February is on the calendar, a twenty-eight day filled month busy with several notable dates to celebrate. Special attention however, is laser-focused on the 14th day of the 2nd month of the calendar year. The celebration of love comes bearing Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas for the one or ones you love . Friends, family and that special someone- love is all around.
1. Sherwin-Williams Red Obsession SW7590 || 2. Valspar First Kiss c1220 || 3. Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob SW6866 || 4. Valspar Lovely Love Song 2009-4 || 5. Valspar Sweety Pie 1008-4B ||
I like unique ideas for Valentine’s Day cards. Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art. Photograph a subject, upload to Waterlogue, choose a filter and voilà – a to you, from me unique keepsake Valentine’s Day card.
The historic Bienville House Hotel got me to thinking. Why celebrate with the one you love for just one day? I’m thinking Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas getaway! I find the Travel + Leisure Incredible Romantic Getaways in Every State guide an excellent source of travel inspiration.
Music and travel, music and travel (to the tune of Love and Marriage)- Ultimate Sinatra leading the travel playlist along with these gift of travel essentials for him and her guarantees a memorable Valentine’s Day getaway to be celebrated in cool and romantic style. Audio books travel well, too.
As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together. I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal. Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.
To: Places In The Home
From: Serena & Lily
Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!
Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.
When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.
The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update. Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not. What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.
For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.
Usually when placement or function works, it works. This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above. I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so. However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.
The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle. The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style. A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.
Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement. Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas. Au contraire mon ami. Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.
After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway. See how one project leads to another. Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.
Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake. Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.
Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.
Focus on focal point priority. In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.
Choose the primary sight line. 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.
Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball. Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.
The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad. The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish. I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper. A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them. My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.
My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance. Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm. There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table. Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter. He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked. I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.
Memories, like the corners of mind.
Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style. The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.
Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes serve up delicious game day eats. Regardless of regular season team allegiance, the football loyal gather together to get the Super Bowl party started. Football is the reason for the season, but what’ll have them talking is the food, the commercials and the half time entertainment. The Super Bowl is all about the more, more, more.
The following video is disco divine! Flashback to the 70s at your own risk.
When the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, I could not talk for three days. We indulged in Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes filled with Louisiana heat and flavor. We screamed. We cheered. We made the Who Dat Nation proud! It was a wild ride- a Super Bowl memory for the books.
Easy simmer, set, serve dishes top the menu roster on game day. Delicious and crowd pleasing, it’s the one pot or slow cooker recipes that please both chef and guests. Soup’s on soups. C’est si bon gumbos. Chili with or without beans bowls. Speaking of beans- how about a pot of red beans and rice? Stuffed (or not) bell pepper dressing. Easy works well in the game day kitchen. Allow me to share with you these Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve dishes recipes for your Super Bowl party menu consideration.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
8 cups water
3 chicken bouillon cubes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 lb. package smoked sausage
1 12 ounce bag frozen chopped onions
1 12 ounce bag frozen chopped bell peppers
3 bay leaves
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon fine black pepper, or to taste*
OR in place of salt and pepper season with 1 teaspoon Créole seasoning, or to taste*
1 cup white wine
Slice sausage into ½ inch pieces. Using a seasoned skillet for optimum taste results, cook the sliced sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Transfer cooked sausage to plate lined with paper towels, allowing excess grease to drain. Set aside.
Place chicken breasts in Dutch oven or stock pot, add water, and bring to a boil. Season for broth with ½ teaspoon celery salt ½ black pepper. Stir and reduce heat to medium low, cooking chicken breasts until done, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken breasts from pot to large mixing bowl. Slice chicken breasts into strips and add back to broth.
Turn heat back to high and bring to boil. Add prepared roux to broth and chicken mixture, whisking until roux dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic, chopped onions, chopped bell pepper, bay leaves, chicken bouillon cubes, remaining celery salt and pepper (or Créole seasoning). Carefully pour in white wine. Stir to blend and incorporate.
Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, allowing all flavors to marry. Remove bay leaves and skim any fat off the top of gumbo. Add chopped green onions and continue to simmer for additional 5 minutes. Serve gumbo over rice. Top with a sprinkle of filé, more green onions, and hot sauce to taste, if desired.
Red beans and rice is a Louisiana tradition. The Places In The Home gang considers gumbos and beans and rice combinations hearty soups of sorts, and this slow cooker red beans and rice recipe has Super Bowl party menu star stirred and served all over it.
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
1 pound dry red kidney beans
12 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced in ¼-inch rounds
5 cups chicken broth, divided
3 cups diced yellow onion
2 cups diced celery
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 pound tasso ham, sliced into 1 x ¼-inch strips
1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (see French Onion soup recipe below)
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped green onion
Hot cooked jasmine rice
Garnish: chopped parsley
In a 4-quart container, soak red beans in 12 cups water; leave uncovered overnight. After soaking, discard soaking water, and rinse beans with fresh water. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove sausage from pan, and set aside. Deglaze skillet with 2 tablespoons chicken broth, add onion, and cook until softened and beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add celery and bell peppers to skillet, and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a 4-quart slow cooker. Add garlic, remaining broth, tasso, brown sugar, bay leaves, salt, hot sauce, black pepper, Cajun seasoning, sage, chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, reserved beans, and cooked sausage, stirring to combine.
Cover, and cook on high until beans are softened and cooked through, 3 to 4 hours.
Add chopped parsley and green onion to red bean mixture. Serve over rice. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired. Serves 6.
1 ¼ pounds ground beef chuck
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground pasilla or ancho chile pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 14 ½ ounce can beef broth
1 12 ounce bottle lager beer or 1 ½ cup beef broth
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown, breaking up meat. Drain off fat. Stir in pasilla pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cloves, and salt. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.
Stir in tomatoes, broth, beer, and mustard. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 40 minutes.
Slow Cooker: Prepare as directed in Step 1. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, broth, ½ cup of the beer, and the mustard. Cover. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.
Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes or until the onion is tender.Reduce the heat to low. Stir the queso, broth and milk in the saucepan and cook for 3 minutes or until the queso mixture is hot. Serve topped with the tortilla chips and green onions.
Cut the tops and stem off of each pepper. Remove the core and seeds from inside each pepper. Cook the bell peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes or until desired softness is reached. Remove peppers from water and set aside.
Place ground beef, onions and peppers in a large skillet. Cook together over high heat until ground beef is browned. Pour or spoon off excess fat. Reduce heat to medium. Season mixture with salt and pepper, stirring to incorporate. Stir in spaghetti sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add basil and garlic, stirring to incorporate.
Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer dressing for 10 minutes. Remove lid and spoon in cooked rice. Sprinkle with thyme. Stir rice into beef mixture to incorporate. That’s it! Serves 6.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously stuff (fill) each pepper with the dressing. Place stuffed peppers open side up in a baking dish. Top each pepper with shredded cheese of your choice. Bake covered for 25 to 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
French Onion Soup
2 Tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 medium onions thinly sliced
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 bay leaves
½ cup white white or sherry
2 quarts (8 cups) low sodium beef broth
French bread baguette
8 slices Gruyère cheese
For Creole Seasoning
1/3 cup paprika
3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion
4 teaspoons dried thyme
4 teaspoons granulated garlic
Heat butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven over a medium- high heat. Add sliced onions and bay leaves to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle sugar and Creole seasoning over onions, stir to incorporate.
Cook onions and company for 30 minutes or until softened and reaching a caramelized stage. Add sherry and bay leaves to onions. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat back up to medium-high and add beef broth. Allowing broth to heat through, reduce to simmer, and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes in order for ingredients to marry and live happily ever after. Remove bay leaves.
Slice French bread baguette and place on a baking sheet. Place under broiler until slices reach a light golden brown.
Place crocks, ramekins, or oven proof bowls on a large cookie sheet. Fill each with 1 cup soup. Place one slice French bread in each bowl and top with 1 cheese slice. Broil on high until cheese is melted and browned. Serves 8.
Directions for Creole Seasoning
In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic. Stir to combine. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.
T-9 until Super Bowl Sunday. Can you taste the victory?
During the holiday hustle and bustle I received a let’s home decor partner project together email from a surprise source. You’ve got mail never read so good.
The exclamation point perfectly befits my strong feeling of great delight.
The content and purpose of the email serves as the source of inspiration for a house to home project. Sourcing and reviewing products is part and parcel of the Places In The Home design and decorating show and tell. I invite honest and frank feedback and review from clients, and remain true to my own when the roles are reversed. Working with a brand that mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories reflects well on both of us.
When the foyer wallpaper install was finally completed, I immediately realized the paint color on the walls of the foyer and hallway had reached its expiration date. That’s usually the way this remodel-redo-refresh thing works. One update leads to another, and that’s exactly the reason why “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx leads off my tunes to project to playlist. In this design and decorating show and tell world of mine, one project always leads to another, and I’m loving every minute of it. “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” by Loverboy is another great song to project to. I love how music and decorating splendidly complement each other.
Texture variation, under color painting and quality of the original paint job all factor into how well the paint application at hand covers and finishes out. Dave the Builder’s expert advice has been consulted, his premier painting skills engaged.
Finish again enters the project process conversation. This antique wall table has served various pieces of jewelry, readers, car key sets, one dime, one quarter (more on that later) and general stuff over the years. I’ve grown accustomed to it being there, and there it will stay. The table isin correct proportion to the size of the area.
The old girl is in need of a refresh, but what direction to go in required some thought.
Paint it? Being the original finish loyalists we are, Dave shot me one of those “have you lost your flipping mind?” looks when I mentioned the paint it option.
Don’t you just love the hope and motivation a new year brings? Resolutions made on the heels of New Year’s Day usually involve vows of getting all things house that make a home organized. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.
Because I am perfect, and there is absolutely no room in my life or home for improvement.
If only I could find decorative storage ideas for that load of bullstuff.
It appears from the onslaught of new year, new you articles and ads that most of us lead a messy, cluttered and disorganized household existence, and that cleaning up our domestic acts at the first of every new year is job number one. I’ll be the first to admit that some of the areas, drawers and closets at Places In The Home leave a lot to be organized and desired, but where to house the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question? Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done. If you’ve got to get organized, get organized in style.
Let’s face it, at times the life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation. Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized by putting your home’s stuff, things, odds, ends, collectibles and treasures on a diet?
If I haven’t used it, admired it, dusted it or delighted in its home decor value for one year, it’s gone!
Transform by transferring
Forget trekking to the local grocery store for a haul of cardboard boxes to be packed and stacked storage solutions. Allow me to suggest a stylish alternative with these decorative storage solutions for getting the job done.
Counters fill quickly, and it seems there are never enough cabinets when we need them. Kitchen pantries equipped with the storage within storage feature go a long way in the task of eliminating kitchen counter and cabinet congestion.
I love the usefulness and display value of the 3 tier stand. I store root vegetables on the bottom tier, crunchy granola and fruit bars find a home on the middle tier, and assorted package clips, bands and ties live on the top tier. The boxes that house products such as breakfast bars and the like take up quite a bit of room on the cabinet/pantry shelf. Unpack and free up, I say.
Apothecary and vintage jars, tiered stands, canisters with clamp top lids, collectible canisters, dollar store glass containers and a plethora of storage basket options continue to be a favorite way to display dry ingredients, sweet treats, beans, farmers market finds and dry pastas in many kitchens.
Decorative hooks of the most unique and imaginative kind, umbrella stands, rattan baskets in assorted sizes and shapes, coat racks, and benches are the storage options that can help to tame the savage clutter beast.
Stairs doing double duty as a storage feature is space utilization 101. The genius of design meets decorative storage ideas meets resale appeal. Haven’t you heard? Plenty of space and storage tops the list of what to look for when buying a house.
Junk drawers unite! Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.
Am I the only person in the world who methodically cleans and organizes the junque (takes the sting out of the mess when you get all ooh la la with the word) drawer and then can’t seem to make heads or tails of the order?
Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.
Stylish options for housing jewelry and our favorite beauty products and brushes are simply an antiques, vintage or thrift shop shopping excursion away. Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.
It’s amazing how quick we accumulate stuff, things, mementos, collectibles- and it all has to go somewhere. These are just a few decorative storage ideas, options, suggestions and solutions for resolving storage and organization dilemmas in your home.
No one can ever accuse me of getting in a hurry to put together the Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list. Am I the only one who finds getting back to business after the holidays a tad difficult? Marching to the beat of your own drum pays off more times than not. At the last count, I have seven drafts for design and decorating show and tell posts open, and a matched number of design and decorating mockups started. I remind myself hurried decisions show a hurried look, and are never germane to the creative process.
A new year proves an exceptional motivator, and when motivation comes together with inspiration the result can be beautiful, n’est-ce pas? The Places In The Home New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 is ready offers a style spotting preview of home decor trends for your decorating consideration.
Lucite, or acrylic, is a clear favorite. Lucite is the name brand of acrylic name for a kind of acrylic resin that is basically the same thing as Plexiglas. As the fictional Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) of The Big Bang Theory explains, “Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.”
One word stands out on the New Year New Home Decor Trends 2017 list like no other.
Every home, if only in one very special place and in one very central space, deserves the period at the end of the sentence decor statement made by adding an antique piece of furniture or accessory into its furnishings portfolio.
Jewel tones envelope the space in a full-on color Odyssey. Rich in depth, tone and never met a home decor accent these colors don’t love to embellish influence, jewel tones make a compelling argument for striking color implementation.
Kitchen islands will move further into the kitchen design spotlight in 2017. Central to prep and functionality, the kitchen island is coming into its own as a standard vs. optional feature in today’s kitchen design.
A symbol of fortune, hope and luck for the upcoming year, black-eyed peas and cabbage are what’s on the New Year’s Day menu. As tradition dictates, the eating of black-eyed peas is the culinary insurance policy one must take out for good luck in the upcoming year. I’m sharing three pea something for everyone’s traditional and new-traditional taste recipes with you.
Smoky Black-eyed Peas with Fried Green Tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh black-eyed peas
2 Smoked Ham Hocks or purchased smoked ham hocks
1 (12-oz.) bottle amber beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 (7-oz.) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup plain white cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 large firm green tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
3 large ripe red tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
1/2 cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Sauté onions in 3 Tbsp. hot oil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in peas, next 4 ingredients, 3 1/2 cups water, and 2 Tbsp. adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers. (Reserve peppers for another use.) Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaf. Remove hocks. Remove ham from bones; discard bones. Chop ham; stir into peas. Add salt to taste; cover and keep warm over low heat.
Stir together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together cornmeal, ground chipotle chile, and remaining 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a second shallow dish. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow dish.
Dredge green tomatoes, 1 slice at a time, in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.
Pour oil to depth of 1 inch in a cast-iron skillet. Heat over medium-high heat to 375°. Fry green tomato slices, in batches, in hot oil 3 minutes on each side or until crisp. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. (Let oil temperature return to 375° between batches.)
Divide peas among 6 plates. Top each with 1 red tomato slice and 1 fried green tomato slice. Repeat tomato layers once. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over tomatoes. Serve with hot sauce.
For the binge watchers, couch trenders and let’s say we prepared a traditional New Year’s Day culinary extravaganza but actually do nothing but snack crowd, this recipe will cover all the bases, luck included.
Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
2 (15.8-oz.) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425°. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until crispy and dry, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes.
Cabbage enters into the picture of prosperity as the money dish, as it is believed the leafy greens symbolize folding money. One would be hard-pressed not to find black-eyed peas, cabbage and buttermilk cornbread cooking in the New Year’s Day kitchen. As a Southerner, I do not question the New Year’s Day menu or the Southern superstition(s) nor will I buck this time honored tradition.
In the words of Aunt Pittypat Hamilton, “It simply isn’t done!”
Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw
1 (16 ounce bag) coleslaw mix
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Combine all of the ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Adjust seasoning, if desired. Chill until ready to serve. This can be made about two hours in advance, but any longer and it will lose its crunch and may become tinted from the purple cabbage.
2 cups buttermilk self -rising white corn meal mix
1 cup self-rising flour
½ Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup milk
Set oven to 425 degrees. Preheat oven while preparing cornbread mix. Mix corn meal and flour into mixing bowl. Stir in milk and eggs and mix well. Batter should be a medium thick consistency. Thin by adding additional milk until desired consistency is reached. Grease baking pan or oven safe skillet(preferably a black cast iron skillet) with 3 Tablespoons cooking oil. Bottom of pan or skillet should be coated well but not swimming in oil. Place pan in oven to heat oil. Once oil is heated, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into greased pan. Return pan or skillet to oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
~Places In The Home
I want to thank you the readers, visitors and subscribers of Places In The Home. Every heartfelt comment, Facebook like, tweet, instagram follow and kind word means so much to me. The New Year brings more anticipation, excitement and decor inspiration to Places In The Home. I want to invite you to visit often, chime in, and let me know what you think. We will design with beauty and style in mind, make pretty on a penny, source, create and suggest. I raise a gorgeous goblet to toast happiness, health, family, love, peace, prosperity and friendship to all throughout the New Year!
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.
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.
Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.
A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.
Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.
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.
Jingle All the Way into 2017!
If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with Camellia blackeye peas.
Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
If you follow my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board, you’ll note a fascination with antiques and vintage porcelain. A vintage porcelain soup tureen doubles beautifully as a vase for fresh flowers, becoming a new traditional part of traditional holiday decorating.
Unique finds make the best stocking stuffers. This vintage glass desk prism is not only an excellent conversation piece, but an on-trend color of the year 2017 gift for the lover of all things vintage on your holiday gift list.
Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?