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Baked Corn Recipe

December 4, 2017, posted by Gina – I am sure you are like us and have lots of to-do lists for the holidays right about now. This year we are looking for ways to make life easier during the holidays so I thought I would share this super easy Baked Corn recipe with you. If I had to choose a favorite side dish, this one would certainly be in my Top 5. It is delicious and very easy to prepare. I have never found a person who did not like it, so it works great for a crowd.

Simple ingredients are needed and not one ounce of chopping is involved. I know! Crazy right?Trust me it tastes like a whole lot more effort goes into this. We are all about making you look good!

This the only piece of this deliciousness remaining after my family gobbled it up before I could take a photo of the finished pan. I guess that let’s you know that it’s really good.

Here’s the recipe. Your people will love you.


Entirely Hand-Made Garland 2 comments

November 19, 2017, posted by Gina – We had a client who was hosting an Open House in their beautiful store and wanted a garland made for a particular spot. Time was short and ordering a pre-made garland was not possible so we decided we could make one ourselves. Here are a few photos of our efforts…

We cut all the greens to the same length and laid them out for easy access.


Here is our garland complete and ready for the flowers. You don’t have to add flowers but it does make it so pretty.


The finished product is in the back of my car ready for delivery!

And finally, a close-up photo so you can get a better look at the assortment of green as well as the roses.

The next time we make one of these, we will do a tutorial in the event you ever find yourself wanting a garland. They are very beautiful and have so many uses.

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Fun Stuff for Friday: Looking Ahead to the Holidays 2 comments

November 17, 2017, posted by Gina – So, what is fun this Friday? We have lots of Christmas items going out and at the same time we are awaiting Thanksgiving and all its glory. Still, the fact is that people are preparing for the season ahead. So just what are we working on?

|  COTTON  BOLL  WREATH   |

It seems that cotton is very popular this year and we are incorporating it into wreaths and other arrangements. We embellished this wreath with some beautiful ribbons, greenery and red berries for a festive touch.

 

|  TRADITIONAL  CENTERPIECE   |

We were asked to create a centerpiece for a table that would last throughout the season. Our client prefers using traditional colors of red, white and green and this piece will be a nice compliment.

 

|   REFINED  RUSTIC  |

This rustic toolbox is destined to adorn an outside porch, so we used more natural elements for an outdoorsy look. We added a bit of cotton and berries for a festive feel.

 

|  SMALL TOOLBOX  ARRANGEMENT   |

This cute little toolbox is the perfect pick-me-up. We added a plaid bow as it just seemed to be the perfect compliment to the box.

 

|   MAILBOX  SWAG  |

Christmas greens provided the backdrop for this mailbox swag while ribbons, a bit of shimmer and a few cotton bolls provided the finishing touches.


Tips on Keeping Houseplants Healthy and Happy

November 8, 2017, posted by Gina – Occasionally, I take a long, hard look at my houseplants and conclude they have seen better days. I try to make them last as long as possible but replacing them at a certain point becomes inevitable. Several of mine had reached the point of no return this week and I bought some replacements. I am very happy with the plants I found.

This Lemon Button Fern is one of the easiest ferns to keep looking fresh. I water it about once per week and I occasionally run the spray water on it.

Neon Pothos is very reliable and easy to keep looking just as the day you purchased it. I water once per week.

This ivy topiary was so cute that I could not pass it up. Ivy seems to be prey for spider mites but one way to keep these pests at bay is to keep the ivy evenly watered. Don’t let it dry out but, conversely, don’t let it stay too wet.

Kalanchoe is my favorite house plant because of the beautiful, colorful blooms and it is the easiest plant to maintain. It requires very little water and its waxy leaves always look fresh. The blooms will fade and when that happens I clip them off and am left with a pretty green plant. These will bloom again but it takes a bit of time.

Asparagus fern is an easy fern to keep alive. This one is on my screened in porch to protect it from frost. Keep it evenly watered and it will become like a family member.

While proper watering is the key to having healthy plants, there are a few products that can help them along…


I use houseplant food, which is a fertilizer, every couple of months and follow the directions on the bottle. Triple Action Plus keeps insects and fungus from killing your plants. Spray this on every other month and you will have longer lasting plants. I suggest you take your plants outside for this spray as it is very strong. And finally, Leaf Shine makes most any plant look fresher and so beautiful.

I hope these tips help you keep your houseplants happy and hanging around for a while. Let us know any tips you have for keeping houseplants alive.


Brunch Menu Part 2

November 7, 2017, posted by Gina – Hello! We’re back again today with Part 2 of our Brunch menu. Our first recipe is for Easy Baked Eggs and we have a few notes to help you. I used ham, omitted the garlic (it just seemed too early to be hitting the hard stuff) and used spinach because kale is a garnish. I found that baking the eggs for only 20 minutes was not enough. I ended up cooking mine for 30 minutes, but all ovens don’t bake the same so check this very frequently. The best thing about this dish was the creamy egg yolk. If it cooked too long this dish would not be as wonderful as it is. This recipe makes four servings.

 

 

The original recipe for these Sausage Asiago Rolls was actually for an appetizer but when I read it I felt it could easily be changed to a brunch item. These make you look like you are a chef and the flavor is delicious plus they are very easy to prepare. I found that these slices would not fit in a 9- inch round cake pan and baked them on a cookie sheet instead. Not sure what is up with that, but it had to be done.

 

 

Our final recipe is for a Lemon Poppy Seed Cake. I have prepared this recipe for over 20 years. If you don’t care for baking, then this is not your gig. This is a dense cake with tons of flavor and texture. I used loaf pans instead of a tube pan when baking. The batter is enough to make 2 cakes if using loaf pans. It’s like a two for one sale. While this recipe does not call for FRESH lemon juice, I believe you should use fresh lemon juice since it is one of the main ingredients. And just as an aside concerning butter, does anyone know why recipes say one cup and not 2 sticks? I mean is that not a whole lot easier? I have always wondered this. Help me out.


Brunch Menu Part 1

November 6, 2017, posted by Gina – I will be sharing a few recipes for a brunch menu today and tomorrow. These may come in handy if you’re expecting out of town guests over the holidays. Today I am posting two recipes from this menu;  coffee cake (and not just any coffee cake but the Ultimate coffee cake) and fresh fruit with a very delicious fruit dip. Tomorrow I’ll post recipes for Asiago Sausage Rolls, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake and Easy Baked Eggs. Enjoy!

BRUNCH MENU

Ultimate Coffee Cake

Fresh Fruit with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Asiago Sausage Rolls

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Easy Baked Eggs

The following recipe for Paula Deen’s Ultimate Coffee Cake is fabulous, but I have a word of warning. I followed the directions and put 16 rolls in my Bundt pan, covered them with plastic wrap and then went to bed. When I woke up in the morning, I screamed as it looked as if this pan of dough was about to take over my kitchen. See for yourself…

My advice is to use 12 rolls instead of 16 – 18 as indicated on Paula’s original recipe. Your Bundt pan will not look nearly full enough but the rolls will rise and all will be just fine. The great thing about this is you do everything the night before and just bake it the next day. This gooey coffee cake has just the right amount of crunch from the pecans. Here’s the original recipe…

I have a confession. I had never, ever used Marshmallow Cream before this recipe. In fact, I did not know where it could be found in the grocery store. About a year ago I was at a garden club function where this dip was served and it was so delicious. I tried to find the person who made it to no avail. Last week I was trying to come up with some brunch recipes and I remembered this dip. After a quick search on the internet I found a recipe, though it’s so simple you really don’t need one. Get ready to love this!

Check back tomorrow for the other recipes!


Fun Stuff for Friday

November 3, 2017, posted by Gina with special thoughts from Michelle – Happy Friday! We had tons of Trick-or-Treaters at our house decked out in some great costumes. It made our Halloween so much fun. The very next evening we attended a Christmas Gala. It is crazy how fast things move from Fall inspired decorating and activities to holiday splendor. We love Thanksgiving and, in fact, it may be our favorite holiday. Even with this, we feel it is a good thing to at least begin planning for Christmas, so we will be sharing some ideas and projects and recipes in the next few weeks.

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Every year my neighborhood passes out these “Boo’d” signs. After you put the sign in a prominent window or door in front of your house you follow a set of instructions. You are instructed to prepare two goody bags/pumpkins filled with treats and other fun items like cocktail napkins, spider rings, pumpkin pencils, etc. Once those are done, you make two copies of each of the Boo’d signs and instruction sheets which you place inside your goodie bag. You then sneak these to two neighbor’s homes in the dark of the night. It spreads like wildfire and is such a fun game for everyone to enjoy.

 

|    L I N E N   A D D I C T    |


With the holidays on our heels, I decided it was way past time for me to clean out my table linen closet. As you can see from this photo I may be addicted to napkins. While these piles covered my whole island, there were many more that are not shown here. What can I say, I love entertaining and I need a lot of napkins. I can quit any time I want.

 

|     C O M E   &   G E T   I T    C O O K B O O K   by   R E E   D R U M M O N D    |


The Pioneer Woman’s (aka Ree Drummond) new cookbook is here. It is called Come & Get It and is sure to be as helpful and inspiring as her prior cookbooks. In true Ree form, each recipe has easy to follow, step by step photos of how to prepare each recipe. I just purchased my copy, so I’ll let you know how I like it. If you have already tried some recipes, please share them with us.

 

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I have been working on a design project for a little girl’s room and ran across Cuddle & Kind. These precious, hand knit dolls are so cute and no doubt very soft and cuddly. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these dolls goes to help children in need. How great is that? I have had such a great time working on a little girl’s room. I usually work on the main areas of a home but this time I have the opportunity to step outside of my normal box.

 

|   I have no idea why Gina thought it would be a good idea to taunt the person who is in total control of this website. I guess first born children aren’t good at thinking things through to their logical conclusion.   🙄|


I could not resist this. I am sure Michelle is not happy with me but still it makes me laugh. I am the oldest and she is the second born. Look out! I am sure she will get me back. It’s a sister thing.

Enjoy your weekend! Set your clocks one hour back on Saturday night and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

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Peach, Plaid & Pumpkins

October 30, 2017, posted by Gina – This past weekend we celebrated a big milestone birthday and a Halloween birthday all in one meal with family members. In planning for this birthday meal, I wanted to capture the fun of the season and create a memorable table.

I saw these plaid plates online and went to the store (Pier 1) later that day and purchased them. They are so cute and the colors are wonderful. I guess you could say these plates were the inspiration for the table.

And speaking of the table, here is a full view…

Deep yellow placemats anchored each place setting. White dinner plates served as the backdrop and each one was topped with the plaid plates. Pumpkins napkin rings around black and white script print napkins finished off the look.

I chose pastel flowers in chartreuse, peach and cream which coordinated very well with all the other elements.

I wanted candles on the table and set out to find something unique. I did just that with this tree candelabra which, once all the candles were lit, truly cast a beautiful glow on the table.

We had a wonderful time and a great meal. Speaking of the meal, I thought I would share the menu with you in case you are looking for ideas for a Fall gathering.

Brie and Crab Soup
Greek Salad
Beef Tenderloin
Baked Corn
Green Beans with New Potatoes
Caramel Cake (from Sugaree’s Bakery)

I am sad to say that I was so busy in the kitchen I did not have a minute to take a few photos of the food. It was a fun evening and I had a great time putting everything together.

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The Perfect Fall Salad

October 12, 2017, posted by Gina – This Walnut and Roquefort Salad combines crisp romaine lettuce with creamy avocado, crunchy, rich walnuts and roquefort cheese (a sheep’s milk blue cheese). Top it with a fresh vinaigrette and you have a salad with the perfect combination of ingredients. This recipe is from the Come On In cookbook from the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi.

 


What to Cook Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin with Apricots and Spinach

October 11, 2017, posted by Gina – We love pork tenderloin any time of year but this stuffed version seems to be the perfect offering for a Fall menu. It combines fresh spinach with sweet apricots for a very moist filling for the meat. Finish it off with a wine and beef stock sauce and you are sure to make your family or guests very happy. This recipe is from the Come On In cookbook from the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi.

We are providing a bit of a tutorial as you will need to butterfly the tenderloin. We promise it is not hard and all you need is a sharp knife. Truly, good knives are the key to ease in the kitchen.