Summer’s Simple Entertaining Season

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer’s simple entertaining season.

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Country Living Magazine  – Photography by John Kernick

Whether it’s a bountiful gathering of friends for a summer soiree, a floral garden party, or an evening under the stars built for two, the ultimate party goal is an easy, stylish, enjoyable, delicious, and relaxing time.

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Photo by Silvia Mara on Unsplash

Guests usually take the party lead from the attitude of the host and/or hostess which sets the tone for a comfortable let the good times roll atmosphere.

Who remembers when the crudité tray ruled the appetizer course?

Natural Wood Square Tray by Ashland

Natural Wood Square Tray by Ashland

Summer simple appetizers such as small bites and nibbles make the perfect edible complement to a cold beverage.

Natural wooden trays and crates packed tight with fresh seasonal veggies accent the natural goodness of summer style.

Paintable Wooden Tray with Handles

Paintable Wooden Tray with Handles

Simply add chic ’tis the season plates to serve summer bites upon.

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Summer Red Strawberry Paper Plates

Summer Red Strawberry Paper Plates

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Mikasa Set of 4 Green and White Melamine Plates

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Bee & Hive Melamine Dinner Plate

Iron folding tables in super cute summer colors and patterns come in mighty handy on the patio or porch.

Summer Iron Outdoor Folding Table

Summer Iron Outdoor Folding Table

Set a vase of fresh seasonal flowers on a tabletop and invite the scents of the season to the party.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Erica George Dines

Summer Blue Glass Texture Frosted Vase

Summer Blue Glass Texture Frosted Vase

Saw this on social media, and does it ever apply to summer days and nights.

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TIKI Large Table Top Studded Glass Oil Lamp

Entertaining well doesn’t mean entertaining extravagantly (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it is summertime and easy rules the outdoor living way of summer life.

“Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.”

—Julia Child

Warm Brie with Raspberry Pepper Jelly

Warm Brie with Raspberry Pepper Jelly Recipe

Good barbecue is what we call summer stock.

Dressed up with gourmet fixing or plain and simple, summer and the classic hamburger reign summer supreme.

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Best Hamburgers

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Pinterest

Doris Day’s German Potato Salad

Ingredients

6 medium-sized potatoes

1 large stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces

3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced

4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips

2/3 cup water

½ cup cider (or wine) vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Cook potatoes in their skins until tender.  Cool slightly, peel and slice into a large bowl.  Add celery and scallions.  Fry bacon in saucepan until crisp.  Add water and vinegar.  Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly.

Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving.

Serves 4.

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Tropical fruit salad is keep it summer simple easy with a side of pretty presentation, and that’s what counts.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

2 cans tropical fruit, drained

1 can pear halves, drained

1 pint blueberries

juice of one(1) lemon

1 small container plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Add honey to Greek yogurt and you’ve got the dressing.

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade

Maureen Petrosky

Kick off the summer sippin’ season with a cool beverage featuring fresh summer perfect fruit.

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup of water

3 large peaches

6 cups sparkling water

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cup vodka

Directions

In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third.  Cut an “X” in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle.  Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.

In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka.  Stir to combine.  Add ice and stir again.

Cut the remaining peach into thin slices.  Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.

Serves 4.

-The Kitchn

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Rainbow Waffle Sandwiches Recipe

Who’s ready for summer’s simple entertaining season?

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, practice the entertaining rule of KISS by keeping it summer simple, and bon appétit.

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Early Spring Into Easter

Early spring into Easter color awakenings through spring color palette choices are upon us.

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Colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants with the help of warm mid-afternoon breezes, hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?), the hum of lawnmowers, and seasonal treats featuring fresh strawberries.

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Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist on Unsplash

Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation.

Farmers' Market Herb Live Wreath & Garland

Farmers’ Market Herb Live Wreath & Garland

Spring moves the clock forward, presents the perfect time to organize and clean, and wakes up the color all around us.

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Amal Kapen Interiors

Easy and affordable ways to incorporate the best of the season into your home and garden is to update and refresh through accents and accessories.

Accents and accessories in fresh, lively, and warm colors of spring renews our interiors and exteriors, elevates our moods, and brushes away the heaviness of winter.

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Machine Washable Indoor/ Outdoor Chantille Floral Rug

Charlotte Moss Flowers Book

3d Floral Ceramic Table Lamp

Seria Hand Embroidered Pillow

Botanic Garden Sweetpea Boxed Ceramic Candle

Embroidered Daisy Pillow

More Monet Framed Wall Art

Modern Ceramic Temple Jar With Lid

Fairy Statue Collection Leaf Angel Girls Resin Home Decor

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de Gournay Bayville Chinoiserie

Wallpaper or paint?

In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter.

Why not both?

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Photo by Clay Banks

Touches of color, texture, and pattern can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential.

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Cameron Ruppert Interiors

“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty
and immanent presence. It affords utility to all,
but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

— Johannes Itten

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Paul Costello

Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, the color white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.

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Nordic Ware Honey Hive Loaf Pan

Uncomplicated updates translate into simply elevated elegant selections ready for the spring into summer season.

Easter Basket Flower Cake

Easter Basket Flower Cake

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

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7″ Spring Yellow Glass Urn Vase by Place & Time

Nature’s timing doesn’t always cooperate with early spring into Easter plans for fresh stems and bouquets, so to that I say pick a few faux fabulous stand-ins and let the spring preview begin!

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Flickr

Running Rabbit Garden Statue

Running Rabbit Garden Statue

You say planter, I say perfect serving piece for the Easter dinner table.

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Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.

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Photo by James Wheeler

“The day the Lord created hope was
probably the same day he created Spring.”

– Bernard Williams

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Dorm Digs Decor Ideas and Tips

Dorm digs decor ideas and tips are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.

dorm-digs-decor-ideas-and-tipsDorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes.  Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, sorority and fraternity house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them class is in session.

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Typical standard dorm room space comes in around 12′ X 20′ with  the most common bed twin XL measuring 80″ long X 38″ wide.

Popular area rug sizes:

4′ X 6′

5′ X 8′

6′ X 9′

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Soft Fluffy Area Rug 

For under $45.00 you can add this 5′ X 8′ soft fluffy area rug in seventeen color choices to your dorm decor ideas must have list.

SAFAVIEH Handmade Dip Dye Caron Floral Watercolor Wool Rug - 3' x 5' - Beige/Gold

SAFAVIEH Floral Watercolor Wool Rug – 3′ x 5′ – Beige/Gold

As one who is all about the mix and mingle, my primary dorm digs decor ideas and tips is to layer colors, textures, and patterns which will add depth and contrast to the space.

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Lady Skirts Framed Wall Art

CO-Z Retro Table Lamp with Pleated Empire Lamp Shade

Stanley 40 oz. Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler

ABS Multifunction Storage Table Stackable Detachable Organizer

pink-bedspread-dorm-decor-ideasForever 21 Floral Quilt Set

Pink is having a hot moment, and for the decoristas who think pink, it comes as no surprise.  Popular opinion associates the color pink with love, romance, passion, and comfort.

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I’ve loved the color pink ever since my mother placed a Sherwin-Williams paint fan deck in front of me in order for me to select the color of my bedroom walls during the great ranch remodel of 1967.

I’ll never be accused of being a Johnny-come-lately to the color pink palette scene, and am enjoying this current in the pink moment.

Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint

Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint

If the color pink is in your dorm digs decor ideas and in your shopping rounds you come across a piece that hits all the right notes except the color is not a perfect think pink, think paint.

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Pick out a shade, pick up a pint and a paintbrush, and customize to your liking.

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Dorm Room Decor

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Printed Microfiber 3-Pc. Sheet Set

Forever 21 Cooling Microfiber Patterned Sheet Set

Forever 21 Cooling Microfiber Patterned Sheet Set

Among the aisles and the sites of department, big box, chain and discount stores your back to campus treasure hunt finds awaits.

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Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter 

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Dorm Room for Him

Selections featured throughout this post hopefully will spark inspiration and give you some ideas.

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Dorm Room Decor

Night Owl Canvas Wall Art

Night Owl Canvas Wall Art

Gone are the dorm days of anything will do furnishings.

chic-swivel-barrel-chairChic Swivel Barrel Chair 

Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of personal style.

Corner Table Wood Triangle Bookshelf with Protection Door in Gold

Corner Table Wood Triangle Bookshelf with Protection Door in Gold

Let’s scroll and source, shall we?

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with White Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with White Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with Pink Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with Pink Feather

Small spot accent tables fill in the blanks without filling up the space.

Jaclyn 15.4 in. White and Gold Round Marble Top End Table Jaclyn 15.4 in. White and Gold Round Marble Top End Table

 

Zimtown Modern Side End Accent C Table

Zimtown Modern Side End Accent C Table

Mr. Kate Stella Accent Table - White

Mr. Kate Stella Accent Table – White

Black Rattan End or Side Table with Storage Doors and Gold Accents

Black Rattan End or Side Table with Storage Doors and Gold Accents

Stallion on Canvas Board with Ant Frame GoldLight Brown - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Stallion on Canvas Board- Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Woven Fronts Nightstand

Woven Fronts Nightstand

Olive Metal Locker End Table with Door and 2-Shelves

Olive Metal Locker End Table with Door and 2-Shelves

Gymax End Table with Charging Station Industrial Nightstand Flip TopGymax End Table with Charging Station Industrial Nightstand Flip Top

Frame Plane Autocad Wall Art Frame Plane Autocad Wall Art

 Rustic Metal & Wood Side Table with Rolling Casters

Rustic Metal & Wood Side Table with Rolling Casters

The King' Wrapped Canvas Wall Art by Alex Zhao

The King Wrapped Canvas Wall Art by Alex Zhao

Rocky Movie Poster

Rocky Movie Poster

Fridge-Stand-Supreme-Black-Pipe-Frame-with-Black-Drawers

Fridge Stand Supreme – Black Pipe Frame with Black Drawers

5-Drawer Brown Oak Wood Lateral File Cabinet 5-Drawer Brown Oak Wood Lateral File Cabinet

Butterfly Chair Brown Real Leather

Butterfly Chair Brown Real Leather

Satin Nickel Indoor Bankers Lamp with LED Bulb

Satin Nickel Indoor Bankers Lamp with LED Bulb

Madrid 3-Drawer Black Matte Chest of-Drawers

Madrid 3-Drawer Black Matte Chest of-Drawers

White-Resin-Playful-Monkey-Table-Lamp

White Resin Playful Monkey Table Lamp

Touraco Dresser White Brown - Threshold

Touraco Dresser White Brown – Threshold

This gold finish 3-piece round sunburst mirror set gives a big look for a small price return.

3-Piece Round Sunburst Mirror Set in Gold Finish

3-Piece Round Sunburst Mirror Set in Gold Finish

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Pink Flower Crown Wall Mirror

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Sonoma Goods For Life® Shell Planter

Rectangular White and Gold 2 Drawers Computer Desk Writing Table Makeup Vanity Table

White and Gold 2 Drawers Computer Desk Writing Table

 

Tufted Office Chair With Faux Wood BaseTufted Office Chair With Faux Wood Base

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair

Wicker Waste Basket in Pink HyacinthWicker Waste Basket in Pink Hyacinth

Mainstays 5 Gallon Trash Can, Plastic Office Trash Can, Pink Take Meowt

Mainstays 5 Gallon Trash Can, Plastic Office Trash Can, Pink Take Meowt

Big Joe Joey Bean Bag Chair, Plush

Big Joe Joey Bean Bag Chair, Plush

Wireless Mouse with 5 Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Wireless Mouse with 5 Buttons and Scroll Wheel

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“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”

—Dolly Parton

Light Pink Mini Modern Ceramic Texture Pastel Accent Bedside Table Desk Lamp with Matching Fabric Shade

Light Pink Mini Pastel Accent Bedside Table – Desk Lamp

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63ct Office Accessories Kit with Sticky Notepad – Blush & Gold

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Twizzler Cable 

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Dorm Decor Roommate Print

Handicrafts Tapestry

Original Gold Ombre Tapestry 

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First aid fix with several other good to know uses, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is a handy dandy item to include in your dorm digs essentials kit.

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Isopropyl alcohol cleans ink, oil, grease, and glue from surfaces.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk

Give the inside of your shoes a good misting with isopropyl alcohol to fight off odors and disinfect them.

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Clean a dry erase board by spraying isopropyl alcohol onto the board and quickly wiping off with a paper towel.

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Round Dry Erase Board with Gold Frame and Marble Print

Keyboards-phones-tablets have the ability of getting mighty funky over time and use. Always make sure to turn off computer and device before cleaning.

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Spray the tip of a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol and simply swap and dab the keys to clean.  Allow to dry completely before powering up computer.

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To clean and disinfect your phone and/or tablet spray a small amount of isopropyl alcohol onto a microfiber cloth.  Gently wipe the glass/screen of your phone and/or tablet with cloth.

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Spritz bed pillows with isopropyl alcohol to disinfect and freshen.

Urban Shop Novelty Glass Mushroom Lamp, Orange Tortoise,

Urban Shop Novelty Glass Mushroom Lamp, Orange Tortoise

Flower Floor Pillow Seating Cushion

Flower Floor Pillow Seating Cushion

Light Woodgrain 4-Drawer Writing Desk with Built in Storage

Light Woodgrain 4-Drawer Writing Desk with Built in Storage

What’s a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do if a desk hits the form and function high notes but leaves a little something to be desired?

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Handle Pull Dresser Pulls

Handle Pull Dresser Pulls

Decorative hardware goes a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.

Personal Style Project Supply List:

  • screwdriver
  • decorative cabinet/drawer hardware

Using a screwdriver, remove existing hardware from door or drawer. Line up new hardware and once again using screwdriver secure new hardware into place.

Bow Damask Black Vinyl Matte Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Bahama Pink Bamboozled Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Bahama Pink Bamboozled Peel & Stick Wallpaper

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Enhancements such as lining drawers with peel and stick wallpaper in your choice of dorm dandy color, texture, and pattern selection takes the ordinary to extraordinary in no time flat.

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Packed Party “Think Pink” Plaid Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper

Packed Party “Pink You Can” Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper

Wood Wallpaper Wood Grain Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Black Wood Grain Contact Paper

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Techni Mobili Classic Computer Desk with Multiple Drawers, Grey

Regency Hill Malta Rustic Farmhouse Desk Lamp

Regency Hill Malta Rustic Farmhouse Desk Lamp

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Tobacco Oak

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Tobacco Oak

Retro Creative Radio Shape Flower Pot

Retro Creative Radio Shape Flower Pot

LED Desk Lamp Cordless Table Light,Rechargeable Battery Powered USB Charging Port

LED Desk Lamp, Rechargeable Battery Powered USB Charging Port

Distant Lands Handpainted Tiger Accent Vase

Distant Lands Handpainted Tiger Accent Vase

Acacia Wood Industrial Style Desk

Acacia Wood Industrial Style Desk

Perry Bentwood Office Chair Black Natural

Perry Bentwood Office Chair Black Natural

Take your desk chair transformation a DIY step further with a can of go for the gold spray paint.

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Better Homes & Gardens Large Natural Water Hyacinth Boat Basket

Heavy Duty Laundry Bag with Drawstring

Mamamax Ironing Board Cover and Pad

TOLKNING Laundry basket on wheels, handmade Willow

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Ice Cream Cone Hamper

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Laundry Essentials Checklist:

  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Steamer
  • Wrinkle Release
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Bag(s)
  • Mesh Bags
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Stain Remover/Stain Remover Pen
  • Scent Booster
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dryer Balls
  • Deodorizers

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washcloths-gray-white-purple

Home Expressions 6pc Washcloth Set

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Marty Baldwin

6 Cube Storage Organizer Cube Bookshelf Pink

6 Cube Storage Organizer Cube Bookshelf Pink

pink owl rattan storage basket with lid

Pink Owl Rattan Storage Basket with Lid

Command the no damage to the walls situation with 3M Command strips and hooks.

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Command-large-double-wall-hooks

Command Brand Double Hooks

 

dorm-room-storage-options

Pen+Gear Plastic Storage Box Set with Lids

Better Homes & Gardens 4-Cube Storage Organizer

Mainstays Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bins

Black 2pk Fabric Cube Storage Bin

Round Wire Basket With Handles

Compartment Faux Leather Valet Catchall Tray Organizer

Compartment Faux Leather Valet Catchall Tray Organizer

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20-Count Indoor Outdoor Incandescent String Lights, with White Cord, AC-powered, 6 Volts

20-Count Indoor Outdoor Incandescent String Lights

Spaceman Night Light, 7.5"

Spaceman Night Light, 7.5″

Rhode Island Novelty New Large Blinking 3-Sided Traffic Light Signal Lamp

Rhode Island Novelty New Large Blinking 3-Sided Traffic Light Signal Lamp

 

bluetooth Wireless Turntable with Built-in Speakers and USB

Bluetooth Wireless Turntable with Built-in Speakers and USB

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MVMT Hexagon Wireless Speaker

JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Blue, Go 3

JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Blue, Go 3

Rugsmith Transitional Novelty Novelty Black Coir Indoor, Outdoor Doormat

Rugsmith Transitional Novelty Novelty Black Coir Indoor, Outdoor Doormat

'Root For Your Self' Coir Doormat Black - Room Essentials™

‘Root For Your Self’ Coir Doormat Black – Room Essentials™

Modern Innovations Bedside Shelf for Bed

Modern Innovations Bedside Shelf for Bed

Crockpot™ 20-oz. Lunch Crock Food Warmer

Crockpot™ 20-oz. Lunch Crock Food Warmer

Tasty 3QT Family Size Microwave Popcorn Popper

Tasty 3QT Family Size Microwave Popcorn Popper

 Haden Heritage Electric Kettle

Haden Heritage Electric Kettle

''Game Tile'' Alphabet Wall Art

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Game Tile” Alphabet Wall Art

Honeywell Turbo Force Power Air Circulator Fan

Honeywell Turbo Force Power Air Circulator Fan

The Big One® Corduroy Floor Cushion

The Big One® Corduroy Floor Cushion

Boucle Mushroom Upholstered Storage Ottoman, Terracotta

Boucle Mushroom Upholstered Storage Ottoman, Terracotta

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Men’s Cruiser Bike

Getting there is half the fun.

Nel Lusso Classic Cruiser Bike with Perfect Fit Frame

Nel Lusso Classic Cruiser Bike with Perfect Fit Frame

ShedRain UnbelievaBrella Reverse Umbrella with Patterned Lining

ShedRain UnbelievaBrella Reverse Umbrella with Patterned Lining

Here’s hoping these dorm digs decor ideas and tips offer decorating inspiration.

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Sweet Summer Southern Tea Cakes

Sweet summer Southern tea cakes lead the topic of conversation on this particular June afternoon in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

Places In The Home defines tradition as collections, recipes, and/or generational practices from your past bringing about complete and utter joy deemed repeat worthy.

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noun
tra·di·tion \trə-ˈdi-shən\

a :  an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)

b :  a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable

2: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction

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Summer has only been official for a hot minute, and the South is already experiencing oppressive heat. Frankly speaking, the only heat I’m remotely interested in on days better spent indoors is that of the oven.

Holds true for the cooks, bakers and heat haters in my family as the summertime tradition passed down in our family is a simple piece of advice- cook early, stay cool late.

However, I will make an exception when it comes to baking up a dozen or so sweet summer Southern tea cakes.

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Back-Home Tea Cakes

Ingredients

½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

¼ cup milk

sugar

Directions

Cream shortening; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, mixing well. Cover and chill 2 hours.  Work half of dough at a time, and store the remainder in refrigerator.

Roll dough to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.  Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter; place on greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Sprinkle with sugar. Cool.

Yields 3 dozen.

Mary Lou Adkins, Sulphur, LA.
Southern Living Magazine, July 1990

Here’s the aged index card recipe from which I’ve baked many a tea cake, and it means the world to me on many levels.

To me, tea cakes signify the simple, classic, and unpretentious taste of home.  I like to think that’s how I roll.

Giving into part craving, part memory driven tradition I baked up a couple dozen sweet summer Southern tea cakes working with a few recipe additions and adjustments.

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Photo by Laura Adai

Sweet Summer Southern Tea Cakes

Ingredients

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½  teaspoon salt

1  cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pure almond extract

fresh lemon zest

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine flour, soda, and salt together and set aside.  In separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.

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Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and fresh lemon zest.

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Beat together until combined.  Stir the dry ingredient mixture into creamed butter/sugar mixture.  Mix until all ingredients are blended together.

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Divide dough in half; lightly dusting each half with flour. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper, and place in refrigerator allowing to chill for 1 hour.

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Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough on lightly floured board to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut out in round shapes with cookie cutter or good old dependable jelly glass.

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Place cut out tea cakes on parchment paper lined cookie sheet; bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

Makes 2 dozen.

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If serving sweet summer Southern tea cakes for dinner is wrong I don’t want to be right.

Perhaps not the best example of a traditional dinner entree, but the combination of a summer evening coupled with a couple of sweet summer Southern tea cakes is very appetizing and oh, so summer.

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Outdoor Living Lagniappe

Outdoor living lagniappe hints and inside information helps to start the season with a clean slate.

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Domaine

Two outdoor living features close together in postings support what most of us know to be the case when it comes to good subject content- too much of a good thing is a great thing when it comes to summertime outdoor living lagniappe.

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[ lan-yap, lan-yap ]

Louisiana French, from Spanish la ñapa

:something given as a bonus or extra gift; by way of compliment or for good measure.

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Luxe Interiors + Design – Photography by Lisa Romerein

Outdoor furniture, decor accents and the like attract dirt, dust, pollen, creepy crawlers, and garden variety grime over the course of winter and early spring.

It’s just an outdoor living lagniappe fact that outdoor spaces and places demand attention at the beginning of the fun in the sun season.

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Lincoln Brooks

Outdoor Life is Dirty So Let’s Clean It Up

Give your outdoor oasis a look see through the lens of polish and refresh.

Clean what pieces will greatly benefit from a brush-sweep-soap session, and assess the situation of items not so worthy.

Clear the deck so to speak of debris, replace rotten/rotting/missing boards, secure loose ones, nail down pop ups, and sand down signs of splinter or potential problem areas (ouch!).

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Good Housekeeping – Photography by Christopher Baker

Do you refresh or has the time come to replace outdoor furniture, umbrellas, pillows, and cushions?

When it comes to the decision to refresh or replace, weigh initial cost and difficulty in replacing item against budget friendly-ample retail availability.

Aluminum Market Patio Umbrella in Navy Blue Features UV Resistant

Aluminum Market Patio Umbrella in Navy Blue Features UV Resistant

Outdoor Cushion Cleanser

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon dish detergent

¼ cup Borax

Directions

Add dish detergent and Borax to a bucket of water. Dip a soft bristle brush into the cleaning solution and proceed to scrub cushion in a circular motion cleaning the entire surface.

Allow at least five minutes for the cleaning solution to penetrate the cushion.

Using a garden hose, rinse the cushion thoroughly in order to remove residual cleanser.

You’ll want to use an old towel for the next step. Pat the cushion with the towel in order to absorb as much of water as possible. Prop the cushion(s) upright in a sunny spot and allow to air-dry until completely dry.

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Luxe Interiors + Design – Photography by Jessica Glynn

In all things outdoor oasis summer spaces, keep it summer simple.

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Mediterranean Herbs

Vegetable and herb gardens unite and produce- it’s your season to be in the  spotlight and on the patio dining table in seasonal cocktails, dishes, and salads.

Garden Sun Tea

Garden Sun Tea Recipe from Must Love Herbs

Garden Sun Tea

Ingredients

5  Black Tea Bags

Approximately 1 cup Fresh fruit

A Few Sprigs of Garden Herbs (Lemon balm, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Bee Balm, Sage, Mint, etc.)

Filtered water

Honey

Ice

Directions

Add tea bags, fruit, and herbs to your half gallon container. Cover contents and fill jar with filtered water.  Seal the jar tightly and set it out in the sun for 4-5 hours.  Once the tea is finished steeping add honey to taste while it’s still warm.  Strain and serve over ice.

Store any leftovers in the fridge.

Please note, make sure to make Sun Tea on a very warm day (85° plus is what I use). Also, make sure you’re using a good filtered water. You don’t want bacteria growing in your sun tea… yuck! You can swap out the honey for flavored simple syrups!

-Must Love Herbs

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Better Homes & Gardens Tumblers

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From full-on rows of growing goodness to a patio container garden, fresh is best.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Decorative outdoor planters give good outdoor living it up visual zest and appeal.

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One Kings Lane

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If your existing plants have beautifully weathered winter simply refresh by adding a fresh top layer of mulch.

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House Beautiful – Photography by Harperley Hall

Saw this on social media and boy, does it apply.

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Certain herbs and plants naturally repel mosquitoes while looking and smelling so summer good.

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Photo by Markus Spiske

Here’s my favorites:

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Peppermint

Catnip

Mint

Marigolds

Make sure to empty standing water from planters and containers to eliminate attracting mosquitoes.

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Photo by Yoris Yunanda 

Beat the summer heat and mosquitoes by setting up fans.

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There’s something so delicious about the combination of a warm evening and a cold summer salad.

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Summer salad season exemplifies the crisp, the chill, and the complement of garden tomatoes topped with a dollop of mayonnaise, fresh asparagus spears spritzed with lemon and sea salt, and vinegar marinated cucumber slices.

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Good lighting lights the outdoor livin’ it up night setting a relaxing, inviting, and aesthetically pleasing backyard bistro scene.

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Photo by Vitor Monthay 

Deck out the deck, patio, and backyard spaces with chic outdoor living it up accent lighting.

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2 Pack LED Vintage Lantern Battery Operated Flickering Flame Lanterns

Candle filled glass jars and holders hanging around, twinkle string lights wrapped tree trunks and branches, tabletop lamps or paper lanterns- all super ideas!

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One Kings Lane

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Large Table Top Studded Glass Oil Lamp 

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Glass Tabletop Torch Clear – TIKI

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Lit Coastal Objects

Lit Coastal Objects

DALA Lounge Chair

DALA Lounge Chair

Iron chandeliers purchased at auction have become outdoor candle chandeliers.

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Votive candles with battery operated LED versions in flicker fabulous mode replaced standard votives, and the look and the ease of operation confirms its patio practicality.

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Simple is always a welcome guest at any outdoor gathering. Nothing is more simple, and might I add simply elegant, as a glass container filled with string/fairy lights.

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Photo by Abijith K on Unsplash

Regarding design and decorating, when I love and appreciate the look of a space I interpret the core design style influence and fashion to my own taste in the style of the original.

In the style of the French tradition, an apéro, short for apéritif, is the planned or spontaneous pre mealtime custom of cocktails and converse with the inclusion of savory bites.

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Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

Summer evenings seem tailor-made for an in the style of apéro featuring light bites and tasty beverages to enhance the idea of relaxing and connecting.

Click on the link below photos for recipes.

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Country Living- Photography by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Easy plan, prep, and presentation begins with super easy items picked up at your local grocery store in taste and flavor combinations light yet flavor packed.

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May I suggest:

Hummus

Veggie Strips

Grapes

Cherries

Melons

Peaches

Plums

Berries

Cherry tomatoes

Fresh Pineapple Salsa with Sesame Tortilla Chips

Fresh Pineapple Salsa with Sesame Tortilla Chips

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The Casa Wedge Salad

Casa Wedge Salad Recipe

Creole Shrimp Caesar Salad with Cheesy Croutons

Creole Shrimp Caesar Salad with Cheesy Croutons Recipe

20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus

20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus Recipe

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Shrimp Ceviche

Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

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Grilled Pizza

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Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

2 cans tropical fruit, drained

1 can pear halves, drained

1 pint fresh blueberries

juice of one(1) lemon

1 large ripe avocado, halved and cut into slices

1 small container plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

black pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour.  Add two Tablespoons of honey to a small container of Greek yogurt and you’ve got the dressing.

Garnish with avocado slices, yogurt dressing and a fine dusting of black pepper.

Lemon Ice

Lemon Ice Recipe

Pick up a luscious lemon layer cake and proceed to sweetly impress with the addition of fresh blueberries and lemon slices topping it all of with a generous tablespoon of lemon curd and/or whipped topping.

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Sweet summer s’mores because who doesn’t crave s’more sweet moments.

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Architectural Digest – Photography by Amy Neunsinger

Spending time outdoors is a big part of summer fun, making it easy to understand why outdoor living spaces have become extensions of the life lived within our home- a retreat of heart and home.

Consider this summertime outdoor living lagniappe hints and inside information a little something extra for your summertime let’s patio times.

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Merry Christmas To You!

Merry Christmas to you, my treasured friends.

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Rikki Snyder

This Christmas collection of pretty pictures, delightful treats, and Christmas at home is a visual to you, from me gift that hopefully fills the eye and the heart with the most wonderful time of the year sights of the season.

Enjoy!

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At Home in Arkansas – Photography by Rett Peek

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Divinity with Cherries and Pecans

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Country Home Magazine

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House Beautiful – Photography by Peter Frank Edwards

Forest Beauty

Forest Beauty

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Flower Magazine

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Curly Girl Kitchen

All is calm, all is bright.

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The light in a child’s eyes is all it takes to make
Christmas a magical time of the year.

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May the beauty of the season be bountiful in the spaces and places of your holiday home.

With much love to one and all,

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Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Taste of Thanksgiving recipes feed the hunger we crave and gives reason for the gathering season.

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Gathering together to feast, family, and friend during the holidays or just because on a Monday in cozy spaces with good food (fancy schmancy or crackers and can cheese) is rooted in connection, love, and celebration of relationship.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Speaking from years of experience, the kitchen is about to be a hot spot of holiday activity.  Music is a must, quality kitchen tools and gadgets essential, organization the sous chef to friend, and the taste of Thanksgiving present and accounted for.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Holiday open houses at favorite antique shoppes result in treasured finds; among them platters O’Plenty perfect for plating birds baked, roasted, and fried.

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Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale

Louisianans do love to do delicious fried turkey when the weather turns cold and the good holiday times roll.

Deep-Fried Turkey Recipe

Country Living – Photography by Johnny Miller

Deep-Fried Turkey

Ingredients

1½ tbsp. kosher salt

1½ tbsp. smoked paprika

1½ tsp. garlic powder

1½ tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

1¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 (12- to 14-pound) whole fresh turkey

Peanut oil (about 3 gallons)

Directions

Stir together first 6 ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Drain cavity well; pat entire turkey dry with paper towels.

Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin; generously spread seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin and secure with wooden picks, if desired.

Sprinkle and rub remaining seasoning inside cavity and on outside of turkey. Let turkey stand at room temperature while oil heats.

Meanwhile, pour oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top; heat to 350°F over a medium-low flame, according to manufacturer’s instructions (about 45 minutes).

Place turkey on fryer rod. Carefully and slowly lower turkey into hot oil with rod attachment.

Fry 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°F (about 3 minutes per pound plus an additional 5 minutes.  Keep oil temperature between 300°F and 325°F). Remove turkey from oil; drain and let stand 25 minutes before slicing.

Serves 10-12.

-Country Living

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Alex Orenczuk TV

Louisiana pecans harvested from area farms characterize the taste of home.

Cinnamon Candied Pecans​​​​​​​​
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Ingredients

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 cup pecans

½ teaspoon cinnamon

​​​​​​​​Directions

In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt together butter, cinnamon and granulated sugar until the sugar starts to caramelize.  Add pecans and stir to coat; stirring often to keep from burning.

Pour candied pecans onto parchment or wax paper allowing to cool.

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Southern sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and Dave the Builder’s requested favorite, sweet potato pie- Louisiana sweet potatoes are synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced French fry style

1 stick butter, sliced

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp water

Directions

Places prepared sweet potatoes in pot. Add sugar and butter slices. Add water and cover with lid. Cook on low about 40 minutes or until tender. Do not stir during cooking time.

Place candied sweet potatoes in casserole and serve.

-Cooking with Brenda Gantt

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Ingredients

2 pounds green asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4  large egg yolks

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

⅛  teaspoon cayenne pepper

½  cup butter, melted

½ (16-ounce) package crawfish tails

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and add asparagus.  Top with canola oil, salt, and pepper, and brush evenly with basting brush.  Bake until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add water to a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer.  In a stainless steel bowl, add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne.  Hold bowl over simmering water making sure bottom of bowl does not touch water, and whisk vigorously until volume of egg mixture doubles.  Slowly whisk in melted butter until sauce is thick and combined.

Remove from heat, and stir in crawfish.  Serve immediately over asparagus.

-Louisiana Cookin’

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Regional ingredients rich in taste of home traditions star in our taste of Thanksgiving non-traditional side dishes.

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Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Holiday time is coming, and what better time to dazzle the gathered together than with one of these taste of Thanksgiving recipes.

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Never Forget the Attacks on 9/11

Shall we never forget the fateful attacks against our nation on Tuesday,  September 11, 2001 (9/11).

Has it really been 20 years?

I remember it like it was yesterday, and as time marches on my memories surrounding that day remain crystal clear.

Katie Couric relating to the viewers details too horrific to imagine, too grievous to ignore, too important to forget.

Shared phone calls of disbelief.

Telling Dave the Builder I knew the towers would collapse based on the knowledge of detonation practices learned from studying Las Vegas hotel implosions.

Discussions with other parents of how to explain the events of the day to our children in an honest yet measured manner as not to scare and upset their hearts and thoughts any further than the attacks in the name of pure evil this morning presented.

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We revere 9/11 as a day of remembrance and reflection; a day Americans  come together in reverent thought, solemn moments of silence, ringing of bells of remembrance and prayers for comfort and strength.

Life as Americans knew it up to that point forever changed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m. EST.

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7:59 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 11 departs from Boston’s Logan International Airport bound for Los Angeles with 11 crew members and 76 passengers on board.

Five al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers on board are excluded from the total numbers.

8:15 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Logan International en route to LAX with 9 crew members and 51 passengers aboard.

Five al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers are excluded from the total numbers.

8:20 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 77, en route to Los Angeles, takes off from Dulles International in Washington, D.C. with a total of 59 innocents on board; 6 crew members and 53 passengers.

The 5 al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers are excluded from the total numbers.

8:42 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark Liberty International with 7 crew members and 33 passengers on the flight.

Four al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers aboard this flight are excluded from the total numbers.

8:46 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:03 a.m. EST– United Flight 175 crashes into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:37 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.  The crash and the fire as a result of it take the lives of 59 passengers and crew and 125 people on the ground.

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9:42 a.m. EST– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounds all flights.

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9:59 a.m. EST– Fifty-six minutes after impact the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses in a mere 10 seconds.  More than 800 people inside the South Tower and the surrounding area of the building perish.

10:03 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing 40 people on board the aircraft.

The hijackers are not included in this number, and rightfully so.

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Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial

10:15 a.m. EST– The outer ring of the Pentagon collapses.

10:28 a.m. EST– The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses killing more than 1,600 both in and around the tower.

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Fear came to call not expecting bravery and resilience to answer back united we stand.

Our memories will forever be filled with the events of that horrific day in our history, and even though painful to remember we should choose to never forget the attacks on 9/11.

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We are the United States of America.

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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.

Never forget.