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!
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
- ¾ cup Almond Flour
- ¾ Blends by Orly Gluten Free Flour Blend* (London Blend) or your favorite Gluten Free AP Flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup cold salted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tablespoons water
- 1 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- Zest of one lemon
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour or Blends by Orly Flour Blend
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!
*Find Blends by Orly at a la Maison or call 315-440-6637 to order.
Easy and elegant… go to our Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Herb Jam Tart for a quick appetizer or addition to your brunch menu.
Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Herb Jam Tart
1 Pie/Pastry Crust Dough (use our recipe below or grab on from the grocery store refrigerator section)
½ Jar of Terrapin Ridge Farms Balsamic Herb Jam* (room temp)
2-3 Fresh Pears, peeled and sliced thin
4 oz. Goat Cheese (or Bleu Cheese if you prefer)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Roll out dough to fit into a fluted tart pan. Trim or pinch edges.
- Spread herb jam over crust, and lay pear slices over jam.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, top with crumbled goat cheese – then put back in oven for another 5-6 minutes, or until bubbly.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting into thin slices.
*Find Terrapin Ridge Farm Balsamic Herb Jam at `a la Maison in Baldwinsville or call 315-440-6637 to order.
My Gluten-Free Pastry/Pie Dough
¾ cup Tapioca Starch
½ cup Oat Flour
½ cup Brown Rice Flour
¾ teaspoon Salt
8 tablespoons of COLD butter, cut into 12 pieces
1 large egg white
2-3 tablespoons of water
In your food processor, combine the dry ingredients (including salt) and pulse to combine. Add the cold butter and pulse until the pieces are small (pea-sized)
Add the egg white – pulse to combine. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time and pulse until the dough starts to come together. Transfer to a board and gently knead into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Roll out dough in between two pieces of parchment paper until it’s slightly bigger than the opening of your tart pan (about 11 inches). Remove top parchment paper, lay the tart pan on top and flip over. Remove last piece of parchment and gently push the dough into the pan. Trim and flute edges… read to use for your recipe of choice!
Thrilled to now have The Laundress products on the shelves at `a la Maison. This all natural product line is must for keeping your home and laundry looking their best.
Here are some of many benefits to using The Laundress laundry products…
1) All natural, safe and gentle cleaning for your clothing and linens.
2) Economical… avoid expensive dry cleaning bills and the damage of dry cleaning chemicals, prolonging the life of your clothing.
3) Amazing fragrance! Essentials will not only make your clothing and linens smell great… but your laundry room will smell terrific as well!
Loving this product line at `a la Maison!