Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Culinary contemplation over how I could up my holiday side dish game brought me to a delicious conclusion.  How ’bout pairing the highly holiday requested Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with the OMG as in oh my goodness of puff pastry.   Southern Sweet Potato Puffs it is!

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Impressing the palates of those who gather together is a part of the holiday dinner and entertaining equation.   As someone who puts stock in the you eat with your eyes first approach to dining, the looks so good has to match up to the tastes so good.  Let’s begin with the recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Southern Comfort whiskey

1/3 cup butter, melted

For Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.   Lightly spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.  Boil  sweet potatoes under tender.  Carefully remove from heat, drain, peel and mash sweet potatoes. 

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In mixing bowl, mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.  Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking dish. 

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

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

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Ingredients

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1 box puff pastry sheets

1 egg

flour

Directions

Allow the casserole to cool before using as the filling for the puffs.  The reason I elect to fill the puff pastry with cooked sweet potato casserole is to work with a dryer filling.  Baking off the casserole absorbs the liquids into the baked casserole, and makes it easier to work with a firmer filling.  The next step in the making of Southern Sweet Potatoes Puffs brings puff pastry into the mix.  I used the defrost in the refrigerator overnight method of thawing the puff pastry sheets.  Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet and place on  lightly floured countertop or large baking sheet.  Roll puff pastry out using a lightly floured rolling pin.  Lightly dust pastry sheet with flour.  Using a knife, cut the pastry sheet into six (6) squares.

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

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Pull corners of each square up over the filling and twist at top to seal.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.  Place the pastry squares onto a large baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

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

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

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

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The Mix and the Marvel: Home Bar Styling Ideas

An epic update to a classic post.  

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

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Steven Gambrel

Let me expand on that thought.  A stylish home bar can begin atop a portable card table, kitchen counter or patio wall.   The mix and the marvel is in the decorative details, proportion and placement.  Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.   X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

bar-cart-Chairish-Brian-Hart-HoffmanBrian Hart Hoffman ~ Photo by Stephen DeVries


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Decorate with and display collected items that stand as memories from wonderful life and travel adventures.

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I use a vintage Antoine’s Restaurant creamer as a jigger, and it never fails to start a “where did you get this?” conversation.

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Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.  This outdoor grill area easily converts to a Bloody Mary bar.  Talk about contrast!  Rustic surroundings strike a chord of Southern charm.

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Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

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Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.  A proper Southern Bloody Mary bar is well stocked with silver trays, bowls and containers to house and hold the sauces, seasonings and spicy garnishes that kick up the flavor with just the right amount of c’est si bon zing.

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Metallic High Balls & Coasters  ||  Empire Silver Bowl  ||  Double Old-Fashioned Set  ||  Lidded Silver Turtle  ||  Stoneware Bowl Set

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How very Mad Men mid-century modern.

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Nosh and nibble appetizers mix well with cocktails.  Just add friends.

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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.

Vacation Observation and Summer Getaway Show and Tell

The traveling Places In The Home duo is home sweet home, and as much as I love a good getaway, there is no place like home.  Prior obligations and work schedules clipped our wings to a certain time extent, so our escape was of the closer to home statecation to North Louisiana variety. Making a vacation observation and sharing details of our summer getaway will be a two-parter with the first installment a celebration of the red, white and blue.

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Vacation Observation #1

Don’t believe everything you read or hear about a decline in patriotism and the celebration of the American flag.  Seeing is believing, and on our statecation getaway we treated ourselves to a self guided tour of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood.

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Architecturally magnificent on all fronts, the homes of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood happened to be decked out not only in detail, but in 4th of July-proud to be an American style and colors.  Here, let me show you.

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I love the Southern comfort lives here ambiance and patriotic porch set for a red, white, and blue summer holiday.

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Vacation Observation #2

North Louisiana mirrors the landscape of East Tennessee (another favorite vacation getaway destination).  Tree-lined streets of the Historic South Highlands neighborhood wind and weave through a semi-hilly fashioned parkway.  Mark this corner cottage in a dreamy creamy shade of yellow as a model of southern charm.

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Several squeals of glee pierced Dave’s eardrums, more than a few oohs and aahs perhaps became a few too many, and an insane amount of unabashed architectural envy dominated the evening’s conversation.

What can I say?

Architecture is my thing.

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Towering pines and oaks shade the yards and boulevards.  Vintage street lights evoke nostalgia of days gone by.

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Beauty, charm, and tradition lie in the details.

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Curb appeal is a powerful calling card.

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Impressive entry doors greet the eye and welcome step away from the ordinary style.

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Vacation Observation #3

Architectural juxtaposition promotes a dramatic effect and a desirable address.

modern-architectural-detailsVacation Observation #4

An afternoon drive through a historic neighborhood between shopping destinations and dinner reservations inspired, confirmed and renewed. It’s not a day at the beach or one spent in the desert or the mountains, but it’s one of our favorite things to do at home or on vacation.  The food, the landscape, the architecture, the terrain, the dialect-you can learn so much from your travels.  Inspiration is everywhere.

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Old Glory is once again displayed from the oak tree in the front yard of Places In The Home.  The tree is cosmetically worse for wear since the tornado, but is still the optimum spot for the flag to be displayed. Patriotism with flying colors is alive and well at Places In The Home. Happy 4th of July to all of you.  Celebrate in style and let freedom ring!

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  Are you in?

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,

Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ella asks it and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not, we throw a respectable ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and these stud balls signal disco round the clock style.

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These Stud Balls from West Elm hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes- color, presence, size, price, studs and reusable.  No West Elm near you?  No problem.  Spray paint meet Styrofoam balls.  The holiday clearance sale is the decorista’s best friend.  Hit up a holiday clearance sale and pick up string lights and/or lanterns. Intermingle the lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns- don’t you love the convenience and safety of the flameless candle?  I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years.  Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the battery(s) die they stay on.

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Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.

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A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

New Year's Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.

nye-2017-centerpiece-ideasWhite tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph

New Year’s Eve party favor boxes found on clearance at Target. Fill with white and gold paper shreds, Camellia blackeye peas, and copper jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers).  Slide a glitter noisemaker under the ribbon and you’ve got a festive favor.  Fill the bottom of Dollar store clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.

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If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with Camellia blackeye peas.

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Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.

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Luck, money, tradition and lagniappe.  Here’s the stars of our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve midnight buffet.  We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell.

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Back to ringing in the New Year with friends, family and neighbors- we are a casual group of revelers.  The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers.  Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

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Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As 2016 draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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Places In The Home: In The Spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas

In the spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas, true Christmas traditions and because twelve is the exact number of photos that turned out to be share worthy, I present to you the Places In The Home Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

vintage inspired aluminum Christmas wreaths and shiny and bright ornaments kinda sorta just like the aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and Shiny Brite ornaments my maternal grandmother had.  It’s all in the accents and accessories details.

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On the second day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the patience prayed for and the grace granted to find the beauty in everything and everyone.

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On the third day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

an old world Santa figurine ornament in shades of yellow, cream, brown and glitter gold that cost next to nothing, and one I would not take a million dollars for.  Well.

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On the fourth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

a Christmas centerpiece rich in throwback tradition and vibrant colors compliments of nature’s beauty and the neighbor’s grown with love grove.

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On the fifth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the aromatic trio of one orange, one bay leaf and a generous sprinkling of ground cloves soon set to simmer and scent.

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On the sixth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

a craving for a family must make and bake at the holidays family tradition, Mama Two sugar cookies.  The story of how her name came to be is almost as iconic as her family famous Christmas cookie recipe.

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The name I assigned to my great-grandmother was born out of a childlike understanding.  Our holiday destination point was set for the great state of Texas to spread holiday cheer and to introduce my great-grandparents to the newest addition to the family (me).  My mother and grandmother took advantage of the over the bayous and through the piney woods, to great-grandmother’s house we go travel time to coach me into calling my great-grandmother “mama”- the term of endearment she had always gone by.

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The story goes my mother tried her best at introductions and association in terms she assumed best suited for a toddlers scope of understanding.

This is mama (pointing to herself).

This is mamaw (pointing to her mother).

And this is mama, too (pointing to her grandmother, my great-grandmother).

Okay, I’ve got it.

This is mama.

This is mamaw.

And that is mama two.

There’s only one mama, silly.

Alas, the intended became the literal, and a lovely Christmas story to boot.

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On the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

melted butter, sugar and spice

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fresh coconut, fresh apples and fresh Louisiana pecans.

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On the tenth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

the sending to and receiving from neighbors, friends and family Christmas cards of season’s greetings.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

twelve days of Christmas color, texture and pattern.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my idea of true Christmas traditions sent to me

friends who are the jewels of life.

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Merry Christmas, friends!

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Images of Christmas In Seasonal Splendor

Season’s Greetings!  I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post.  Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.

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The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.

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Victoria Magazine

As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye.  I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week.  Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season.  That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.

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This holiday show and tell is a small sights of the season sampling of featured images of Christmas finery gifting gorgeous oohs and aahs. Enjoy!

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Southern Living

gallery-1474482085-clx1206food013There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.  Country Living

sl-foyerStunning!  ~  Southern Living

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Conversation Cards

peppermint-sticks-in-silver-cupsSimply elegant!  Good Housekeeping

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On This Entertaining Day Of Christmas My Thoughtful Guests Gave To Me: Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

Holiday hostess gift ideas abound as we find ourselves deep in the holiday party and get together season.  Allow me to add a few more to the list.

Let’s Holiday Hostess Gifts Ideas!

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Better Homes and Gardens

Dinner Diaries

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dinner-diaries-hostess-giftR.S. Germany (19th Century) Porcelain and Hand Painted Sugar and Creamer   ~  Rogers & Hamilton Raphael Sugar Spoon ~  Antique Mercury Glass Pillar Holder ~  Dinner Diaries  ~  Metallic Rimmed Marbleized Appetizer Plates  ~ Ceramic Pineapple 

Elegant is a state of mind, and even the most casual of casual gatherings can be a stunningly elegant affair when a place is set for personal style at the head of the table.

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Holiday hostess gift ideas

Cocktails at Christmas

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Plantation Pride Red Gift Box  ~ Leopard Print Ice Bucket ~ Godinger Serenade Peanut Dish  ~ Cocktail Utensils Set ~  Caspari Wild Christmas Guest Towels

It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails, and it’s always chic o’clock with these Cocktails at Christmas holiday hostess gift ideas.

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Poker Night

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Bicycle Playing Cards ~ Chocolate Gold CoinsGodinger Roulette 2 Piece Cheese Tray Set  ~  Assorted Snacks

Don’t forget the host!  Hit the jackpot with a game night themed gift for the host.

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Seasons Greetings

“Seasons” Greetings!  I love the scent and the idea of a rosemary Christmas tree.  I would always use one at the antique shop during the holidays for the visual and aroma effect.  One of my best clients looked forward to holiday open house and what I called the annual Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub.

What’s the Hopefully Classic Rosemary Rub you ask?

Gently rub the rosemary leaves with both hands for holiday good luck and health, and the fragrance from the tree stays with you- a holiday bonus. A Christmas tree shaped rosemary tree is festive function at its aromatic best.

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Bon Appétit

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bon-appetitMastering the Art of French CookingChristmas French Bulldog Tea Towel ~ French Bulldog Cookie Jar ~  Heritage Stoneware Cocotte by Le Creuset

Ooh la la cooks up the c’est si bon.  Whimsical works deliciously well in the kitchen, especially at the holidays.

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Tinsel and Teatime 

hostess-tea-giftTwinings Earl Grey Tea ~ Oro Porcelain Teapot ~ Stoneware Teacup ~ Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Home Candle ~ Ginkgo Gold Foil Notecards

In these hustling and bustling holiday times, taking a teatime out to relax with a cup of tea, author a handwritten note of greetings or thanks to a friend or client, or to enjoy the scent of a favorite candle in a session of aroma therapy is holiday highly suggested.

The key to a great hostess gift is one that reflects a sense of style and ‘with you in mind’ thoughtfulness.

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Holiday Kitchen Accessories That Make You Go Gotta Have It for the Holiday Decorating Season

Holiday kitchen accessories that make you go gotta have it is what’s cookin’ for the holiday decorating season.

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I am the kind of decorista whose love of all things house that make a home does not take a break over the holidays.  In other words, I like what I like, and the gift of home and holiday kitchen accessories is the gift that keeps on giving, cooking and decorating.  Black Friday kitchen accessories deals are kitchen kicking as we speak, type, read and source.  How do I know this?  As luck would have it, appliance crisis has hit Places In The Home over the last two weeks.

New washing machine.

New icemaker.

New cooktop.

Oven element burned out.

Dryer motor died.

The microwave, refusing to be left out of the loop, took great pains in causing Dave the Builder great pain this morning when it refused to cook, defrost or coffee cooperate.

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You bet your sweet bibby I’m looking for Black Friday deals!

Murphy’s Law showed up and zapped the s&*! out of the holiday budget, putting a Whoa Nelly! on the deck the halls spending.  No big budget, no big deal with these big on affordable style holiday kitchen accessories to decorate the holiday kitchen.

 holiday kitchen accessories

Spice up your holiday dishes and kitchen counter style with the Kryddig Wooden Spice Mill from Ikea.

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Kryddig Wooden Spice Mill

Copper in the kitchen is my kind of decoration.  I firmly believe you should cook and bake the holidays in good taste as well as in great style.

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San Telmo Measuring Cups

Farmhouse style mixing bowls in hobnail white because farmhouse style is a favorite kitchen element all year long. I purchased two sets of these for bridal shower gifts, and the brides-to-be loved the farmhouse chic look of these bowls.

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Tabletops Gallery® 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

oh-what-fun-towelOh What Fun Flour Sack Kitchen Towel

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KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer

Just bought this mixer from Target this morning- taking advantage of today’s pre-Black Friday 20% off selected kitchen items sale.  $31.99 is a super price for the KitchenAid 5-speed hand mixer.  The big daddy of stand mixers is also on sale today, coming in after discount at $199.99.  If you don’t get in on this sale today, Best Buy has a good deal going, too. Anyway you mix it, the price is Black Friday right, and the color is holiday happening! *** I do not receive one cent of compensation from Target or Best Buy for promoting these items or sales promos.  I simply like to share a good deal with you all.*** 

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KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Mixer

Is it kitchen counter casual chic and holiday table finery?  The  Threshold™ Marble Salt and Pepper Shaker Set salt and pepper set is a decorative chameleon in the sense the set has a presence fit for formal-fabulous for casual chic.

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Threshold™ Marble Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

The Cooks 1.5 quart Slow Cooker is the little cooker that could and will replace the stove top method of filling Places In The Home with holiday scents for little holiday cents.

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I ordered the all year long appropriate color gold, but love the holiday patterns and new traditional holiday color choices.

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Cooks 1.5 quart Slow Cooker

kiss-dishHershey’s Kiss Crystal Kiss Candy Dish

Red and green wrapped Hershey’s Kiss candies signal sweet holiday candy tradition in our house.  My suggestion of the Hershey’s Kiss Crystal Kiss Candy Dish as a holiday kitchen accessories counter decoration holder for sweetener packets, sugar in the raw, sea salt or Hershey’s Kisses is a crystal clear reminder of holiday tradition, and that works beautifully in the holiday kitchen.

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