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Friday, August 5, 2011

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Simple Summer Napkins

Here's a simple DIY project
to dress up your Summer table.

I started with these.
Cotton Dish Towels. Yes... Dish Towels.
I think 100% Cotton works best for making napkins.
I actually picked 4 of these up at the Dollar Store.
Each towel will make 2 napkins.
$4.00 for 8 napkins, how's that for a deal?

Fold each towel in half and cut along the fold.

Now you've got 2 pieces with one unfinished edge.

Fold the unfinished edge over 1/2 inch.
Then fold over 1/2 inch again.
Press and sew down the hem.

If I've completely lost you using the word SEW...
You can easily use iron on fusible hem tape.

Easy breezy. Pretty and practical.

Cotton dish towels wash up easily, and the more you
wash them, the softer they get.
They come in so many colors and patterns
the possibilites are endless.
So grab a towel and and set the table!

Monday, June 6, 2011

30 Days in June...

It's Summer time and the living is easy.
And so is entertaining.
For the month of June, my friend and author, Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer has some very hip tips, tricks and ideas for simple Summer Entertaining.

Sandy shares her inspiring ways of turning your outdoor space into a welcoming place to entertain and enjoy your Summer guests.

With Sandy, it's always... all about simple and fresh!
Just my style.
Be sure to stop by. You are going to love all the lovely.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gilda's Big Night Out

Gilda's Club of Metro Detroit is gearing for their biggest fund raiser of the year this Thursday night May 19th. This year's theme "Bands, Boots & Barbeque." Guests will be entertained by a battle of the bands competition performed by local country/rock musicians. Enjoy a delicious BBQ cook-off prepared by the area’s finest restaurants, live/silent auctions and many more surprises.

Near and dear to our hearts, we're always honored to support this incredible organization, who's soul purpose is to create a supportive environment for people coping with cancer.

This year we decided to whip up a few Hostess Baskets, packed with goodies to make any hostess instantly hip! Aprons, tea towels, matching magnets and front and center: Sandy Coughlin's simple guide to entertaining: The Reluctant Entertainer Many thanks and hugs to Sandy for donating her amazing book!
We hoping there will be a few Reluctanter Entertainers in attendance who will lay down cash at the silent auction to become a Hip Hostess! Wishing everyone at Gilda's Club a darn good time and a wildly successful event!

Monday, March 14, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Hearty Hamburger Soup

Delighted to link up with two charming and very hip hostesses...

Tidy Mom and Dine and Dish are celebrating the love of soup with a "Soup-a-palooza!" Not only will you find a potful of soup, chowder & chili recipes, both lovely ladies are hosting giveaways! Stop by and enter to win prizes from:

Oh, and by the way there's a "Hip Little Apron" up for grabs, too!

Here's a soup that doesn't require hours of simmering on the stove! My family's favorite because it's so satisfying and seriously delicious. My favorite because it's such a quick dish! If you have all the ingredients on hand you can whip this up in less than hour. Paired with breadsticks or a crusty loaf of bread you can have dinner on the table in no time flat!

1 LB Ground Beef
4 Cups Water
1 Can (14-1/2 oz) diced or regular tomatoes
3 Medium carrots sliced
2 Medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 Beef bouillon cubes
1 Cup fresh,f rozen, or canned green beans
1 Medium onion chopped
1-1/2 Tsps salt
1/4 Tsps pepper

In large sauce pan, brown ground beef, drain.
Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
Serves 6

You can also use beef broth, and add more or less water as needed.

Mix it up by combining the ground beef with ground Turkey Italian Sausage.
Substitute the ground beef with ground turkey.
Any combo of vegetables are tasty in this soup. I've made it so many times and have included peas, cabbage, celery, and even tiny pasta.

*Hostess Hint: This soup makes for a great last minute meal when you have unexpected company for dinner. (I always try to keep the ingredients handy in the pantry) Toss up a fresh green salad, bread or rolls, and you have an instant hearty dish to impress your guests!


Be sure to top by Tidy Mom and Dine and Dish for
giveaway details & all the scoop on the soup!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Christy's Oriental Chicken Salad

I was lucky enough to discover this scrumptious grilled chicken salad when my sweet friend Christy served it several years ago. It was love at first taste and has become one of my favorite go-to dishes ever since.
I recently served it over the holidays to our weekend guests and once again it was a huge hit and a nice change from all the heavy holiday food. I love that everything can be prepared ahead of time leaving you free to concentrate on your guests and be the perfectly hip hostess!

I like to serve all the accompaniments in individual dishes and let my guests help themselves. Pretty presentation for a buffet or simply set everything in the middle of the table for a family style meal.

Christy's Oriental Chicken Salad
3 TBS Honey
1 1/2 TBS White Vinegar
4 TBS Mayonnaise
1 TBL Dijon Mustard
*1/8 TSP Sesame Oil

*This is very strong flavor so I only add a drop at a time & taste in between
Blend all ingredients with whisk. Store in refrigerator till ready to serve.
May be made a day ahead.

2-4 Boneless Chicken Breasts (skinless)
3 Cups chopped Romaine Lettuce
1 Cup chopped Red Cabbage
1 Cup chopped Napa or Savoy Cabbage
1 Cup chopped Green Onions
1/2 Cup sliced Almonds
1 Cup Chow Mein or Rice Noodles
1 can sliced & drained Water chestnuts

Cut chicken into cubes.
Grill the chicken with olive oil, add salt & pepper to taste.
*You can easily do this earlier in the day and store in refrigerator.
Toss lettuce and cabbage together.
Place green onions, almonds, noodles, & water chestnuts in separate dishes.
Serve dressing on the side.

Now for the perfect ending...
My French Mother- in- law's
Fresh Orange Salad
Simply peel and slice fresh Navel Oranges.
Add a few teaspoons of sugar to taste and a splash or two of this...

Gently combine the oranges, sugar and Grand Marnier.
Let is sit for a bit and serve at room temperature.
Voila! A tasty, fresh & impressive meal with little effort & big impact.
Hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage Baby Love

Our family will soon be blessed with a little bundle of joy and thought I would share the "Baby Shower" I hosted for our daughter over Thanksgiving weekend. She and our son in law are expecting a baby girl and we are just tickled pink!

My daughter and I collaborate on almost everything, but this time I kept the details to myself so when she arrived it would all be a suprise. She knew the day & the time, but that was it. I knew she loved soft colors, simple looks, and vintage elements, but I also wanted to include a bit of the "bird on a branch" theme she is using in the nursery.

The setting could not have more perfect. A restored victorian home on the grounds of a local golf course, now a restaurant and banquet venue. The room was overflowing with charm: exposed brick walls, painted white windows and columns, brass sconces and beautiful upholstered chairs. It was almost too good to be true.

After making way too many trips to thrift stores, searching and shopping on Etsy, and let's not even talk about all the Rustoleum "Blossom White"spray paint, I was able to get the exact look I wanted and hoped my daughter would love.

Here's how it all came out with a few tips on where to buy and how-tos.

The seating cards were simple tags tied with ribbon and then hung from a branch I found in the woods. The ribbon I used was actually Wright's hem tape available at most fabric stores. Since I needed a bunch I ordered it HERE I learned how to give the ribbon that vintage crinkled look HERE

This little alcove was the perfect setting for the sweets table. The "bebe" letters were my version of something I saw on Martha Stewart. You'll find it HERE

I found the sweet vintage baby cards HERE on Etsy

Ribbon trimmed Cake Pedestals from Home Goods made pretty little centerpieces and whoever had the most pennies in their purse, got to take it home. I covered a block of styrofoam with reindeer mose, then added a miniature crib I found HERE The birds were another great catch from numerous goodwill hunting trips. Along with the cribs, they got a nice coat of "Blossom White." Voila! Instant upcycled elegance!

All the ladies went home with one of these little lovelies:
Charming key chains made from vintage silverware. I think this was my favorite element of the shower and they were such a huge hit with our guests. Each included a card with the pattern name and date it was introduced. The shop owner at Mon Petit Chou Boutique did a custom order for me and was so sweet to work with. She also crafts the most exquisite vintage jewelry.
You'll find her HERE on Etsy.

The favor boxes were simple chipboard, topped with a little ribbon & vintage look "Merci" cards. Little effort, big impact & I loved the look! Another great Etsy find:

Such sweet memories. My loving grandmother made this
dress for me 50 plus years ago. Fine organdy with delicate little pink rosebuds.

I wore it, my daughter wore it, and now our sweet little
granddaughter will soon wear it too.

We only played 2 games. I tried to keep short & sweet.
"Tiny Babies"
I couldn't resist swaddling them up nice & cozy. As they arrived, each guest picked a baby, but they could not leave their baby unattended. Not for the bathroom,or the buffet line. Nor could they say the word Baby. If they did they had to give up their baby to the guest that caught them in the act. Of course, the lady with the most babies at the end of the shower won the prize. A lot of fun, and a lot of laughs.

This one is pretty self explanatory. Guess how many...
I cleaned out some olive oil bottles, topped with muslin and ribbon. My daughter actually took these home and has them in the nursery.

The guest of honor and Mommy-to-be.

This photo pretty much says it all.
Just as my grandmother did, and my mother still does for me, from mother to daughter, this truly was a labor of love.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

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