Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends. I count your friendship, loyal support and continued readership among the things I am grateful for.
Family will gather together here at Places In The Home to enjoy each other’s company, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional trimmings guaranteed to please, and the Southern comforts of home we’ve come to love and appreciate.
May love of family and friends, health, the comforts of home, appreciation of beauty, and wealth in all of these richly touch and bless your life each and every day.
Culinary contemplation over how I could up my holiday side dish game brought me to a delicious conclusion. How ’bout pairing the highly holiday requested Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with the OMG as in oh my goodness of puff pastry. Southern Sweet Potato Puffs it is!
Impressing the palates of those who gather together is a part of the holiday dinner and entertaining equation. As someone who puts stock in the you eat with your eyes first approach to dining, the looks so good has to match up to the tastes so good. Let’s begin with the recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Casserole.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Boil sweet potatoes under tender. Carefully remove from heat, drain, peel and mash sweet potatoes.
In mixing bowl, mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort, ground cloves and ground nutmeg. Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking dish.
In a separate mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter.
Spoon over sweet potato mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Southern Sweet Potato Puffs
southern sweet potato casserole for filling
1 box puff pastry sheets
Allow the casserole to cool before using as the filling for the puffs. The reason I elect to fill the puff pastry with cooked sweet potato casserole is to work with a dryer filling. Baking off the casserole absorbs the liquids into the baked casserole, and makes it easier to work with a firmer filling. The next step in the making of Southern Sweet Potatoes Puffs brings puff pastry into the mix. I used the defrost in the refrigerator overnight method of thawing the puff pastry sheets. Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet and place on lightly floured countertop or large baking sheet. Roll puff pastry out using a lightly floured rolling pin. Lightly dust pastry sheet with flour. Using a knife, cut the pastry sheet into six (6) squares.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole mixture in the center of each pastry square.
Pull corners of each square up over the filling and twist at top to seal. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet. Place the pastry squares onto a large baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Beat 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water together in a small bowl with a fork. Brush each puff with the egg mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes or until puffs are golden brown.
In between Thanksgiving menu plans and the long holiday weekend Christmas is coming preparations, Thanksgiving tastes, tips, this, that, observations, recipes of need to know info have caught my eye and piqued my interest.
In this holiday season, it seems many long time home decor bloggers are currently embracing the less is more quality over quantity aspect of holiday decorating, present company included. The if one looks good then umpteen will look fantastic approach to decorating is one way to go, but without balance or cohesiveness present this is a difficult look to pull off. Failure teaches a valuable lesson- one I learned rather quickly in my early interior decorating days. Remember the 80s? I don’t miss the decade of excess in any shape, form or what where we thinking fashion. I much prefer understated with a twist- a visual curve ball of sorts. The interior design and home decor choices displayed throughout the 1854 cottage of Joe and Evelyn Adams strike a stunning pose of color balance, period contrast and charming personal style.
Have you planned what you’re cooking for Thanksgiving yet? Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Food52 can help you do just that. Answer a few questions, select recipes from the collection, and make your personalized menu. http://f52.co/2AuieQG
Cooked in a ranch butter sauce and topped with crispy onions and bacon,thisBacon Ranch Green Beans recipe from Dinner at the Zoo puts a spin on the green bean casserole of holiday table tradition. Full recipe details here: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-ranch-green-beans/
There’s appetizers and then there’s Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon. Full recipe from Allrecipes here: http://spr.ly/6004D6kT0
Celebrating Thanksgiving begins two weeks out at Places In The Home. Our family mosaic now includes new additions of a daughter-in-law, a niece-in-law, and a great nephew. The gang’s all here, just not all at the same time.
The more the merrier.
A lovely sentiment to holiday celebrate, entertain and gather together to.
The home for the holidays welcome mat is out from October to January.
The first holiday decorating and entertaining oops of many (because what would the holidays be without some kind of snafu) involves a breakdown in china pattern communication between me and my brother. Turns out the china pattern in his china cabinet is not Autumn by Lenox but Lace Point by Lenox. Sherlock Places In The Home is on the case, determined to solve the mystery of the missing Autumn china.
Table setting, decorating and menu delegating abounds. Roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving is in my wheelhouse. Prepping, roasting, carving and serving the bird is a grand undertaking and a one-time only main course event. For that reason, the other two we gather together meals will feature boneless chicken breasts and pork tenderloin, respectively.
Presently in recipe development mode, Southern pecan sweet potatoes wrapped in puff pastry will make a culinary debut as the new holiday side dish. Also new to the holiday menu is a spice rub with the herbs, spices and flavors of fall-autumn-the holidays-Louisiana-home. You get the idea.
I tried the spice rub out on boneless, skinless chicken breasts last week. Dave the Builder gave the spice blend 5 out of 5 forks. I, on the other hand, thought the rub a tad too hot with pepper, and readjusted the amount from 1 Tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. You can add to, but you can’t take away from. There’s the rub.
Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub
2 Tablespoon minced onion
2 Tablespoon dried thyme
2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Store spice rub in an airtight container.
Begin by patting each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Coat meat with the Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub. Lightly drizzle olive oil over tops of each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin.
For Chicken Breasts: Bake uncovered in a preheated 350° oven for 35-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F.
For Pork Tenderloin of approximately 1½-pounds: Roast uncovered in a preheated 425° oven for 20 to 35 minutes or until the internal temperature registers between 150º -160°F. Let the tenderloin rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Home bar styling ideas for a chic cocktail station go stylishly beyond a portable card table or kitchen counter space. The home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are displayed on a styled cart, cabinet, accent table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.
Let me expand on that thought. A stylish home bar can begin atop a portable card table, kitchen counter or patio wall. The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement. Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table. 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.
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Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape. A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon holders or cocktail stirrer discard bowl makes a great conversation piece.
Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice. A proper Southern Bloody Mary bar is well stocked with silver trays, bowls and containers to house and hold the sauces, seasonings and spicy garnishes that kick up the flavor with just the right amount of c’est si bon zing.
It’s the 1st of November. Do you know what your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating plan is? Inspiration is everywhere, and we thrive on it here at Places In The Home. Let me share with you a few of the Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating suggestions and finds in seasonal color, texture and pattern to set the holiday tone and the Thanksgiving table with the look of the season.
Fall clearance sales are underway much to the delight of the tablescape maven. May I also suggest checking out dollar, craft, hobby, and fabric stores for candles, candle holders, decor, chargers, etc… Dollar stores are inexpensive to begin with, so there’s that. The upside to Christmas and holiday items being stocked and displayed on a store shelf near you earlier and earlier each year is the deep discounts on fall and harvest themed items shoppers see sooner and sooner in the season. The cream craft pumpkin from Lowe’s is 50% off, and the Ashland Finial Vase from Michael’s is on clearance. Both are calling my name.
After creating the gallery I remembered Dollar Tree stocks a white stoneware dinner plate with gold rim. You can’t go wrong with a set of white dinner plates with gold or platinum rims. A simple yet elegant white dinner plate makes a strong argument for the perfect foundation plate, and complements almost every china pattern known to man.
My style preference leans traditional. Classic tableware and vintage linens set most of my holiday tablescapes and Thanksgiving tabletop, but I do like to gift the eye a decorative surprise.
Marry a traditional china pattern to a modern and/or contemporary pattern.
Intermingle pops of bold color with the customary fall palette.
Mix seasonal buds and branches with roses and taxidermy.
I am always impressed and amazed when decor accents and accessories that normally would not be paired together come together in perfected contrast to create remarkable beauty.
One of the best pieces of Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating advice I can offer is this: I embrace the words do small things with great love. Incorporate pieces, finds and treasures you love into your Thanksgiving tabletop and decorating. Personal mementos and collections tell a compelling all things house that make a home story.
Places In The Home is in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode. Pre-planning broadens the window of time between Halloween and turkey day, and although I’ve pre-planned the stuffing out of my Thanksgiving decorating, time is tight. Here is the extent of my Halloween decorating. Happy Halloween!
All things in full-on Thanksgiving Home for the Holidays mode slides right into the home for the holidays motif. A play on words World Series style.
I love planning the Thanksgiving tablescape, sideboard decor, scrumptious sides and delicious holiday desserts. Searching for lovely tabletop finds that capture the essence of the holiday rivals that of decor and menu planning, designing and developing.
I’m seriously considering setting a place at our Thanksgiving table for the guys and gals of USPS, UPS and FedEx that serve our neighborhood route. We see them more than some of the family members who will be breaking holiday bread with us, and they come bearing parcels and packages.
The Places In The Home Thanksgiving table is being set with a trio of china patterns. Starring as the simple yet elegant dinner plate set is the Grace pattern from Pier 1. Autumn by Lenox makes a first time appearance to the Places In the Home Thanksgiving table compliments of my brother. The ex-wife left, the Lenox did not. Holiday desserts will be served on vintage ironstone dessert plates of unknown pattern.
Today’s Home for the Holidays inspiration gallery features Thanksgiving dishes of traditional and new-traditional pattern and color combinations for your holiday tablescape consideration.
Today’s Decorating with Fall Colors post is an updated oldie but goodie. I was shocked when I noticed the original post date of September 30, 2011. Where has the time gone? Time flies and styles change, and like the spaces and places in the home, blog posts greatly benefit from an occasional update. Enjoy!
“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.”
This fall colors on parade gallery features inspired examples of interiors and exteriors adorned in traditional, historic, curated and new-traditional colors characteristic of autumn – fall.
Rich. Brilliant. Elegant.
Colors of the autumn – fall season gift the eye a visual glory that naturally inspires our decorating with fall colors choices.
Is it possible for an accent color to become the focal point of a space? Matthew Patrick Smyth proves it is with his color choices. A neutral color foundation is amplified by the chocolate brown silk table skirt with Greek Key trim. Stone gray metals, ebony painted bricks, and engravings of Paris, circa 1730 warm the look and serve to anchor the statement. His color choices are timeless, and will nicely transition from season to season.
Color, texture and pattern add a sense of season to interiors and home decor accessories. Velvet home decor furnishings rich in seasonal color brings a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and cool nights.
Paul Denoly and Nick Blaine otherwise known as the founders of Hawkins New York exhibit the talent of the keen eye in mastering the curated look in their 18th-century farm house. These stylish gents brilliantly rock the pink, beige, brown and metallic palette. I discovered this example of a new-traditional color scheme in the feature Setting the Tone: At Home With the Founders of Hawkins New York on Domino, and the design and decor showcased in their farm house revival results in a chic aesthetic, comfortable welcome to our home feel, and new-traditional fall color scheme.
The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc. Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer. I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace. Man’s best friend looks cozy and comfortable. Tailor the spaces and places of your home to reflect your sense and style of season while gorgeously decorating with fall colors.