Recipes


Recipes from November’s Floral Design Workshop

November 7, 2022,  posted by Michelle – We’re sharing the recipes we’ll have for our November Floral Design Workshop. Did you know that our workshops are full of flowers AND food? We usually serve delicious refreshments and over the years people have requested the recipes. You’ll find all of the recipes we’ve made for the Workshops and other events here on our recipe page.

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October Scarecrows, Fall Fun & Recipes

October 5 2022, posted by Gina

One of our favorite things about being in Madison, Mississippi is the annual Scarecrow Contest open to businesses. We look forward to participating every year and this year we created a fun flower-child scarecrow. Everything about her says ‘fall fun’ and we invite you to take a snapshot with her in front of our shop. She will be out the whole month of October, so be sure to check her out when you drive by or when to you stop in to shop with us. 

We would love to have you vote for our scarecrow in the contest!

To vote, go to the Madison the City Facebook page, then go to the post of our scarecrow and ‘like’ it! The scarecrow with the most likes wins the contest.

It’s so fun to drive around town looking at all the different scarecrows and to see how very creative people are. 

Now that the first slight chill has made its way to our neck of the woods, we can’t help but think about all the holidays coming our way starting with Halloween. Our customers have been buying Halloween décor since July, which gives you an idea about how this holiday has grown in terms of decorating. We enjoyed putting these pumpkin wreaths together because they are so fun and happy. The great thing about these wreaths is that they can be used all year long with a quick change of the adornments. We also recently received a new shipment of live plants and love how these gorgeous crotons mix so well with fall décor.

In the fall everyone starts making warm soups, hearty chili, comforting casseroles and decadent baked goods. We love cooking, entertaining and sharing recipes. We sell delicious jams, mustards, honeys and other condiments and spices that help make entertaining easy. Did you know that we serve all kinds of delicious food at our Floral Design Workshops? You’ll find all of the recipes we’ve made for the Workshops and other events here on our website.

We had a great time creating the menu for our October 2022 Floral Design Workshop and we’re sharing the recipes with you. Enjoy!

The Chocolate Pecan Pumpkin Bread recipe (pictured above) makes two loaves. It’s great to make ahead and share one loaf with a friend.

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Recipes from September’s Floral Design Workshop

September 12, 2022, posted by Michelle – We’re sharing the recipes we’ll have for our upcoming September Floral Design Workshop. Did you know that our workshops are full of flowers AND food? We usually serve delicious refreshments and over the years people have requested the recipes. You’ll find all of the recipes we’ve made for the Workshops and other events here on our recipe page. Note: In the sidebar on the right side of the page, all of the recipes are listed by category. If you’re viewing this page on your phone, the categorized recipe list will appear at the bottom of the page.

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Recipes from August’s Floral Design Workshop 1 comment

August 18, 2022, posted by Michelle – We’re sharing the recipes we’ll have for our upcoming August Floral Design Workshop. Did you know that our workshops are full of flowers AND food! We usually serve delicious refreshments and over the years people have requested the recipes. You’ll find all of the recipes we’ve made for the Workshops and other events here on our recipe page. Note: In the sidebar on the right side of the page, all of the recipes are listed by category. If you’re viewing this page on your phone, the categorized recipe list will appear at the bottom of the page.

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Saturday Tastings Recipes

July 23, 2022, posted by Michelle – We’re so excited to host our first Saturday Tastings event! Saturday, July 23 from 10 – 2.

A tasting buffet will be set up in our lobby for our customers to enjoy. Below you’ll find all the recipes!

All of the dishes are made using a variety of the gourmet condiments we sell. You’ll find honey, olive oil, spices, Mexican vanilla, mustards, tapenades, jams and more for sale in the shop.

We will host these tastings from time to time. Check our social media posts for all upcoming Saturday Tastings events!

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Recipes from October’s Floral Design Workshop

October 15, 2020, posted by Gina – We had the pleasure of hosting two Floral Design Workshops on October 13, 2020.  The theme was Pumpkins, Petals & Prosecco. In this workshop we incorporated small white pumpkins into pastel Fall arrangements.  We enjoyed refreshments before and during the workshop and want to share the recipes from our evening’s festivities with you.  Enjoy!

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Recipes for Beach and Backyard Labor Day Celebrations

September 2, 2020, posted by Gina – Labor Day marks the end of summer and back to school. While many of our days are still warm, our thoughts are transitioning to crisp evenings and bright, sunny autumn days.  Over the years, autumn has become my favorite season.  I love to peruse comfort food recipes, smell the scents of fall and turn my thoughts to holiday entertaining.  Entertaining this year may present some interesting challenges, but I am more than ready to take them on!

I made this pasta salad for my family every time we were at the beach.  It became a mainstay and one that could not be omitted or else I’d find myself in trouble with the family.  It is very simple but somehow seems a like nice treat after a few hours on the beach.  The shell pasta seems right at home while at the beach. 

The following three recipes are perfect for a backyard cookout. Pork chops are sometimes overlooked as a meat for grilling, but they grill fast and taste wonderful cooked on the grill.

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Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

A perfect recipe for a brunch or cocktail party: Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

June 6, 2019, posted by Gina – We served these wonderful Salmon-Cucumber tea sandwiches, along with a few other small bites, at our last floral design workshop. The recipe for these came from the My Recipes site. They are elegant and light and the fresh dill really makes them super delicious. Add these easy-to-make tea sandwiches to your next brunch or cocktail party menu. We also served the best chocolate chip cookies at the workshop and posted that recipe last week. You can check it out HERE.

My love for decorating and entertaining includes making delicious dishes. I pour over cookbooks (and have for years!) searching and testing out all kinds of recipes. Whether it’s a new recipe for a small luncheon or a full Thanksgiving Day menu for a large family, I put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect menu. For me, attention to detail is so important and my creative juices start flowing from that focus. I’m passionate about all aspects of entertaining, from creating a beautiful tablescape complete with floral arrangements to whipping up a delicious meal!

If you like discovering new recipes and learning about floral design and home décor, hit the subscribe button in the sidebar to the right. Every time we post a new recipe or an article about general décor, it will be sent directly to your email inbox. Also, check out the list (further down in the sidebar) of all the recipes we’ve posted on the website. It’s divided into categories so you can quickly search for a specific type of recipe. Be sure also to head over to our Flower page which showcases our floral arrangements. You will also find our Floral Design Workshop schedule on the Workshops/Tutorials page.

Thank you so much for visiting our website and we hope to see you in our shop soon!

A bite-size flavor bomb: Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Light and flavorful!
Printable recipe card

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Cream of the Crop Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 comments

Finally, a chocolate chip cookie so good it’s the cream of the crop!

May 28, 2019, posted by Gina – Working in the shop keeps me very busy and for that, I am truly grateful! I love it but I was also happy to have a bit of spare time on my hands this Memorial Day. So, I took the opportunity to share this great chocolate chip cookie recipe with you. 

Cream of the crop chocolate chip cookies

Over the years I have tried a million chocolate chip cookie recipes that claim to be the BEST.  I must say I have liked them all and, believe me, not a crumb was wasted. However, I did not find one I felt was “the best”.  Then a few years ago I found a recipe somewhere online and if you are like me, you approach these with caution.  Most of them are good but occasionally you come across one that is not written correctly or the result just isn’t so grea.  For some reason, I decided to try this chocolate chip cookie recipe and I was so happy; I felt I had finally found a true winner.  I think the reason why this recipe is different than others is because of the pudding mix. These are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside and for me, this is a perfect combination.  These fall into the “best” category or the “Cream of the Crop”, as I have coined them.

This recipe makes 72 cookies!  That’s a lot of cookies.  I love this because you can enjoy a few as soon as you bake them and you can freeze some too.  

I wish I could remember where I found this recipe.  I hand wrote the recipe which is odd as I usually just print it out.  While I can’t take credit for it, I am happy to share it with you.  It is a straightforward recipe and I made them as directed.  I added the part about the #40 food scoop.  If you don’t have one of these, I encourage you to get one.  It is great for so many things and for this recipe it allows you to uniformly bake the cookies.  

Please give me a shout if you try these and let me know where you rate them.  Or at least enjoy every bite!  Until next time.

Cream of the crop chocolate chip cookies in the making!

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Spring Luncheon

Photo Above: For this luncheon, I used my mother’s china that I “borrowed” about 5 years ago.  The blue- green pastel color perfectly complimented the spring colors of the table linens and accessories.

April 11, 2019, posted by Gina – Our blog posts have been few and far between lately but we finally had a moment to share something with you.  I hosted my Cookbook Club this week at my home and we enjoyed a delicious meal. We have been cooking out of The Silver Palate Cookbook which was originally published in the 70’s.  We have links to various recipes at the end of this post if you are interested in trying any of these dishes yourself. We hope this inspires you to host your own Spring gathering!

Taking full advantage of the beautiful Spring weather, we started off with crudités and champagne in my garden.

Baked ham was the main dish and it was very good. A Dijon mustard – brown sugar mixture was spread on it for baking. It is served with wine and apricot sauce on the side. I also offered coarse ground mustard and a chutney.

All the side dishes were delicious; we had Oil Roasted Summer Vegetables, Orange & Onion Salad and Leek Tart. The vegetables were roasted with olive oil and salt. That’s all! Simple but super flavorful and it makes such a pretty dish. The Orange and Onion Salad was very refreshing and paired wonderfully with our ham. The Leek Tart was similar to a quiche but with a more silky interior. Delicious! 

Orange & Onion Salad

And what better way to end this meal than with a Carrot Cake…

Carrot Cake

With Easter around the corner, I was inspired to work with bright colors and Easter decor that complimented the Easter themed menu.

This cute couple has been part of our Easter decor for years.
I always wanted personalized eggs for my family.  Time always got away from me and I just never ordered them, that is until a few years ago.  We even have one for Emma, our black lab.
Owning the flower shop has given me access to some of the most gorgeous flowers.  These pale pink roses opened up with the most luscious petals. 
These little guys have been around so long we should probably set a place at the table for them!  The bunny on the right was actually painted by my Aunt…for my sister.  I have no recollection of how I acquired him but he does put a smile on my face.  Years ago I took ceramics classes and tried my hand at creating a mate. 

We hope you were inspired by the flavors of this meal and the Spring colors of the table setting, the flowers and the decorations! Below are links to some of the recipes…

Glazed Baked Ham

Leek Tart

Oil Roasted Summer Vegetables

Carrot Cake

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