Very excited about our new downtown boutique! Kathie Morris (The Changing Room) and I will have a lot of fun working together. 425 South Warren Street will have it all… Home Décor, permanent botanicals, gourmet specialty foods, Women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories…and lots of great ideas for you, your home and your gift giving needs!
Looking to add an elegant touch of fall color to your front door, entryway, or hall? Stop in to view the new custom fall floral arrangements at `a la Maison.
Maybe you have an idea or color you’d like to explore… Let’s talk and I’ll create a custom piece for your home.
With Labor Day Weekend here, and several picnics on our schedule, I thought it was a great time to mix up my all-time favorite Southern Living sugar cookies, which can be dressed up or dressed down…depending upon the occasion:
Sugar Cookie Base
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
51/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Then get creative with any of the following:
• Cookie sprinkles
• Colored sugar crystals
• Mini m&m’s (one of my favorites!)
• Mini choco chips
• Your favorite jam (I’m Stonewall Kitchen Cherry Berry Jam & Chocolate Strawberry Jam)
• Sliced Almonds
• The list is endless….
Beat butter and sugars together, then add in eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Gradually add in flour and next three ingredients – mix until blended.
Form 1-inch balls (I use a small ice cream scoop for speed). Then decorate – either roll the top of them in sprinkles; press in m&m/mini chips; or make an indentation in the top and place a dollop of jam and top with sliced almonds – delicious!
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on wired rack.
Result: 6-7 dozen cookies to enjoy!
Brighten your room for summer with a new area rug. A lighter color (neutrals- think cream, beige, tan) and natural materials (sisal, sea grass) will bring a fresh new feel to your space for summer. Consider adding other seasonal accents in natural fabrics as well (woven rattan lamps shades, linen pillows, etc).