Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends. I count your friendship, loyal support and continued readership among the things I am grateful for.
Family will gather together here at Places In The Home to enjoy each other’s company, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional trimmings guaranteed to please, and the Southern comforts of home we’ve come to love and appreciate.
May love of family and friends, health, the comforts of home, appreciation of beauty, and wealth in all of these richly touch and bless your life each and every day.
Celebrating Thanksgiving begins two weeks out at Places In The Home. Our family mosaic now includes new additions of a daughter-in-law, a niece-in-law, and a great nephew. The gang’s all here, just not all at the same time.
The more the merrier.
A lovely sentiment to holiday celebrate, entertain and gather together to.
The home for the holidays welcome mat is out from October to January.
The first holiday decorating and entertaining oops of many (because what would the holidays be without some kind of snafu) involves a breakdown in china pattern communication between me and my brother. Turns out the china pattern in his china cabinet is not Autumn by Lenox but Lace Point by Lenox. Sherlock Places In The Home is on the case, determined to solve the mystery of the missing Autumn china.
Table setting, decorating and menu delegating abounds. Roasting the turkey for Thanksgiving is in my wheelhouse. Prepping, roasting, carving and serving the bird is a grand undertaking and a one-time only main course event. For that reason, the other two we gather together meals will feature boneless chicken breasts and pork tenderloin, respectively.
Presently in recipe development mode, Southern pecan sweet potatoes wrapped in puff pastry will make a culinary debut as the new holiday side dish. Also new to the holiday menu is a spice rub with the herbs, spices and flavors of fall-autumn-the holidays-Louisiana-home. You get the idea.
I tried the spice rub out on boneless, skinless chicken breasts last week. Dave the Builder gave the spice blend 5 out of 5 forks. I, on the other hand, thought the rub a tad too hot with pepper, and readjusted the amount from 1 Tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. You can add to, but you can’t take away from. There’s the rub.
Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub
2 Tablespoon minced onion
2 Tablespoon dried thyme
2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Store spice rub in an airtight container.
Begin by patting each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Coat meat with the Taste of the Holidays Spice Rub. Lightly drizzle olive oil over tops of each chicken breast or the pork tenderloin.
For Chicken Breasts: Bake uncovered in a preheated 350° oven for 35-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F.
For Pork Tenderloin of approximately 1½-pounds: Roast uncovered in a preheated 425° oven for 20 to 35 minutes or until the internal temperature registers between 150º -160°F. Let the tenderloin rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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.
The venue, the ceremony, and the eats, drinks and be married festivities made a wedding celebration on a September evening an event to remember.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
God’s guidance and mercy lights the path to strength in trying times. To God be the glory, great things He hath done!
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.
Plastic Easter eggs and a gold bunny from Dollar Tree make eggcellent decoration anchors for the holiday dessert display.
Live lilies as well as porcelain and china flowers take centerpiece stage on the Easter table.
It’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.
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.
There is nothing pretty about a tornado or tornado damage, and take cover now is a warning best heeded.
This past Sunday afternoon we learned that lesson firsthand as our town-neighborhood-house was hit by a tornado.
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.
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.
Salvaged magnolia leaves placed in a mason jar injects a touch of simple beauty and Southern comfort into this otherwise ugly situation.
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.
That was then,
and this is now.
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.
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.
Roofs, ceilings, floors and sheetrock can be fixed.
In a recent survey of home decor consumers, the colors blue and purple top the list of color preference when selecting the decorative throw pillows to decorate their humble abode with.
Consumers tastes and preferences also trend toward patterned throw pillows.
Sir Kitty Kat
Fleas drives me crazy. What a swing in subject matter, but into every household an unwanted guest of the bug species will creep in. We’ve been fortunate over the many years of our pet ownership to only contend with fleas inside the house once. That is until last month when I noticed we had company. Sir Kitty Kat aka the culprit gifted the entire house with fleas. Flea bombing the house with unwanted chemicals was out of the question, and calling an exterminator would be an option of last resort. After conducting a quick google search for help, I decided to go with a natural, safe and inexpensive alternative.
Is 20 Mule Team Borax a detergent booster or is it a miracle flea be gone treatment? It’s both! I used 2 boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax over a 2 week period. Patience and persistence paid off. We treated Sir Kitty Kat with a topical flea treatment under our veterinarian’s advisement. Kitty was scratching to take up residence outdoors for a few days, and admittedly I was happy to oblige him. I purchased a plastic storage container, a broom, rubber gloves and a box of disposable face masks from the dollar store. You’ll need two(2) new empty vacuum cleaner bags- one to use during treatment and a fresh new one for after treatment. Perform a discoloration test by selecting a small area and applying the Borax to rule out the possibility of discoloration. I only treated the carpet, rugs and floors with the Borax. I did not use it on fabric or upholstered furniture.
What You Do:
Fill the storage container about 3/4 full per room with 20 Mule Team Borax. Lightly dust floors, carpets, and rugs with Borax along baseboards, under furniture, in closets. Use the broom to work the Borax into the carpet. The Borax dries out the fleas and larvae. I let the Borax do its thing in the carpet for one week. Overkill for sure, but we were on a flea killing mission. Vacuum up the Borax, discard the vacuum bag into a garbage bag and immediately place outside, and pop in a new vacuum bag.
I’ve got the hem tape thing down to a science!
I’ve been called a lot of things in my lifetime, but seamstress is not one of them and rightly so. All those years ago in high school home economics class I aced the cooking part of the semester. Sewing cooked my goose. I come from a long line of no-sew seamstresses. Button detail and hem tape I’ve mastered, but that’s it for my sewing prowess.
Pincushion curiosity struck while staring at the tomato pincushion that was my mother’s mother’s mother, trying to decide if I really needed the button to be on the pant and not in the drawer. After consulting with the fountain of information guru that is Google, the what and the why a strawberry is attached to the tomato pincushion mystery was solved. Emory powder is the filler source for the strawberry. The powder is an abrasive, and serves as a cleaner of rust and sharpener of pins and needles.
Glad that’s answered.
I was on pins and needles.
Crazy cake is crazy easy and crazy good. Do you ever look at recipes and projects and wonder if they really are that easy, that tasty and worth the effort? You now have it on good authority that this easy peasy crazy cake is. One pan and no eggs- I love this concept.
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cold water
Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into a 9 x 13 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three wells. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. To frost or not to frost. That is the question only your personal preference can answer.
I did not frost the first chocolate crazy cake and it was delicious. I did frost the second chocolate crazy cake with Duncan Hines Salted Caramel frosting and it was scrumptious.
Choices and caramel make the world go round. Tidbits of all things house that make a home information does too.
9/11/2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks waged against our nation on September 11, 2001. 9/11 will forever be a day steeped in raw emotions. Sheer disbelief. Shock. Fear of the unknown and sorrow of the now known. We watched and listened as graphic carnage and deliberate decimation unfolded before our eyes in real time with no filter, no delay button, no censorship. I wandered out loud my God, is this our new normal?
I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, but I will forever remember every detail, every phone call, and every emotion I experienced that fateful September Tuesday morning in 2001. I bet you do too.
9/11 will forever remain the day our nation felt a collective numbness out of shock and sorrow for the innocent and the innocence killed in the terrorist attacks. Gladys Knight’s beautiful version of “The Way We Were” and the haunting lyric “Try to remember the kind of September When life was slow and oh, so mellow” never fails to turn my thoughts to the morning of September 11, 2001.
What’s too painful to remember we should never choose to forget. Never Forget 9/11.
“In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal — something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day.
But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.
And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom’s home and freedoms defender.”
Evil acts tested the stamina, fortitude and resilience of our nation, her citizens, the brave men and women of our military, police, fire and medical departments and city, state and national officials. We are a changed world. We may carry and live with the scars, but one thing is certain- The United States of America will never be broken. Bumped and bruised, but never broken. We mustn’t allow that to ever happen. Together we are better.
We are the United States of America. We differ from one another on many points, views and opinions, but when all is said and done, we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Strong. United. Free.
Through trying times and the best of times, Dave and I never lose sight of our freedoms and how proud we are to be Americans. May God Bless this great nation we call the home, The United States of America.