Easy 4th Of July Celebration Ideas

In the spirit of letting freedom ring in the good old summertime, let’s look at a sampling of easy 4th of July celebration ideas for your star-spangled spectacular.

flag on barn canvas art print

Kirkland’s

The 4th of July is a special holiday celebration bedecked in patriotic red, white, and blue commerating the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the United States of America.  

Women's American Flag Snip Toe Boots

red white bbq shirt

Summer sets an anything goes good with fun, food and family background, and goes perfect with the 4th of July. 

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It’s never too late in the party planning process to throw an indoor and outdoor party with a festive “pop” of festive seasonal color.

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House Beautiful

Outdoor celebrations around our house involve the double D rule (no, there is nothing going on that wild).

Dollar and discount store disposables and the convenient and affordable  first line of defense against wasting money and valuable party time cleaning up.

4th party supplies

Paper or plastic tablecloths, plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery packages serve the party purpose, and the red Solo cup is diposable party royalty.

Red Solo Cup

Red Solo cup

I fill you up

Let’s have a party!

summer tableware

Intermingle items in red, white, and blue in with principal tableware favorites.  I find I get more use out of items in either red, white, or blue vs. red, white, and blue.  

smores-fixins

Finding cute and clever ways to serve your guests is not that hard.  All things summer is an easy theme to work with. 

Mini terra cotta flower pots easily become a pot of s’mores fixings gold. 

Terra Cotta Flower Pots

Terra Cotta Flower Pots – Hobby Lobby

Clear jars, containers, and cansiters aren’t just for food storage.  These versatile and affordable entertaining musts prove a clear winner to house and serve anything from utensils to candies to salads. 

July 4th candy treats

Better Homes & Gardens

Cracker-Jack-twizzlers

anchor-heritage-glass-jar-gallon

Heritage Hill 64 oz. Glass Jar with Lid

jar salad serving ideas

Mosquitoes are an outdoor entertaing nuisance, a pest of a pest. 

Add the following items to your 4th Of July celebration ideas shopping list, watch the DIY Citronella candle how to make video from P. Allen Smith, and let’s project.

8 ounce Mason jars 

floating votive candles 

lemons and limes

citronella oil

fresh sweet mint and rosemary 

Place the citronella candle jars around the table and surrounding party area.

outdoor-lighting-ideas-summer-entertaining

Martha Stewart

Clear apothecary bottles in varying sizes and heights filled with lamp oil and wicks is a clear and chic light the summer night option. 

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Country Living – Photo by John Kernick

Clear jars filled with fresh flowers and/or greenery from the yard come in make a simple and lovely display. corn-centerpiece

Small groupings-stacks-bundles of fresh fruit or summer vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, peaches, cherries, blueberries, or grapes dressed up with ribbon or in their natural state serve a colorful bounty of fresh and sweet summer style.  

red-white-blue-fabric

Red, white, and/or blue fabric is my suggestion for a table runner.  This works for dinner napkins, too. 

I can’t sew a stitch, but I can work a hot iron and a roll of hem tape like nobody’s business.   

Determine the width and length (add one inch to both the width and length), cut your fabric to desired size, fold over each side (fold in the corners to create a 45 degree angle), and either sew sides or apply hem table with iron. 

summer-fourth-of-July-ribbon

Don’t forget your Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon

If you’re going with the dinner napkin option, pair them with a patriotic palette ribbon natural and either a nautical rope ball or decorative tassels. 

red white blue tassels

Jo-Ann Stores

The finished result is a festive theme napkin ring and stylish dinner napkin presentation.

free printable anthem banner

I love this printable from HMH Designs.

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And this one from Today’s Creative Life. 

Click HERE and HERE for the free patriotic food picks and place card ready printables. 

Oh, say can you say that three times real fast. 

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Dressed up craft bags or plastic popcorn buckets make festive party favor containers.

popcorn-bucket

4th wrap

Pack your 4th of July swag bags full of dollar and party store finds for beach, lake or backyard fun sure to go over real big with kids of all ages.

wood block game

Tumbling Tower Game

4th-July-fan

Fan

playing cards

Playing Cards

Tootsie Roll Scented Bubbles 4ct

Tootsie Roll Scented Bubbles 4ct

Popsicle ice pops firecracker

Popsicle Ice Pops Firecracker 18 ct

red white blue glow wheel

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Glow Stick Flying Disc

Safety is a big part of the summer fun equation. 

Good Housekeeping features an informative piece 15 Safety Mistakes to Avoid This 4th of July detailing smart tips for staying safe while you celebrate the 4th.

4th of July celebration ideas

Sparklers

That about wraps up my 4th of July celebration ideas show and tell. 

These ideas are easy, affordable, crowd pleasing and party perfect for a 4th of July or any summer soiree. 

Party fun, stylish, and safely and I’ll see you all next week.  

Love your style!

Home Bar Styling Ideas

Today’s post is an updated version of Home Bar Styling Ideas featuring new finds and classic favorites.

Home bar styling ideas reach beyond a portable card table or kitchen countertop.  A home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are stylishly displayed on a bar cart, accent cabinet or table, bookshelf, inside an antique armoire or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

Let me expand on that thought.

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Domino

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

Artland Milano Cordial Glass - Set of 6

Artland Milano Cordial Glass – Set of 6

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.

westmorland-argonaut-pink-milk-glass-footed-candy-dishWestmorland Argonaut Pink Milk Glass Footed Candy Dish

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Garber-ice-bucket

Garber Ice Bucket

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

clear-wine-glass

Rope Bar Ice BucketRope Bar Ice Bucket

claw-bottle-opener

Claw Bottle Opener

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

blue pane

Blue Pane Framed Print

Marbled Swirl Ginger Jar - Blue/WhiteMarbled Swirl Ginger Jar – Blue/White

Porcelain Helmet CanisterPorcelain Helmet Canister

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.  This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Christmas-walnutsHouse & Home

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

Moses Console Table

Moses Console Table

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses - Set of 4Artland Inc. Iris Ruby DOF Glasses – Set of 4

Viv-all-purpose-big-wine-glass

Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray

Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes

antique-armoire-bar

Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags – Set of 4

ford-decanter

Ford Decanter

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

silver-hammered-pitcher

Hammered Straight Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

Vintage Irish Mist Liquor Soldier Decanter

1960s-vintage-jim-beam-white-bowling-pin-decanter1960s Vintage Jim Beam White Bowling Pin Decanter

Beethoven's Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout, Vintage Liquor Bottle Man Cave Bar Decor

Beethoven’s Fifth Whiskey Decanter with Pour Spout

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey DecanterKatrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

Vintage Political Decanters Vintage Political Decanters

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.  Unconventional pieces shake and stir up interest.  I use a vintage creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

Disaronno-limited-edition

Disaronno Limited Edition Roberto Cavalli and Versace

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Art, stunning glassware, liquor, wine bottles and decanters heavy on color and pattern, a bouquet of fresh flowers or greenery in a vase, jar, or bottle, and one front and center conversation piece pull the look together.

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Mong 3 Drawer Accent ChestMong 3 Drawer Accent Chest

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Uttermost Amaranto Gold Serving Tea Cart

Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter

Pryce Gold Rocks Glass Pryce Gold Glassware

jiggerTwo of a Kind Less/More Jigger ~ kate spade new york

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

The Eye Match Set, Black

The Eye Match Set, Black

hollywood-regency-brass-shell-ashtray-dish

Hollywood Regency Brass Shell Ashtray Dish

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 or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

neo-classical-Traditional-HomeTraditional Home on Pinterest

highball-glasses-w-grecian-motifs

Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

toasting cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

allison elebash interior designAllison Elebash Interior Design

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Plastic Wine Bottle Rack

Clear Wine Bottle Rack

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai - Blue Double Old Fashioned Glass 9.4Oz Edo Kiriko Design Cut Glass Kasane Yarai 

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

boxwood-wreath-ribbon

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

DecMode 18 in. Aluminum Wine Cooler Ice Bucket

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Colvin 2 Door Accent CabinetColvin 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Desmond Resin Glitter Sitting Reindeer

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Badash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving TrayBadash Crystal Rimini Gold Serving Tray

 Ruby Etched Decanter

 Ruby Etched Decanter

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Renaissance Holiday Santa Pitcher

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Red Tumblers with Gold Jewel

Crystal Stemmed Wine GlassCrystal Stemmed Wine Glass

holiday cocktails book

Workman Publishing Holiday Cocktails Book

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

console top

Casual Tier Console TableCasual Tier Console Table

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

gold-Christmas-woodland-tree-cocktail-napkin

Woodland Tree Gold Beverage/Cocktail Paper Napkins

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.  I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Gold Metallic Double Bulb Scroll Table Lamp

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Black Marble Board with Copper Finish Edge

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

all in good taste piping hot creamer Kate Spade

kate spade new york All in Good Taste Piping Hot Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer

Vintage Hotel Waldorf Systems Jackson China Pitcher Creamer 

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

Angus Cocktail TumblersAngus Cocktail Tumblers

Ken Fulk Retriever JiggerKen Fulk Retriever Jigger

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Cart

8 Oak Lane Black Bamboo Bar Card

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Leopard-Print Wine Cooler

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

Leopard+Velvet+Lumbar+Pillow+1

Leopard Velvet Lumbar Pillow

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Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

Small Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style Eagle Plastic Home DecorSmall Gold Mirror Ornate Americana Federal Style 

A small plastic framed gold Federal style mirror with a significantly lower price may be of decorative interest to you.

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Crystal Dublin Ice BucketCrystal Dublin Ice Bucket 

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

Villeroy & Boch Boston Rose Claret, Set of 4

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

clear-glass-pitcher

Shelly Rectangular Glass Pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

decanters

Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

crinkle-pink-gold-bowlCrinkle Pink and Gold Bowl

prowl gold cocktail stirrers set of 4Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

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arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

Silver Crocodile Tray

Silver Crocodile Tray

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Bistro Croc Glass Highball Glass

Crocodile+Decorative+BoxCrocodile Decorative Box

laveau-crocodile-skull

Laveau Crocodile Skull

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.  I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

rattan-wrapped-carafe

Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

 band round glass pitcher

 Band Round Glass Pitcher

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - Set of 4

Be Social Monclava Double Old-Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray

table-top-bar-Caitlin-Moran

Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

mask-bottle-opener

Two-of-a-Kind Mask Bottle Opener  – kate spade new york

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Rubi Wine Cooler, Brass

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

 sebastian decanterSebastian Decanter

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

elixir-bottle-clear

Glass “Elixir” Bottle

 Emerald Collection Diamond salad plate from Coton Colors Emerald Collection Diamond Plates from Coton Colors

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis S-four

Thirstystone Appetizer Pick, Fleur de Lis 

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …

Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder

Mitchell-Gold-apartment-home-bar

Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Beck Ottoman/Coffee Table Tray

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

hammered-bar-ware

Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Picks with Hat Set of 6

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Faux Wood Ice Bucket with Lid

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style, and one part fabulous now being served.

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Places In The Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Ideas

Thanksgiving dinner shines the spotlight on Thanksgiving side dish recipe ideas.

ironstone-vegetable-bowl-serving-spoon

Corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, green peas with mushrooms and pearl onions, buttermilk cornbread, and cornbread dressing pleases the Southern faithful.  Pondering Thanksgiving side dish recipes ideas provided me with delicious inspiration for dishing a new holiday side dish.

Cane Syrup-Roasted Carrots with Garlic-Herb Yogurt Sauce

Cane Syrup-Roasted Carrots with Garlic-Herb Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup cane syrup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¾ teaspoon ground cumin

2 (16-ounce) packages peeled small rainbow carrots with tops (halved, if large)

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

1 small clove garlic, grated

½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

½ teaspoon lemon zest

Garnish: fresh mint leaves, chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, stir together cane syrup, melted butter, lemon juice, and cumin.  Set aside.

Divide carrots between prepared pans. Toss carrots with ¼ cup oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.  Roast for 15 minutes.

Brush carrots with cane syrup mixture, and roast until tender, about 18
minutes more.

In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, 2 tablespoons water, mint, garlic, parsley, and zest.  Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining ¾ teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper, stirring to combine. Drizzle yogurt sauce over carrots.  Garnish with mint and parsley, if desired.

-Louisiana Cookin’

Potato-Apple Gratin

Potato-Apple Gratin

Ingredients

8 medium Yukon gold or other yellow-flesh potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick (8 to 10 cups)

2 cups shredded or finely chopped Granny Smith apples (2 or 3 medium)

2/3 cup sliced green onions (6) or thinly sliced leek

4 slice bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled

1 ½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

3 cups shredded Gruyere, provolone, Swiss, or Jarslberg cheese (12 ounces)

1 1/3 cups whipping cream

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

Green onion slivers (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Layer half of the potatoes, half of the apples, half of the sliced green onions, and half of the bacon in prepared dish. Sprinkle with half of the salt and half of the pepper. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. In a medium bowl combine the cream, garlic, and, if desired, nutmeg.  Pour cream mixture over layers in baking dish.  Cover with foil.

Bake for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; bake for 15 minutes more or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork and top is golden.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  If desired, sprinkle with green onion slivers.

-Better Homes & Gardens

field-peas

Classic Fresh Field Peas

Ingredients

2 Smoked Ham Hocks or purchased smoked ham hocks

1 ½ cups finely chopped onion

3 tablespoons bacon drippings

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups shelled fresh field peas (about 1 lb.)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Bring hocks and 2 qt. water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours or until meat is tender.

Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot drippings in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 6 minutes.  Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.  Add peas and onion mixture to Dutch oven with ham hocks; bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until peas are tender.  Remove hocks; drain peas, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Remove and chop ham from hock bones; discard bones.  Stir ham into peas, if desired.

-Southern Living

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple-Bacon Drizzle

Ingredients

2 large acorn squash

¼ cup butter

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. Kosher salt

5 black pepper bacon slices

1 tbsp. chopped rosemary leaves

½ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

fresh rosemary leaves

freshly ground pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine butter and next 2 ingredients.  Coat squash with butter mixture; arrange on baking sheets in a single layer. Bake 20 minutes; turn squash over, and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, sauté bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in skillet.  Cook rosemary in hot drippings 1 minute. Stir in syrup and vinegar and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until reduced by almost half.  Arrange squash on a serving platter and drizzle with warm maple mixture.

Crumble reserved bacon over squash and sprinkle with additional rosemary leaves and pepper.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

-Good Housekeeping

Butterscotch-Pears-taste-of-home

Butterscotch Pears

Ingredients

4  large firm pears

1  tablespoon lemon juice

¼ cup packed brown sugar

3  tablespoons butter, softened

2  tablespoons all-purpose flour

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼  teaspoon salt

½  cup chopped pecans

½  cup pear nectar

2  tablespoons honey

Directions

Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.

Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve warm.

Taste of Home

Sweet-Potato-roast-recipe

Crispy Sweet Potato Roast

Ingredients

5 tablespoons butter, melted and divided

5 large sweet potatoes, washed

6 cloves garlic, smashed

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.  Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; add
2 tablespoons melted butter to bottom of dish.

Using a mandolin or knife, slice sweet potatoes to 1⁄8-inch-thick rounds. Holding slices together, place in pan. Tuck in garlic among slices. Brush sweet potatoes with remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake until potatoes are tender and crisp, about 1¼ hours. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Seasoned Italian Green Beans

Visit the canned good aisle at your favorite grocery store.  There you will hopefully find several cans of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Italian Green Beans.

margaret-Holmes-seasoned-green-beans-canned

Buy them.  We are six for Thanksgiving dinner, so I go with three (3) cans, allowing for leftovers.  I add a heaping tablespoon of bacon grease (a staple of the Southern kitchen) and 1½-2 cups of water.  Pearl onions and/or sliced mushrooms dress up this side dish for the holiday table.

Delicious.

enjoy

 

 

 

Tips, Tools, Thawing and Time: Let’s Talk Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is on the way to a dining table near you, and it’s let’s talk Thanksgiving turkey time.  I refer to Thanksgiving as the first leg of the holiday season which makes me think about turkey legs, which gets me to thinking about the Thanksgiving turkey plan, prep, roast, baste, carve and serve part of Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving-turkey-pear-stuffing

Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Pear Stuffing

Tips, tools, thawing and time is a big consideration in regards to buying, thawing, prepping, stuffing, roasting, and serving the bird.

Thanksgiving turkeyBetter Homes & Gardens

In this pre-Thanksgiving calm before the storm period, I’m utilizing my time to gather the roasting pan, carving set, kitchen essentials and necessary information needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

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Places In The Home is a design and decorating show and tell, and dining, dishing, and delicious recipes goes with the territory.  With that being said, I thought I might offer a few suggestions regarding all things Thanksgiving turkey.

Let’s talk turkey, shall we.

How Much Turkey Do I Need?

From the folks at Delish:

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Thawing the Frozen Thanksgiving Turkey

For Refrigerator Thawing:

Place turkey on a tray to eliminate leakage to other areas of refrigerator. Thaw breast side up, in original unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge (40 degrees F or below).  Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4-5 lbs.

Suggested thawing time for a frozen turkey:

4 to 12 pound turkey:       1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pound turkey:     3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pound turkey:    4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pound turkey:    5 to 6 days

Cold Water Thawing:

Thaw breast side down, in original unopened wrapper.  Cover the turkey completely with cold water.  Change the water every 30 minutes.  Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb.

4 to 12 pound turkey:       2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pound turkey:     6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pound turkey:    8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pound turkey:   10 to 12 hours

The good people at Butterball offer cooking calculators and conversion charts for everything Thanksgiving turkey.

Who and where do I send a thank you note to?

Here’s the link: Butterball Calculators and Conversions Chart

 

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F regular oven:

6 to 10 pounds:     2 to 3 hours (unstuffed)        ||    2¼-3½ hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:   3 to 3½ hours (unstuffed)   ||   3¾-4½ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     3½-4 hours (unstuffed)    ||   4½ – 5 hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:       4-4½ hours (unstuffed)     ||   5-5½ hours (stuffed)

24-30 pounds:       4½-5 hours  (unstuffed)    ||   5½-6½ hours (stuffed)

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F convection oven:

6 to 10 pounds:     1½-2 hours (unstuffed)       ||   1¾-2½  hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:   2 to 2½ hours (unstuffed)   ||   2½-3¼ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     2½-3 hours (unstuffed)    ||   3¼ hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:       3-3½ hours (unstuffed)     ||   3¾-4¼ hours (stuffed)

Cuisinart Wireless Meat ThermometerCuisinart Wireless Meat Thermometer

The turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer reaches 170 °F  in breast or stuffing.   Use a food thermometer to check the turkey in the thickest part of the breast.

If you stuff the Thanksgiving turkey, the center of the stuffing must also reach 170 degrees F.   Cross contamination between turkey and stuffing is a concern, so just make sure both turkey and stuffing reach 170 degrees F.

Let the turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

Safe Turkey Prep, Thawing, Stuffing, Cooking, Clean Up Tips:

Always wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food.

Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, never on the counter.

Don’t wash raw poultry before cooking. It can spread germs to other areas.

Place stuffing in the turkey just before cooking.

Cook raw poultry thoroughly to an internal temperature of 170 degrees.

Wash your counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

Don’t feed your pets raw food. 

Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa

Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa (7″ Display Tablet)

A tablet and/or an Echo calls up Alexa the answer machine, now we’re cooking playlists, recipes, and the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® (connect with the Talk-Line through social media, live chat, texting — even Amazon Alexa).

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker

I’m a fourth generation fan of the granite ware oval roasting pan. Tradition runs deep in the Places In The Home holiday kitchen, and roasting a turkey like my great grandmother, grandmother and mother did/does requires a granite ware oval roaster.

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Graniteware Oval Roaster

The black graniteware covered roaster speaks holidays to me, but I could be swayed by the Mauviel Mtradition Roaster in copper.

copper-roasting-panSur La Table

And perhaps the Cuisinart 8-Piece Roasting Set.

Cuisinart 8-Piece Roasting SetCuisinart 8-Piece Roasting Set

Time saving multitasking marvels of kitchen efficiency are my kind of holiday helping hand!  Equally as important as the well-stocked holiday pantry is the well organized holiday baking, cooking and entertaining kitchen prep area and items used to create, delight, and store delicious dishes fit for the holiday table.

Emile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie DishEmile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish

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Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf Pan

Aluminum Bundt PanAluminum Bundt Pan

Southern Baked : Celebrating Life With Pie - by Amanda Dalton Wilbanks

Southern Baked : Celebrating Life With Pie – by Amanda Dalton Wilbanks

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric PeelerStarfrit Rotato Express, Electric Peeler

Lodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch OvenLodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

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Plymouth Silicone Spatula Set

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure CookerInstant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Bible More Than 350 Recipes and Strategies The Instant Pot Bible 

copper measuring cupsCopper Measuring Cups- Set of 4

mixing-bowls-hobnailTabletops Gallery Hobnail 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

 

Corningware French White 4-Quart Oval Casserole with Glass CoverCorningware French White 4-Quart Oval Casserole with Glass Cover

 

staub-ceramic-stoneware-pumpkin-cocotte-oStaub Ceramic 16-Oz. Petite Pumpkin Cocotte

 

Oxo OXO Twine  Cooking Twine 

Don’t forget to tie those bad boy turkey legs together with cooking twine.

goodful-knife-setGoodful 6-Pc. Knife Set, Created for Macy’s

BLACK+DECKER ComfortGrip 9 Inch Electric KnifeBLACK+DECKER ComfortGrip 9 Inch Electric Knife

Farberware 12 Inch by 18 Inch Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting BoardFarberware 12 Inch by 18 Inch Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting Board

Norpro Krona 11" S/S 12 Wire Balloon WhiskNorpro Krona 11″ S/S 12 Wire Balloon Whisk

Oxo OXO Good Grips Good Gravy Fat SeparatorOXO Good Grips Good Gravy Fat Separator, 4 Cup

Lock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage SetLock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage Set

Godinger 5-Pc. Hammered Copper Storage Bowl SetGodinger 5-Pc. Hammered Copper Storage Bowl Set

A cook is only as good as the kitchen and cooking tips, essentials, tools and accessories he or she uses.

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Patriotic Pops: Happy 4th of July Celebration

Our 4th of July celebration finds me taking a few minutes between festivities to wish you all a Happy 4th of July while I enjoy a cup of tea and some quality keyboard time.  I love the lead up to the big celebration, but life, like decorating and design, is all about balance.  We’re about to get this patriotic pops party started in bing, bang, boom fashion, and I bet you are doing the same at your own Happy 4th of July celebration.

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Tradition rings red, white, and blue true in a patriotic color palette.  Variations and creative interpretations of the patriotic color palette allow for fresh takes, takes primed for impressing the eye of the new traditional loyal.

red white and blue paint colors

Drum up the drama and set off the visual fireworks in shades, hues and tones of regal reds, shades of white, and brilliant blues.  A space defined, detailed, and draped in an updated interpretation of the classic red, white, and blue color scheme pops the color in new traditional style.

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Oomph ~ Design by Annie Anderson 

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blue white brushstroke table lamp

Garvey Table Lamp 

If a space totally immersed in a patriotic color palette does not appeal to you, perhaps a spot accessory in red, white or blue is in order.

red-white-cabinets

Domino

Color as an accessory and/or focal point?

Yes, yes, and yes!

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Can’t find that special accent or accessory to bring the look home?

Construct it.

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Mid-Century Italian Modern Blue Glazed Ceramic Sculptural Table Lamps

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Don’t shy from purchasing a lamp(s) with a shade that does not float your boat or without a shade at all.   Celebrate your independence from the unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, and lackluster by creating a custom piece by replacing or purchasing a shade(s) suited to your taste, color preference and the canvas of the space.

Timothy GodboldTimothy Godbold

The color combination of red, white and blue is synonymous with regal grandeur.  Patriotic as well as impressive, the red, white, and blue color palette makes a bold design and home decor statement from floor to ceiling.

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Katie Ridder Inc.

Pop the color, say cheers to the American spirit, and savor the flavor on this Independence Day.  Place the spotlight on fun, an impressive party palette, and the snacks, the crackles and the pops that go with letting freedom ring.  I think that’s a simple yet spectacular recipe for party success!

Happy 4th of July!

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Easter Week at Places In The Home

Spring blooms, seasonal snaps, and a heavy dose of Easter tradition ushers in Easter week at Places In The Home.  What’s hoppin’ around your house this Easter week?

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Red and pink beauties are beginning to bloom offsetting the brown and greenish gray color holdovers from winter’s grip.

Easter week

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From the I ♥ garden roses collection.  I’ll enjoy the arrangements for another day or two, and then use the petals for rose petal ice cubes.

garden-roses

My brother dropped by yesterday bearing gifts of gardenias.  The spring beautification process is a slowly but surely operation, but we’re getting there.

gardenia

Dave the Builder’s latest pet project, the taming of the squirrel, is proving successful.

squirrel

Maybe too successful.

crepe-window

This crazy thing perches itself on the main branch of the crepe myrtle tree right outside the kitchen window and peers through the window.

Evidently watching me washing dishes is wildly entertaining.

We are one wild and crazy crew, animals included.

I dug this photo of Dave, the Canadian snowbird and Cottontail the rabbit out of the Places In The Home archives.  If you think the photo quality is horrible in black and white, you should see the color version.  Mama Places In The Home snapped this circa 2005 pic with a throwaway camera.  Annie Leibovitz she is not.

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the bunny backstory:

Dave and I were checking out the newly planted flower beds late one spring afternoon.  I was in the color in bloom zone, laser focused on the budding design features detailing my mad lawn and garden skills.   Dave on the other hand was channeling his inner Dr. Doolittle with the just discovered addition to our flower garden menagerie.

Cottontail the baby rabbit hopped right up to Dave in are you my father fashion.  We brought him inside that evening and set him up in a toilet paper box direct from the discard bin at the local Kroger.  We lined the box with newspaper and grass clippings hoping to emulate a natural surrounding, and placed a water bowl and rabbit food over to one corner.

Cottontail was in high cotton for the evening.

The next morning it was back to the outdoors where he thrived and frolicked, nested in our yard and flower garden, adapted to the daily comings and goings of our schedules, and waited in the driveway each afternoon to greet Dave.

As mysteriously as he appeared he disappeared, leaving a hole in our hearts.

We got so attached to that silly rabbit, so much so that I cried for three days when he went away.

Dave stills tears up when he talks about that silly rabbit.

Easter-basket

My Easter Eggstravaganza centerpiece is a build upon canvas.  Deconstructing the Mardi Gras King Cake centerpiece, it dawned on me that by adding to instead of taking away from the existing tulle a shimmering color rich nest effect would be created.

Easter-eggs-vase

What nature does not provide, the Walmart-Michael’s-Hobby Lobby floral department will.  Faux flowers serve the purpose in certain decorating for the holiday situations, and when quality stems are selected the finished result can be faux fabulous.

eggs

The incredible, dyeable, edible egg.

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Fresh mint.

Fresh lemon.

Fresh orange.

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Fresh parsley.

Fresh carrots.

Easter!

carrots

Easter week sets spring into motion.

Another season, another wonderful reason for decorating, planting, entertaining, and gathering round dining and picnic tables of stylish tablescapes and delicious dishes with dear loved ones and great friends.

Dave and I hope your Easter week, weekend and Sunday is one of blessings, love, laughter, and making wonderful traditions and memories time spent with family and friends who are like family.

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With Only Five Days Until Christmas

With only five days until Christmas, it’s beginning to look, taste, sound and feel a lot like Christmas.

Five Days Until Christmas

In the spirit and the groove of the season, visions of holiday food, fun and festivities dance in our heads to the tunes of classic, traditional, rock, jazz, country and instrumental Christmas music.

A moratorium on talk radio and smooth jazz is in place in favor of my ‘Tis the Season For Christmas Tunes playlist on Spotify.   The sounds of the season window is short at best, so we go all in December 1st through New Year’s Day.

Sitting-Santa

Ho Ho Holly Jolly Santa sits holds court in the Places In The Home candy kitchen.  I wasn’t sure this particular holiday vignette would translate, but translate it does.

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A wisp of whimsical paired with a spot of vintage in the spirit of bygone days fits perfectly into our Christmas motif.

rosemary-tree

Fresh, fragrant and fa la la la lovely – Christmas smells so good!  A tradition of sorts dating back to the days of Hopefully Classic, Dave the Builder picks up a fresh rosemary tree shaped in the form of a mini Christmas tree on his Black Friday run.  Fresh orange slices, ground cloves and bay leaves brought to a boil and left to a simmer- divine!

boiling-oranges

With only five days until Christmas, things are heating up in the Places In The Home kitchen.

Candies and cookies, and dishes, oh my waistline.

We’ll  count calories in January, but for now we’ll feast upon traditional and regional holiday dishes in traditional tastes and colors of the season.

rice-dressing

No respectable Southern cookie, candy and cake plate is without Kentucky bourbon balls, the quintessential southern Christmas goodie.

bourbon-balls

reeses-peanut-butter-cup-dishReese’s Peanut Butter Cups commandeered from Dave the Builders candy dish make a delicious addition to a cake mix sugar cookie.

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dining-roomTry, try as I may to deviate from a pastel palette of pink, French blue and winter white, the lifelong preference invariably wins out over traditional and new-traditional colors.

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Christmas-tree-2017

Walmart surprised and delighted the decorating and the savvy consumer side of my brain this holiday season.

Christmas-plates

I could not be more pleased with the presence and the price point of the tabletop pre-lit silver artificial tinsel Christmas tree and the Better Homes and Gardens holiday plate set.

Christmas-dessert-plates

We had a little “this never, ever happens here” excitement this week.

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For a split second the Christmas Day forecast for Central Louisiana looked like we would need to break out the snow boots and snow booties.

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Snow in Louisiana on Christmas Day?

Could it be that a miracle of snow on Places In The Home Street will take place?

Although it will not come to pass, the prospect of it could happen only adds to the excitement of a White Christmas.

Christmas-figurines

I realize a gold picture frame with black and white zebras and a black and white photo of our son and his groomsmen does not necessarily qualify as a Christmas or holiday decoration, but leave it to me to find a way to incorporate it into an I’ll be home for Christmas theme.  The Canadian snowbirds will not be home in Canada or Louisiana for Christmas, and for an excellent reason.  The snowbirds are flying south as in the tropical south  for a holiday honeymoon.

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With only five days until Christmas I suppose I should push back from the keyboard if for only a day or three to enjoy all the season has to offer.  May your holidays be merry and bright, safe and sound, healthy and happy and your heart always be Home for the Holidays.

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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.

christmas ornaments

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 

Winnipeg- JetsWinnipeg Jets

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

Jets-games

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.

pizza-food-truck

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.

Houmas HouseHoumas House

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.

Sadie-black-lab

pet-ornaments

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.

pink-holiday-gift-wrapping-ideas

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

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