Friday, November 30, 2012

Southern Living Idea House

My friend Lynn and I decided to visit the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, GA this past Wednesday and I’m so glad we did.  We both came away from this historic farmhouse renovation with lots of design and Christmas d├ęcor ideas. 

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The new wrap around porch was lovely with an eating area and a cozy swing.

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There were lots of different styles ranging from contemporary to rustic country. 

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There were pretty Christmas table settings.  I liked the square wreaths in the windows and the very simple pine cones and candy canes decorating each plate.  The designers made good use of fresh greenery, pinecones, silk flowers and glass ornaments.

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There was great use of space with lots of shelving and several storage pieces that I would really love to have in my own home.

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This house would be wonderful for entertaining.  The totally screened in porch with pull down screens that can be raised when not needed and the backyard fire pit area were outstanding.

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There were four bedrooms with decor ranging from modern luxury to down home country style.

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There is so much to see that I can’t begin to cover it in a blog post.  You can always visit this Historic Farmhouse Renovation online – it’s well worth the time.

PB284938I know that I’ll be using some of the Christmas decorating ideas that were presented and filing away some great renovation plans for later. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mini Scone Pan

I’ve always made scones by patting the dough into a circle and then cutting it into wedges to be placed on the baking sheet, or in my case onto a baking stone.  I felt it might be time to try something new, so I picked up a Nordic Ware Mini Scone Pan at TJ Maxx.

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It seems like 16 smaller scones would be nice for entertaining, rather than the much larger scones that I usually bake.

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My first batch in the new pan was dried cranberry scones – quite plain and not too sweet.

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The dough is quite sticky and it was challenging to get it divided evenly between the 16 sections and spread into the corners.  Does anyone have any tips to make this step easier?

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Some of the scones were thinner than the others, but they did release from the pan very easily.

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You can see how nicely browned the bottom and the sides of these scones came out.

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I’d say that this baking pan is worth having and I’m looking forward to baking more scones in it and also cornbread triangles to enjoy with soup or stew.  Do any of you use one of these scone pans and  do you like it?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Keep Calm and Make Tea

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This cute tea bag holder was a recent TJ Maxx find.  It came in a pack of two and unfortunately there were only two packages left.  I snapped those up - one to add to my collection and three to attach to Christmas gift bags).  These “tea bag tidy” sets are made by Creative Tops - Bright Ideas for Creative Living.  There is a lovely website here. 

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The tea bag holders are a nice match for the cheerful mugs (also by Creative Tops) that I purchased at TJ Maxx a while ago.  I believe the mugs also came in white with red lettering.  

PB164885The tea bag holders are a generous size, with large, flat centers and can be used for coasters as well.

 

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Frozen Tea Treat

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On a recent grocery run to Kroger I found this So Delicious Green Tea frozen dessert.  I liked the fact that it is made with coconut milk and soy free.

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A half cup serving is only 130 calories - it is sweetened with organic agave syrup and not overly sweet.  It contains green tea powder and I found that the delicious green tea flavor really stands out.

PB034884One day I may try making homemade green tea ice cream with Matcha powder, but until then this is a nice alternative.

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