Happy Thanksgiving Friends

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

blooming pumpkin

Southern Living – Photo: Jim Franco

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to each of you for your support, readership, encouragement, follows, likes, and comments.

Alexandria exterior door

Houzz

 I am truly grateful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends

May the love of friends, family, and the comforts of all things house that make a home bless your life.

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Fetching Friday Thanksgiving to Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the gather together spotlight on Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes.

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Martha Stewart

New takes on classic and traditional Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes as delicious as these are sure to become must-have favorites at the holiday table.

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion

Ingredients

2 Bartlett pears, about 14 oz, cored and cut into wedges

2 small red onions, cut into wedges

2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into ½ inch-thick half-moons

6 sprigs thyme, plus more for serving

3 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt

Pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 425°F.  On large rimmed baking sheet, toss pears, onions, sweet potatoes, and thyme with olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Roast until golden brown and tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with additional thyme if desired.

-Good Housekeeping

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan Recipe

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan 

Ingredients

3 pounds small unpeeled red potatoes, roughly chopped

½  cup whole buttermilk 1 cup salted butter, softened

4 ounces herbed cream cheese (about ½ cup)

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼  cup chopped fresh chives

Directions

Place potatoes in a large Dutch oven with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain and return potatoes to Dutch oven over medium.  Cook, stirring once, until potatoes dry out slightly, 30 to 50 seconds.

Place buttermilk and butter in a microwavable glass bowl, and microwave on high until warm, 30 to 60 seconds.  Add warm buttermilk mixture, cream cheese, Parmesan, salt, and white pepper to potatoes, and coarsely mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.  Sprinkle with chives just before serving.

Reheating Instructions:

Slow Cooker:  Spoon potatoes into a 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high until heated through, about 2 hours.

Oven: Reheat in a tightly covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through, about 1 hour.

-Southern Living

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Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

3 cups frozen corn, thawed

1 teaspoon pure honey

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon; reserve skillet.

Add shallot and thyme to reserved skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add vinegar and corn. Cook, tossing until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and reserved bacon.

-Country Living

Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce)

Oh my Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce) goodness!  Click on over to Dessert for Two and get the recipe for this delicious take on traditional sweet potatoes.  Click here.

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Ingredients

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped carnival squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped butternut squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped hubbard squash

2 (8-ounce) packages wild-mushroom medley

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons olive oil

¾ teaspoon coarse salt

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix together carnival, butternut, and hubbard squash and mushrooms.  Add melted butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender and brown.  Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Ingredients

6 cups shredded red cabbage

2 cups chopped apples

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Dash ground allspice (optional)

Directions

In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine all of the ingredients.

Lock lid in place.  Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 2 minutes.  For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure.  Cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  For both models, quickly release pressure. Open lid carefully.  Stir before serving.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 pounds carrots, rinsed

5 tablespoons butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons honey

¼  teaspoon salt

¼  teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

To prepare the honey garlic butter roasted carrots recipe:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).  Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside. Quarter the carrots lengthwise, keep them attached near the base of the stem.

Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently.  Make sure not to burn the garlic.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and whisk to combine.

Arrange carrots on the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the honey garlic butter sauce.  Toss carrots to coat them evenly and arrange them in one layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Remove roasted carrots from oven and transfer to a serving plate.  Adjust seasoning if necessary.  Garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

-Eating Well101

Delicious sets a fetching holiday table, and these Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes will bring the c’est si bon.

enjoy

 

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

Home bar styling ideas reach beyond a portable card table or kitchen countertop.

Jenn Feldman DesignsJenn Feldman Designs

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 a media cabinet,  antique armoire, or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

gold mirrored media bat cabinet

House Beautiful

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.

Silverwing Interiors

Silverwing Interiors

Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

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Blakely Interior Design

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.

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

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Emma J Shipley Des Animaux Coaster

Emma J Shipley Des Animaux Coaster

Accessorizing the bar cart, cabinet, tray, or tabletop proves an entertaining and easy endeavor when you have a theme to build upon.

Play it up with whimsical finds and unique additions.

Ginger Barber Interior DesignGinger Barber Interior Design

Tudor Rattan Ice Bucket

Tudor Rattan Ice Bucket

Cape Coral Collection Shell Vase Utensil HolderCape Coral Collection Shell Vase Utensil Holder

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

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

Silver Hammered Beverage Tub

Silver Hammered Beverage Tub

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

1940s Vintage Lobster Dish1940s Vintage Lobster Dish

A vintage lobster dish makes a great dish for cocktail garnishes, stirrers, or nuts.

McKenzie Anchor Ice Bucket

McKenzie Anchor Ice Bucket

home-bar-ideas-picerneresidence

House Beautiful

19th Century French Empire Antique Mahogany Commode

19th Century French Empire Antique Mahogany Commode

1900s Art Nouveau Cranberry & Gold Flash Glass Pitcher "Delaware" by Us Glass Art Nouveau Cranberry & Gold Flash Glass Pitcher “Delaware” by Us Glass

Dublin Triangle DecanterDublin Triangle Decanter

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

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

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

Plum Blossom Ginger Jar Plum Blossom Ginger Jar

There’s blue and white, and then there’s blue and white.

Antique 3-drawer Duchess ChestAntique 3-drawer Duchess Chest

The Duchess chest is a stunning alternative to a bar cart.

Safavieh Lighting Bodin LED Table Lamp

Safavieh Lighting 23″ Bodin LED Table Lamp (Set of 2)

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

 

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

Faron Console - Distressed Copper Base

Faron Console – Distressed Copper Base

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

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Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4

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Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

Chairish

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.

Travelodge Sleepy Bear Jim Beam Advertising Whiskey Decanter 1972

Travelodge Sleepy Bear Jim Beam Advertising Whiskey Decanter 1972

 

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

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Art.

Dolly Parton Framed Canvas PrintDolly Parton Framed Canvas Print

Stunning glassware and decanters cut heavy with style and pattern.

cranberry glass decantersEBTH

Fabulous, fun, and funky accents and accessories.

What On Earth Great Places Arc De Triomphe Table LampWhat On Earth Great Places Arc De Triomphe Table Lamp

A conversation piece.

I use my vintage Antoine’s creamer as a jigger which never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

Antoine vintage creamer

This is the way we make a stylish bar cart.

Golden Square Bar CartGolden Square Bar Cart

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

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

weave=greenery

Real Simple

Pryce Gold Rocks GlassPryce Gold Glassware

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

neo-classical-Traditional-HomeTraditional Home on Pinterest

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Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart

 

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

Pimpernel Macarons Set of 6 Coasters

Pimpernel Macarons Set of 6 Coasters

allison elebash interior designAllison Elebash Interior Design

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Set of 6 Exquisite Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Drinking Rock Glass Cups Tumbler SetSet of 6 Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Tumbler Set

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

boxwood-wreath-ribbon

 

Poulan Tray Bar Cart

Poulon Tray Bar

 

Cast Aluminum Wine Cooler

 

Cast Aluminum Wine Cooler

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

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

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Bar-Cart-Tray-Photography-by-Cassandra-Monroe

Domino – Photography by Cassandra Monroe

Pulaski Gigi Accent Cabinet with Wine & Stemware StoragePulaski Gigi Accent Cabinet with Wine & Stemware Storage

 

Gold Sitting Deer Looking Right

Jade 2-Door CabinetJade 2-Door Cabinet

 

gold swan cocktail picks

Gold Swan Cocktail Picks

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

Godinger Serpentine Gallery Tray

gold trees cocktail glasses

Manor Gold Foil Double Old-Fashioned Glass  

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

Belham Living Silver Christmas Wreath

Belham Living Silver Christmas Wreath

 

silver tumblers

Jewel Silver Glasses

 

Wilshire Decanter, Red

Wilshire Decanter, Red

Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

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Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

All Spruced Up Ceramic PitcherAll Spruced Up Ceramic Pitcher

he sees you when your drinking beverage napkins

bulb light cups

Packed Party Mini Holiday Light Cups Set of 4

festive bar cartSouthern Living – Photography by Kat Teutsch / Big Leo

dark magnolia wreath

brass-finish-novogratz-bar-carts

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4   4pk Porcelain Wexford Dinner Plates

Metallic Penguin Cocktail ShakerMetallic Penguin Cocktail Shaker

Metallic Stripes Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4Metallic Stripes Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4

mint julep cups set

 

bar menu mirror Southern Living

butler console tableRothwell Butler Console Table

console top

 

faux boxwood garlandBoxwood Garland

HomArt - Long Match Box Set of 2 - Oh, Christmas Tree - Gold Foil - GreenHomArt – Long Match Box Set of 2 – Oh, Christmas Tree 

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.

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I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

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

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

Standing Squirrel Nut BowlStanding Squirrel Nut Bowl

Gildan 2 Door Accent CabinetGildan 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Antiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & JiggerAntiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & Jigger

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

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

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

Pewter Cow Creamer

Pewter Cow 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.

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

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

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

Lenox Antler DecanterLenox Antler Decanter

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

Ardsley+Acrylic+Klismos+Upholstered+Dining+Chair

Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

leopard accent plateLeopard Plate

cheetah print napkin

Cheetah Print Napkin

leopard lumbar pillow coverLeopard Lumbar Pillow Cover

oil-portrait

Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Maddox 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Springhill Traditional Carved 2 Door Accent CabinetSpringhill Traditional Carved 2 Door Accent Cabinet

 

Jax Double Old Fashion - Set of 4Jax Double Old Fashion – Set of 4

 

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

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

clear-glass-pitcher

bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest

decanters

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

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

crocodilebottleopener

arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

croco-ice-scoopCroco Ice Scoop

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

Set of Two Alligator BookendsSet of Two Alligator Bookends

croco ice bucketCroco Ice Bucket

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

 

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

vintage gold setter ash tray 1

Vintage Irish SETTER Bronze Dog Plaque Ash Tray Sculpture

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.

Louisiana bar themed accessories

 

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

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

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

Man Walks Coasters

Man Walks Coasters

 

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

Hendrick+InteriorsHendrick Interiors

airplane-cheese-board

Godinger Wooden Airplane Cheese Board

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

hammered-bar-ware

 

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

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6

Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Stirrers

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Alsten Pillow – Ralph Lauren Home

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.

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

Joker Horse Shot GlassJoker Horse Shot Glass

biscuit-barrel

 

Biscuit Barrel with Lid

Rabbit Head Bottle OpenerRabbit Head Bottle Opener

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

contemporary-lamp-shades

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.

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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?

BHG-hello-spring

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

Easter week

blooming-red-roses

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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pineapple-pie-meringue

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.

vintage-Santa-mug-lights

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.

Reese's-sugar-cookie

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.

ornaments-on-tree

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.

snow-showers-prediction

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.

snow-booties

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.

groom-groomsmen

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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