Treasures On The Tree: Christmas Ornaments

it's

 

beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Let’s take a look at the history of Christmas ornaments, shall we?

 

History shows the decorations used to trim and bedeck Christmas trees included white candy canes, fresh apples and pastries shaped in the likeness of flowers, hearts and stars.  Garlands of glass beads, tin figures and the famous glass bauble made in Lauscha, Germany by Hans Greiner captured the eyes and the hearts of admirers.  Artisans crafted the original ornaments in the shape of fruits and nuts.

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William DeMuth created the first American-made glass ornaments in 1870.  American businessman F. W. Woolworth discovered glass bauble ornaments on his travels to Laucscha, Germany in the 1880s subsequently importing the Lauscha ornaments to the United States.

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The F. W. Woolworth Company went national in 1910 with 1000+ stores introducing glass Christmas ornaments into its inventory.  Over the 20th century, Woolworth’s would import 200,000 Christmas ornaments and top $25 million in sales from Christmas decorations.

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Over the last decade, decorating the Christmas tree has become more than strictly a holiday ritual and more of a trip down memory lane starring Christmas ornaments notably in what Christmas means to me magnificence.

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Small in size, but oh-so-large in representation of our individual style, personal interests, defining milestones, landmark events, choice destinations, memories of yesteryear;  Christmas ornaments become delicate, shiny, glittery and wonderful winter wonderland pieces to add to or start a these are a few of my favorite things collection.

Snow-Great-Smoky-Mountains-National-ParkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park  ~  Photo by Nick Yarnell

East Tennessee is our second home, and even though we will spend Christmas at home in Louisiana, the GSMNP ornament will allow us to be home for Christmas if only in our Great Smoky Mountains National Park dreams.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Load ’em up and let’s hit the slopes memories.

ornament_ski_gondolaSki Gondola 

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The newlywed Canadian snowbirds eat, sleep and drink all things hockey, namely, the Winnipeg Jets.

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This one’s for y’all or  celui-ci est pour vous tous.

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Instead of the traditional our first Christmas ornament denoting the happy couple’s first Christmas together as man and wife, I thought I’d go in a different direction.

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The food truck was a huge hit at their wedding reception, and a food truck ornament serves as an appropriate token of their make it our own style.

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Christmas ornaments somehow become more than objects of beauty, they become ornamental objects of ourselves and treasures from our lives and the lives of those we love.

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Now for an array of Christmas ornaments celebrating the food, music, landmarks and culture of Louisiana  and ones that capture the essence of the there’s no place like home for the holidays sentiment.

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Dagmara Landscape Printed Glass Ball Ornament

I fell in love with the Dagmara landscape printed glass ball ornament at first sight.  Monochrome topography fittingly depicts a scene reminiscent of the homes, buildings and churches along the parish roads and bayous of Louisiana.

Flying_pelican_grand_bayBrown Pelicans

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Kitty Keller Designs Cloisonne State of Louisiana 

The announcement of Ultra Violet as Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 coordinates with the holiday color fest.

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A splash of non-traditional color livens the look, and complements the colors featured in the all I want for Christmas Limoges oyster plate and oyster ornament.

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Hand Painted Limoges Plate With Sea Oyster Shell Decoration

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Old World Christmas Oyster with Pearl Glass Blown Ornament

Beignets_and_Café_au_Lait_at_Café_du_Monde,_New_OrleansBeignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde

Beignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde is a delicious New Orleans tradition.

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Coffee and Beignets New Orleans Christmas Ornament 

Our pets are members of our family.  Sadie the black Labrador Retriever and Beau the white German shepherd keep our nephews company on the hunt.

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German Shepherd

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Creativity and color make up a large part of my day, every day.

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French Artist Oil Paint Palette

It’s a color your world Christmas.

ornament-artist-paletteOld World Christmas Artist’s Palette Glass Blown Ornament

The piney woods are well-represented through adorned packages in shades of blush, gray, and gold wrapped to impress.

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Decorate your Christmas tree as you would your home- with a sense of you.

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Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

This year’s Christmas season is one of amplified joy and visual wonder, so much so it is growing increasingly more difficult to focus on routine tasks and duties.  The plan is to wait until next week to pour the coals to Christmas-Holidays-New Year’s prep, plan and pretty.  Believe me, once the floodgates open the all things house that make a holiday home holidaypalooza will take precedence over pretty much everything.  Come to think of it, isn’t that exactly the point of the season of spending quality time decorating, baking, and Merry Christmas making with the ones you love?

Yes, Virginia, it is.

Victorian-Santa-Postcard-GraphicsFairyThe Graphics Fairy

Indications of what will be on-trend in the new year are beginning to appear on the pages of shelter magazines and social media feeds.  The jury is not quite in with the final verdict, but I do like what I’m seeing.   A softening vis-à-vis color, texture and pattern appears to be the consensus among informal interior design trend forecast 2018 postings.  With that being said, let me share with you the Places In The Home informal interior design trend forecast 2018.  As a FYI bonus, I’m including an enlightening and very interesting advice source survey showing the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.  Lest we forget to include a glimpse of the new tinsel tree my mother just had to have for Christmas 2018.

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Lavender

Move over Millennial Pink.  Lavender is slated to be the new color du jour.

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Cottage Charming Renovation and Decoration by Architect William B. Litchfield & Designer Jackye Lanham

Brass Accents

Where have we heard this before?  In almost every what’s hot for the new year forecast prediction of the past few years.  I believe we can confidently  move brass accents from the on-trend column to the here to stay column. Warm tones invite a sense of cozy comfort to the metals mix, and home owners, apartment inhabitants, dorm room decoristas and Millennials alike continue to show a preference to home decor accents and accessories that convey a stylish degree of cozy to the overall look.

brass-accents-kitchenHeidi Caillier Design

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Everygirl Co-Founder Alaina Kaczmarski Holiday Decor

Velvet

If you want to achieve a sense of drama through rich and elegant texture, may I introduce you to velvet.

velvet-setteeTriangle Interiors

Berkus-Kravet-Velvet19th-century Bench Upholstered in Kravet Velvet 

Back in Black Kitchen

The black kitchen is slated to be back in black vogue.

Can’t wait to paint my kitchen walls and/or cabinets black fabulous or forget going to the dark side fail?  Do tell.

benjamin-moore-kitchen-jet-blackBenjamin Moore
Cabinets:  Jet Black 2120-10
Walls: Vapor AF-35, Regal Select Pearl

Buyer FYI

From the November 2017 edition of Home Accents Today:

Inspiration is everywhere, and an online consumer survey conducted by Furniture Today of 1368 respondents shows the sources buyers turn to for interior design advice.

Informal Interior Design Trend Forecast 2018

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*Includes vintage shops, other magazines, and friends

Interesting.  Very interior design trend forecast 2018 and interior design advice survey interesting.

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A Most Fetching Friday: In Glorious Bring The Holidays Home Fashion

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of December in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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bring the holidays homeShare a Coke

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garland-wreath-front-doorNine & Sixteen Home

Christmashousetour2014livingroomflockedtreecraftberrybushChristmas Home Tour by Craftberry Bush

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H&M

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House & Garden

Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments

holiday decorated sideboardTG Interiors

pine-cones-garland-ribbon-greeneryVeranda

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Holiday wishing you all a most fetching Friday and a lovely first day of December.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we trim the trees and deck the halls in glorious bring the holidays home fashion.

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Places In The Home Hostess Gift Ideas Holiday Edition

Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals are an excellent vehicle for hostess gift ideas.  The ’tis the season soiree and holiday dinner party highlights the festive spirit of the season, and is the most wonderful time of the year for the holiday hostess to pull out all the stops.

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A gift of holiday hospitality expresses thoughtful appreciation to the hostess (or host).  Entertaining what special token of ’tis the season appreciation to gift the merry hostess or host is a scroll away with the Places In The Home Hostess Gift Ideas Holiday Edition.

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I sourced ginger jar ornaments and even went as far as to post the image, note the source, and hit the update button.  That is until I checked out the clearance sale at Lamps Plus for a blue and white ginger jar lamp.

happiness-blue-white-table-lampFelicity Blue and White Double Happiness Table Lamp

Turns out the ornaments are more expensive than the lamp.  Ginger jar ornaments shine in the holiday hostess gift ideas spotlight for roughly 30 days.  The Felicity Blue and White Double Happiness Table Lamp on the other hand shines 365 days in the hostess gift ideas~home decor spotlight.  How’s that for hostess gift ideas holiday gift giving happiness?

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Cabin Canvas Art Print

Hostess gift ideas that work of a central theme such as one that features items native to your corner of the world is a fun and unique way to emphasize the home for the holidays spirit.

River Road Recipes: The Textbook of Louisiana CuisineRiver Road Recipes: The Textbook of Louisiana Cuisine

The look and the taste of take me home Louisiana river roads and bayous is year round present in a Louisiana lagniappe gift trio of a rustic Cabin Canvas Art Print, River Road Recipes cookbook, and gold alligator salt and pepper set.

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Gold Alligator Salt and Pepper Set

These whimsical Dapper Animal appetizer plates are stylishly dapper indeed.

dapper-animal-salad-platesDapper Animal Plates

Stylish accessories for dresser or desk gets the hostess or host gift job done.

Haircalf Storage Box

 Large Haircalf Storage Box

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Small Haircalf Tray

 French finial fabulous gift gorgeous with a lovely price point.

scroll-finialsPenelope ~ Francis Finial Accent Pieces

Farmhouse style remains a favorite theme to work with to build your hostess gift ideas upon.

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Delano Farmhouse Canister

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Dave the Builder wonders aloud why I am sourcing dirty Wellies as a hostess or host gift.

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Oh you silly man, it’s a  Welly Boots Planter.  “Hey, I like that!”  Hopefully, the host or hostess will give it a green thumbs-up too.

green-curl-wreathWood Curl Green Square Wreath

On sale and on trend, the Wood Curl Green Square Wreath from Pier 1 Imports hits the holiday high notes of year round indoor or outdoor color, pattern and texture style.  Pop the holiday color with a fabulous bow for a super good look!

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Ceramic Scottie Cookie Jar

Cookies for Santa, hostess, and pet lover alike.

scottie-dog-shortbread-cookiesWalkers Shortbread Tin, Scottie Dog

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Scents and sentiments to melt away holiday stress.

soap-petalsFloral Bouquet Soap Petals, 20-Piece

The gift of gold is in style all year long.

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OLIVER Velvet Lips Pillow

decorative-round-mirrorDecorative Round Metal Feather Mirror

gold napkin ringsSaro Lifestyle Classic Design Napkin Ring ~ Set of 4

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Cheers to the holiday hostess and host and the art of the bar cart.

Rhum-Agricole-bottleRhum Agricole 

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All things house that make a home becomes a smarter and easier proposition with the Amazon Echo Dot  2nd Generation.

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Hands-free and voice controlled ability controls lights, electronics, thermostats, garage doors, and sprinkler systems.  Call or message anyone hands-free with your Echo device.  The built-in speaker works on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, the ultimate sous chef in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer.  Connection to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth to your preferred music library is the selling point for me.  

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Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Classic tunes stand the test of time and rocks the holiday soiree.

Eagles-Hotel-CaliforniaEagles~ Hotel California

Holiday gatherings with friends and gifts that express love, thanks and appreciation enhance the spirit of the season!  The gift really is in the giving, and spending holiday times with good friends is always in season.

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Happy Thanksgiving My Dear Friends

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends.  I count your friendship, loyal support and continued readership among the things I am grateful for.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

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!

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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.

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Southern Comfort whiskey

1/3 cup butter, melted

For Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

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. 

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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. 

stirring-sweet-potatoesIn a separate mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter.  

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Spoon over sweet potato mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Ingredients

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1 box puff pastry sheets

1 egg

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Directions

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.

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Spoon 1 tablespoon of the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole mixture in the center of each pastry square.

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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.

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Beat 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water together in a small bowl with a fork.  Brush each puff with the egg mixture.

southern-sweet-potato-puffsBake for 20 minutes or until puffs are golden brown.

Note:  Southern Sweet Potato Puffs make an excellent small bite appetizer for the holiday cocktail hour.

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Thanksgiving Tastes, Tips, This, That, Observations, Recipes

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.

foyer-vignetteTraditional Home

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

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Cooked in a ranch butter sauce and topped with crispy onions and bacon, this Bacon 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

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Savory Corn Pudding is the side dish staple of the Southern holiday table.  Full recipe from Southern Living here: http://bit.ly/2AHihJW

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I don’t know why I love you but I do, Pewter Corn Napkin Ring from Vagabond House Harvest Collection.  Beautiful piece to add to the Thanksgiving tablescape.

And with that, there you have my Thanksgiving tastes, tips, this, that, observations, recipes of need to know info show and tell.

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Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub

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.

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The home for the holidays welcome mat is out from October to January.

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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.

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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.

turkey-platter-cracker-barrelWoodland Turkey Stoneware Platter 

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.

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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.

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Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together.  Store spice rub in an airtight container.

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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.

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