with red on the color wheel.  The color red draws the eye, envelopes a space in depth and frames the focal point.

Pierre Frey Fabric

 Beauregard ~ Pierre Frey

Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day.  It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.

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Better Homes and Gardens

Interior designer Miles Redd lets us in on the secret to decorating with the daring and delightful color combination pink and red.

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Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…

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Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

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Interior Design by  Alessandra Branca for Kip Bays Showhouse 2015 as featured on Stylebeat by Marisa Marcantonio

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San Francisco Showhouse as featured on DecorPad

Immersed in or merely kissed by- decorating with the color red fetchingly emphasizes the elements of elegance, sophistication and eye catching drama.

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Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

Fornasetti tray

Fornasetti Bacio Tray

Fall in lo♥e with the Pop Art Love Sculpture Table Lamp from Lamps Plus.

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Be still my !  How gorgeous is a traditional and not so traditional space so elegantly well-appointed in regal red?

Edgewater, Barrytown, New York, 1825. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

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How do I love thee color, texture and pattern?  Let me count the ways with these chic wallcoverings.

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Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper 

An appropriate color of the day for the day at hand- decorating with red is in the spotlight.

♥♥♥

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The Element of Stove and Style: Copper Cookware and Decorative Accents

Copper cookware and decorative accents continue to be a favored choice of kitchen ware.  Exquisite in composition and artistic in execution, culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.  Celebrated chefs and accomplished cooks know the advantages of using copper cookware in food preparation.

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The stove to table taste of home ritual most of us engage in on a daily basis far better serves the sizzle, sauté, sauce and simmer when the cookware used results in superior performance and quality taste. Temperature uniformity is essential in the cooking process.  Too much heat scorches and burns while too little heat deters the notes of taste and flavor.  Copper is an excellent heat conductor- the maestro of materials.

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Copper cookware distributes a precise and even heat which is the essential element for proper temperature control.  Gorgeous is as gorgeous works, and copper cookware plates a gorgeous taste.  It’s Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious!

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Cooking and decorating share similar attributes.

Balance.

Proportion.

Taste.

Visual appeal.

It is said that we eat with your eyes.

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Decorative accents and embellishments should enhance the design rather than overpower it.  Less proves to be so much more in many design and decorating instances, visually speaking.  Take this white French kitchen hood accented with copper trim as an example.  The copper trim really pops against the white, and draws the eye to the contrast between the exposed brick backsplash/back wall and rustic wood truss with focal point precision.

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Keystone Millworks, Inc.

Timeless style translates to the modern kitchen.

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Copper lends a distinctive presence to accents and home decor accessories for unique, sumptuous, whimsical and eclectic kitchen decorating consideration.

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I have kept this style spotted copper milk can or creamer or whatever it is from the 2011 Kitchen of the Year created by chef Tyler Florence in my thoughts over the years.  It made that big of an impression on me.  In the presence of dark cabinetry, high-tech appliances and farm to modern rustic, yet refined kitchen design and accessories stands this most impressive copper accent piece.  The look created when mixing and mingling traditional and modern design and decorating styles with an antique or vintage piece is thinking outside of the box of standard decor rules focal point perfection.

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2011 Kitchen of the Year created by celebrity chef Tyler Florence

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Argentine Copper Creamer Jug with Chained Lid ~ Eron Johnson Antiques

Lighting fixtures, artwork, architectural pieces, decorative objects- copper has got you covered.

arts & crafts antique copper fire screen

Harp Gallery 

This fabulous 1900s antique copper fireplace screen would make a fantastic decorative backsplash piece à la fireback.

19th century french architectural flame finial in copper19th Century French Architectural Flame Copper Finial 

Patina and pit marks come with age.  I consider these perfect imperfections.  Patina is the greenish brown film that covers the surface of bronze, copper and similar metals brought on by the natural process of oxidation.

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I purchase vintage copper cookware with an extremely careful eye.  Buying vintage copper cookware pieces for decorating purposes differs from buying copper cookware pieces to actually prepare food in.  Vintage copper cookware pieces tend to be made of unlined copper.  Unlined copper is categorized as a reactive metal, and may interact with foods. Safety in cooking is of the utmost importance.

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Vintage Lidded Copper Milk Jug

Consider opting for copper pots and pans lined in tin or stainless steel which creates a nonreactive lining.  When cleaning copper cookware and decorative accents, avoid using an abrasive cleaner to eliminate the risk of scratching the copper.  Allow your copper cookware to cool down after use. The sudden temperature change from stove burner to dishwater can promote warping.

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De Buyer Copper Sauce Pans

Be it copper, copper over tin or copper over stainless steel- the point is the look, performance and decorative effect.  The availability of copper cookware and interior and exterior decor items with a wide range of price points is in our favor.  Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course, to compliment the chef.

Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas

February is on the calendar, a twenty-eight day filled month busy with several notable dates to celebrate.  Special attention however, is laser-focused on the 14th day of the 2nd month of the calendar year.  The celebration of love comes bearing Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas for the one or ones you love .  Friends, family and that special someone- love is all around.

Valentine's Day themed paint colors

1. Sherwin-Williams Red Obsession SW7590  ||  2. Valspar First Kiss c1220 ||  3. Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob SW6866 ||  4. Valspar Lovely Love Song 2009-4  ||  5. Valspar Sweety Pie 1008-4B ||

Valentine's-themed-paint-color-benjamin-mooreBenjamin Moore

The color spotlight beautifully beams on the color palette of red and pink joined hand in hand with complementing shades .

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Let’s look at a few Valentine’s Day Color Your World gift ideas.

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Rosa Regale Sparking Red Wine

Valentine’s Days of wine and roses.

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Candy treats for your sweet.

neuhaus chocolates

Share the love by hosting a home sweet home celebration built for two or four or six- you get the Valentine’s Day at home idea.

trick-dog_be-mine-2Be Mine Cocktail

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Simply put, you can’t go wrong with jewelry.

For Her:

Tap into your inner Carrie Bradshaw for Valentine’s Day with this love is all around necklace from H&M.  This inexpensive fashion piece is pure Valentine’s Day fun…

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and pairs smashingly with these not so inexpensive, but oh so Valentine’s Day fabulous earrings.

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Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (1/3 ct. t.w.) in 14k White Gold

Love, Love, the Perfume & Pearls Charm Bracelet from Candy Shop Vintage.  

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For Him:

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Akribos XXIV Men’s Swiss Quartz Goldtone  Leather Brown Strap Watch

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Bordered Round Wood Cufflinks

I like unique ideas for Valentine’s Day cards.  Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art. Photograph a subject, upload to Waterlogue, choose a filter and voilà – a to you, from me unique keepsake Valentine’s Day card. 

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The historic Bienville House Hotel got me to thinking. Why celebrate with the one you love for just one day?  I’m thinking Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas getaway!  I find the Travel + Leisure Incredible Romantic Getaways in Every State guide an excellent source of travel inspiration.

Ultimate Sinatra

Music and travel, music and travel (to the tune of Love and Marriage)- Ultimate Sinatra leading the travel playlist along with these gift of travel essentials for him and her guarantees a memorable Valentine’s Day getaway to be celebrated in cool and romantic style.  Audio books travel well, too.

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?”

~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Okay, now for the travel goods good stuff.

mens weekender bag

Tawny Brown Weekend Bag

mens sunglasses1I Gotta Wear Shades Sunglasses

phone case

Adopted Red Leather Wrap Case For Iphone 6

travel tumbler

Contigo® SnapSeal 20oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug

golf set

Alligator-Embossed Leather Golf Ball Case

burberry weekend

 Burberry Weekend Eau De Toilette Spray for Men

shave cream

BULY 1803 Crème Pogonotomienne Shaving Cream

mens sneakerWeekender Sneakers

“I want to leave as soon as I can.  

I think I was born with a suitcase.”

— Sherman Alexie

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Samantha Brown Classic Collection 25″ Upright

mine Victorias Secret cosmetic bagValentine’s Day Medium Beauty Bag

Wrapped up in Valentine’s Day beauty makes one ready to brave the elements of winter weather drenched in soft, yet striking color.

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Style + Comfort= Chic Travel Footwear

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Suede Loafers  || Sam & Libby Tayden Loafers  ||  Women’s Betseyville Knot Front Sneakers ||   Puma Match Lo Basic Sports Round Toe Leather Sneakers  ||  V. J Casual Driving Moccasins

hydrangea travel mugTervis Hydrangea Travel Tumbler

Bath and Body:

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Falling In Love

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Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette

Set the night or day to music.  I ordered this exact speaker because of the color. Yes, the color.  It packs a mighty look and a mighty sound.

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UNITEK Aluminium Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera 

Snap a souvenir photo and frame it for a lasting memory.

red lacquer frameElle Red Lacquer Frame 

You’re on a mini vacation. Utilize this stylish leopard print baseball cap for the drive home and let the hide go with the hair.

leopard print baseball capLeopard Print Baseball Cap

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas tokens of color crush, delicious delight, pattern play and weekend getaway glee fill the heart with Valentine’s Day I it fun.

From Home Decor Partner Project to Arrival to I Love It Ojai Mirror Reveal

As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together.   I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal.  Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.

To: Places In The Home

From: Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily FedEx arrival

Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!

Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.  When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.

Ojai mirror

The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update.  Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not.  What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state.  The table is in correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.

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For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.

Earrings.

Lipstick.

Car keys.

Pocket change.

Usually when placement or function works, it works.  This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above.  I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so.  However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.

Ojai mirror reveal

The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle.  The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style.  A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.

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Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement.  Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas.  Au contraire mon ami.  Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.

flooring options

After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway.  See how one project leads to another.  Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.

DSCN0823 (2)2Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake.  Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.

Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.

Focus on focal point priority.  In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.

Choose the primary sight line.  X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball.  Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.

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The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad.  The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish.  I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper.  A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them.  My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.

dime quarter

My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance.  Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm.  There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table.  Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter.  He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked.  I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.

Memories, like the corners of mind.

Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style.  The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.

Love your style!

 

 

What’s Cooking For Super Bowl Sunday? Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes

Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes serve up delicious game day eats. Regardless of regular season team allegiance, the football loyal gather together to get the Super Bowl party started.  Football is the reason for the season, but what’ll have them talking is the food, the commercials and the half time entertainment.  The Super Bowl is all about the more, more, more.

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The following video is disco divine! Flashback to the 70s at your own risk.

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When the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV,  I could not talk for three days.  We indulged in Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes filled with Louisiana heat and flavor.  We screamed.  We cheered.  We made the Who Dat Nation proud!  It was a wild ride- a Super Bowl memory for the books.

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Easy simmer, set, serve dishes top the menu roster on game day.  Delicious and crowd pleasing, it’s the one pot or slow cooker recipes that please both chef and guests.  Soup’s on soups.  C’est si bon gumbos.  Chili with or without beans bowls.  Speaking of beans- how about a pot of red beans and rice?   Stuffed (or not) bell pepper dressing.  Easy works well in the game day kitchen.  Allow me to share with you these Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve dishes recipes for your Super Bowl party menu consideration.

Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 

Ingredients

8  cups water

3  chicken bouillon cubes

4  boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 lb. package smoked sausage

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped onions

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped bell peppers

3 bay leaves

2  Tablespoons minced garlic

1  teaspoon celery salt

1  teaspoon fine black pepper, or to taste*

OR in place of salt and pepper season with 1 teaspoon Créole seasoning, or to taste*

1  cup white wine

cooked rice

Directions

Slice sausage into ½ inch pieces. Using a seasoned skillet for optimum taste results, cook the sliced sausage over medium-high heat until browned.  Transfer cooked sausage to plate lined with paper towels, allowing excess grease to drain.  Set aside.

Place chicken breasts in Dutch oven or stock pot, add water, and bring to a boil.  Season for broth with ½ teaspoon celery salt ½ black pepper.  Stir and reduce heat to medium low, cooking chicken breasts until done, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken breasts from pot to large mixing bowl.  Slice chicken breasts into strips and add back to broth.

Turn heat back to high and bring to boil.  Add prepared roux to broth and chicken mixture, whisking until roux dissolves.  Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic, chopped onions, chopped bell pepper, bay leaves, chicken bouillon cubes, remaining celery salt and pepper (or Créole seasoning).   Carefully pour in white wine.  Stir to blend and incorporate.

Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, allowing all flavors to marry.  Remove bay leaves and skim any fat off the top of gumbo.  Add chopped green onions and continue to simmer for additional 5 minutes.  Serve gumbo over rice.  Top with a sprinkle of filé, more green onions, and hot sauce to taste, if desired.

RedBeansRice

Red beans and rice is a Louisiana tradition.  The Places In The Home gang considers gumbos and beans and rice combinations hearty soups of sorts, and this slow cooker red beans and rice recipe has Super Bowl party menu star stirred and served all over it.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

1  pound dry red kidney beans
12  cups water
1  tablespoon vegetable oil
1  pound andouille sausage, sliced in ¼-inch rounds
5  cups chicken broth, divided
3  cups diced yellow onion
2  cups diced celery
1  cup diced green bell pepper
1  cup diced red bell pepper
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 pound tasso ham, sliced into 1 x ¼-inch strips
1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (see French Onion soup recipe below)
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped green onion
Hot cooked jasmine rice
Garnish: chopped parsley

Directions

In a 4-quart container, soak red beans in 12 cups water; leave uncovered overnight.  After soaking, discard soaking water, and rinse beans with fresh water.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add sausage, and cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove sausage from pan, and set aside. Deglaze skillet with 2 tablespoons chicken broth, add onion, and cook until softened and beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes.  Add celery and bell peppers to skillet, and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a 4-quart slow cooker.  Add garlic, remaining broth, tasso, brown sugar, bay leaves, salt, hot sauce, black pepper, Cajun seasoning, sage, chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, reserved beans, and cooked sausage, stirring to combine.

Cover, and cook on high until beans are softened and cooked through, 3 to 4 hours.

Add chopped parsley and green onion to red bean mixture.  Serve over rice. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired.  Serves 6.

~Louisiana Cookin’

red chili no beans

Bowl ‘O Red

Ingredients

1 ¼ pounds ground beef chuck
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground pasilla or ancho chile pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1  14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1  14 ½ ounce can beef broth
1  12 ounce bottle lager beer or 1 ½ cup beef broth
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Directions

In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown, breaking up meat.  Drain off fat.  Stir in pasilla pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cloves, and salt. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, beer, and mustard. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 40 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Prepare as directed in Step 1. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, broth, ½ cup of the beer, and the mustard.  Cover.  Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

~Better Homes and Gardens

Queso Soup

Creamy Queso Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)

1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Mexican Four Cheese Salsa con Queso

2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth (Regular, Natural Goodness® or Certified Organic)

¼ cup milk

crushed tortilla chips

chopped green onions

Directions

Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes or until the onion is tender.Reduce the heat to low. Stir the queso, broth and milk in the saucepan and cook for 3 minutes or until the queso mixture is hot.  Serve topped with the tortilla chips and green onions.

~ Campbell’s Kitchen

rice scoopStuffed (or not) Pepper Dressing

1 lb. ground beef

1 bag frozen chopped onions

1 bag frozen chopped green peppers

1  teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon basil

½ teaspoon thyme

1 24 ounce can spaghetti sauce

1 cup cooked rice

6 bell peppers

8 ounce package shredded cheese of choice

bellpeppers

Cut the tops and stem off of each pepper.  Remove the core and seeds from inside each pepper.  Cook the bell peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes or until desired softness is reached.  Remove peppers from water and set aside.

Place ground beef, onions and peppers in a large skillet.  Cook together over high heat until ground beef is browned.  Pour or spoon off excess fat. Reduce heat to medium. Season mixture with salt and pepper, stirring to incorporate.  Stir in spaghetti sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  Add basil and garlic, stirring to incorporate.

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Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer dressing for 10 minutes. Remove lid and spoon in cooked rice.  Sprinkle with thyme.  Stir rice into beef mixture to incorporate.  That’s it!  Serves 6.

If stuffing:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Generously stuff (fill) each pepper with the dressing.  Place stuffed peppers open side up in a baking dish.  Top each pepper with shredded cheese of your choice.  Bake covered for 25 to 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.

onion soup

French Onion Soup

Ingredients

2  Tablespoon butter

2  teaspoons olive oil

6  medium onions thinly sliced

1  teaspoon Creole seasoning

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

2 bay leaves

½ cup white white or sherry

2 quarts (8 cups) low sodium beef broth

French bread baguette

8 slices Gruyère cheese

For Creole Seasoning

Ingredients

1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon granulated onion

4 teaspoons dried thyme

4 teaspoons granulated garlic

Directions

Heat butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven over a medium- high heat.  Add sliced onions and bay leaves to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle sugar and Creole seasoning over onions, stir to incorporate.

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Cook onions and company for 30 minutes or until softened and reaching a caramelized stage.  Add sherry and bay leaves to onions.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.   Turn heat back up to medium-high and add beef broth.  Allowing broth to heat through, reduce to simmer, and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes in order for ingredients to marry and live happily ever after.  Remove bay leaves.

rosemary bread

french bread loaves

Slice French bread baguette and place on a baking sheet.  Place under broiler until slices reach a light golden brown.

soup-crockOnion Soup Crock

Place crocks, ramekins, or oven proof bowls on a large cookie sheet.  Fill each with 1 cup soup.  Place one slice French bread in each bowl and top with 1 cheese slice.  Broil on high until cheese is melted and browned. Serves 8.

Directions for Creole Seasoning

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, 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.

Creole-seasoning

 T-9 until Super Bowl Sunday.  Can you taste the victory?

enjoy

You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together

During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source.  You’ve got mail never read so good.

So good!

The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.

The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project.  Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell.  I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed.  Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.

home decor partner project

When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date.  That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works.  One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist.  In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to.  I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.

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UNITEK Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold

Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr is a neutral beauty that finishes rich. Eggshell enamel is one sheen up from matte, and the texture is washability matched to moderate traffic areas.

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Night Blooming Jasmine from Behr

The image below is a stunning example of how limiting the colors in the palette constitutes contrast.

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Mindful Makeover~ Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle January 2017

Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out.  Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.

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Finish again enters the project process conversation.  This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years.  I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay.  The table is in correct proportion to the size of the area.

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The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.

Refinish it?

Paint it?  Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.

Clear-coat it?

Lacquer it?

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French polish it is.

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An afternoon spent perusing image galleries on DecorPad and Domino confirms the decision to go the French polish route is indeed the right one. Inspiration truly is everywhere.

Wow.  This post is long, but when the conversation revolves around the topics of decorating, updating, gorgeous decor and let’s home decor partner project together that can happen.

Part II of Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together will unveil the big reveal and show and tell how the look comes together.  For now, I leave you with a hint of what’s to come.

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Organize and Declutter In Style: Decorative Storage Ideas

Don’t you just love the hope and motivation a new year brings? Resolutions made on the heels of New Year’s Day usually involve vows of getting all things house that make a home organized. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.

Why?

Because I am perfect, and there is absolutely no room in my life or home for improvement.

If only I could find decorative storage ideas for that load of bullstuff.

Saturday Evening Post

It appears from the onslaught of new year, new you articles and ads that most of us lead a messy, cluttered and disorganized household existence, and that cleaning up our domestic acts at the first of every new year is job number one. I’ll be the first to admit that some of the areas, drawers and closets at Places In The Home leave a lot to be organized and desired, but where to house the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question?  Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done.  If you’ve got to get organized, get organized in style.

built-in-storageBetter Homes and Gardens

Let’s face it, at times the life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation.  Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized by putting your home’s stuff, things, odds, ends, collectibles and treasures on a diet?

Declutter

If I haven’t used it, admired it, dusted it or delighted in its home decor value for one year, it’s gone!

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Transform by transferring

Forget trekking to the local grocery store for a haul of cardboard boxes to be packed and stacked storage solutions.  Allow me to suggest a stylish alternative with these decorative storage solutions for getting the job done.

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Adore Magazine

Decorative storage ideas are proof gorgeous works as seen in the images in this post.

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Striped La Jolla Baskets

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suitcase-storage-mapsTarget

okl-french basketOne Kings Lane

AHL, Holiday House

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Decorative baskets, boxes and suitcases make a strong case for decorative storage solutions.

firewood-storage-basket Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Kitchen storage is a much sought after commodity.  Smart kitchen solutions such as storage drawers is standard organization procedure in today’s kitchen.

kitchen drawer dividersThe Kitchn

Houzz recently released the Kitchen Trends Study.

built-in-cookie-sheet-cabinetBetter Homes and Gardens

One particular finding to note from the 2,707 users polled shows 53% of homeowners are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers into their cabinetry.

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Customized cabinet built-ins not in your all things house that make a home project future?  You’ve got affordable kitchen cabinet and counter top organizers options!

kitchen-pantry-estateHayburn & Co. 

Counters fill quickly, and it seems there are never enough cabinets when we need them.  Kitchen pantries equipped with the storage within storage feature go a long way in the task of eliminating kitchen counter and cabinet congestion.

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Home Depot

While we are on the topic of decorative ideas …

Onlays and decorative appliques offer an affordable way to dress up to impress kitchen cabinets, drawer fronts and casings with the look of custom millwork.

antique-door-pantryRafterhouse

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Rafterhouse

Repurpose with a kitchen pantry door purpose- antique doors pair function with unique style for interior spaces.

plate-rack-on-wallCountry Living

Plate racks decoratively display dinnerware while standing out in the world of kitchen custom space saving features.

kitchen-pantry-organizationDecorPad

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Fritz Galvanized 3 Tier Stand

I love the usefulness and display value of the 3 tier stand.  I store root vegetables on the bottom tier, crunchy granola and fruit bars find a home on the middle tier, and assorted package clips, bands and ties live on the top tier.  The boxes that house products such as breakfast bars and the like take up quite a bit of room on the cabinet/pantry shelf.  Unpack and free up, I say.

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Apothecary and vintage jars, tiered stands, canisters with clamp top lids, collectible canisters, dollar store glass containers and a plethora of storage basket options continue to be a favorite way to display dry ingredients, sweet treats, beans, farmers market finds and dry pastas in many kitchens.

foyer-entry-mirrorElle Decor

Keeping order and organization in an entryway can prove to be quite a feat, especially when it is a designated high traffic area.

entryway-storagePinterest

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Decorative hooks of the most unique and imaginative kind, umbrella stands, rattan baskets in assorted sizes and shapes, coat racks, and benches are the storage options that can help to tame the savage clutter beast.

joe-schmelzer-design Joe Schmelzer

Cookware storage within view and reach “rights” a practical and purposeful recipe for kitchen organization.

linda-ruderman-interiors-inc-portfolio-architecture-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-transitional-kitchenLinda Ruderman Interiors Inc on Dering Hall

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St. Charles of New York

OMGorgeous!

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Andrew Flesher

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Double decker pastry stand = ooh la la counter display

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Towel bar and hooks = pot and pan holder

kitchen-organization-towel-rackHouse Beautiful

Stairs doing double duty as a storage feature is space utilization 101. The genius of design meets decorative storage ideas meets resale appeal. Haven’t you heard?  Plenty of space and storage tops the list of what to look for when buying a house.

under-the-stairs-pull-out-cabinets-yellow-striped-runnerTerraCotta Properties – DecorPad

Kitchen banquettes create a cozy feel, offer a unique seating option and storage outlet, and remain a versatile decor choice.

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Anne Hepfer Designs

corner banquetteMidwest Living

Junk drawers unite!  Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.

Am I the only person in the world who methodically cleans and organizes the junque (takes the sting out of the mess when you get all ooh la la with the word) drawer and then can’t seem to make heads or tails of the order?

House Beautiful

Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.

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Stylish options for housing jewelry and our favorite beauty products and brushes are simply an antiques, vintage or thrift shop shopping excursion away.  Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.

tea-cups-storageBrit + Co

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Love how a Jo Malone candle holder is reinvented as a makeup brush and tool holder.

beauty-trayThe Zoe Report

Rustically beautiful and simple in on trend design, wire laundry baskets and French hampers complement and stylishly achieve the purpose of decluttering a space.

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Kindwer Vintage Wire Laundry Hamper

Vintage inspired pharmacy and industrial metal cabinets make great options for linen storage.

Restoration Hardware

metal-cabinetRosalie Metal Cabinet

Trunks work a room well as a storage option.  Vintage trunks have found a second life as coffee tables and beside tables, while often becoming the focal point of the space.

louis-vuitton-coffee-table-brook-shields-homeArchitectural Digest

louis-vuitton-end-table-lonny My Domaine

trunk-at-end-of-bedMy Domaine

It’s amazing how quick we accumulate stuff, things, mementos, collectibles- and it all has to go somewhere.  These are just a few decorative storage ideas, options, suggestions and solutions for resolving storage and organization dilemmas in your home.

Love your style!

 

Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017

No one can ever accuse me of getting in a hurry to put together the Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list. Am I the only one who finds getting back to business after the holidays a tad difficult? Marching to the beat of your own drum pays off more times than not.  At the last count, I have seven drafts for design and decorating show and tell posts open, and a matched number of design and decorating mockups started.  I remind myself hurried decisions show a hurried look, and are never germane to the creative process.

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A new year proves an exceptional motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiration the result can be beautiful, n’est-ce pas?   The Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 is ready offers a style spotting preview of home decor trends for your decorating consideration.

Home Decor Trends 2017

Navy

navy-bedroom-wallsBetter Homes and Gardens

Navy is what’s hot on the color wheel for 2017.  Kitchens, bedrooms, interiors and exteriors- navy is primed and ready to make a color statement in 2017.

lucite-metal-navyOlive Juice Interiors by Kaylan Kane ||  Baxton Studio 2-Piece Bettino Bar Stool Set ||  Bistro Medium Chandelier

Lucite

gallery-1483474851-kitchen-reinvention-reclaimed-wood-0117Country Living

Lucite, or acrylic, is a clear favorite.  Lucite is the name brand of acrylic name for a kind of acrylic resin that is basically the same thing as Plexiglas.  As the fictional Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) of The Big Bang Theory explains, “Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.”

Chinoiserie

One word stands out on the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list like no other.

Chinoiserie.

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Layering

layeringLisa Borgnes Giramonti 

Layering instantly adds depth to a space.  I can’t tell you how many times layering rugs has worked to the advantage of pulling the overall look together while solving size issues.

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One Kings Lane

Layering is a wonderful design option when decorating with rugs, decorative throw pillows of contrasting colors and textures, and decorative accessories.

layering-mirrorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Black Window Casings

black-and-white-hex-tile-bathroom-floorMartha O’Hara Interiors via DecorPad

Far be it from me to doubt the powerhouse visual impact that is the color black or the words of Jan Showers.

“Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs at least one antique piece.”

– Jan Showers

Antiques

neal-beckstedt-studio-portfolio-interiors-styles Neal Beckstedt Studio

Every home, if only in one very special place and in one very central space, deserves the period at the end of the sentence decor statement made by adding an antique piece of furniture or accessory into its furnishings portfolio.

You may quote me on that.

roberto-migotto-the-highboy-design-furniture-biedermeier Laserow Antiques & Interior Design via The HighBoy

Antiques are investment pieces, generally appreciating in monetary value. Mixing the old with the new yields a fabulous look with a return on the investment one of maximum decorative impact.

Jewel Tones

taylor-taylor-portfolio-interiors-contemporary-eclectic-modern-great-room-living-roomTaylor & Taylor via Dering Hall

Jewel tones envelope the space in a full-on color Odyssey.  Rich in depth, tone and never met a home decor accent these colors don’t love to embellish influence, jewel tones make a compelling argument for striking color implementation.

okl_jewel_toned_paint_darkerblueOne Kings Lane

Kitchen Islands

jewel-tonessomerleyton-hall-living-areaElle Decor

Kitchen islands will move further into the kitchen design spotlight in 2017.  Central to prep and functionality, the kitchen island is coming into its own as a standard vs. optional feature in today’s kitchen design.

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Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Note the matte metal finishes and black window casings. Fabulous!

kevin-corn-designKevin Corn Design

Personal Style

The consummate design aesthetic.

What’s your opinion of the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017?

Love your style!

Superstitions and Traditions: The New Year’s Day Menu

A symbol of fortune, hope and luck for the upcoming year, black-eyed peas and cabbage are what’s on the New Year’s Day menu.  As tradition dictates, the eating of black-eyed peas is the culinary insurance policy one must take out for good luck in the upcoming year.  I’m sharing three pea something for everyone’s traditional and new-traditional taste recipes with you.

Traditional

New-Traditional

Smoky Black-Eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes

Y’all!

Smoky Black-eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

1 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh black-eyed peas
2 Smoked Ham Hocks or purchased smoked ham hocks
1 (12-oz.) bottle amber beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 (7-oz.) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup plain white cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 large firm green tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
Canola oil
3 large ripe red tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
1/2 cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Hot sauce

Directions

Sauté onions in 3 Tbsp. hot oil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.  Stir in peas, next 4 ingredients, 3 1/2 cups water, and 2 Tbsp. adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers. (Reserve peppers for another use.)  Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes or until peas are tender.  Discard bay leaf. Remove hocks.  Remove ham from bones; discard bones.  Chop ham; stir into peas.  Add salt to taste; cover and keep warm over low heat.

Stir together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together cornmeal, ground chipotle chile, and remaining 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a second shallow dish. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow dish.

Dredge green tomatoes, 1 slice at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess.  Dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.

Pour oil to depth of 1 inch in a cast-iron skillet.  Heat over medium-high heat to 375°.  Fry green tomato slices, in batches, in hot oil 3 minutes on each side or until crisp.  Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. (Let oil temperature return to 375° between batches.)

Divide peas among 6 plates.  Top each with 1 red tomato slice and 1 fried green tomato slice.  Repeat tomato layers once. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over tomatoes.  Serve with hot sauce.

~Southern Living

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For the binge watchers, couch trenders and let’s say we prepared a traditional New Year’s Day culinary extravaganza but actually do nothing but snack crowd, this recipe will cover all the bases, luck included.

Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas

Ingredients

2 (15.8-oz.) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan.  Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until crispy and dry, stirring every 10 minutes.  Let cool 20 minutes.

~Southern Living

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Cabbage enters into the picture of prosperity as the money dish, as it is believed the leafy greens symbolize folding money.  One would be hard-pressed not to find black-eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread cooking in the New Year’s Day kitchen.  As a Southerner, I do not question the New Year’s Day menu or the Southern superstition(s) nor will I buck this time honored tradition.

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In the words of Aunt Pittypat Hamilton, “It simply isn’t done!”

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Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce bag) coleslaw mix
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Adjust seasoning, if desired. Chill until ready to serve. This can be made about two hours in advance, but any longer and it will lose its crunch and may become tinted from the purple cabbage.

~Kitchn

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Buttermilk Cornbread

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons oil

2 cups buttermilk self -rising white corn meal mix

1 cup self-rising flour

½ Tablespoon baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup milk

Directions

Set oven to 425 degrees. Preheat oven while preparing cornbread mix. Mix corn meal and flour into mixing bowl. Stir in milk and eggs and mix well. Batter should be a medium thick consistency. Thin by adding additional milk until desired consistency is reached.  Grease baking pan or oven safe skillet(preferably a black cast iron skillet) with 3 Tablespoons cooking oil. Bottom of pan or skillet should be coated well but not swimming in oil. Place pan in oven to heat oil.  Once oil is heated, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into greased pan. Return pan or skillet to oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

~Places In The Home

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I want to thank you the readers, visitors and subscribers of Places In The Home.   Every heartfelt comment, Facebook like, tweet, instagram follow and kind word means so much to me.  The New Year brings more anticipation, excitement and decor inspiration to Places In The Home.  I want to invite you to visit often, chime in, and let me know what you think.  We will design with beauty and style in mind, make pretty on a penny, source, create and suggest.  I raise a gorgeous goblet to toast happiness, health, family, love, peace, prosperity and friendship to all throughout the New Year!