Decorating, Living Beautifully, New at à la Maison

Living Beautifully… Architectural Medallions

Architectural accents are a great option for adding old world charm to your space.  The detail and texture of our cast medallions  will add instant warmth and elegance to your home.

Park Hill Medallion

Hanging them in a grouping of varied sizes, or combining them with more contemporary accessories, will add interest and a bit of sophistication to any room.

Park Hill Oval Medallion

I love them hung in a garden or sunroom filled with plants and flowers too – so elegant!

Cooking & Entertaining Ideas

`a la Maison at the Junior League Holiday Shoppes… Today’s Tastings

`a la Maison has moved our Downtown store to the New York State Fairgrounds for the annual Junior League Holiday Shoppes… along with an array home decor and gifts… we’ve brought a great selection of gourmet and specialty foods.

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Today shoppers can looks forward to sampling:

– Forever Herbs Blackberry and Blueberry Jalapeno Compote

– Hot Pepper Bacon Jam

– Lillie’s Q Bloody Mary Mix

– Delicious pulled chicken recipe along with Lillie’s Q barbecue and Caroline Dirt… my favorite rub!

Food - Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders

The great thing about this recipe is that it is not only delicious but a little healthier for you than many of the pulled pork recipes you get out… plus it’s super quick and easy!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

Ingredients

3 lbs. boneless/skinl chicken breasts (or mix of boneless/skinless breast & thighs)

Sea salt & pepper

2 tsp. olive oil or grapeseed oil (for browning)

1 medium vadalia or sweet onion, sliced thin

1 cup Lillie Q Carolina BBQ Sauce*

Directions

Season chicken with sea salt and pepper, then brown chicken in 2 tsp. of olive oil or grapeseed oil (4 mins on each side). While chicken browns, place sliced onions in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Cut chicken breasts in half and place in slow cooker on top of onions. Pour Lillie Q Carolina BBQ sauce over the top. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Shred chicken with two forks. Serve with a buffet of toppings including:

– Lillie Q Smoky BBQ*
– Lillie Q White BBQ Sauce* (If you have not had white BBQ sauce… Wow! Delish!)
– Creamy Coleslaw (if you’re short on time, grab it from your favorite deli)
– Diced dill pickle

Enjoy!

Michele

*You can find Lillie Q BBQ Sauces and rubs in both our Baldwinsville, Fayetteville and Downtown Syacuse stores.

Decorating

Quick tips for adding a breath of spring to your home this weekend!

Spring ahead and refreshen your home with a breath of the spring in just a day. These quick little projects will require minimum work & little investment… resulting in maximum return and instant satisfaction!

– Bring the lush, green look of spring trees indoors without committing to the care of an indoor tree – arrange artificial tree branches in a beautiful vase,
For added interest fill the bottom of the vase with acrylic water or river stones.
For added height, place the vase on a pedestal or tall piece of furniture.

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– Lighten up a bedroom with new linens and bedding. One of the quickest way to change a bedroom is with new bedding. Lighten up room with white or soft yellow or green. Pastel botanicals are also a lovely choice.

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– Make easy seasonal adjustments to your family room and living rooms by changing out heavy draperies, throw blankets and pillows. Bring it the light with shades of cream, beige and pastels. (Consider lighter fabrics such as linen or cotton… or adding organic texture with woven pillows in rattan or straw.

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– Brighten kitchen and dining areas with pops of color. Replace fall/winter table cloths, placemats, napkins and kitchen towels with new brightly colored ones.

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Bring a bit of nature to your walls, halls and entrways… add some botanical and floral artwork and wall decor.

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Flowers shout spring! Bring in beautiful flowering branches, daffodils and any other blooms that make you happy. Fill and arrange a collection of vases on your fireplace mantel, dining table… add a pretty little spring flower arrangement to powder rooms and bedrooms too.

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These quick and easy tips are sure to have your home spring ready!

Cooking & Entertaining Ideas

Entertaining Simply… Creative Ways with To Market To Market’s Shrimply Delicious Dip Mix

I love products that offer me flexibility, however, many pre-packaged convenience food products have a trade off – added preservatives, chemicals and loads of sodium.

However, I’ve found another product line that’s a keeper and has become a staple in my kitchen – To Market To Market Gourmet Spice Seasoning Mixes. I use them to make an array of dips, spreads, sauces, and much more.

These all-natural gems will sit ready and waiting in your pantry until you are ready for your next creative moment. Quite economical, most seasoning packets make 3 recipes per package. Today, I’m pretty excited about their “Shrimply Delicious” seasoning blend, which I’ve used in various ways for the past 3 events I held in my home.

Here are some creative ways to use this delicious seasoning mix:

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Shrimply Delicious Dip (standard recipe)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonaise
3 Tbs. Shrimply Delicious seasoning
8 oz. Baby Shrimp

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Shrimply Delicious Dip (My lighter version)
2/3 cup light sour cream
2/3 cup olive oil mayonaise
2/3 cup fat free greek yogurt
3 Tbs. Shrimply Delicious seasoning
1 cup chopped cooked shrimped
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to your personal taste)

Squeeze excess moisture from the shrimp by placing between a couple of paper towels and squeezing firmly. Mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Serve within 48 hours with crackers, baggette, or fresh cut vegetables.

Another fantastic recipe, from To Market To Market’s kitchen is their Hot Shrimply Delicious – rich, warm and bubbly!

To Market To Market’s Hot Shrimply Delicious

1 cup chopped cooked shrimp
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. Shrimply Delicious seasoning

Squeeze excess moisture from the shrimp by placing between a couple of paper towels and squeezing firmly. Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 3 hours. Transfer dip to an oven-proof baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until warm and bubbly. Serve immediately with crackers. Low fat products may be substituted.

Here is one of my personal creations with this awesome seasoning mix:

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Shrimp & Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

2 cups chopped cooked shrimp
2 oz. diced prosciutto
1/2 cup olive oil mayonaise (or mayo or your choice)
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded fontina cheese
2 Tbs. Shrimply Delicious seasoning mix
1/4 tsp salt (or to your personal taste)
30 Cremini or baby bella mushroom caps
2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley – optional garnish

Squeeze excess water from shrimp between two paper towels. Sauté proscuitto for about 6-7 mins or until lightly crisp. Drain and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Brush clean mushrooms with a light cloth or paper towel. Remove steps and place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet . Chop about a dozen of the stems for the dip.

Mix together the chopped mushroom stems, prosciutto, the shrimp, mayo, parmesan cheese, fontina cheese, seasoning mix and salt. Mix together and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Fill mushrooms caps with shrimp/proscuitto filling and bake at 400 degrees for 17 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Garnish with parsley, if desired… and enjoy!

Gift Ideas

Giving Beautifully…Corkcicle’s Vinnebago

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Vinnebago by Corkcicle is stylish stainless steel insulated beverage container – sort of a modern day canteen.  Vinnebago keeps your beverages perfectly chilled for 25 hours… yes, 25 hours!… and piping hot for 12 hours.

Its versatility makes it one of my personal go-to gift options and a solid recommendation for customers looking for:

Corporate and employee recognition gifts

  • Hostess gifts
  • Hikers and outdoor enthusiastic
  • Sport and tailgating
  • Beach and poolside entertaining

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The Vinnebago is back in stock in both our Downtown and Baldwinsville stores and ready for your gift giving needs.  Gift wrapping is also available.

If you have questions or would like to order a Vinnebago, please call 315-440-6637.