Let’s Get Growing: Spring Herb Day

Fairs, exhibitions and festivals benefiting the preservation of historic sights, homes and buildings spring up this time of year.  One such local institution held its spring herb day sale-a-bration over the weekend.  The scent of fresh herbs gets the spring herb day let’s get growing excitement going.

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Get Outside by Robert Palmer is the tune of the day and a dandy one indeed to spring herb day to.

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My herb love grows where my rosemary, mint, and thyme grows.

fresh-mint

I’m discovering the many uses of mint past its herb status of required greenery in the Southern garden color palette and glass of sweet tea.




 

From Better Homes & Gardens:

Mint, Mentha

Type:
Herb, perennial

Light:
Part sun, sun

Height:
From 1 to 8 feet

Mint is easy to grow.  The fragrance of mint will vary with variety as will the taste.  Fresh or dried, mint is a broad range herb used to season beverages, desserts, soups, vegetables, and meats.

garden-herbs

Chives ~  Serata Basil  ~ Rosemary  ~ Dolce Fresca Basil  ~ Thyme  ~ Parsley

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

Type:
Herb, perennial, shrub

Light:
Sun

Height:
From 1 to 8 feet

Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen of Mediterranean origin, an herb that pairs well with poultry, pork, lamb, fish, breads, vegetables, tomato based sauces, soups and infused oils.  French and Italian dishes especially benefit from the robust seasoning.  Rosemary plants thrive in hot and dry climates.

I am seriously entertaining the thought of using this carrot planter as the focal point of my indoor herb garden.

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Carrot Flower Plastic Pot Planter

The smell of fresh herbs goes well with the ooh la la factor, and is stylishly accomplished with a rattan wall planter and a Les Fine Herbes kitchen towel.

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Rattan Wall Planter

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Quest Green Kitchen Towel

Better Homes & Gardens gift the gardener an array of free garden plans. I’ve selected three herb garden plans to share.  Click on the link below each image to download the garden plan of choice for your spring herb day planting needs.

classic herb garden plan

Classic Herb Garden Plan

colorful-herb-garden Colorful Herb Garden Plan

Italian herbs

Italian Herb Garden Plan

I used to have a friend who actually thought Ina Garten’s name was In the Garden.

In.  The.  Garden.

You can’t make this stuff up folks.

Ina does love her garden.  On a recent repeat episode of Barefoot Contessa Ina plans, prepares, plates and presents a surprise dinner for Jeffrey in the garden.  The principal of kiss, keep it stunningly simple, set the scene and the table.

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The Bridgehampton Florist  on Instagram

Nature Innovations Oak Log Planter

Nature Innovations Oak Log Planter

Clear glass hurricane lanterns,  pillar candles, ferns from the garden, white garden roses, and planter  made a simple yet elegant garden style show.

How keep it stunningly simple is that?

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Ina Garten Garden ~ Pinterest

A search and source session for the hurricane lanterns Ina Garten uses came up empty handed, but look at what I did find.   Being born, raised and living the outdoor living life in Louisiana, the word hurricane typically is not equated with beauty, but this gorgeous hotel glass hurricane with rope and burned copper detail is a beauty!

Hotel+Glass+HurricaneHotel Glass Hurricane

Delicious dishes and stylish settings get the taste party started.  A sprinkle here, a dash of that, and a generous serving of it’s all in the details indisputably takes the look and the flavor from ordinary to distinctive.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Happy Thanksgiving My Dear Friends

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

Saturday-Evening-Post

Family will gather together here at Places In The Home to enjoy each other’s company, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional trimmings guaranteed to please, and the Southern comforts of home we’ve come to love and appreciate.

family-gathers

May love of family and friends, health, the comforts of home, appreciation of beauty, and wealth in all of these richly touch and bless your life each and every day.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub

Celebrating Thanksgiving begins two weeks out at Places In The Home.  Our family mosaic now includes new additions of a daughter-in-law, a niece-in-law, and a great nephew.   The gang’s all here, just not all at the same time.

The more the merrier.

A lovely sentiment to holiday celebrate, entertain and gather together to.

Thanksgiving-turkey-figurine

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

hello-foyerBetter Homes & Gardens

The first holiday decorating and entertaining oops of many (because what would the holidays be without some kind of snafu) involves a breakdown in china pattern communication between me and my brother.  Turns out the china pattern in his china cabinet is not Autumn by Lenox but Lace Point by Lenox.  Sherlock Places In The Home is on the case, determined to solve the mystery of the missing Autumn china.

Lenox-Thanksgiving

Table setting, decorating and menu delegating abounds.  Roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving is in my wheelhouse.   Prepping, roasting, carving and serving the bird is a grand undertaking and a one-time only main course event.   For that reason, the other two we gather together meals will feature boneless chicken breasts and pork tenderloin, respectively.

turkey-platter-cracker-barrelWoodland Turkey Stoneware Platter 

Presently in recipe development mode, Southern pecan sweet potatoes wrapped in puff pastry will make a culinary debut as the new holiday side dish.  Also new to the holiday menu is a spice rub with the herbs, spices and flavors of fall-autumn-the holidays-Louisiana-home.  You get the idea.

taste of the holidays spice rug

I tried the spice rub out on boneless, skinless chicken breasts last week.  Dave the Builder gave the spice blend 5 out of 5 forks.   I, on the other hand, thought the rub a tad too hot with pepper, and readjusted the amount from 1 Tablespoon to 1 teaspoon.  You can add to, but you can’t take away from.  There’s the rub.

spice rub

Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub

Ingredients

2 Tablespoon minced onion

2 Tablespoon dried thyme

2 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes

2 teaspoons ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 bay leaves

Directions

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

spice-rub-chicken

Begin by patting each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel.  Coat meat with the Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub.  Lightly drizzle olive oil over tops of each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin.

For Chicken Breasts:  Bake uncovered in a preheated 350° oven for 35-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F.

For Pork Tenderloin of approximately 1½-pounds:  Roast uncovered in a preheated 425° oven for  20 to 35 minutes or until the internal temperature registers between 150º -160°F.   Let the tenderloin rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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A Most Fetching Friday Wedding Show and Tell

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is a wedding show and tell; a post near and dear to my heart.  With permission from our son and his lovely wife, I want to share with you, my reader friends who are like family, select photos from the wedding of Jade and Jackson.

Wedding Show and Tell

The venue, the ceremony, and the eats, drinks and be married festivities made a wedding celebration on a September evening an event to remember.

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The Groom

Hayley-Paige-wedding-dress

brideThe Bride

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Toasting a perfect union.

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wedding-wine

wedding-reception-games

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Best wishes to the bride and the groom!

Wishing you all a most fetching Friday.

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The Heart of the Matter

When I first started Places In The Home, getting down to the heart of the matter consisted of learning the nuts and bolts of the blogging format. People in the blogging know offered guidance and advice regarding good visual content, SEO, menus, sidebar content and the like.   Some of the advice I implemented, and some I filed under advisement.  One suggested aspect of the personal side of the above the fold offerings was to share with the readers a vivid account of your life story.  The About Me page basically tells the Places In The Home story, so the suggested getting into the weeds My Story page is a page I have not added to the navigational menu, and probably never will.

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Places In The Home is a design and decorating show and tell for the all things house that make a home enthusiast.  The principal players at Places In The Home (that would be me & Dave the Builder) are designed for building and making and designing and decorating and fixing things and antiques and cooking and then showing and telling you all about it. Throw in a backstory or two about our son aka the Canadian snowbird, family traditions and celebrations, travel and Louisiana lagniappe and there you have it.  We are not an overly complicated bunch.

Part of our story now includes why radio silence fell across the Places In The Home blog and social media platforms last week.  Due to an unexpected and serious situation last Tuesday morning, one member of the Places In The Home team landed in the emergency room as the patient with the other member of the home team reporting for prayer warrior, supporter, coordinator and caregiver-in-chief duty.  One ambulance ride, ER admit, monitors galore, three night hospital stay, premier cardiologist, stellar nursing staff, electrical cardioversion, out with old, in with new medicines and scheduled stress test later we are home.

Ready.

Reflecting.

Rejoicing.

“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”

– Sakyong Mipham

There is a time and place for everything.  Sitting in the hospital frightened yet vigilant in faith and prayer puts all things house that make a home into perspective.

Faith.

Family.

Health.

Love.

It was not the place nor the time to whip out the device of choice and snap a pic or pop off a post.  Thank you for understanding the heart of the matter.

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God’s guidance and mercy lights the path to strength in trying times.  To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

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Hippity, Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way Show and Tell On This Beautiful Good Friday

Hello friends!  I hope your holiday weekend is off to a fabulous start. Holidays are a time for celebrating, rejoicing, feasting and sharing.  We will practice and partake in all, beginning with a hippity, hoppity Easter’s on its way show and tell on this beautiful Good Friday.

gold-rabbit

Plastic Easter eggs and a gold bunny from Dollar Tree make eggcellent decoration anchors for the holiday dessert display.

beautiful Good Friday

Live lilies as well as porcelain and china flowers take centerpiece stage on the Easter table.

blue-iris

antique-plate-1It’s the year of the wedding(s) in the Places In The Home family.  There’s talk of silver, china, monograms, cakes and flowers at holiday gatherings with assurances from one very proud mom and aunt that the topic of conversation is one of supreme interest.

coconut-cake-cut

Dorothy’s Homemade Coconut Cake Recipe from Alex Hitz is the perfect choice of Easter, bridal shower or bridesmaid luncheon dessert.

Poncahtoula strawberries

May I suggest a dessert pairing featuring fresh Louisiana Strawberries

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topped with a heavy handed spoonful of granulated pure cane sugar

glass-sherbetsserved in “watermelon glass” pattern sherbets in spring and summer shades of pink and green.  Presentation wow factor now being served.

freezing-rose-petals-in-water

The bloom is off the rose thanks to recent tornado times however, a lawn and garden gift of good nature produced fresh blooms from knock out roses row.  Bridal shower inspiration bloomed, and rose petal ice cubes became the entertaining diy project of the day.

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It’s all in the details.

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Remembering, reflecting, celebrating, decorating and wishing you a blessed and beautiful Good Friday.

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Take Cover Now: Tornado Damage

There is nothing pretty about a tornado or tornado damage, and take cover now is a warning best heeded.

Period.

This past Sunday afternoon we learned that lesson firsthand as our town-neighborhood-house was hit by a tornado.

tornado-Sams-ClubPhoto~Cheryl Davis

We are no strangers to the force and fury of a hurricane.   A tornado however, is an extremely rare occurrence in Central Louisiana.  This tornado experience was a first for us.

front-damage

Our local news station was live on the air with the entire weather team covering the storm.  The senior weatherman shouted “take cover now” and with that we took cover in the guest bathroom bathtub.  We never did hear the roaring train sound so many people remark they hear as a tornado approaches or when one is overhead.  What we did hear is the terrifying sound of trees, shingles, and various projectiles hitting the house.  The entire top of our neighbor’s magnolia tree was the first thing we saw as we opened our front door.

magnolia-leaves

Salvaged magnolia leaves placed in a mason jar injects a touch of simple beauty and Southern comfort into this otherwise ugly situation.

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Utilities are truly a beautiful thing.  We lost power Sunday afternoon, got it back a little before midnight, lost it again Monday morning and didn’t see the light of lights until last night at 9:51 pm CST.  A big, big thank you goes out to the utilities workers for a job well done and most appreciated.

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That was then,

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and this is now.

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The crepe myrtle to the immediate right is history as is the hydrangea.  The bird feeder chandelier was found one street over.  Howdy Do (the jockey) and the bird bath may be down but not out of the lawn and garden beautification game.

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The roof is heavily damaged and the inside of the house is a victim of stained ceilings, wet carpets, dirty floors, etc…  Clorox bleach and Lysol spray is suddenly a hot commodity.  My desk/computer is in Dave’s man cave, and a large part of the ceiling in the room is soaked through and through. That’s an odor one can only take for a few minutes at a time. Blogging will slow as the smell increases.  I will probably need several more bottles of this stuff before all of this is over.

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Roofs, ceilings, floors and sheetrock can be fixed.

We are safe and that’s all that matters.

Period.

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