You just can’t beat the versatility of a great bench.
You just can’t beat the versatility of a great bench.
It all started with the pineapple I had on the counter. It was ripe, ready to eat and I had friends stopping by for a glass of wine. I needed a quick appetizer, and always have bacon on hand – everyone knows that salty and sweet are match made in heaven so I whipped up batch of Bacon Wrapped Pineapple.
I wanted a bit more flavor so I reached for one of my favorite sauces – Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki. This all-natural sauce is sweetened with sorghum syrup and flavored with garlic and ginger – what’s not too love? The tough question was – which one? Traditional Kentuckyaki or Hot & Spicy? I opted for both… so half the appetizers were drizzled with Traditional Kentuckyaki and other half in Hot & Spicy. My guests unanimously agreed – both were delicious!
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple with Kentuckyaki Sauce
1 lb. Applewood Smoked Bacon
1 Fresh Pineapple, cored, sliced and cut into 20 3/4-1″ chunks
Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki Sauce*
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bacon strips in half so you get two pieces per strip. Wrap each half-strip of bacon around a pineapple chunk, and hold in place with toothpick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Once bacon is cooked through, immediately drizzle with Kentuckyaki Sauce while pineapple is still hot. Move to a serving platter. Serve warm.
Blue and white pottery has long been a tasteful and timeless home decor and dinnerware choice of both homemakers and interior stylists alike.
Although I still love the classic blue and white patterns (think Blue Willow, South Hampton, the gorgeous french and Italian patterns), I’m also loving the fun new patterns that are available today.
The best thing about blue and white style is the more, the merrier! Whether in my store displays or at home, it’s the perfect “mix and match” choice to create fresh and fun tablescapes and vignettes.
At the table, blue and white pottery just feels like summer. I see this place setting for a beautiful summer barbecue. Add red accents and you’ve got a great nautical look… go for yellow accents to add a touch of southern french style.
Adding a touch of blue and white pottery filled with greenery or flowers to a shelf or china hutch to an organic touch and pop of color.
Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, farmhouse or coastal cottage decor, blue and white pottery would be a smart design choice and look right at home!
The standard office and modular office furniture in many office buildings tends to be a bit bland and generic. When you consider the fact that you spend 8 hours or more of your day in this environment, you want to make it a place you are happy to be in.
By adding a few personal touches and a little color, you can liven up your work space and still maintain a professional, polished look.
To start, we created a focal point for this young woman’s office. The art on the wall immediately brightens the space and draws your eye into the room. A small custom floral arrangement carries the color down to the table – leaving plenty of work space for meetings, etc.
The desk and window ledge also were in need of a little warmth and greenery.
The lamps add some balance and potted ferns added to the window sills bring a nice organic touch without blocking the view.
Good quality faux plants are very realistic and an easy care option for busy professionals.
A simple orchid arrangement to the corner of the desk finishes the look.
The result is a polished, bright and inviting work space!
These gluten-free lemons bars are so refreshing and a delicious addition to your spring dinner or party menu. I’ve made them gluten-free but you can easily change the flour to regular AP flour if you choose.
Gluten Free Lemon Bars
Heat Oven to 350F. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two butter knives, blend until a crumbly mixture results. Add water one tablespoon of water. Press mixture into the bottom of the baking dished ensuring that you go up the sides of the pan slightly (this will help hold the lemon mixture). Bake for approximately 25 minutes until slightly golden and set.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the sugar lemon juice, lemon zest together. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Pour mixture over the hot crust.
Bake 24-26 minutes or until set in the middle. Let cool on the counter and then refrigerate for a couple of hours.
To serve, cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator… Enjoy!
We don’t carry a lot of cookware in the store, so I wanted to be sure we had a product on our shelves that was versatile and a good option for healthy cooking… cast-iron definitely fits the bill.
I absolutely love this Chasseur enameled cast-iron cookware – it’s not only beautiful but so practical!
Enameled cast-iron is ideal for grilling, simmering, roasting or simply for re-heating, thanks to its impeccable design and quality:
Double layer of enamel, black on the edges to protect from corrosion – stylist on the outside. Pretty and practical!
Love this quick and easy fusion of flavor… a little Asian with a little Hawaiian barbecue. A delicious and healthy weeknight option or a casual gathering with friends.
Pork & Pineapple Recipe
Lettuce Wrap Recipe
To make this in the slow cooker, add the pork + the marinade to the bowl of your slow cooker. Cover and cooking on high for 4-5 hours and on low for 6-8 hours. Finish the recipe as directed.
Swap out the lettuce for corn or flour tortillas – this recipe also make great pork tacos.
*Find these fine ingredients at à la Maison at 25 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Or call 315-440-6637 to order.
This charming village home, now owned by a lovely family, wanted a pop of bright holiday color for their historic carriage house.
I was thrilled to take the job as this home has special meaning for me>.. my mother-in-law, who recently passed, owned and loved this home for over 30 years.
Accents in lime green and purple on an evergreen base looked great with the neutral brown/taupe of the exterior shingles.
The homeowner loved them and I think Norma would be pleased with the results as well!
Wishing you all happy holidays, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
I’m a denim fan through and through… from a great pair of jeans to denim dresses, skirts and shirts… I’ve got them. So when I saw this great little vintage-style arm chair upholstered in denim, it was love at first site!
Used alone, this chair is perfect for a side chair in a bedroom, office, or living area. This could also be a great way to freshen up a dining room – consider ordering a set to replace current dining room chairs for a more casual and updated look.
These chairs can be ordered and are available with or without arms. For more information, contact Michele at 315-440-6637.