Inspired Cooking… Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Sauce

Mustard Chicken 20202I have been on the hunt for a new line of mustard for our store.  It’s one of those condiments that I rely on regularly – more than just topping of a ham and cheese sandwich.  It’s a key ingredient in many of my vinaigrettes, sauces and marinades so I wanted to pick a line of mustard that was not only delicious, but also made with clean ingredients in the USA.

I am pleased to say that Koops’ Mustards, which was established in 1897, was the mustard company I’d been looking for.  They are mustard experts who use clean, non-GMO ingredients, and have an impressive line of mustards… 14 to be exact.   I’m here to tell you, not all Stone Ground or Dijon mustards are created equally, and I’ve tasted many that lacked the flavor and tang of these organic mustards from Koops’.

I was inspired to get cooking with them on this cold and snowy Central New York evening so it time for Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Sauce.

Mustard Chicken 2020This one is soooo easy!

Recipe - Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard Sauce

Pour yourself a nice glass of chardonnay and relax for an hour while it cooks in the oven.

This is delicious served with rice, cauliflower rice or oven roasted potatoes.




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Parade of Homes 2019

P of H 2019 Exterior

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work MWG Custom Homes on the design and interior styling of their beautiful “Tiffany”.  This 4,200 square foot home is packed with stunning details that were uniquely designed for the buyers.

This year’s Parade of Homes runs through Sunday, October 29th and is located in the new Wildflower development on Hollyshire Way in Clay, New York.  I hope you have an opportunity to view this and the other beautiful model homes open for display – your sure to find inspiration for building your dream home… or your next design project!


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Our Favorites Things… Recycled Candleholders

PW mesa group

Who wouldn’t love one of the beautiful new Mesa candles from PADDYWAX?  From the great southwestern inspired pottery to the soothing array of scent blends, they make a perfect gift option.

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However, these pretty little vessels have another purpose and will long outlive the candle within them.  Once the candles are gone, these pottery pieces are designed to be a stackable cream and sugar set.

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I just love multi-purpose products for the home!  Not a coffee drinker?   These pottery pieces would be great for sauces, condiments, etc.

No need to limit them to a life in the kitchen… How about a little greenery?… I can see them holding pretty little succulents arrangements as well!


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Our Favorite Things… A Great Bench

You just can’t beat the versatility of a great bench.

Uttermost bench

Here is one of my favorites… So many options with this new bench. Measuring a generous 76″ long, it makes the perfect window seat or  mudroom bench.  Also perfect for dining table seating… especially in a tight space.  Consider a bench for a beautiful and useful piece to place at the foot of a bed.
Crafted from 100% solid oak, featuring a carved trestle base finished in a smooth tobacco finish, this bench easily fits into traditional, farmhouse, cottage or even modern decor.
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Our Favorite Things… Denim Upholstery

chair - denim

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.

Chair - PH denim armless

These chairs can be ordered and are available with or without arms.  For more information, contact Michele at 315-440-6637.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Streusel Quick Bread

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This quick and simple breakfast bread is the perfect thing to whip up for family or guests who may be on a gluten-free diet.

I used Blends by Orly Sydney Blend for this recipe.  It’s a gluten-free flour blend that works as a 1:1 replacement for all purpose flour and is perfect for cakes, muffins and quick breads.

I also prefer to use grapeseed oil in my baking.  Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fats and vitamin E,  and because it’s virtually flavorless, it’s a perfect oil for baking as it won’t interfere with the flavor of your ingredients.   Grapeseed oil also has a high smoke point, which makes it a good substitute for olive or vegetable oils when stir-frying and sauteing.

Blends by Orly ingred

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Streusel Quick Bread

2       Cups Blends by Orly Sydney Blend*
1 1/2 Cup of sugar, divided
1       Teaspoon baking soda
1/2    Teaspoon salt
1       Cup Buttermilk
1       Large egg
1/4   Cup Napa Valley Naturals Grapeseed Oil*

1/2    Cup Sugar
3       Teaspoons ground cinnamon
3       Tablespoons Blends by Orly Sydney Blend*
2       Tablespoons butter, diced into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a regular-sized loaf pan.

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking soda. and salt. Whisk together. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg and Grapeseed oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until ingredients are combined.

To make the topping, add all the topping ingredients into a medium bowl – cut butter in with a pastry blender, or use your hand to work the butter until the mixture is crumbly – (as pictured below).

Pour half the bread batter in the loaf pan. Top with 1/2 the topping (avoiding the outer edge of the pan). Then top with the rest of the bread batter. Take a butter knife and gently swirl the batter. Then top with remaining topping

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

If you’d like to make this recipe with regular all-purpose flour… That works too!



*Find Blends by Orly flour blends and Napa Valley Naturals Grapeseed Oil at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, New York or call 315-440-6637.

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Gluten Free Breakfast Treat… Colorful Confetti Donuts

Colorful Confetti Donuts 2

You don’t have to be gluten sensitive to enjoy these delicious little donuts!

Colorful Confetti Donuts (Gluten Free)

  • 1 Cup Orly’s Manhattan Flour Blend*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup almond or diary milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Bourbon Barrel Foods Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla*
  • 1/3 cup of rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar & salt).  Set aside.

Orly's Manhattan Blend

In a medium bowl mix together the wet ingredients (Milk, yogurt, egg, butter and vanilla).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Gently fold in the rainbow sprinkles.

Gently spoon batter into donut pan (about ¾ of the way full).  Tip – you can put the donut batter in a Ziploc bag and cut a small piece of the corner the bag… then squeeze and pipe the batter into the donut pan sections.   You’ll have enough for about 6-8 donuts.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.

Donut Glaze

  • ¼ cup almond or diary milk
  • 2 ½ cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles to decorate top (optional)

Mix together all the glaze ingredients.  Whisk until all the sugar has dissolved.  Place a large sheet of wax paper under your wire rack.   Dip the cooled donut right into the glaze then place back on wire rack and sprinkle with additional Rainbow sprinkles.  Leave until set.

Colorful Confetti Donuts 3

*Find these fine ingredients at a la Maison (or call 315-440-6637 to order).

If you’d like to make this recipe with regular flour, be sure to reduce the milk to ¼ of a cup.




Our Favorite Things… White Flower Arrangements

There are so many reasons to love an arrangement of white flowers and stems…Hydrangea white arrangementSimple elegance… These white hydrangeas arranged in chicken wired lined bottles work with a variety of design styles such as farmhouse, contemporary or traditional.

Hydrangea white arrangement single

Impact…  Even a single bloom has great impact.  Tuck this little arrangement on vanity, night stand or bookcase.

virbinum close up

Natural beauty… These creamy virbinum look to be growing wildly out of this arrangement.  I love to arrange flowers as you might see them in nature.  Organic, simple, beautiful.

white flower arrangement grouping

Simplicity… Keeping it simple with a few blooms of white peonies.

a la Maison flowersVersatility… White florals are a great choice for a house warming, hostess gift or wedding  decor as they are neutral and will always work.


Favorite Things… Quiet Day of Floral Arranging

It’s positively frigid outside here in Central New York!   The temperature is 17 degrees, but the windchill makes it feel like 0 degrees.  I promised myself to not leave the house and spend the entire day in my home studio doing some pricing and my favorite task… creating some new floral and plant arrangements.

Nothing is more relaxing – hours pleasantly drift by as I work away on my creations.  It’s so peaceful!

floral work 1

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Red seemed to be a common thread in my ordering for the store this spring.  I started with beautiful Le Cadeaux dinnerware in a pretty red pattern, then followed with several red linen napkins and towels…

La Cadeaux half wall

I think these arrangements with red kalanchoe will fit in quite nicely!

floral work trio

floral work reds

floral work red flowers in whitepot

It may be cold outside, but it’s looking like spring in here… and I am ready!!!